GIBSON | ES-120T

Gibson ES-120T

Thinline electric acoustic guitar

Gibson ES-120T

The Gibson ES-120T was an entry level thinline electric acoustic available from late 1961 until 1970. Built at Gibson's Kalamazoo plant, it was first included in the September 1961 price list, at $149.50 (US zone 1); though shipping statistics show only one instrument left the factory that year. It was the cheapest electric acoustic guitar available from Gibson, and was comparable in price to the solid body Melody Maker D, at $147.50. In total 8895 ES-120Ts were produced, with 1965 the peak year.

The ES-120T and it's very similar Epiphone equivalent the Epiphone Granada that first shipped in 1962, were really nicely made guitars. They were entry level instruments, yet certainly not built to lesser standards. Gibson may well have added fancy inlays and to it's more expensive guitars, but the humble ES-120T still got the fine body and neck woods, superbly assembled and finished in nitrocellulose. It's true, as players, they don't have the same range as the other ES guitars, lacking cutaways, and the PU-380 'Melody Maker' pickups were certainly less powerful than Gibson PAF humbuckers - but in terms of build, these guitars absolutely exude 60s Gibson quality.

The following description is taken from the 1970 Gibson Thinline catalogue

ES-120 T Good looks, fine performance and low price. These are the qualities that have made this electric Spanish guitar a favourite with amateur musicians. Features an exclusive, patented finger rest pickup.

FEATURES: Arched maple top and back, mahogany rims. Slim, fast, low action neck joins body at the 14th fret. Mahogany neck, adjustable truss rod. . Rosewood fingerboard, pearloid dot inlays. Adjustable rosewood bridge, chrome-plated trapeze tailpiece. Powerful pickup mounted off the body in finger rest. Individual tone and volume controls. Cord jack mounted on finger rest. 16 ¼" wide, 20 ¼" long, 1 ¾" thin; 24 ¾" scale, 20 frets.

ES-120T - Sunburst finish

519 - Faultless plush-lined case
304 - Archcraft plush-lined case
104 - Durabilt case
ZC-19 - Zipper cover for 519 case

Gibson ES-120T shipping statistics

See also the shipping stats for the Epiphone Granada here

  1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 total
ES-120T 1 1530 1308 1385 2573 1447 335 175 99 41 8895

Gibson ES-120T catalogue appearances

Despite first shipping in 1961, the ES-120T was not ready early enough to be included in the 1962 Gibson guitars and amplifiers catalogue.

1964 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

From the 1964 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

Created for a volume market, a new electric Spanish guitar with an exclusive patented fingerrest pickup. Superb Gibson features and tonal versatility, available at a popular price

Gibson 1966 Full Line catalogue

From the 1966 Gibson full line catalogue

Created for the amateur player

1970 Gibson thinline catalogue

The 1970 Gibson thinline catalogue

Good looks, fine performance and low price. These are the qualities that have made this Electric Spanish guitar a favourite with amateur musicians

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Gibson ES-120T for sale

1963 Gibson ES-120T Electric Guitar Body - Sunburst

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, 32504, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$499

Here at Leitz Music we are pleased to offer up this 1963 Gibson ES-120T Electric Guitar Body and are honored to be an authorized Gibson Dealer! lacquer checking and chipping, missing nut, original tuners, frets need replacing, missing pickguard, pickup and controls, original tailpiece is bent, buckle rash, pitting and scratches in the neck, slight haze and patina on the finish, head stock is chipped, chip in lacquer behind the heel The item photographed is the item to be sold and shipped. Thank ... more

Excellent Vintage 1963 Gibson ES-120T Sunburst, Thinline Semi Hollow Body Guitar

ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA, 95747, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$999

ONE OWNER! Vintage 1963 Gibson ES-120T Sunburst, Thinline Semi Hollow Body Guitar. Condition is Used. Has cracked pick guard. Shipped with USPS Parcel Select Ground. had original case. ONE OWNER Just had a tune up with new strings. Have receipt. Sounds great.... more

1964 Gibson ES-120-T Sunburst Finish Vintage Electric Hollowbody Guitar w / OHSC

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, 91506, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

£1018

1964 Gibson ES-120-T In Good Condition Overall Condition (See Photos) Original Sunburst Finish In Very Good Condition With Playwear, Marks, Finish Checking, And Small Scratches (Please See Photos) All Original Parts And Hardware Rosewood Fingerboard Original Frets Have A Lot Of Life Left In Them Original Pickup And Electronics Neck Appears to Have Been Re-set And Has A Slight Gap On Both Sides- The Issue Is Cosmetic Only As The Neck Is Stable And Secure (Please All See Photos) Original Pickguard... more

Vintage Epiphone Granada E444T Sunburst 1962

BROOKFIELD, WISCONSIN, 53005, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1199

Vintage Epiphone Granada E444T Sunburst 1962 PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION What makes this guitar special: 100% original & a nice hollow body with a warm, vintage tone. Without even plugging it in the guitar offers a rich, acoustic resonance & thanks to a pro set up from the experts at Cream City Music, it plays & sounds fantastic! Cosmetic Condition: Really nice shape for its age with minimal play wear - various minor nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches &... more

Gibson ES120T 1964 Sunburst vintage

LINCOLN PARK, MICHIGAN, 48146, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1300

Up for sale is a clean Gibson ES 120. The serial number shows it being made in Kalamazoo, MI in 1964 according to the Gibson decoder website. The finish has held up over the years with very little marking. There are a couple cracks in the pick guard (pictured). Frets are in good shape. Comes with what looks like the original case in fair condition. Thanks for looking.... more

1966 Gibson ES-120-T Sunburst Finish Vintage Electric Hollowbody Guitar w / HSC

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, 91506, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

£1572

1966 Gibson ES-120-T In Excellent Overall Condition With Very Little Playwear(See Photos) Original Sunburst Finish In Excellent Condition (Please See Photos) "2" On Headstock Indicates Factory Second All Original Parts And Hardware Rosewood Fingerboard Original Frets In Excellent Condition Original Pickup And Electronics Original Pickguard Is Intact And Not Cracked Comes With Non-Original Hardshell Case Made In USA SEE ALL PHOTOS BELOW: SHIPPING: Shipping Within The U S Is $75International ... more

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Bob Gregory Comment left 24th March 2013 21:09:57 reply
I have 2 vintage guitars I would like to find the value of. ! is a Gibson Gibson ES120T SN86357, it is in good condition, very playable, all the electronics are in working order, just looks a little used, the other is a 1947 Martin 00018, SN 177409. Pretty worn out, The ribs on some of the face are showing, has some dents and scratches, very playable, still sounds great, and records real nice.
Kris Comment left 12th December 2012 09:09:10 reply
Gibson es120t condion fair.wouldlike to know the value.thanks

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