Gibson ES125D - I may have a chance, but need to sell gear...

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  1. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Ive always wanted the Epiphone Century, mainly because of the style and the 25.5 scale..

    but I also want the Gibson branded ones, like the ES125, and this model has not be reissued by Gibson (I could be wrong, please correct me).. so it's always been a dream for me..

    and then this one showed up in the classifieds.. not sure if Im gonna take a chance on this.. but this would mean selling gear.. its still quite pricey, but about 2-3 guitars worth..

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    Nice. Looks like it's actually a "TD" - Thin, Double Pickup.

    FWIW, nut looks like it's been replaced.
     
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    Do you know the year? What's the serial number?
     
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    That's a beauty - it looks to be in great condition...
    The action is a bit high - maybe the bridge needs moving over too?
     
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  5. dreamingtele

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    Unfortunately no.. I dont want to ask for the details if I'm not actually sure I want to buy. hehehe

    The ad says this..

    "Fantastic guitar, plays great, no issues. I. Believe it’s a 50’s era judging from the neck. I think some hardware has been replaced over the years. Solid gigging guitar"

    I havent made my mind on it yet.. I dont want to sell 3/4 of the guitars I use as this isnt a holy grail for me.. Its just something I really love the way it looks.. and I love P90's..

    If only Epiphone made a 2-p90 pickup century inspired, id be all over that.. but recent quality epiphones have been hit or miss for me so I really dont want to buy sight unseen..

    I may as well just buy a Godin?
     
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    If you're that worried, buy a Casino.
    Most are very good, some are excellent.
    Or if you can find a Sorrento.
    If that 125 has a "ski jump" and most do, it will take significant work to sort it out.
    It sure is cool, though!
    Not long ago, those non-cutaways were cheap....like 4-door cars.
     
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    I had to google that "ski jump" out! man, I hope it doesnt have it! My luthier is very good, but he's expensive, and I wouldnt want that kind of expense..

    Maybe a newer guitar would be better. LOL..
     
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    If EVER I buy it, it will go straight to my luthier for assessment and set up.. He's one of the best and loves to work on one piece bridges like this one.. so it will give him a bit of enjoyable time setting this up..

    I dont plan on baby-ing this as this needs to be in tip-top playing condition as I will gig the hell out of this before I grow too old to play.
     
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    The nuts on those were usually nylon, so you should be able to tell if it's been replaced.




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    I've got one of those on the bench right now for a refret.

    It's a 1959 single p90

    Good news for you is that Gotoh makes drop in replacement tuners that look vintage, but don't require any new holes. A great solution if your old ones have too much play after 60 years.

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    thank you sir!

    I'm still deciding! It's a lot for me, and IF EVER, it would be my first vintage..
     
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    I love my 56 ES125. Single P90 full depth. It needs work on frets, has cosmetic flaws but is all straight and solid.

    Try before you buy - I don't think they're too rare.
     
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    Looks like a great guitar. But try to get some details and photos on the neck angle, bridge and action so you don't have any surprises down the road.
     
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    i’m in contact with the seller, if I can arrange a time to inspect I’ll take this into account.


    i really want the single p90 too, but i really love a P90 on the bridge position so this model + body shape(no cutaway) really ticks all the boxes for me. Lol
     
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    I don't know that I've seen a lot of thinline, dual pickup versions. I'd assume it sounds awesome. It looks awesome. The only knock on the 125's, is the upper fret access.
     
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    I have to add - nobody ever beat the old Gibson sunburst, just gorgeous !
     
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    Looks great! I've been eyeing up the James Bay Century myself, I'm sure much cheaper than this one, but with significantly less mojo!
     
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    I think you're right.
    The vast majority of them are single pu.
     
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    I have a 125-TDC, and one thing to consider is if you are going to be playing it onstage. I have never had luck playing mine in a band setting. It just howls with feedback every time. There's gotta be a way to do it, but I don't know how people like Gary Clark Jr. play a Casino or similar at the volumes they do without it sounding like a 727 taking off.
     
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