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1952 Gibson ES-125

A go-to guitar for the blues, jump-blues, and rockabilly set, Gibson’s 1950’s ES-125 packs a lot of sonic punch into a tighter budget. A 16” non-cutaway full depth archtop, the ES-125 is tonally very much akin to a single-pickup ES-175. A dressed-down guitar without cutaway, a lot of players looking for vintage 175 neck pickup tone look to the 125 for a less expensive option.

This example is in really nice shape and packs a whole lot of sonic punch thanks to its hot P-90 pickup. Electronics are completely factory stock, and the guitar plays very well thanks to its recent Folkway set-up. The neck angle is excellent, frets appear recently dressed, and the bridge is well-fit. The finish is gorgeous, with a dark sunburst and not much in the way of wear. There is cash-rash on one side of the body at its widest point, but not much to report on beyond that. Tuners are modern replicas with tinted buttons, the tailpiece isn’t original to the guitar, but is a 50’s part that looks great. Bridge, pickguard, nut, and frets are all original.

1-11/16” nut width, rounded full-feeling neck carve, 24.75” scale.

With period original style chipboard case

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