NGD vintage Gibson ES 125T

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  1. hnryclay

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    Purchased this yesterday, love the guitar looks like a replacement saddle, will be buying another one other than that really nice shape. Sounds great through the Deluxe Reverb. Seems to be a 64 model, from serial number. Will be installing some flatwounds and cleaning it up later today. 20210804_093112.jpg
     
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    Beautiful, I love it.

    About 25 years ago I had a buddy who owned one almost exactly like that, except as I recall his had a smaller single coil PU almost like a Strat. He paid almost nothing for it, and it definitely needed a fret job, but it sounded great and I've wanted one ever since. I had a recent made Casino, which came close.
     
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    When we lived in our old apartment in the '80's, a guy 2 doors down also played guitar, and he had this same Gibson model. I had an Electra Strat-style and we would jam a bit, from time to time

    I remember this guitar being so light and comfy ( I was in my 20's knew very little about so much), fantastic round C neck, (but not too fat), and loved the clear detailed tone ( the guy has a Peavey Vintage 4X10" hybrid amp, I would learn about much later...)

    Beautiful guitar! Fantastic player from what I remember

    Edit: doubtful ( $$!!), but you never know...this ES-125 and an old J-45 are two of the vintage Gibsons I would most love to own.
    Love the simplicity-fantastic-sounding, easy players, and understated beautiful!
     
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    These are so beautiful. Congrats and enjoy!
     
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    It is super light, and easy to play. That P-90 just sounds right.
     
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    Sweet! I owned an older version but never bonded with it. Played well - just didn't like the sound. Preferred my Silvertone. Wish I would have kept it because they have appreciated somewhat since then.
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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    A friend once had something similar to what you describe. I believe it was an ES 120-T. The pickup and controls were all integrated into a molded pickguard, if I recall correctly. It was considered a student model, in the class of a Melody Maker, only thin hollow body. It was a VERY sweet guitar, but the neck was on the thin side.

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    Yes, I have looked at the 120s as well, they have an odd pickup, kind of like a small P-90, I am not sure what the official name is but they sound like a rock and rill machine! I just have a hard time buying vintage online. I found this one local, and was able to get it a good price. It came with the original case as well, bit it is in a sad bit of repair.
     
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    BTW....years ago, Nile Rogers did a series on MTV, hosting other musicians, and he played along. He mostly played an ES125TC (cutaway) 3/4 size. Certainly different.
     
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    Nice 125 man! Interestingly enough, I was looking at them myself just a couple of days ago. Would love to have one but I got too many dang guitars as it is. I need to thin the herd first ;) Cool find! Enjoy! I bet it sounds terrific.
     
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    Nice find!

    If anyone has a jones for a 125T but wants to keep it cheap, the Grote "Jazz Hollow Body" at $169 is a pretty good choice.

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    Wow.... how the heck they make guitars like this for that sort of $ blows me away every time. Not to change the subject of the OP, but curious to know how's it sound and play to you?
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    Nice find! They are great sounding guitars, particularly through a deluxe reverb, perfect match:cool:

    Friend of mine had one and I got to play it through my DR:twisted:
     
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    Congrats, looks great! I've got a '67 TCD (or is it a TDC?) with many replacement parts. Sounds good through a 5E3 or an old Gretsch, too.

    D.H.
     
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    Yeah, it's crazy how you can get a decent guitar for so little. They must pay those Chinese workers about a buck a day.

    To be honest, I love this guitar. It's out on a stand all the time and gets a lot of play time. It has a wide-ish neck with a nice semi-chunky profile. I changed out the tuners to Gotoh locking tuners and it made a HUGE improvement. It now stays in tune for days. Also had a wooden bridge/saddle put on it. This also made a big difference.

    I'm not completely happy with the pickup. I think it would benefit from a better pickup, but I'm reluctant to put more money into it.
     
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    I still have my ES-120T. The pickup is called a P-60. I got mine in 1964, new as a Christmas present. I had an ES-125 TDC with a sideways tremelo but Isold it about a month I got it.
     
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    Nice!!!! congratulations.
     
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    First electric I ever owned, got stolen out of my car- never again! That was a bitter lesson well learned.
     
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