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66 Gibson ES-125 CD

Rarest of all 125s, 1st year production vintage Gibson


It may look like a 175, but it's actually a very rare 125, first year of production, all original and in the coolest faded sunburst (like a light iced tea burst).

Make no mistake, this is a solid investment piece. The 125 CD (cutaway double pickup) was made only in very small numbers from 1966 to 1970. Gibson pulled it from the range because it was virtually a 175 but at a lower cost. Indeed it sounds just like a 50s ES-175 with its P-90 pickups.

This guitar has some wonderful features. Check out the pickguard. That’s called firestripe tortoiseshell, and yes, you guessed it, firestripe tortoise is rare stuff. It’s marked 2 on the back of the headstock, meaning it was originally sold as with some surface blemish (often to Gibson employees of course!) Now it's got just the right amount of finish checking to give it a true vintage feel. The metal bridge compliments the warm P-90 pickups giving a well balanced tone that's not stuck in the '50s.

Everything on this guitar is original and it has no buckle marks on the back, no dings, no wear on the neck and no wear on the frets which stand tall and proud as they must have done when it was first finished. Indeed, a truly choice collector’s piece.

ES-125 Features

  • 16¼” wide laminated maple archtop guitar with f-holes and pointed cutaway
  • Body 3 3/8" deep
  • Black and ivoroid body binding
  • Maple sides and back
  • Firestripe tortoise pickguard
  • Mahogany neck
  • Neck joins at 15th fret, 20 fret fingerboard
  • 1-9/16” width at nut
  • 24¾" scale length
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot markers
  • Adjustable Tune-O-Matic chrome bridge
  • Chrome trapeze tailpiece
  • Kluson Deluxe ‘three on a plate’ tuners
  • Gold reflector cap volume and tone knobs
  • Double P-90 pickups
  • Cherry sunburst finish, now faded to “iced tea” sunburst
  • Original Gibson plush lined soft shell case, with Gibson logo screen print

Vintage Gibson ES-125 CD

Gibson ES125 CD, Cutaway, double P-90 pickups, faded (iced tea) cherry sunburst
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S/N: R158
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