Es-125

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by daniel89, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Cunningham26

    Cunningham26 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    34
    Posts:
    465
    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    Here's my L48 modded to do it's 125 impression. love it:

    [​IMG]
     
  2. KingHarvest

    KingHarvest TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    26
    Joined:
    May 24, 2011
    Location:
    Virginia
    ....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......?
     
  3. Mid Life Crisis

    Mid Life Crisis Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,990
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2007
    Location:
    Cambridge, England
    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.

    http://www.gibson.com/Files/downloads/bluebook/GibsonSERIALNUMBERS.pdf
     
  4. KingHarvest

    KingHarvest TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    26
    Joined:
    May 24, 2011
    Location:
    Virginia
    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!
     
  5. Cunningham26

    Cunningham26 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    34
    Posts:
    465
    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    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!
     
  6. axeornot

    axeornot Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    137
    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Location:
    the here & now region
    I agree man but I can't find the video you are speaking of. Post a link if you can.
     
  7. daniel89

    daniel89 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    156
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2011
    Location:
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  8. yangounet

    yangounet Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,157
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2011
    Location:
    Lyon france
    ES125 are awsome guitars.
     
  9. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    12,307
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2006
    Location:
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    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
    x=1954
    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.)
    1949 2000s
    1950 3000s to 5000s
    1951 6000s to 9000s

    Year Letter followed by Factory Order Number FON space and batch number
    ---- ------
    1952 Z
    1953 Y
    1954 X
    1955 W
    1956 V
    1957 U
    1958 T
    1959 S
    1960 R
    1961 Q

    source: http://home.provide.net/~cfh/gibson.html#serial
    and several other pages
     
  10. axeornot

    axeornot Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    137
    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Location:
    the here & now region
  11. stevieboy

    stevieboy Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    68
    Posts:
    5,913
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    the valley
    [​IMG]

    1959.

    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.
     
  12. jazztele

    jazztele Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    8,195
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Location:
    chicago
    Who said that? Folks love 125's over there.
     
  13. Steveareno

    Steveareno Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,204
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2010
    Location:
    Dogtown So Cal
    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?
    Swang on,
     
  14. daniel89

    daniel89 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    156
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2011
    Location:
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
    @ 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.
     
  15. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    14,247
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Location:
    Up North
    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.
    Cheers!

    ~ ST
     
  16. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    32,895
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Lubbock, TX
    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.
     

    Attached Files:

  17. gtr_5155

    gtr_5155 TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    24
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Location:
    Florida
    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.
     
  18. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    32,895
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Lubbock, TX
    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.
     
  19. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    13,893
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Spring City, Pa
    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.
    [​IMG]
    I had a lovely ES-125TDC that I had to sell during tough times.
     
  20. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    32,895
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Lubbock, TX
    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!?!
     

    Attached Files:

IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.