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Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar  

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    Takes the famous ES-135 to the next level.

    The Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar is the first Gibson archtop to employ a mahogany center block for reduced feedback and greater sustain. Other features are all Gibson deluxe: laminated curly maple body, binding on top and bottom, bound fingerboard, rosewood fretboard with pearloid trapezoid inlays, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stop tailpiece, and 490R and 498T humbuckers. Chrome or gold hardware. Includes Gibson deluxe hardshell case.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features
    • Laminated curly maple body
    • Maple neck
    • Mahogany center block to reduce feedback and add sustain
    • Multiple bound body on top, single bound on back
    • Bound fingerboard
    • Nut width: 1.6875"
    • Scale: 24-3/4"
    • Rosewood fingerboard
    • Pearloid trapezoid inlay
    • "C" inlay at the 12th fret
    • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch
    • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stop tailpiece
    • 490R pickup in the rhythm position (same as on LP Studio or LP Custom)
    • 498T pickup in the treble position

    Hey! You deserve a great guitar. Go ahead and get it for yourself today.

     
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    GibsonES-137 Classic Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

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    ES-137 Classic (Blue). A keeper!

    SUMMARY: Ive been on the hunt for a quality semi-electric for over a year now. I tried a high end Epiphone, and then a high end Ibanez. Had to return them. There...Read complete review

    SUMMARY: Ive been on the hunt for a quality semi-electric for over a year now. I tried a high end Epiphone, and then a high end Ibanez. Had to return them. There were too many little issues with them. I finally realized I had to spend the extra bucks and go Gibson. OK. If you want Gibson tone, Gibson quality, and Gibson craftsmanship you've got to just buy a Gibson! My first choice was the ES-339. I discovered that the Memphis circuit had some design issues. Didnt like it. The pickup mount on the neck pickup was backwards. The toggle switch was sticking when in the neck-position, and the nut slots were not cut correctly. The intonation and action was terrible. It was definitely poor quality control on this one. Im not saying all 339s are like this but the one I got was like this (bad luck?). To top it off, the 57 humbuckers were really muddy and muffled. I just didnt like them. Maybe Gibson should have put the 490/498 pick-ups on this one? Anyway, after one gig, I returned this puppy . I said to myself. Lets give it one more shot with a ES-137 Classic. (I got the blue one. Get the blue one!). This guitar sent chills up my spine when I opened the case! (The case is real nice! Has an extra silk cover that lays over the guitar). Everything with the finish was absolutely flawless. So I got all my tools out (neck wrench, tuner, screw drivers for bridge adjustments, and a new set of strings.) This is kind of a standard thing when you get a new axe you know, adjust everything right, because they usually got it wrong at the factory. But before I did anything, I decided to just tune it up and give it a try. Wow! The action was perfect. The intonation was perfect. The string gauge was perfect. No fret buzz. Stays in tune. What was this, the perfect set-up? YES! The 490 / 498 humbuckers are so much better than the 57 humbuckers (IMO). They are bright and punchy, but still have that classic Gibson tone. I think these are the best pickups Gibson is making these days. Back to the guitar. The neck is sooooo nice. Hefty and smooth. I love the 60s Gibson neck designs (like this). The frets are polished and perfect. No ruff edges. All the tone and volume controls work perfect, and the nut is cut exactly right. This guitar is probably the BEST guitar Ive owned! Now Ive been playing for over 40 years, and Ive owned every brand name guitar there is (Gibson, Fender, Rick, Gretsch.). Right now, I own 5 pro guitars (this is #6). This particular model (the ES-137 Classic) is the probably one of THE BEST instruments Gibson is producing right now. Its truly the best kept secret. It is dripping with quality craftsmanship, and the design is very intelligent with the mahogany center block etc. I would pick this guitar over the ES-335 / 345 / 339 / 330 or Les Paul hands down. Unless you start writing checks for over 5K, youre not going to find a better instrument in this class of guitars. Buty the ES-137 Classic. I would highly recommend this guitar! You will not be sorry. This is a keeper (along with my G&L Legacy).
    The mahagany center block and thick '60's neck are features that set this guitar above other's in it's class. I only gave this a "9" because I personally like a 'master volume control'... similar to what Gretsch uses on thier guitars. However, I use a volume pedal anyway, so it's not that big of a deal. The cutaway is just right... and you can still grab those high notes when you need too. Everything else with guitar is 'standard Gibson'.
    This instrument is excellent quality. You can tell it came from the Gibson Custom shop. The case is also very high quality, and includes a nice silk sheet to cover the guitar after you place it in the case.
    It is amazing that you can get a Gibson guitar with this quality for this price! The value is excellent. Gibson should be asking more than what they are listing this for.

