A unique and extremely rare version of the ES-125TDC, circa 1968, with Gibson embossed on P90 cover (Neck), Cherry sunburst and brown Mahogany headstock. All original parts, save the bridge, which the original owner replaced with a Grotoh TOM. The embossed Gibson P90 neck cover is something extremely unusual for this model, and the (clear bobbin) P90s pickups sound absolutely incredible in this vintage guitar. Although the serial dates it to 1968-69, it has a “1035” FON printed inside the guitar, which I can’t yet connect to a more specific time.


This gem was gigged extensively as the main guitar for an East coast jazz guitarist for better part of 4 decades. It is in excellent working condition considering its age, and shows all the battle scars you'd expect from a musician's guitar - some wear on the bass-side finish, as well as a few bruises on the back of the neck and top of the head stock. The top finish still looks incredible, showing plenty of character with the age-appropriate checking, despite a few nicks on the bass side. There is something about this guitar that just simply transports you to a different time. It truly is a joy to play. According to GuitarPlayer, the ES-125TDC could be the most underrated guitar on the vintage market, and one can see why - from rockabilly to blues to jazz, it can do it all.


Please note, that the frets and finger board show the wear you'd expect from a well-played guitar, but do not hinder playability in any way. I opted not to replace them, as I wanted to keep as much of its original vintage elements and character as possible. Whether you choose to replace the frets and upgrade them, or leave them be - it all depends on what you want out of this guitar. There is ample mojo and history here to spare which I, personally, wouldn't want to mess with.


Additional notes: there are no cracks, breaks, or deep scratches anywhere on the body or neck of the guitar. The neck is straight and the truss rod works as expected. It also comes with its original hard case in very good condition as well.


Instrument: Hollow Body

Brand: Gibson

Model: ES-125TDC

Finish: Sunburst

SKU: GE1948-A

Handedness: Right

Made In Year: 1968

Body Material: Maple Ply

Finish Material: Gloss Nitrocellulose

Neck/Fingerboard: Mahogany/Rosewood

Radius: 12"

Weight: 5.4"

Scale Length: 24.75"

Nut Width: 1.573"

Neck Profile: Thin D

Neck Thickness: 1st-0.816" 10th-0.982"

Electronics: 2 Vol 2 Tone 3 Way Switch, original Gibson P-90s

Pickup Impedance: Bridge-8.24K Neck-8.50K

Contains Brazilian Rosewood (Y/N): Y

Case: HSC

Modifications/Repairs: Added thumbwheels to prevent post lean