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Maple Street Guitars - Acoustic, Classical & Electric Guitars

Used Electric Guitars


Gibson: ES-125

(Item ID: ES-125    Serial#: V7743 33)

Gibson ES-125 1956 Gibson ES-125 (FON V7743-33)

While the ES-125 was initially released as a modestly-priced student model, these guitars have a ton of character and have become increasingly popular amongst a whole new generation of players seeking instruments with simple, yet distinctive voices. On this note, the raw, cutting, and honest voice of the iconic 50ís Gibson P-90 is a refreshing dose of simplicity that encourages one to just push the guitar and explore dynamics. At a glance a single neck position P-90 could seem limiting, yet the pickup is surprisingly versatile. There is the treble and midrange bite that only a single coil can deliver, but the additional winding and pickup placement itself adds bass and low-midrange warmth to the voice while boosting output. Moreover, with the added benefit of adjustable poles, the player can readily customize the pickupís response. As a result, by simply working a bit with the tone and volume these ES-125's can render everything from a smoky jazz tone to a raspy breakup. With a soupcon of additional midrange control, particularly midrange cut, the player will encounter new frontiers of unexpected balance and clarity, particularly in scenarios where overdrive is being applied.

Apart from their amplified applications, the ES-125 models are surprisingly fun when played acoustically. Though their acoustic voice is more focused and certainly not as broad and powerful as your granddadís old J-45, there is an appealing intimate and unrefined je ne se qua about strumming an old ES-125 sans amplifier. Itís the sort of tone that just conjures images of sitting on the stoop on a summer evening after a long hard day of work: youíve ditched the tie for a t-shirt, thereís a fresh beer beading with sweat at your side, and, with the first sip and strum, you play along with the setting of the sun as all your troubles slip away. Truly, it is easy to appreciate the ES-125 in those moments when an acoustic guitar is too much and when the an unamplified electric guitar is too little ó perhaps the late night hours when one doesnít want to disturb others, or maybe those times when you just donít feel like fussing with an amp. Of course, it is the jack-of-all-trades personality of the ES-125 that makes it such a unique and fun guitar that will surely earn its place in any playerís stable.

This particular ES-125 rolled off the line in 1956 and appears to have been well-kept but enthusiastically played since. Itís most recent owner has owned the guitar since the early 70ís. Apart from some normal wear and tearóthe errant scratch or dingóthe guitar has no significant cosmetic wear and thus we rate it in ďvery good+Ē condition. The original Kluson Deluxe tuners have been replaced with Grover Rotomatics, but the guitar is otherwise original. When the guitar arrived, we noted that it had significant fret wear on the first six frets to the point where leveling and re-crowning was out of the question; yet, the remainder of the frets were in very good condition (almost no wear at all). Subsequently, we have partially re-fretted the guitar and given it the standard thorough Maple Street Guitars setup, such that this ES-125 is now feeling foot-loose, fancy-free, and ready to make some music! For any player looking for a fun and interesting vintage guitar or that certain special P90 flavor without dropping major bucks, this old Gibson will deliver more than its price might suggest.

This guitar includes a non-original flat top hard case. (used)

Our Price: $1995.00

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