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1962 Gibson ES-125 Vintage Archtop Guitar Sunburst 100% Original w/ P-90, Case


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Up for sale, a 1962 Gibson ES-125 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original faux alligator chipboard case. Fully hollow with an arched maple top and back, mahogany rims, and a 16" lower bout width, the ES-125 is a golden-era Gibson which delivers a clear, broad natural acoustic tone that projects well and is faithfully captured by the P-90 pickup. Very dynamically responsive and rich, the P-90 has a glassy treble bite, smooth growl and rich midrange character. It truly doesn't get any simpler or more elegant, and whether you're playing complex Jazz chords or wanting a powerful and present tone for a bit of Americana twang and snarl, this ES-125 is an excellent choice. At 5lbs 4oz, this Gibson is featherweight, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and 12-52 roundwound strings.

The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a fast-feeling C-shaped carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark, tight-grained cut of this tonewood, with pearl dot inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire that exhibits light flattening of the crowns, and light wear beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-10. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features a clean Gibson gold silkscreen and original Kluson Deluxe single line strip tuners with white buttons.

The body retains the original P-90 and wiring harness, and hardware includes the original nickel-plated trapeze tailpiece and floating Brazilian rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, which has room for future adjustment at both bridge thumbwheels. The top has great curvature as well, and the neck set is ideal. All original plastics include a one-ply transparent tortoise pickguard, black P-90 cover, and pair of gold reflector cap knobs.

The original two-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is bold and clean, with subtle lacquer checking on top, light finish scuffing on the back, and just a few additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

The original chipboard case with faux alligator exterior, functional latches, and the original molded handle is included. The interior case pocket lid is complete with the small Gibson badge.