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Gibson ES-125TC, ES-125TDC, ES-125T and ES-125T 3/4 and ES-140T 3/4

1962 Gibson guitars and amplifiers catalog page 9

Gibson 1962 guitar and amplifier catalogue. Page 9. Details of the more competitively priced thinlines, and three-quarter sized student models. The non-cutaway ES-125T, ES-125T 3/4 and ES-125TD, that had been in the Gibson line since 1956/57, the cutaway versions ES-125TC and ES-125TDC and the three quarter size ES-140T 3/4

1962 ES thinline prices are as follows: (Zone 1, USA, Oct 1962 price list) ES-125T $172.50, ES-125TD $215.00, ES-125TC $210, ES-125TDC $245, and ES-140T 3/4 $215.

1962 Gibson electric guitars and amplifiers catalog, page 9: Gibson ES-125TC, ES-125TDC, ES-125T and ES-125T 3/4 and ES-140T 3/4
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1967 Gibson ES-125TDC a 1 owner from new example its a 1 of a kind & its Minty !

1967 Gibson ES-125TDC a 1 owner from new example its a 1 of a kind & its Minty !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The is a very rare trasitional late production 1967 Gibson ES-125TDC just acquired from its 1 & only owner, a Mr. Mike Gerard, purchased at Sam Ash in Hempstead New York. Its a thinline, full hollow ??Archtop?? guitar based on the ES-125, produced by Gibson between 1960 and 1970, which to many people is one of the most under appreciated vintage Gibson guitars out there. It??s got a very cool Ice Tea Sunburst finish only made during its last few years of production. Its 1 piece mahogany neck ... more
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1975-76  Gibson ES 125 D guitar  norlin era serial number 395503

1975-76 Gibson ES 125 D guitar norlin era serial number 395503

Tulare, California, 932**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


used this is a players guitar please refer to pictures
possible neck resest
top recessed by neck
please refer to pictures and ill try to answer any questions you have
comes wit case... more
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1951- 52 GIBSON ES-125 Arch top F-hole original Electric Guitar ES125 Good Cond

1951- 52 GIBSON ES-125 Arch top F-hole original Electric Guitar ES125 Good Cond



This is a very cool old guitar. I really like the finish on this one, the finish shows only light wear. It was built in 1951 or 1952 at least that is my best guess I could not find a date on this so the date is my best guess.
It is in Nice condition overall, all parts appear to be original. It is missing the end pin, and the ... more
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1955 Gibson ES-125 Semi-Hollow Body Guitar W /  Case

1955 Gibson ES-125 Semi-Hollow Body Guitar W / Case

Whitesboro, New York, 134**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Set up and ready to play. Frets are good, neck is good and the electronics are clean. Case is inlcuded. Gutiar has some scratches and signs of use but overall is very good condition for the year. Doesnt show any signs of any major repairs, machine heads have been changed but otherwise looks to be original.
Solid Honduras mahogany neck, arched slab-cut maple back and top; mahogany sides; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge
Original hardware includes nickel raised diamond ... more
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1957 Gibson ES-140T 3 / 4 Sunburst w / OSSC

1957 Gibson ES-140T 3 / 4 Sunburst w / OSSC

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1957 Gibson ES-140T 3 / 4 In Sunburst Finish
This Guitar Is Located At IVG Sherman Oaks
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Finish Shows Light Cosmetic Playwear Including Small Marks, Dings, And Scratches Throughout
All Original Example
Tuning Buttons Show Shrinkage (See Photos)
Laminate Maple Thinline Body
Mahogany Neck With Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard And Dot Inlays
3 / 4" Scale Length
Single Dogear P-90 Pickup In Neck Position
... more
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Gibson ES-125TDC 1968 with Embossed P90 Cover, RARE

