This is a vintage 1962 Gibson ES-125 electric archtop hollowbody guitar. This particular example, serial number 71605, is in very excellent, 100% original, near mint condition. While originally released as an entry-level archtop/electric, the ES-125 has since become popular amongst players looking for a versatile, high-quality, bargain vintage guitar.
Made from the same high-grade materials as other great concurrent Gibson models, the ES-125 features; an arched laminated maple top with a beautiful 3-tone sunburst finish, mahogany back/sides with an attractive walnut stain, a one-piece mahogany neck with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, a P-90 pickup, single-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, an original nickel-plated trapeze tailpiece, gold insert top hat knobs and a tortoise pattern long pickguard.
As briefly mentioned, this guitar is in very excellent cosmetic condition. Quite amazingly, the guitar does not display weather-checking, nor does it exhibit typical fading. The finish is perfectly intact and near pristine. Some would say that the guitar is in mint condition, however, the slight case wear on the headstock, the very light fret wear, and the small superficial scratches near the pickguard (barely visible to the eye under bright light) justifiably render the guitar’s condition around near mint.
The early-60s Gibson guitars typically feature a combination of desirable characteristics, making them better players than their 50s counterparts. For instance, this ES-125 has large profile frets, a slim-taper thin neck profile, but combined with the traditional 1 11/16″ nut width. Earlier guitars have smaller frets, and bulkier neck profiles, while later guitars have smaller (1 9/16″) nut widths.
This guitar weighs a super light 5 lbs. and 6 oz. The neck is perfectly straight, and the action is amazingly low. It has been professionally setup with Pyramid 11s, and is a true pleasure to play. It comes with a non-original D-size hard case which is in good condition.
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