Gibson ES-125T, ES-125TD and ES-125T 3/4

Thin non-cutaway electric acoustic guitar

1958 Gibson ES-125T Image Heritage auctions

The ES-125T was one of Gibson's 1950s/60s student models - although really a very nice thinline guitar indeed, having no fancy appointments, but being made from essentially the same materials, and using the same construction methods as all Gibson thinlines of the period. It was available as a full or 3/4 scale instrument, and with one or two pickups (ES-125TD). The 3/4 size and dual pickup models sold in considerably smaller numbers than the single pickup ES-125T.

Like many Gibson models at the time, it had an equivalent Epiphone model (Epiphone Century) that shared most of its features

The following description is taken from the 1966 Gibson catalogue

Gibson ES-125T

Thin, very light weight, easy to hold, and ideal for the professional or student who requires fine quality and top performance in a popular priced instrument.

FEATURES: Arched Maple top, Chrome-plated metal parts. Slim, fast low-action neck joins body at the 14th fret. One-piece Mahogany neck, adjustable Truss Rod. Rosewood fingerboard, pearl dot inlays. Adjustable Rosewood bridge. Powerful pickup with individually adjustable pole-pieces. Separate tone and volume controls. 16¼" wide, 20¼" long, 1¾" thin; 24¾" scale, 20 frets.

ES-125T - Sunburst finish
519 - Faultless plush-lined case
304 - Archcraft plush-lined case
104 - Durabilt case
ZC-19 - Zipper cover for 519 case

ES-125T¾ - Three-quarter size with 22¾" scale and 19 frets. Sunburst finish.
533 - Faultless plush-lined case
116¾ - Durabilt case

ModelES-125TES-125T 3/4ES-125TD
Total Production964015821215
PickupsOne single-coil dog-ear P90Two single-coil dog-ear P90s
Scale24 3/4"22 3/4"24 3/4"
BodyMaple sides and back with a maple top. 16 1/4" wide (lower bout), 20 1/4" long, 1 3/4" thick. Single-ply binding
NeckMahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. 20 frets, body meeting the neck at the 14th fret.
Frets20, meeting the body at the 14th fret.19, meeting the body at the 14th fret.20, meeting the body at the 14th fret.
Hardware1 volume and 1 tone control. Tune-o-matic free floating bridge with trapeze tailpiece. Nickel plated metal parts throughout2 volume and 2 tone controls. Tune-o-matic free floating bridge with trapeze tailpiece. Nickel plated metal parts throughout

Gibson ES-125T & ES-125TD catalog appearances

Gibson 1958 full line catalogue
1958 full line catalog

(about the ES-125T 3/4) - Gibsons newest addition to the three-quarter size family of electric guitars, the ES-125T 3/4 offers outstanding performance, quality materials and expert workmanship
Gibson 1960 electrics catalogue
1960 electrics catalog

Thin, very light weight, easy to hold, and ideal for the professional or student who requires fine quality and top performance in a popular-priced instrument. Available in single or double pickup models
Gibson 1962 electrics catalogue
1962 electrics catalog

The 1962 Gibson catalogue was the last to include the dual pickup ES-125TD before deletion from the Gibson line in 1963
Gibson 1964 electrics catalogue
1964 electrics catalog

Arched maple top. Nickel-plated metal parts. Slim fast low action neck joins body at 14th fret
Gibson 1966 full line catalogue
1966 full line catalog

The final catalogue appearance of the non-cutaway ES-125 thinlines, although production actually continued in very small numbers until 1970

Gibson ES-125T & ES-125TD shipping statistics

  1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 total
ES-125T 6 889 1202 2072 1400 1086 513 499 570 1040 770 212 31 10 9640
ES-125T¾ 235 332 295 221 132 55 55 65 98 56 17 5 9 7 1582
ES-125TD 151 320 302 190 118 53 77 1215

Gibson ES-125T & ES-125TD pricing

As can be seen above, the peak sales year for the single pickup ES-125T was 1959, and 1958 for the ES-125T¾ and ES-125TD. The table below compares ES-125T prices with other Gibson instruments available - from the November 1959 US Gibson price list.

Super 400 CESN$775
Byrdland N$610
Les Paul Custom$395
ES-125T / ES-125T¾$159.50
Les Paul Junior$132.50
Melody Maker$99.50
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