Gibson ES-125 1965 Sunburst

$ 2850.00

The Budget Version of the ES-175 with a Single P-90

1965 Gibson ES-125C

This late 1965, 16-inch-wide, 3 1/3 inch-thick guitar weighs just
5.40 lbs. Three-ply laminated maple body, single-bound on the top and
back. One-piece Honduras mahogany neck with a standard scale length of
24 3/4 inches, a nut width of 1 9/16 inches and very comfortable
medium-to-thin profile. Black faced headstock with “Gibson” logo in
gold. Serial number “329808” stamped in blind on back of headstock.
Rosewood fretboard with 20 original ‘jumbo’ frets and inlaid pearl dot
position markers. Single-layer, bell-shaped black plastic truss-rod
cover with two screws. Three-in-a-line Kluson Deluxe ‘Double-Line’ Strip
Tuners with white oval plastic buttons. One original P-90 pickup with a
strong output of 8.74k. Single-layer tortoiseshell pickguard secured
to body by two screws. Two controls (one volume, one tone) with gold
plastic bell-shape metal top knobs. Rosewood bridge with pre-set
compensating saddle on rosewood base and Trapeze tailpiece with raised
diamond on cross-bar. There are two very small and insignificant
dents/dings on the back of the neck behind the first and fifth frets –
most likely from a capo being used. The original frets do show some
playing wear and the fretboard has a few light ‘divots’ on the first
four frets – but the guitar plays and sounds just as a ES-125 of the era
should and does not require a re-fret… we have given this all original
guitar a strong (9.00) exceptionally fine rating. Housed in its
original worn but sound Gibson four-latch, shaped “Alligator” softshell
case with black padded lining (8.50)

“Two cutaway variants of the ES-125 were announced in early 1965 as
budget versions of the 175 series. As implied by their designation,
however, the single pickup ES-125C and the dual pickup ES-125CD share
the same specs and ornamentation as the non-cutaway ES-125. (A.R.
Duchossoir, Gibson Electrics — The Classic Years, p. 169).

Just 475 examples of the thick bodied ES-125C were shipped between
late 1965 and 1970 with only 87 guitars shipped in the first year. (#2290)