Up for sale, a 1952 Gibson ES-125 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This guitar is very original aside from a set of replacement tuner buttons and a professional refret, with a vibrant two-tone sunburst finish and stock P-90 pickup. Fully hollow with an arched maple top and back, mahogany sides, and a 16 1/4" lower bout, the ES-125 is a classic, golden-era Gibson Jazz Box with a warm and articulate P-90 tone. The pickup is wound quite hot, reading 9.03k ohms and delivering the growl and midrange content associated with this pickup design. It truly doesn't get any simpler or more elegant than this, and whether you're playing complex Jazz chords or wanting a powerful and present tone for a bit of Americana twang and snarl, this ES-125 is an excellent choice. At 5lbs 2oz, this Gibson is featherweight and has a crisp acoustic tone that projects well and is faithfully captured by the pickup. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this ES-125 with comfortable, low action and 11-50 nickel flatwound strings.
The neck has a well rounded full C shaped profile that's just shy of "baseball bat" territory, with full shoulders and consistent depth as you move up the neck. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports pearl dot inlay and a professional refret with medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays well with no buzzing or dead spots, and the truss rod is responsive, with a neck that meets the body at an ideal angle and plenty of room for future adjustment at the bridge. There is some light wear into the rosewood beneath the plain strings in the first position, but nothing that affects playability in any way. The nut is a full 1 11/16" in width, and the original nut is intact. The stock Kluson Deluxe no-line tuning machines are intact on the headstock and fitted with new white buttons. These tuners show light patina on the gear housings, but still turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should. Inset from the tuner strips, there are a few extra tiny screw holes from a different set of tuners which were at one time installed on this guitar, and the ferrules are a modern set of similar size to the originals. The stock truss rod cover is intact, and the gold "Gibson" silkscreen is present as well.
The body features all of its original hardware, with an original single-ply transparent tortoise pickguard, nickel trapeze tailpiece, tall amber speed knobs, and compensated, floating Brazilian rosewood bridge. The P-90 also has its unique, more rounded early pickup cover, and the wiring harness is original, visible through the treble side F hole. Also visible through this F hole, the original factory order number with "Z" prefix is intact and inked stamped on to the back of the body, conclusively dating this guitar to 1952.
Cosmetically, this guitar is in excellent overall shape, especially considering its vintage, with zero cracks or repairs and very light, uniform finish checking across the entire body. The top has less arch beneath the bridge due to decades of downward pressure, although all braces are intact and in great shape. There are some chips around the edges of the headstock and small nicks on the back of the neck profile, although nothing that affects playability or structural integrity in the slightest. There is also wear down to the bare mahogany in a couple localized spots behind frets 2-3 from honest use. The nitro lacquer sunburst finish is completely original, and there are also some assorted nicks and dings on the body as a whole, with some light finish scratches on the back in particular. As the photos show, this is a clean and well kept instrument that's very nearly 100% stock.
A modern hardshell case is included. The case has the "Washburn" name on the exterior and fits and protects this archtop well!