Late 60's Guaytone LG-125T in a rare(r) colour

I've written about these great Guyatone LG-125T's before so I won't bore you with the details again and I've written about Guyatone MANY times so I won't go into that again either. Instead, I'll just tell you a little about this one that's heading over to the shop soon.

I'm a huge fan of these 'cause, well, they look great, they play great and they sound great which pretty much ticks all the boxes for a guitar. This one is a similar age to the white one in the other blog but is in a rarer (I use the term rare loosely as in "Fender rare") colour. Most of these 125s were white, with a few also coming out in sunburst and both of these look great. This red however is quite hard to find and I think suits this shape well. It's the same red used on the LG-150, which is more common in this colour. 


This one has the thin, light body in that Mosrite inspired shape and it's very comfortable to play. The necks on these (and this era Guyatones in general) are THIN and generally have few issues due to great timber drying processes used by most of the big Japanese manufacturers. 


The pickups are my favourite (kind of) Guyatone pickups being a P-90 style with slug magnets and very Mosrite in looks. The white one I have kept all these years actually has Mosrite pickups in it and it's still my favourite playing 125.

The hardware is all original with the unique Guyatone flat roller bridge used one this model and the vibrato based on the fender offset unit. The knobs on these were either the white plastic Guyatone made V and T knobs with 0 to 10 or the metal spun knobs as used mainly on the Sharp 5 and other mid to high end models like the LG-250T


Around this period of '67/68 Guyatone were making an incredible array of guitars and basses and some really spectacular shapes and designs. The Japanese guitar boom was just winding down but companies like this, Teisco and Matsumoku were still in full swing unaware of the bust that was approaching. Some of my favourite guitars ever made are from this period and these 125s are among them.

Aug 30 2018 Written By: Tim Brennan