Retrofret Stock # 7169. Gibson ES-140T Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1962), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 72980, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case. This ES-140T extremely cool little Gibson and a surprisingly great sounding guitar. The small 3/4 size ES-140T archtop was offered through much of the 1950's, described by Gibson as perfect for students, "ladies" or guitarists desiring a compact hollow archtop. Starting in 1956 the guitar was changed to a less than 2" deep thin-line body format, making for an even handier package. This extremely fine example shows few signs of use is in completely original condition. Looking deceptively almost like a toy ES-175 the ES-140T is in fact a fully professional quality instrument with a great-feeling round profile neck, single P-90 pickup, dark sunburst finish and simple trim. With a very small body cavity the tone is a quite a bit brighter and snappier than the typical ES-175 and other full-depth hollowbodies. This early 1962 ES-140T still looks identical to the 1950's versions except for the impressed serial number on the back of the headstock and the metal-capped knobs. The back of the headstock also carries a "2" stamp designating a factory second, though we can find no flaw apparent now. This guitar is simply fabulously well preserved, plays beautifully and has an amazingly big smooth tone for such a small instrument.Overall length is 37 in. (94 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 3/4 in. (578 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). This guitar is in beautiful, all original condition showing very little wear overall. There are some small nicks into the finish on the headstock face, other than that just light handling wear overall. Includes the rare 1950's brown pink-lined HSC that was a holdover on this slower-selling model; most Gibsons had move on to the black cases by 1962. A spectacular example, about the nicest we have seen and a great playing, superbly handy little guitar. Excellent + Condition.
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