From the Bernie Marsden collection, this is another recent acquisition. Bought by Bernie in 2018 to go alongside the ES-140 ¾ in his collection. This guitar is featured on page 265 of Bernie's hardback book 'Tales of Tone and Volume' a copy of which will be included with this sale.
As student models go, you wouldn’t mind taking delivery of anything coming out of Kalamazoo during the 50’s and this 1957 ES-125 T 3/4 certainly punches above its weight.
The sunburst finish on this guitar is still incredibly vivid as is the back. There is hardly a mark on the body and very little sign of use.
The neck too is in excellent condition with hardly a mark and both fretboard and frets are in great shape. Tuners are reproductions.
The rosewood bridge is in great condition as are the plastics. The faux-tortoise shell pickguard hasn’t warped.
Inside, the electronics are all correct and the pickup works really well with all the growl and warmth you expect from vintage P-90’s.
The guitar comes with a correct Gator skin 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.
These student models are a way of accessing these fabulous Gibson tones without the higher price tags of the other more desirable models, grab them before they fly away.