1968 Gibson ES-125 3/4

Here is a vintage 1968 Gibson ES-125 3/4 semi-hollowbody electric guitar. This particular last-year example, serial number 519809, is in near mint condition and includes the original soft Gibson case! Stored in the original case since purchased new almost 45 years ago, it would be difficult to imagine a better example. Clean, crisp, shiny, and sheen, this guitar better resembles a brand new guitar than one of its vintage. Both for the collector and the player, the ES-140T comes highly recommended by most guitarists regardless of style or taste.

Made with the identical build-quality, precision, materials, and hardware, as all other full-size Gibson guitars, their 3/4-sized instruments have received the rightful reputation for being the best small/student guitars ever made. They have since evolved from being considered high-quality children’s instruments into being perceived as guitars with fantastic voices for recording applications, and perfectly petite for practice purposes.

Not to be confused by the different number designation, the ES-125 3/4 is identical to an ES-140T, though sometimes the same guitar was stamped with either model number depending on production year and style.

This ES-125 features: bound maple top and back, mahogany sides, the original Tobacco Sunburst finish, a one-piece mahogany neck with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, double-line Kluson Deluxe 3-in-a-row tuning machines, (1) P-90 pickup with a chrome cover, an adjustable rosewood bridge, a nickel diamond Trapeze tailpiece, Witch-Hat knobs, a 1 9/16″ nut width, a 22 3/4″ scale length, and the original black soft shell case.

As can be seen in the photos to the right of this description table, this example is in very fine 100% all original vintage condition. The original finish is nearly perfectly preserved. The only cosmetic distraction was caused by a free-floating piece of case candy (an old tortoise pick which has since disintegrated) lying in the bottom of the case, which resultantly caused several small superficial marks on the back of the body. Otherwise, there is no fret wear nor pick wear. The hardware is incredibly attractive, and there is no other patina, discoloration, or fading to mention. No weather-checking is present in/on the finish.

ES125, ES140, 34, 3-4, ES1253/4, ES-125-3/4, ES-1403/4