ES-120T Guitars

1966 Gibson ES-120T

Color: Teaburst, Rating: 9.00, Sold (ID# 00072)
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A Great Beginner's Guitar!

This great beginner's guitar weighs just 5.30 lbs. and has a nut width of just over 1 9/16 inches and a scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Single-bound laminated maple top, back, and sides, one-piece mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard with 20 jumbo frets and inlaid pearl dot position markers. Gold "Gibson" headstock decal. Closed-back Kluson Deluxe strip tuners with white plastic oval buttons. Black plastic "all-on-one-plate" pickguard extending over lower f-hole. One Melody Maker pickup (black plastic-covered single-coil pickup without adjustable polepieces) with an output of 6.84k, two controls (one volume, one tone), and jack input mounted on pickguard. Gold plastic bell-shaped knobs with metal tops. Rosewood bridge with pre-set compensating saddle and trapeze tailpiece with raised diamond on cross-bar. A minuscule amount of body checking, one tiny ding (the size of a match head) on the back of the guitar, and a few tiny marks on the sides and on the edges of the headstock. Otherwise a near mint example. Housed in the original Gibson black softshell case with red plush lining (8.50).

The ES-120T was introduced in early 1962 as the new economy model in the thinline series. "Built like the Melody Maker with an enlarged pickguard supporting the electronics, the 120T was essentially a budget version of the ES-125T. The cost gain brought about by the pickup and ready-to-install electronics enabled Gibson to market the 120T for $149.50 as opposed to $172.50 for the ES-125T" (A.R. Duchossoir, Gibson Electrics -- The Classic Years, p. 88).

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