GIBSON ES 125 TCD, 1961
Light, simple, stylish and
sporting two mean and nasty P90s, the ES-125 is a favourite among
thinlines. The guitar in the pictures is a 1961 vintage and features all
the elements typical to the model: shallow maple hollow-body, mahogany
neck, rosewood fretboard and bridge. Cherry red finish on body back,
sides and neck, and a cherry sunburst top. The original sunburst, which
can still be seen when removing the pickguard and the pickup, has lost
some of its red on the exposed areas and has faded to very pleasant
The original hardware includes
the trapeze tailpiece, the bridge, the gold "reflector" knobs,
the single layer "tortoise" pickguard. A Bigsby was on the
guitar for a short period, leaving no visible trace but only the
Bigsby’s now plugged anchoring screw-holes, completely covered by the
now reinstalled original tailpiece. The tuners are Kluson Deluxe 3x3,
again typical to the model, but of a later vintage (1964-68, as "Kluson
Deluxe" appears here on two lines, instead of the '61
vintage-correct single central line). Other traces concealed by the
Kluson's plates show that Grover-type tuners were installed on the
guitar for a while: the only – barely – visible marks appear at the
ends of the plates and, of course, on the front of the headstock, where
the Grovers' wider washers left their typical round imprint. The
selector switch tip is non-original.
The pickups are completely
original in every part, are well balanced and sound great. The fretboard
wood shows some wear in the first positions but the frets are in great
condition, making for a very fast feel, also thanks to an excellent
action and a straight, no-issue neck.
The finish is completely original
and shows normal wear, with nice checking all over but no heavily worn
areas. Neck-body joint and headstock area are structurally sound.
The guitar comes with a nice
non-original HSC, moulded to fit the guitar like a glove.