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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by ScottJPatrick, Apr 10, 2021.

  1. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    Actually posted a pic of this in a couple of other threads recently but this is it's official NGD post on TDPRI. Turned 60 last month and decided to treat myself, sold a 1963 SG Special a couple of months ago so also felt a bit of a gap in my gear because of that.

    Had lots of nice guitars over the last 40 years and have a couple of Tele's I'm more than happy to gig with, plus a nice acoustic so really wanted something vintage, preferably with a P90 and something purely to enjoy in the house which is part of the reason I sold the SG, too valuable and fragile to gig with, useless for sitting on the couch at home. Always hankered after a single cut single P90 ES125 so went down that line seeking something. Trying to find one at a decent price these days isn't so easy.

    Wasn't even aware of these guitars until I saw one on Reverb, if I ever saw one in the past I've forgotten about it. Made an offer, got turned down but then saw one on eBay over here which was actually in better condition, made an offer and here we are. Ticks a lot of boxes, vintage Gibson, P90, gorgeous, perfect couch guitar! 1954 ES140 3/4 scale. Basically a 3/4 size ES175, 22 3/4'' scale so not that far away. Body is the same size as a Les Paul but 3 1/2'' deep. Nut width on this is the same as on my Tele's so no problem there, nice rounded neck, tuners changed but 18:1 ratio Kluson's so a lot easier to tune, don't mind the black buttons, don't look too out of place.

    Acoustically sounds really nice, carved maple top and back, mahogany sides, quite bright and a bit like a small parlour guitar as you would expect. Plugged in just gives all the tone you could ever need, the P90 is very adaptable, does twang to jazz with ease. Frets are original and quite thin, you certainly know when you don't fret it properly!

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  2. aeyeq

    aeyeq Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I like those. I have been through a few archtops, not expensive, and recently found a lawsuit Howard Roberts copy.

    What I like is the single PU. One PU, volume knob, tone knob (second tone knob on this one). Simple.

    Enjoy that beauty.
     
  3. Fendereedo

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    Beautiful, congratulations.
     
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    peteycaster Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    ooh yeah. Big thumbs up.
     
  5. TeleTubby

    TeleTubby Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    What a joy to find exactly what you're looking for- congrats on the beautiful acquisition!
     
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    Pretty guitar. Bet that one sounds sweet.
     
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    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    Wow. That’s beautiful.
     
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    Those black buttons are uptown!
     
  9. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    It is very clean for a '54, tailpiece has had a repair but not uncommon on these, there is some checking on the finish but difficult to see. Great little couch guitar, inspiring me to play more jazz/country blues type of things, jazz chords are a lot easier to play on this than on a Tele!

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  10. Speedfish

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    Love the Florentine cutaway! Congrats!
     
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  11. bender66

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    Beautiful.

    Been wanting a 175/225/295 type for awhile. Just found a full size copy myself.
     
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    Aaaahhh ...the Florentine.
    I think it looks better.
    VERY nice brother.
     
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    I’m gonna pile on here with another wow that’s nice comment:)
     
  14. Dan German

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    Well, isn’t that just spectacular! Congratulations!
     
  15. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks for the nice words guys, this thing really is special, 50's Gibson archtop's, wish I had bought a few back in the 80's when I was more into Kahler's and all that crap, if I knew then what I know now..............
     
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