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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by daniel89, Oct 24, 2011.
Here's my L48 modded to do it's 125 impression. love it:
....soooo, none of you guys who own these es-125's have any idea how to date them or if a four digit number in the lower f-hole would be the serial number......?
Have a look at this from the Gibson website - you want to look at the last two pages on the FON (Factory Order Number) system that was used on certain models like the es125 in the 50s. That might help.
Hey, thanks a lot Mid Life! I scoured that thing looking for numbers, but the only one I found was that four-digit one in the lower f-hole. According to that link, it looks like I should've found a white or orange label with the serial number in the upper f-hole. I'm wondering if it's possible it could've fallen off & maybe out of the guitar somewhere along the line? Anybody ever heard of anything like that? Because I definitely looked it over closely, and used a flashlight to peer inside the f-holes....
EDIT: Sorry! I re-read your post, and I see I missed the bit about looking for the F.O.N. The weird thing is, I did see a symobol, but it was really weird looking, and didn't look like a letter. I think I did try and get a picture though, so I'll have another look and see if I can't interpret it. Thanks again!
I'd say post some pictures of the numbers when you can. Gibson was all over the place with the serials, so the blue book may not be the end-all-be-all in terms of what it should be vs. what it is. my L48 doesnt even have a serial and hell could be an early L50 or just some partscaster made from spare bits for all I know!
I agree man but I can't find the video you are speaking of. Post a link if you can.
Lenny Breau - Georgia (CBC's A Touch of Jazz ca.1961)
another ES-125 master: Martijn van Iterson
love love love his tone. What amazing player. Modern yet traditional (how does that even make sense!?).
ES125 are awsome guitars.
I sent this to you in a PM but I thought I wouls post it here for everyone else as well in case they are looking for dating information.
I was told that mine was a 53 when I bought it... but I just researched the serial number and mine is a 1954
The serial number in mine is X8411 3
8411 is the factory order number
3 is the 3rd one made in that batch
1947 700s to 1000s
1948 1100s to 3700s ('Script' logo no longer used, block logo used.)
1950 3000s to 5000s
1951 6000s to 9000s
Year Letter followed by Factory Order Number FON space and batch number
and several other pages
Thanks man! Turns out I have seen this before...Some of it is in a documentary on LB that I have. Cool stuff!
Love this guitar, keep it by my bed and grab it and play it a lot, mostly unplugged. But it's cool plugged in too. Just seeing it every day is a pleasure.
Nice to hear them put to such good use in those videos.
Who said that? Folks love 125's over there.
Been looking for one for one of these for a while. I really like look of the non-cutaway thick body version and dig that 50's jazz, fat tone. The necks seem a little narrow. I guess that varies a little by year. A friend had a mid 60's cutaway 125 that had a really skinny pencil neck. If I ever find a fat neck one, I might pounce. Are the P-90's noisy?
@ Jeff, just read a thread there where people see complaining about rattlers and that they were "cheap". I guess I should have done a little more research...
@last poster, the P90's seem like a standard hum to me. I don't usually have mine turned up too loud though. They do have a nice bite when needed, and are generally my favorite pickup, besides my '52RI neck pick up.
If they don't like your guitar, don't let them play it.
The materials and workmanship that went in to them is pure Mojo.
I Hope it serves you well for decades to come.
As for me, I advise you to never turn your back on that guitar while I am in the same room with it.
The best old ES-125 that I have come across was from 1947. IT had the 'big slug' polepiece P-90, which puts out a hotter signal compared to the adjustable polepiece p-90's. Simply fantastic. BAsic guitars....they can be charming players....and good musicians can make good music with them.
They are the low end of the laminated wood, P-90 big hollow body Gibsons.
Since we are sharing various laminated P-90 guitars....here is my late '53 ES-350.
I love the p-90 slug pickups.No magnets underneath,as the slugs ARE magnets.Just like a Strat,but much fatter.Faster attack,too. I have been making reissue McCarty add on pickguard/floating P-90 assemblies for some of my acoustic archtops.These look like the 1940's/1950's ones as seen in the Gibson Book.Kent Armstrong was making these pickups for me,and I think he now even makes a factory wound version.I don't know how to add pix,but someday I'll figure it out.
guitar155, to post pics directly from your computer, use the 'Post Reply ' function. below the reply 'box', you will see 'Manage Attachments'. Hit that button, and you will be taken to a function that will guide you and let you post pics.
Wally! You're my hero!
My jones for an early 350 or Byrdland is a matter of public record.
That's a BEAUTY.
This is as close as I get.
I had a lovely ES-125TDC that I had to sell during tough times.
Charlie, is that an early ES-175 with a tailpiece/bridge from an ES-295?
HEre is another shot of my Blonde. She is jsut as pretty when she is walking away as she is coming, ain't she? ADN...another shot right before we go for a ride on the Softtail!?!