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.
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.
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