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Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar  

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    A classic with some very special refinements.

    Based on the ES-137 Classic, the Gibson ES-137 Custom 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, bound peghead, ebony fingerboard, gold hardware, split-diamond overlay headstock, pearloid split-diamond fingerboard inlays, 6-way Varitone switch that filters tone from fat to thin, and '57 Classic pickups (the original Gibson humbuckers from 1957). The magnets and 42-gauge enamel-coated wire are from the original suppliers and the pickups are built by Gibson on the original machinery.

    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 and peghead
    • Nut width 1.6875"
    • Scale: 24-3/4"
    • Ebony fingerboard
    • Pearloid split-diamond fingerboard inlay
    • 6-way Varitone switching
    • Tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece
    • '57 Classic pickups, the original humbuckers from 1957
    • Gold hardware

    It's the guitar you want. Go for it.

     

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    GibsonES-137 Custom Electric Guitar
     
    4.5

    (based on 31 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Beautiful Sounds & Easy on the Eyes

    I've been pinning for this Guitar for years now, and just recently saved enough money to finally make the leap and order this girl from Gibson. The second I saw this Guitar, I...Read complete review

    I've been pinning for this Guitar for years now, and just recently saved enough money to finally make the leap and order this girl from Gibson. The second I saw this Guitar, I knew it was the one for me. She's automatic Eye candy, break her out among any other Guitars and she WILL steal the show. The finish of the Candy Apple Red is Amazingly crisp.

    The tones you can get from this Guitar are plenty enough to satisfy any type or genre of music you play. The six-way Varitone switch is an interesting addition. My main squeeze has been a Fender Strat, so I know my way around these six selector switches. The switch goes from Fat to Thin. You don't get that High end Strat squeal, but its plenty darn close enough to satisfy. You definitely get that Low end Power Blaze from this baby naturally. Whereas I would need to EQ my strat to try and find the same footing.

    There was some minor buzzing in strange places, but that was only when I was playing in odd positions, like laying down or holding the Guitar slanted. Another thing is the case fitting, It's very snug, so snug it goes in at a angle. Kinda annoying, but oh, so very minor.

    I can write pages about this Guitar, and I've only had it for a week now! I've done some research, and Gibson won't be making this baby anymore for some time. I'm glad I got mine when I did.
    If you're thinking about getting this Guitar, don't think anymore, buy it. Its amazing, looks beautiful, and releases that sweet, sweet melody. Needless to say, I'm In Love.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I tried and I tried, but I can't get no

    This was my second ES-137 Custom in the last 6 years from the Gibson Custom Shop.

    The tone, or more specifically the RANGE of sweet, sweet tones that can be...Read complete review

    This was my second ES-137 Custom in the last 6 years from the Gibson Custom Shop.

    The tone, or more specifically the RANGE of sweet, sweet tones that can be pulled out of this thing near effortlessly is amazing. From thick to thin, from growl to snap and everything in between. The sounds are astounding.

    The appearance is classy and flashy at the same time. It is put together seamlessly and flawlessly.

    Sad to say, though, whomever did the electronics QC at the end of assembly needs to ponder another career. It had one of the worst ground issues that I have ever heard. After 30 years of playing, that's quite a negative achievement.

    After being bounced from MF to Gibson, to authorized Gibson repair shop, to MF, to Gibson again to get this resolved, I gave up and sent it back where they sat on it for 8 days in their warehouse refusing to issue a refund until multiple phone calls were placed.

    Cementing this decision was the FACT that the instrument was used and missing accessories from the beginning. No case key, no truss rod wrech, and a pickguard so scratched up that appeared to have been used by an angry Swedish death metal band as a stage riser.

    Oh, and they have re-listed it again here as "new" at full price. Good luck to the buyer of that lemon.

    Gibson and MF took each other's hand and plunged over the cliff of fail together with this one. VERY disappointing, and the end of a 30 year business/client relationship between MF and I.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    I tried and I tried, but I can't get no

    By 30yearplayer

    from Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar:

    This was my second ES-137 Custom in the last 6 years from the Gibson Custom Shop.

    The tone, or more specifically the RANGE of sweet, sweet tones that can be pulled out of this thing near effortlessly is amazing. From thick to thin, from growl to snap and everything in between. The sounds are astounding.

    The appearance is classy and flashy at the same time. It is put together seamlessly and flawlessly.

    Sad to say, though, whomever did the electronics QC at the end of assembly needs to ponder another career. It had one of the worst ground issues that I have ever heard. After 30 years of playing, that's quite a negative achievement.

    After being bounced from MF to Gibson, to authorized Gibson repair shop, to MF, to Gibson again to get this resolved, I gave up and sent it back where they sat on it for 8 days in their warehouse refusing to issue a refund until multiple phone calls were placed.

    Cementing this decision was the FACT that the instrument was used and missing accessories from the beginning. No case key, no truss rod wrech, and a pickguard so scratched up that appeared to have been used by an angry Swedish death metal band as a stage riser.

    Oh, and they have re-listed it again here as "new" at full price. Good luck to the buyer of that lemon.

    Gibson and MF took each other's hand and plunged over the cliff of fail together with this one. VERY disappointing, and the end of a 30 year business/client relationship between MF and I.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Sounds & Easy on the Eyes

    By J-Man

    from Mangilao, GUAM

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Silky Smooth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Perfect for All Occasions

      Comments about Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar:

      I've been pinning for this Guitar for years now, and just recently saved enough money to finally make the leap and order this girl from Gibson. The second I saw this Guitar, I knew it was the one for me. She's automatic Eye candy, break her out among any other Guitars and she WILL steal the show. The finish of the Candy Apple Red is Amazingly crisp.