Gibson ES-125TDC 1968 with Embossed P90 Cover, RARE

Pottersville, New Jersey, 079**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A unique and extremely rare version of the ES-125TDC, circa 1968, with Gibson-embossed P90 cover (Neck) and a brown Mahogany headstock. All original parts, save the bridge, which the original owner replaced with a Grotoh TOM. The embossed Gibson P90 neck cover is something extremely unusual for this model, and the (clear bobbin) P90s pickups sound absolutely incredible in this vintage guitar

This gem was gigged extensively as the main rig for an East coast jazz guitarist for better ... more
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1960s GIBSON ES-140TC 3 / 4 Sunburst Semi Hollow Archtop Thinline Cutaway 534986

1960's GIBSON ES-140TC 3 / 4 Sunburst Semi Hollow Archtop Thinline Cutaway 534986

East Elmhurst, New York, 113**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Auction is for a 1960's GIBSON ES-140TC 3 / 4 Sunburst Semi Hollow Archtop Thinline Cutaway Electric Guitar w / Vintage 1960's Gretsch Case as Shown in Photos - Headstock Serial Number 534986 Indicates 1962 or 1969 - Under F Hole Number Stamp is 10714 - Tested Volume & Tone - P90 Pickup - Kluson Tuners - Trapeze Tailpiece - 4 Pounds w / o Case - Flat Shipping Fee Covers the Lower 48 States w / Packing & Handling - NO RESERVEp... more
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1952 Gibson ES-140

1952 Gibson ES-140

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1952 Gibson ES-140, ¾ size, Tobacco Sunburst, Full bodydepth, P-90 pickup, Smooth playing, Fine little instrument! VG++, NHSC
... more
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RARE Vintage 1968 Gibson ES125 TDC With Original Case P90 Pickups

RARE Vintage 1968 Gibson ES125 TDC With Original Case P90 Pickups

Lewiston, Maine, 042**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This guitar has been fully tested and plays great. This 1968 Gibson has had a headstock repair done, does not have the original tuners and does have P90 pickups. The pick guard is missing the top spacer and the body does have lacquer cracking all around however does not go through the wood. As you can see in the video above the guitar plays and sounds great!!!! Please ask questions about guitar before purchasing.
Stock # ... more
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1956 Gibson ES-125 - 16-inch Electric Archtop - Sunburst

1956 Gibson ES-125 - 16-inch Electric Archtop - Sunburst

Piedmont, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The ES-125 remains the most economical way to get a vintage Gibson electric archtop guitar. If you don't need a cutaway, you can get a guitar that has the great tone of a P90 ES-175 for about half the price. These vintage 1950s P90s are all over the top recordings of the era, used by many of the jazz greats, like Jim Hall and Herb Ellis
This one appears in all original condition, except for the replacement Kluson Deluxe tuners that are currently on the guitar (the functional original ... more
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1964 Gibson ES-125 TDC Vintage Thinline Hollowbody Guitar, Near-Mint w /  Case

1964 Gibson ES-125 TDC Vintage Thinline Hollowbody Guitar, Near-Mint w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1964 Gibson ES-125TDC in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, finished in Ice Tea Sunburst and complete with the original chipboard case. Introduced in 1960, this early and stunningly-clean example of the ES-125TDC (Thinline Double Cutaway) model is 100% original save for a bone nut and pair of vintage strap buttons
The fully hollow maple body is paired with a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck capped with a Brazilian rosewood fretboard. The natural acoustic ... more
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Gibson ES-125T Thinline, Hollow-Body (1957)

Gibson ES-125T Thinline, Hollow-Body (1957)

Mansfield, Ohio, 449**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Metronome Music inspects and test all used gear before listing and again before shipping. Photographs are of the product that will ship and accurately represent condition and appearance.
FON: U9342 10
This Gibson ES-125T was manufactured in 1957 and is in very good condition overall, The sunburst top and dark stained back and sides have visible wear and checking but most of the finish is intact. The tuning machines have been replaced. The frets are original and only show minor wear... more
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Gibson ES-125TDC - 1965 - super clean - wide nut

Gibson ES-125TDC - 1965 - super clean - wide nut

Greenville, Rhode Island, 028**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Offered here is a super nice Gibson ES-125TDC from 1965. Remarkably clean, this guitar appears to have had very little play time
Unlike many 125's, this one does not suffer from poor neck angle - action is quite low (1 / 16" on E1st string @14th fret) with some downward bridge adjustment room still remaining - the neck has a full 1&11 / 16" nut width, shallow early 60's contour and fully functional truss rod - the string spacing on the original nut was uneven and a new bone nut replaces... more
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1969 Gibson ES-125 Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst W / Case Great Cond W / Hang Tag!

