MY FAVORITE AXE: Gibson ES-125T with Dustan Louque

Dustan_Louque BY Scott Simon

MY FAVORITE AXE with Dustan Louque

MAKE & MODEL
Vintage Gibson ES-125T

WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU
This is my dad’s guitar that was stored in a closet in our house.  I never touched it ’cause it meant a lot to my dad.  His Cajun dad saved up $2 bills to buy him that in the early ’60s.  When I was in Brooklyn and had become a musician on an MPC 2000, I got a little curious about the guitar as loop-based music became easier to make. When I found my way around the instrument, I remembered that beautiful, sunburst Gibson in the closet.  It was the best feeling to visit home and open the closet door and find it in its same place.

WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE
It’s a real twangy sounding guitar and more suited for a different style of playing than I’m used to, but I’ve gotten more comfortable with it over the years…It has soul and many songs are trapped in it.

SPECIAL FEATURES
There are no special features on it as it was a basic student model at the time.  There’s a volume knob and a tone knob for controls.  It had a special wooden bridge that I changed out for a more durable instrument.  I kept it, of course, in case I want the original. I’d never sell it or tour with it.  I think the pure twang is its true special feature.

CAN BE HEARD ON
It can be heard on “Don’t Let It Die” on my new record Campo Santo.  We put it through those classic Fender reverb and tremolo settings and let it ring out.

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3 Comments

  1. Kjetil Schjander

    April 11, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Hi,
    The guitar in the picture isn’t a 125t, but a 120t. The 125 has a plain cutaway and a single “dog eared” p90 pickup.
    Still,l undoubtedly a great guitar.

    • Benjamin Ricci

      April 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Actually, it is a 125t.

  2. Kjetil Schjander

    April 22, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Sorry, didn’t mean cutaway there, but pickguard. Unless it’s had its pickguard and pickup replaced, in which case it would be hard to tell, it’s a 120T.

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