A Brief History from our Tech Writer
The ES-125 was introduced in 1941 as the successor to Gibson’s ES-100, which was introduced in 1938 and was one of the earliest ES models. Made for a only a year upon its introduction, the ES-125 originally had a thin 14 ½” width body in its pre-war run, and upon its reintroduction in 1946 it had grown to 16 ¼”, the same size as the original ES-150s. Over the next decade the instrument saw some changes, including dot inlays, a standard P-90 with adjustable poles, and a more plain tailpiece. Once the ‘60s arrived, the model saw several different versions, including an affordable student model and versions with pointed cutaways and 2 P-90s. Though not the most prolific of models, ES-125s have been spotted in the hands of artists like Thom Yorke, George Thorogood, and even BB King in the early ‘50s.
This is a Gibson ES-125 from 1950, based on its FON (factory order number) of 3480 35. This is consistent with the features introduced in 1950 mentioned above, like adjustable poles and dot inlays. This guitar is a fabulous player with that classic aged sound and a beautiful smoothness from the P-90 that lends itself perfectly to jazz. The action is nice and low and the neck is fat but comfortable with only a bit of buzz if you activate the strings with increased force. The finish has lots of light checking but most of the dings and scratches are relegated to the sides, particularly the treble side. It is missing its tuner bushings and the pick-guard appears to have been replaced at some point, along with both pots. This piece is a definite player’s guitar and a perfect instrument for any jazz cat looking for a sweet vintage tone. Ships in a chipboard case.
Weight: 5 lbs. 0 oz.
Nut Width: 1 11/16”
7.5/10 (very good condition) 1950 Made in the USA
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