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    Gibson in Decline

    First let me say that I grew up in the days when made in the USA really meant something. Days when Fender and Gibson turned out the best guitars that most of us could...Read complete review

    First let me say that I grew up in the days when made in the USA really meant something. Days when Fender and Gibson turned out the best guitars that most of us could aspire to. Gibson quality is so hit and miss that I have just purchased and returned my last one. The ES 137 is a truly a striking guitar at first blush. When mine arrived, I opened the case to find it filled with not only my new guitar but also a large amount of wood shavings and saw dust. I had to take the guitar outside to remove it so that I didn't make a mess in the living room. The case took nearly 10 minutes to clean and to make it safe for the guitar. The guitar finish was better than average over most of the guitar body with the exception of the headstock which was not buffed out at all. It had heavy lacquer runs covering all but 15% of the headstock. It was so bad that it could be seen across the living room. The guitar sounded good but not great and there was string buzz on the first and second string. The frets did't appear to be level but I decided not to check any further and just return it, after all it was brand new. So here is the issue as I see it. Gibson can build a very nice instrument and some times they do. But not all the time. They are capable of pride in their craftsmanship which happens sometimes too. They are not consistent in their build quality or their presentation and that is really too bad. I have never purchased a foreign made guitar that came with a handful of wood shavings in the case and an unfinished headstock. I think that is over the top. I have been playing the guitar for over 50 years and would have thought that I would never say that my ESP-LTD Asian made guitar had better craftsmanship than a Gibson from the Custom Shop. I am still looking for that special go to guitar and I am sorry to say that it won't be a Gibson. If you get a good ES 137 cherish because it has the potential to be an heirloom.

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    5.0

    Monster guitar for the money!

    By Lucasf89

    from Winston-Salem, NC

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good fret access
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • very versatile

    Cons

    • Painted logo

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

    I recently purchased the guitar used on [@], for about $1500. I don't have anything really negative say about the guitar. Good playability, good pickups, stays in tune, GREAT, warm, woody tone. Like a fatter Les Paul with sweeter highs. Suprisingly good access to the upper frets as well. People complain about it, but its really about the same as a standard Les Paul, I can play in the upper "A" pentatonic box with ease. The only thing I would say as a con(and this is purely aesthetic,) would be that I think for a guitar this expensive, it should have the Mother-of-Pearl inlaid Gibson logo instead of the painted on version. Love it! I play loud rock with a fair amount of gain and the feedback is controllable ala Ted Nugent. Highly recommend this axe!

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just like a hollowbody les paul! (without the weight)

    By Big Rand

    from Traverse City Michigan

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    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

    I would like to try the Custom with the varitone switching, but overall I would rate this guitar a 10
    Love this guitar! it has a big ballsy tone, and is very comfortable to play. Sits in a nice comfortable position. Not heavy, but sounds heavy. Wailing controlable feedback. Great for Rock, Blues or Jazz. Comfortable neck. Not as thick as a 59 Paul, but not as thin as a 69 slim taper neck. Pickups are hot and growl, but have a sweet clean tone when you turn the volume down.
    Mine is a 2003, so I am not sure how the quality is now, but mine is great!
    A bit pricey, but it is a handmade Gibson.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Total Sleeper!

    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

    I have a blue one with gold hardware. It has exceeded all expectations. I have a 335, an LP Jr, a faded V, and an old U2 Stealth. Honestly, every time I pick up any of them I think that's my fav, but this one really is my fav. It feels great, look great and has killer tone. I had my luthier put 9s on it and tweak it a little and it's perfect. You don't really hear much about these and rarely see them on stage in shows, but these are the sleepers in the Gibson line. Maybe people think these are for jazz or maybe rockabilly but I'll tell you right now, these babys can crank out anything you wanna play. The next time you're at your local guitar store, go pick one up.
    Same as a Les Paul, I think.
    I now have 5 Gibbys and this is my fav.
    This baby will hang with any hollowbody on the planet.

