1962 Gibson ES-125TC

Thinline electric acoustic guitar

1962 Gibson ES-125 TC front view
1962 Gibson ES-125 TC rear view
Model: 1962 Gibson ES-125TC
Pickups: One single coil P90, black plastic cover
Scale: 24 3/4"
Body: Maple top back and sides
Neck: One piece mahogany, rosewood fretboard. 20 frets. Pearloid dot markers
Hardware: Rosewood BR35 floating bridge, trapeze tailpiece. Individual closed-gear Kluson MH-301V tuning keys
1962 Gibson full-line catalogue

The 1962 Gibson catalogue

This 1962 ES-125 TC is one of 655 made in that year. 1962 recommended retail price was $210. All ES-125TCs were produced at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.

Thinline ES-125s were available from 1960-1970; this is a fairly early one. They are easy to spot; the ES-125TC and TDC are the only guitars in Gibsons early sixties range to sport Cherry Sunburst finish (with just one exception, the Barney Kessel full body-depth jazz guitar).

Gibson sunburst guitars regularly had a solid-colour back. This ES-125TC in Cherry Sunburst has a plain Cherry back. Note how the Cherry colour stays a vibrant red on the maple body, yet is a much darker brown-red over the mahogany neck.

The 20 fret neck meets the body at the 14th fret - the Brazilian rosewood fretboard has pearl dot position markers up to the 15th fret only.

1962 Gibson ES-125 TC body detail
The hardware on this guitar is quite simple. A single P-90 dog-ear pickup, with just one volume and tone control. Note the typical early sixties metal-insert bell knobs. A celluloid scratchplate and rosewood floating bridge.
1962 Gibson ES-125 TC P-90 pickup
A close up of the Gibson dog-ear P-90 pickup, with adjustable polepieces. The rosewood fingerboard has no dots above the 15th fret.
1962 Gibson ES-125TC Florentine cutaway
1962 Gibson ES-125TC heel detail

The thinline (body depth 1 3/4") ES-125 TC is bound in cream both front and back, and of course on the sharp 'point' of the Florentine cutaway - although not around the sound holes or neck. The contrast with the Cherry finish is rather appealing. The sides of this guitar are in the same Cherry as the back and front edges.

The single pickup has one volume and one tone control - each topped with a gold bell knob, with silver insert.

1962 Gibson ES-125 TC headstock front with Gibson logo
The Gibson logo on the ES-125 series was silk-screened rather than inlaid, with no other headstock markings; typical of a guitar in the lower end of Gibson electric-acoustic price range. Note also the single-ply black truss rod cover (no white edge).
1962 Gibson ES-125 TC headstock rear, with serial number
The serial number of Gibson guitars typical resides on the top back of the headstock, as can be seen here, typically stamped before the neck has been assembled and then finished. Note the closed gear Kluson tuning keys, part MH-301V with elliptical plastic buttons.

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