From the Bernie Marsden Collection, this guitar has been with Bernie for over ten years as part of his hollow body collection. This guitar is featured on page 287 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 or early 60s and this stunning 1960 ES-125 TD certainly punches above its weight.
The sunburst finish on this guitar is still quite vivid as is the back. The tailpiece and rosewood bridge are in fantastic 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.
Inside, the electronics are all correct and both pickups are working really well with all the bite, growl and warmth you expect from vintage P-90’s.
The guitar comes with its correct ‘Gator skin’ case.
The most famous proponent of the ES125 has to be George Thorogood and the pickups on this guitar do definitely deliver that raunchy tone. Admittedly there’s an amount of wrangling required to tame the beast but even at more reasonable volumes, this guitar sings. There’s jazz, blues and roots all hiding in this killer guitar
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.