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
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
|Pickups||One single-coil dog-ear P90||Two single-coil dog-ear P90s|
|Scale||24 3/4"||22 3/4"||24 3/4"|
|Body||Maple sides and back with a maple top. 16 1/4" wide (lower bout), 20 1/4" long, 1 3/4" thick. Single-ply binding|
|Neck||Mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. 20 frets, body meeting the neck at the 14th fret.|
|Frets||20, meeting the body at the 14th fret.||19, meeting the body at the 14th fret.||20, meeting the body at the 14th fret.|
|Hardware||1 volume and 1 tone control. Tune-o-matic free floating bridge with trapeze tailpiece. Nickel plated metal parts throughout||2 volume and 2 tone controls. Tune-o-matic free floating bridge with trapeze tailpiece. Nickel plated metal parts throughout|
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|
|Les Paul Custom||$395|
|ES-125T / ES-125T¾||$159.50|
|Les Paul Junior||$132.50|
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