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Sweet tone and classic design.
It's the same basic design as the classic ES-135 with the addition of a mahogany center block to reduce feedback and enhance sustain. It has a laminated plain maple body, black single-ply binding on top and back, rosewood fingerboard, acrylic half-trapezoid fingerboard inlays, and chrome hardware. For pickups it uses P-90 single coils for a clear, bright tone. A great match with this body construction. 3-way toggle switching. Includes hardshell case.
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I recently bought this guitar, and was a little hesitant because I have never had a guitar with P-90s. I was literally shocked at the sound of this guitar. I play all types of music. I have played Jazz (nice and smooth), Gospel (similar to the much used strats, but bigger sound), R&B (Archie Bell and the Drells look out). I own an Epi and an Ibanez, they both are good at what they do...this one does it all! NUFF SAID
These P90-equipped archtops are great guitars for rock, R&B, and blues. Nice thick neck, meaty sound, powerful pickups. Sure, you only get polyester paint finishes and they don't have the look of Gibson's nitrocellulose laquer finishes, but you save money big time *and* the finish is more impervious to scratches and mars.I've oned a couple of these and missed the one I sold, so I bought another one later on. At this price, there is no better deal.
Buy anything else, unless you like gambling.I always wanted a "GIBSON" ES-137, so when these came on the market I was thrilled.Of the 4 "NEW" that we ordered, only one was acceptable, and it was nothing to rave about.They came straight from the factory with multiple fractures in the paint, cracks in the seams, fretboard/neck separations, frets protuding from the sides of the neck, in some places the fretboard was a 16th of an inch wider than the neck, numerous finish issues, fretboards that were not sanded or finished properly, on the face of the body there were small chunks missing and painted over, one guitar was not dusted before the paint was applied, among other problems.Worse yet, when I called Gibson Customer Service to discuss my guitars and their quality control issues, I never had my call returned. When I waited to talk with an actual person, the rep could not have cared less.In an "ideal" world this would be the ideal guitar for me, but this is the real world and what I received were the worst guitars I've owned in 20 years.