NGD first Gibson - 1965 ES 125T

RhythmFender

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Not a tele (already have one of those)

… So I got divorced last year and had some health stuff going on and still do, but long story short, life is good, I’m still alive, for now.

I was prepared to pay in this year with taxes and instead got a refund, so I’m treating myself to a new powered speaker as a home monitor and some new computer speakers to help my home projects and this here guitar.

Never owned a Gibson. Always been a fender guy. It’s my first guitar that’s older than me too.

Always wanted an old Gibson with a p-90, and this was apparently the easiest way to afford one.

1965 Gibson Es 125T

Not original tuners or bridge, and the pick guard is gone, so just a cool old player with what might be the greatest Neck I’ve ever experienced, but I’ve mostly only played my own guitars, and certainly nothing like this.

It’s very mellow, even with the tone knob all the way up. Pedals are fun with it. It rocks. It’s well worn and loved, but not abused, I don’t think. I may not keep it forever - just wanted it for a bit - or hell, maybe I will.

Includes pics of my humble rig for fun.

Sorry for the rambling. Gonna go play it some more. Just wanted to share.
 

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Engine Swap

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Very nice!

Back in 1986, a roommate offered me a Cherry, 1966 ES125. She wanted $400 which was a month’s worth of pay for me. I was also playing HC punk, so it’s probably for the best that I couldn’t afford it. It remember it had a thin neck and was very light. Very mellow “woody” tone.
 

papa32203

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Recently bought a (new) Guild T-50 slim. Similar features.
Best guitar purchase I have made in a long time!

Yours is definitely cooler- more original mojo, etc.

Had been looking for a 1960 ES125 (birth year)- decided not to spend the $$$ yet. Maybe some day.

Have fun with the Gibby!
 

sloppychops

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Not a tele (already have one of those)

… So I got divorced last year and had some health stuff going on and still do, but long story short, life is good, I’m still alive, for now.

I was prepared to pay in this year with taxes and instead got a refund, so I’m treating myself to a new powered speaker as a home monitor and some new computer speakers to help my home projects and this here guitar.

Never owned a Gibson. Always been a fender guy. It’s my first guitar that’s older than me too.

Always wanted an old Gibson with a p-90, and this was apparently the easiest way to afford one.

1965 Gibson Es 125T

Not original tuners or bridge, and the pick guard is gone, so just a cool old player with what might be the greatest Neck I’ve ever experienced, but I’ve mostly only played my own guitars, and certainly nothing like this.

It’s very mellow, even with the tone knob all the way up. Pedals are fun with it. It rocks. It’s well worn and loved, but not abused, I don’t think. I may not keep it forever - just wanted it for a bit - or hell, maybe I will.

Includes pics of my humble rig for fun.

Sorry for the rambling. Gonna go play it some more. Just wanted to share.
Cool guitar! I had an ES 125 years ago that a buddy sold me for very little. I stupidly sold it in the late 1990s when I thought I'd never play electric or steel string guitars again. I have a Grote now that's modeled after the ES 125T. Decent enough guitar, but it's no Gibson.
 

sloppychops

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Recently bought a (new) Guild T-50 slim. Similar features.
Best guitar purchase I have made in a long time!

Yours is definitely cooler- more original mojo, etc.

Had been looking for a 1960 ES125 (birth year)- decided not to spend the $$$ yet. Maybe some day.

Have fun with the Gibby!
Can you post a review of your Guild? I'm kind of interested in those. Seems like it would be a big step up from the Grote copy I have, but still a lot less than an ES 125T
 

nojazzhere

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Can you post a review of your Guild? I'm kind of interested in those. Seems like it would be a big step up from the Grote copy I have, but still a lot less than an ES 125T
IMHO, the Grote copies are outstanding. I have a Grote version of the ES 335, but played a Grote ES 125-style, and loved it.....just didn't need more in my arsenal. ;)
 

drmordo

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I have a buddy who gigged one of those in the 90s until the frets were the worst I have ever seen. His looked exactly like yours. Sounded fantastic and played great in the beginning.

Congrats!!!
 

jayyj

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Gorgeous! 1965 is one of my favourite years for Gibson, I've owned several (my avatar is a '65) and they've all been fantastic, as a sweet spot between quality and asking prices they're really great.
 




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