1969 Gibson ES-125 Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst W / Case Great Cond W / Hang Tag!

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage & Repair Free
1969 Gibson ES-125 Hollowbody Electric Guitar
With Original Hang Tag & Vintage Gator Chip Board Case Pictured (harder than your average chipboard case)
Low Action & Is A True Player!!
Finish: Black Lighted & 100% Original & Repair / Crack Free
Tuning Pegs: Original
Strap Buttons: Non Original
Pickup, pots & wiring: Original
Pick Guard & Mounting Hardware: Not Sure. It Glows Under Black Light
Knobs: ... more
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1962 Gibson ES-125 TDC

1962 Gibson ES-125 TDC

Hillsborough, New Jersey, 088**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The 1962 Gibson ES-125 TDC is an electric guitar from the Gibson ES series. It features a cherry sunburst body color and belongs to the ES-125 model. This vintage guitar was released in 1962 and is a part of the Musical Instruments & Gear category under Guitars & Basses. Serial #81278.
... more
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1965 Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar ES-125TD 2 Pickup Conversion Vintage P-90s

1965 Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar ES-125TD 2 Pickup Conversion Vintage P-90's

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1965 & A Super Cool Player
Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar ES-125TD 2 Pickup Conversion
Original With The Exception Of Added Real 1950s P-90 (other is original to the guitar), Tuning Peg Bushings & Unsure of the Pots
SN 282670
Sounds & Plays Excellent
This is an older conversion that was done beautifully. Upon completion, a "D" magically appeared at the end of the ES-125T ink stamp
If your seeing something of concern not described below, please ask
* ... more
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1961 Gibson 125-ES serial no. 31467

1961 Gibson 125-ES serial no. 31467

Ashland, Oregon, 975**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson 1961 Cherry SunburstES-125
Serial no. 31467... more
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1965 Gibson ES-125 TC Vintage Hollowbody Guitar w /  1 11 / 16" Nut, Case

1965 Gibson ES-125 TC Vintage Hollowbody Guitar w / 1 11 / 16" Nut, Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1965 Gibson ES-125TC in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Introduced in 1960, this ES-125TC (Thinline Cutaway) model features all maple body construction and a nitro lacquer Cherry Sunburst top that has aged to a uniform trans amber. Produced in the first half of '65, this ES-125TC retains a full traditional 1 11 / 16" nut width
The tonewood complement is rounded out by a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck and Brazilian ... more
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1953 Gibson ES-140 3 / 4 scale archtop guitar

1953 Gibson ES-140 3 / 4 scale archtop guitar

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1953 Gibson ES-140, ¾ size, Tobacco Sunburst, Full body depth, P-90pickup, Comfortable to play, Light weight, Easy to get around the fingerboardon this scale length, Shows some wear and tear, Non original soft case
... more
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1950 Gibson ES-125 Archtop Guitar

1950 Gibson ES-125 Archtop Guitar

Skyforest, California, 923**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1950 Gibson ES-125 in players condition This guitar plays well, and sounds great. The P-90 has a lot of bark and bottom. The guitar is mostly original with exception of new tuners, tailpiece, and refret. Also has these really cool antique Sylvania radio knobs in place of the original volume / tone knobs that kinda?? gives it the 30s es-150 vibe. The guitar was refinished at some point, not the best job out there, but certainly adds to the mojo relic feel. Lots of genuine checking, scratches, and... more
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1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.