      The tones you can get from this Guitar are plenty enough to satisfy any type or genre of music you play. The six-way Varitone switch is an interesting addition. My main squeeze has been a Fender Strat, so I know my way around these six selector switches. The switch goes from Fat to Thin. You don't get that High end Strat squeal, but its plenty darn close enough to satisfy. You definitely get that Low end Power Blaze from this baby naturally. Whereas I would need to EQ my strat to try and find the same footing.

      There was some minor buzzing in strange places, but that was only when I was playing in odd positions, like laying down or holding the Guitar slanted. Another thing is the case fitting, It's very snug, so snug it goes in at a angle. Kinda annoying, but oh, so very minor.

      I can write pages about this Guitar, and I've only had it for a week now! I've done some research, and Gibson won't be making this baby anymore for some time. I'm glad I got mine when I did.
      If you're thinking about getting this Guitar, don't think anymore, buy it. Its amazing, looks beautiful, and releases that sweet, sweet melody. Needless to say, I'm In Love.

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ES-137 Dream Machine

      By The Little Piggy

      from Southern CA

      Comments about Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar:

      Hmmmm. I should not have bought this guitar. I can't sleep. I can't eat. All I do is play!Sweetness is the tone, sweetness is the playability, sweetness is the build quality of this Memphis sweetheart.Nice fat neck, blocked body keeps it from howling if the gain iis too high, 6-pos. switch works real nice stepping from fat to thin tone.Lemonburst finish is thin and pretty. Frets are well finished, all hardware nicley installed. Switch bat (handle) vibrates a smidge if put in center position but only a problem when not plugged in.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great overpriced guitar

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar:

      The sound is like a slightly warmer Les Paul Custom. It can be very warm and clean, and you can push a lot of gain with it and it can really rock. It doesn't get very bright, and the neck PU is usually too muddy. It gives you a very musical feedback if you learn to control it. It's a workout to play (thick and chunky), neck heavy (neck will fall toward the ground if let go). Finish is great, as it should be coming from the custom shop. The veritone switch is lame, it just incrementally sucks the life out of your sound. It cuts so much volume out that you can't switch it on the fly - you have to set your amp/effects to each setting. Overall my favorite guitar! It rocks if you learn to bring the best out of it.

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      5.0

      Superb Guitar after you get thru the minor nicks..

      By ricr

      from Venice Beach

      Comments about Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar:

      I got mine about two years ago and had to send it back to the factory because the bottom was coming unglued to the egde. Gibson sent me a new guitar with a beautiful flame on the cherry sunburst and this one has stayed together. Although, I also had a minor issue with the new one, ie, a low hum or rattle. I brought it to the guitar shop and they solved it by binding loose wires in the cavity of the guitar. All said and done, this guitar is not only gorgeous, but rocks and rolls with the best of them. It screams and sings.And it just keeps gaining value...

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      5.0

      The Ultimate

      By da taiga

      from Big Island, Hawaii

      Comments about Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar:

      Previously I owned the Ibanez AS-50, Gibson ES-335 Studio, The Joe Pass Signature by Epiphone and the ES-135. A little over a month ago I bought this ES-137 Custom Tri-burst and decided that it'll be the final guitar that I'll ever need. Although the color without lights looks like the sunburst(which is what attracted my eye), I love it! Overall appearance: ebony fingerboard, MOP inlets, '57 Humbuckers etc., just suits me fine. In my opinion, probably it's the best "small hallow-body guitar" gibson ever put out. The craftsmanship is superb and well worth the price.

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      5.0

      Awesome Guitar!

      Comments about Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar:

      Well the ES-137 isn't exactly the cheapest guitar out there, but in my opinion it is well worth the price. Gibson has been getting a lot of gripe about quality recently, but the guitar I received was practically perfect. The setup was pretty good out of the factory and I only tweaked it a little. Anyway, what's really important is the sound, and what a beautiful sound it is. I often hear people yearning for a warm, thick, full tone and this is all that for me. The sound is just so full and warm and round that these words don't even do it justice. It's also a very versatile guitar. I've played it in a big band jazz setting, backing up an acoustic singer songwriter, and in a rock band setting. The guitar handles everything I throw at it and I quickly got over the price after realizing what an awesome guitar I got. Plus it feels good to own a Gibson custom guitar

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      5.0

      truely fine guitar!

      By gibson fan-78KSm

      from Ann Arbor MI

      Comments about Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar:

      I was looking for a recording alternative to my Les Paul. I wanted another dual-humbucker sound. I found it! My LP has a mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard & 490/498 pickups. Besides the obvious difference that the ES-137 Custom is semi-acoustic, it has a maple neck, ebony feetboard & 57 pickups. PLUS it has the Varitone! I don't use the Varitone often on stage, but it really adds some sweet clean tones when recording.I was sceptical of ordering a guitar that was this expensive, but I got a good one. Everything was as it should be. Sure, it needed a little set-up work. So what? How is Gibson supposed to know how I want my guitar to play?This is a beautiful guitar, that's a dream to play, & that I expect to own for decades!Good job, Gibson!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      dusty guitar

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar:

      Returned 3 of these after initial purchase 2 years back. The last one was near perfect and thereby kept. All had small amount of sawdust in the guitar which filtered into the case during shipping. Overall, a very good guitar to keep.

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      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By Blake-kp9kf

      from Arkansas

      Comments about Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar:

      This is an amazing guitar. I just received mine today and am very pleased. I had to wait 4 months on it because of mis-communication with the Custom Shop, but it was definitely worth the wait. If I had had to, I would've waited another 4 months for this great piece of art.Varitone switch is very cool, bringing out many different sounds. This guitar also sounds very well with distortion, which was very surprising. I use a Boss DS-1 for simple distortion and it sounds absolutely fantastic!Great buy for anyone interested.Oh and the pearloid diamond inlays are sweet!

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