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    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ES-137 Classic (Blue). A keeper!

    By JBM

    from St.Louis, MO

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    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

    SUMMARY: Ive been on the hunt for a quality semi-electric for over a year now. I tried a high end Epiphone, and then a high end Ibanez. Had to return them. There were too many little issues with them. I finally realized I had to spend the extra bucks and go Gibson. OK. If you want Gibson tone, Gibson quality, and Gibson craftsmanship you've got to just buy a Gibson! My first choice was the ES-339. I discovered that the Memphis circuit had some design issues. Didnt like it. The pickup mount on the neck pickup was backwards. The toggle switch was sticking when in the neck-position, and the nut slots were not cut correctly. The intonation and action was terrible. It was definitely poor quality control on this one. Im not saying all 339s are like this but the one I got was like this (bad luck?). To top it off, the 57 humbuckers were really muddy and muffled. I just didnt like them. Maybe Gibson should have put the 490/498 pick-ups on this one? Anyway, after one gig, I returned this puppy . I said to myself. Lets give it one more shot with a ES-137 Classic. (I got the blue one. Get the blue one!). This guitar sent chills up my spine when I opened the case! (The case is real nice! Has an extra silk cover that lays over the guitar). Everything with the finish was absolutely flawless. So I got all my tools out (neck wrench, tuner, screw drivers for bridge adjustments, and a new set of strings.) This is kind of a standard thing when you get a new axe you know, adjust everything right, because they usually got it wrong at the factory. But before I did anything, I decided to just tune it up and give it a try. Wow! The action was perfect. The intonation was perfect. The string gauge was perfect. No fret buzz. Stays in tune. What was this, the perfect set-up? YES! The 490 / 498 humbuckers are so much better than the 57 humbuckers (IMO). They are bright and punchy, but still have that classic Gibson tone. I think these are the best pickups Gibson is making these days. Back to the guitar. The neck is sooooo nice. Hefty and smooth. I love the 60s Gibson neck designs (like this). The frets are polished and perfect. No ruff edges. All the tone and volume controls work perfect, and the nut is cut exactly right. This guitar is probably the BEST guitar Ive owned! Now Ive been playing for over 40 years, and Ive owned every brand name guitar there is (Gibson, Fender, Rick, Gretsch.). Right now, I own 5 pro guitars (this is #6). This particular model (the ES-137 Classic) is the probably one of THE BEST instruments Gibson is producing right now. Its truly the best kept secret. It is dripping with quality craftsmanship, and the design is very intelligent with the mahogany center block etc. I would pick this guitar over the ES-335 / 345 / 339 / 330 or Les Paul hands down. Unless you start writing checks for over 5K, youre not going to find a better instrument in this class of guitars. Buty the ES-137 Classic. I would highly recommend this guitar! You will not be sorry. This is a keeper (along with my G&L Legacy).
    The mahagany center block and thick '60's neck are features that set this guitar above other's in it's class. I only gave this a "9" because I personally like a 'master volume control'... similar to what Gretsch uses on thier guitars. However, I use a volume pedal anyway, so it's not that big of a deal. The cutaway is just right... and you can still grab those high notes when you need too. Everything else with guitar is 'standard Gibson'.
    This instrument is excellent quality. You can tell it came from the Gibson Custom shop. The case is also very high quality, and includes a nice silk sheet to cover the guitar after you place it in the case.
    It is amazing that you can get a Gibson guitar with this quality for this price! The value is excellent. Gibson should be asking more than what they are listing this for.

