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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-28-2010, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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1969 Gibson ES125

Hey guys,

I tried a 69 ES125 today and everything about it really appealed to me. These were designed to be a more affordable guitar but still built to a very high standard in the USA - a working man's guitar. This is a 'bare bones' guitar that can be built on to make the perfect guitar for whoever's it was.

This particular one has had a second P90 added as well as a new set of controls for it and a selector switch, so it isn't original, far from, but the condition is pretty decent. Finding a non-original, non-case-queen, to me is a great opportunity to buy a nice old guitar that doesn't have excessive mark-up for collectible value etc etc blah blah blah.

Couple of things though. I have a good idea of where these were supposed to fit into the market, who it was designed for, but does anyone here know any more about the ES125s?

More importantly, what sort of money do they go for? This one's 1.5k (GBP) which to me is ok, it's about what I'd be willing to pay for a guitar I like this much. To be honest if this one's worth more like 1250, I'd sooner pay the difference and get the one I know I love, but is it worth WAY less that 1500ish?

I appreciate this forum is aimed towards a certain kind of guitarist, but you never know who's lurking :-)

Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-28-2010, 02:02 PM
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Re: 1969 Gibson ES125

I'm definitely a fan of the 125/175 line of guitars. Is this one a 125C with the cutaway? I would think that would be a better bet for jazz playing. I like the P-90 for jazz as well, so I wouldn't swap out the pickups for something else if jazz or fusion is what you're thinking about playing on it. I don't know what they go for, as I haven't really looked at that market in a while. I usually end up daydreaming and looking at L4's anyway, so even when I do look for them I don't end up finding them

I went through 3 different ES-175D's before I got myself a '78 Ibanez FA-100, which I personally find to be a superior instrument. If you can find one of those, I think it would cost you less and have the humbuckers as well. You'd be able to play old school prog like Yes stuff on it too. All in all I really do think the late 70's Ibanez copies of the Gibsons are better than the Gibsons they copied - if you like the Gibson but not for the collectibility, just the vibe and playability, then look around for a period Ibanez and see what you find. Of course if you like the Gibby, get it, but there are as good out there.
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I totally agree, I'e seen some great Ibanez hollows, but more often than not they're really clean Bensons that somebody wants a load of money for.

Cheers dude :-)

And yes, it has the cutaway.
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I sent you a link to something I found on my favorite vintage Ibby site. Take a look
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So????? WTF happened dude?
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I think I'm gunna keep an eye on what's around for the time being, I didn't go for the 125 because (strangely) I think an ibanez would be so much cooler!

What was their GB10 equivalent called before it was a sig? I'm looking for a half thickness single cutaway with the f holes - preferably p90s and it has to be sunburst lol.
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I don't think there was a GB10 type guitar before the GB10. Maybe you could find an ES-137 used for a reasonable price though
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Were there any Semis/Hollows before the GB10? How much are early (70's?) GB10s going for?
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