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Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar

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When Gibson's carved-top guitar luthiers in Memphis began building the magnificent ES-137 Classic in 2002, it was an instant success that lived up to...Click To Read More About This Product

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Combines semi-hollowbody style and Les Paul sonics.

When Gibson's carved-top guitar luthiers in Memphis began building the magnificent ES-137 Classic in 2002, it was an instant success that lived up to its name. The ES-137 is an instant "Classic" because it combines the glories of two classic styles of Gibson cornerstone instruments. Players sang “ and still sing - its praises, citing the ES-137 Classic's great feel and gorgeous appearance, as well as its astonishing sonic versatility, from the smooth, round, clean tones required for old-school jazz to the snarl and distortion of cutting edge rock.

The ES-137 blends the looks and overall style of a single cutaway semi-hollowbody guitar and the sonic authority of a Gibson Les Paul Classic. It refines the basic design of earlier semi-hollowbody Gibsons by swapping the style's maple centerblock for solid mahogany to increase sustain and reduce feedback at even heavy metal volumes. With its single Florentine cutaway, the ES-137 Classic draws on the heritage of Gibson's earlier ES-135 and ES-175 models for historic inspiration, but sustain, sizzle, and some appealing non-traditional color options make it an absolutely contemporary instrument.

Although the ES-137 Classic also has a custom model, the Classic has plenty of design charm and individuality. It features a top, back, and rims made of visually appealing curly maple on a 16-inches wide, 20-inches long, and 2-inches deep body. The cream binding is multi-ply on top and single ply on the back as well as trapezoid fretboard inlays with the Custom Shop's world-class Les Paul Classics. But the 12th fret of the ES-137 sports a pearloid inlay "C" to denote its own classic status. And in addition to tri-burst and heritage cherry sunburst finishes, the ES-137 Classic also comes in ultra-modern blues burst and sliver shades.

The ES-137 Classic shares Gibson 490 R and 498 T pickups with chrome and gold hardware options, including a Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. The instrument's neck is sturdy three-ply maple supporting a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid inlays and single ply binding. It has a rounded profile and a 24-inch scale length and is 1 11/16th-inches wide at the nut. The tuners are Grover keystones. And complimenting the 490R and 498T humbuckers is the classic Gibson dual volume pot, dual tone pot, and three-way selector set configuration.

The ES-137 Classic comes strung with Gibson .010 Brite Wires and get a meticulous examination and dressing on one of the Custom Shop's state-of-the-art Pleck machines, ensuring optimum playability. With a black levant case, the ES-137 Classic leaves the Custom Shop ready to gig “ anywhere.

  • Semi-hollowbody
  • Light burst finish
  • Maple center block
  • Curly maple top, back, and rims
  • 3-ply maple neck
  • Rounded neck profile
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • 490R and 498T humbuckers
  • 2 Volume/2 Tone controls
  • 3-way pickup toggle
  • Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar
  • Grover keystone tuners
  • Multi-ply cream top binding
  • Single-ply back binding
  • Trapezoid pearloid fretboard inlays
  • 12th fret pearloid "C" inlay
  • Black levant hardshell case

Get yourself an instant classic and order the ES-137 now.


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Best Of Both Worlds

By flin1

from Wichita, Kansas

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Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

This might be the best guitar Gibson makes. It simply has no weaknesses and it looks bitchin'. You can play gorgeous cleans and with a stomp bring the dirt. Maybe I got lucky but the set up and intonation is perfect with no sting buzzes. Ya gotta check one of these out. I was stunned. All my buddies went nuts when they saw it. This is my 5th Gibby, 6 if you count my banjo, and it's my new fav. BTW, I also have a 335, and old U2, an Armstrong signature LP junior, and a faded V. They're all nice. This blue 137 made me hang my junior back up on the wall.
All the features of a Les Paul.
I can't find anything wrong with it.
This is a total sleeper in the Gibson lineup. I have no idea why you don't see more of these around and in big time stage shows. This baby can hang with any guitar on lthe planet.

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