Up for sale, a 1966 Gibson ES-125TC in excellent condition and in perfect working order, expertly modified with two additional vintage Gibson P-90 pickups and a Bigsby B3 vibrato. Some of the most thoughtful and professionally executed modifications we've ever seen on a vintage Gibson, no expense was spared to ensure maximum tonal breadth, component quality, and functionality.
The thinline maple body is paired with a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck and Brazilian rosewood fretboard, and the natural acoustic qualities of the guitar are ample, with a clear, articulate sound that benefits from the warmth of the fully hollow body paired with the dynamic snap of maple. The original neck position P-90 pickup is present, and the two additional P-90s (also vintage Gibson parts) coupled to a trio of on/off switches mounted through the pickguard. While it cannot always be said of triple pickup guitars with the same pickup style in every position, these P-90s deliver a distinct tonal color and a vital, highly usable sound in all seven possible settings. None of the pickups are particularly overwound, and all compliment each other well, with varying shades of percussive cut, glassy midrange forward bite, and broad, bell-like chime and bark. The guitar weighs 5lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with notable heft and shoulder in the higher registers, measuring .785" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which have been leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime, retaining good meat and showing no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. A replacement nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock features the original Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines which turn smoothly.
The electronics all function as intended, with the trio of P-90 pickups wired to dedicated on/off switches and governed by Master Volume and Tone controls. The pickups meter at 8.1k ohms in the bridge position, 8.3k in the middle, and 8.55k in the neck position. The mahogany neck has been reset in the guitar’s lifetime, meeting the body at an ideal angle, and providing ideal clearance for all three P-90s, in addition to ensuring ideal string break angle over the bridge for the Bigsby B3 vibrato. The Bigsby is a modern component and has a smooth response, working in concert with the vintage aluminum floating Bigsby bridge. Plastics include the original truss rod cover, P-90 cover, and pair of gold reflector cap knobs, with a replacement single-ply black pickguard of proper thickness to mount the pickup on/off toggles.
The original Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer finish on top has gracefully aged to a uniform Trans Amber, with rich Cherry-finished back and rims. There is prominent finish checking on the bass side of the back, and some additional minor finish discoloration on the treble-side rim adjacent to the added input jack plate. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to minor finish scuffs and nicks on the body as a whole, and one chip at the bass-side headstock tip. The smooth nitro gloss is intact on the neck profile, with only a few very small marks on the profile length.
A vintage black tolex hardshell case with blue plush interior is included.