Following the success of this guitar, in 1938 Gibson introduced a budget model known as the model ES-100. This instrument was based on Gibson's L-50 arch top acoustic guitar. A pickup was added to the body and placed in the bridge position.
Originally the pickup on this model was a blade style unit. In 1940 this changed to Gibson's first pole magnet pickup.
By 1941, the ES-100 was dropped from the line-up and replaced with the Gibson ES-125 model. Several changes in design occurred.
|ES-125 circa 1956|
The tuners, once again, were made by Kluson. The nickel plated tail-piece was trapeze style. The guitar was offered in sunburst.
In 1942, production stopped, due to the war. The model was reintroduced in 1946 when Gibson once again geared up for guitar production.
One notable ES 125T players is blues man Roy Rogers.
In 1962 Gibson came up with the ES-120T. This was a student instrument. The body and neck were similar to the ES-125T, except it only had one "F" hole.
All of the guitars electronics were fitted in to a large plastic scratch plate. This housed a thin single coil pickup with no visible pole-pieces, the volume and tone controls and the jack.
Between 1965 and 1970 Gibson produced 475 ES-125C and ES-125CD full bodied guitars. These came with one or two P90 pickups. George Thorogood favored the ES-125CD model.