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dandy Guitar

    By Jay Christian

    from Illinois

    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

    I bought this as used and returned which is no big deal. I saved bucks. I had not played much for two years and so I left the setup as received and played until I was back in shape. Then I set it up to my specs and installed Elixer 10s. VERY nice now. I have owned more than 40 guitars, 30 of them Gibsons. This custome shop guitar is as good as any. I have the cherry sunburst. Nice chunky neck. You won't be sorry if you buy this guitar. Peace

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You're Not Getting This One Back

    By BT-..CyT

    from St, Augustine, FL

    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

    I took a deep breath when I finally got through all the packing materials (Musicians Friend did a great job) and finally lifted the case open. I had been reading the reviews and there were a few that expressed concerns over workmanship and finish quality. So I was nervous. Turns out I was very impressed at what I saw. Then I proceeded to thoroughly inspect my new ES 137 and concluded that it was perfect. It was beautiful. After tuning it, I plugged into my Deluxe Reverb. I wanted to find a jazz tone so I selected the neck pickup - then I turned knobs for a bit - I settled on the tone knob set at 4.5 or so, and the Deluxe on 7 and 4 for Treble and Bass - for reverb - somewhere between 2 and 3 - and wow. Stunning tone. From there, I played with all the possible combinations and settings and was amazed at the huge sonic pallet that is available. This is an extraordinary guitar. Can't wait to take it on stage.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    bigger better les paul

    By dgambo14

    from reno nevada

    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

    ive had this guitar for almost 3 years now. i picked this guitar up for only 800 off a guy hurting for money. all he had was some guitars forsell so i got this very cheap. it turned out to be one of the first ones made which is kinda cool. as for playing it is by far the BIGGEST sounding guitar that i have ever play. nice and bassy with a good amount of punch to it. i play it through an orange rockerverb 50 with the matching cab and every where i play i gets comments on the beauty of the guitar along with the tone. plays easy even though i have .50 strings on it, only problem is keeping it in shape. i go pretty rough on it and its a high maintenace guitar

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    5.0

    Blueburst Sweetness

    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

    The Gibson ES-137 Classic is a semi-hollow body with the features and attention to detail that I expected from Gibson Custom. You can spend a lot more for a guitar but in my humble opinion, it just isn't neccesary. This guitar has everything anyone reasonably needs. A little Big Bend's Nut Sauce on the nut and bridge and my trusty tuner was all it needed to play sweet and true right out of the case. (If you don't lubricate your nut and bridge, do so, as it will help big time with tuning and keeping your axe in tune with note bending, etc.) The Blue Burst finish, though not absolutely flawless is a work of art to behold. It's darker then I thought so in some light it reminds you of a Black Beauty but taken all together this guitar is a real stunner, especially under stage lights. As for playability; the neck is easily the most comfortable of all my guitars and the tone is amazing. Unplugged it rings beautifully and with a Mesa Boogie Roadster and Zendrive 2 pedal it covers the the gamut from finger picking delight to growling, screaming sustain. If you are considering a guitar in the Semi-hollow line then look no further. Buy it and live happily ever after. Don't mess around trying to get the features and tone you need with a cheaper imitation.The action on this gem is "springy". I will take it to my luthier soon and replace one of the Pups with a Burstbucker but that is strictly a preference thing and no slur of the supplied Pups. I need different guitars for different styles so I take a Les Paul and a PRS and assorted accoustic guitars with me to gig. One guitar is silly. If lost I would replace it in a heartbeat.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Gorgeous instrument

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

    This is a truly gorgeous guitar. It's the first that I've truly splurged for, and I do not regret it. It can produce a wealth of tones and plays very smoothly with the exception of the neck. I have also noticed that the neck is heavily lacquered and feels sticky after some time. During jam sessions, I find myself wiping it with a cloth every 10 minutes or so.

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    5.0

    Tone and Good Looks

    By Neopolitan

    from Texas

    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar:

    When I finally "went electric," my friends were pretty excited. The guitarists I knew who had been begging me to give up my old acoustic threw me a little party, each giving me their favorite effects pedals to get that perfect sound. I still remember the look on their faces, though, when I plugged my guitar straight into my Blues Jr. and started playing. They all took back their pedals. There is simply no way to make this guitar sound better. For blues and country, the tone is creamy and haunting, but still with teeth. And for rock, I was amazed at just how this thing can roar, giving any Les Paul a run for its money. On a tube amp with nothing more than volume and gain knobs, I can get a thousand sounds and moods from this guitar, which seems to never play a wrong note.And in case that isn't enough to persuade you, just look at the picture. I play the Blues Burst with chrome hardware, and there is quite simply not a prettier guitar on the market. It will take your breath away just opening the case. I have no complaints with quality or manufacturing - it looks as good as it plays.

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