*ARCHIVED* - 1952 Gibson ES-125 + OHSC

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At A Glance:
Model: ES-125
Year: 1952
Finish: Sunburst
Modifications: None
Repairs: Replaced tailpiece.
Weight (kg): 2.37

Case: Period correct hardshell
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Mahogany
Body wood: Maple Laminate
Tuners: Correct No Line Kluson
Pickups: Correct P90
Hardware: Correct Rosewood
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: 2 x Correct Centrelab 500k

    As student models go, you wouldn’t mind taking delivery of anything coming out of Kalamazoo during the 50’s and this very early 1952 ES-125  certainly punches above its weight.

    The accouterments are basic, the only real adornment is the binding around the body. The neck and pickguard are unbound and the headstock has the simple silk screened logo. What you do get here is a great sounding and stylishly understated electric guitar in the spirit of the classic archtops of the period.

    The sunburst finish is in great shape and is still quite vivid as is the back. There are scratches and bumps as you expect but no signs of repair. 

    The hardware and the rosewood bridge are in great condition as are the plastics. The faux-tortoise shell pickguard hasn’t warped. The original frets and fretboard are in good shape without any extreme wear. There are a few scratches here and there which isn’t surprising but all in all this is a very clean guitar. The tuners are correct no line Klusons. The tailpiece is not original to the guitar. 

    Inside, the electronics are all correct. There seems to have been a repair to the wires at the pickup. 

    The guitar comes with a period correct hardshell case.

    There’s jazz, blues and roots all hiding in here. Even with a single P90, there's plenty of tonal scope and it's a joy to play plugged in or acoustically. 

    A great way of accessing these fabulous Gibson tones without the higher price tags, you should grab this one before it gets away.

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