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Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar (with Case)

The Gibson ES-137 is a continuation of a guitarist's classic. With the familiar archtop semi-hollowbody, the Gibson ES-137 has unmistakable tone. (45) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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The Gibson ES-137 is a modern classic in the making. Bringing a Les Paul edge to a classic archtop design, the ES-137 is an extremely versatile instrument capable of both mellow jazz and blazing rock tones. First introduced in 2002, the ES-137 has already earned a reputation as a one-of-a-kind Gibson guitar. As a semi-hollowbody, the ES-137 is excellent for jazz, while its distinct features and design elements make it an outstanding rock axe as well.

A Gibson Like No Other

Though at first glance, the ES-137 looks much like any number of other Gibson single cutaways archtops, a closer inspection reveals just how many unique features this tone machine has in store. For one, the body is is a bit thinner than an ES-175. The thinner body makes the guitar easier to hold, works to reduce feedback, and also makes for a bit tighter sound overall. Also unlike a more traditional single-cutaway, the ES-137 houses a solid mahogany centerblock which increases sustain and works to reduce feedback. Rounding out the list, the ES-137 uses a combination of a 490R and a 498T humbuckers as are often found on Les Pauls and SGs. The combination of these hotter pickups with the solid mahogany centerblock results in a semi-hollowbody guitar with all the bite of a classic Gibson solidbody.

Features:

- Single cutaway semi-hollowbody with solid mahogany centerblock
- Laminate maple top, back and sides, with three-piece maple neck
- Attractive trapazoidal inlays with unique emblam on twelfth fret
- Deep, Florentine-style cutaway
- Stylish burst-style finishes which highlight natural grain of maple
- Included Gibson hardshell case

Bringing a Les Paul edge to a stylish semi-hollowbody design, the ES-137 is a unique Gibson guitar. Equally well suited for rock and jazz, this versatile guitar is already becoming a modern classic. zZounds is an authorized dealer of Gibson products.
Body: Curly laminated Maple top, back, and rims

Body Dimensions: 16 in. (W) x 20 in. (L) x 2-1/4 in. (D)

Binding: Multi-ply cream binding on top, single-ply on back and neck

Hardware: Chrome or Gold

Bridge: Nashville tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece

Neck: 3-piece Maple

Fingerboard: 22-fret Rosewood

Inlays: Pearloid trapezoid

Neck Profile: Rounded

Scale Length: 24-3/4 in.

Nut Width: 1-11/16 in.

Tuners: Grover keystone

Pickups: 490R and 498T humbucking

Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch

Strings: Brite Wire .010

Includes: Black levant case
Gibson Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Product Description

The ES-137 Classic combines 2 classics -- the look of Gibson's single-cutaway semi-hollowbody guitars and the hot sound of a Gibson Les Paul Classic. The 490R and 498T humbucking pickups, plus trapezoid fingerboard inlays with an engraved "C" in the 12th-fret inlay, identify this new classic model.
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"Gibson ES-137 Classic -- A True Modern Classic!"
Sound: The ES-137 Classic is a versatile instrument. My other electrics are a Fender Deluxe Ash Strat and a modified Highway One Tele. I was looking for a good humbucker-equipped guitar. I use it primarily for jazz but it is equally good for stuff like T-Bone, Chuck Berry, Scotty Moore, and B.B. King. Think ES-335 except more "air" and depth. It also is capable of some real nasty Les Paul sounds on the bridge pickup. I play through a Fender '63 Reissue Vibroverb (w/replacement speakers and tubes) and the combination produces the range of sounds I was looking for. But, this is NOT a thrash metal guitar. It has a vintage blues/jazz vibe. Feature: Two pickups with separate volume and tone controls and a three-way selector switch. All of the materials are top-notch. At the time I bought it I was wishing I could order it with Classic '57 pickups but I'm generally happy with the PUs that came with the guitar. I suppose it's possible that I might swap out the neck pickup at some point but it's fine the way it is. Ease of Use: Plays like a dream. Quality: The guitar itself is well made and beautiful. I have to deduct a few points though. The case still had a little sawdust in it from the factory and the finish had some dull spots -- a little rubbing compound dust was coming off of it. I gave it a good clean and polish and she cleaned up real nice -- now the finish is flawless. I have the Triburst and the color is better than the pictures. The burst on mine starts black, goes gradually to a deep wine red then fades to the golden flame in the center. It also needed a good pro setup but, in my experience, they all do. I'm not worried at all about how it will hold up over time. Value: I think this is one of the best values in the Gibson line. If you compare the materials, the bound body and neck, etc. with other Gibsons (like a 335) this goes for about half of what they charge for others and several hundred dollars less than a LP Standard. Manufacturer Support: I gave this a "9" only because I haven't needed support and that's worth a "9" to me. Can't say how they might respond if I did. The Wow Factor: I've been through an awful lot of guitars over the years. I only keep those that look great and feel "right" to me. This baby is a definite keeper. Overall: I look for three main things in an instrument: tone, playability, and how it makes me feel -- how it makes me play. Every time I pick this guitar up it speaks to me and sings for me. What else is there? If something happended to it, I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
Style of Music: Blues, Jazz, Classic Rock and Original
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Sound: I bought this for a nice departure from my Strat and PRS Custom 22, and it absolutely delivers. The tone has more of an "airy" sound to it, but it's a good thing. I play this a lot with some clean and lightly over-driven/sparkle tones, and it really works well there. This thing can certainly ROCK though. Punch in your overdrive or distortion and you can rock with the best of them. The Les Paul pick-ups are really versatile! This guitar can get lots of treble out of it, perfect for jazz, country, and with some overdrive behind it, really cutting through mix in a Rock setting. Feature: The color is gorgeous! The pick-ups are very good. The individual volume and tone for each pick-up is nice. Love the size and the TONE this thing gets. It can be a loud guitar. Ease of Use: I ordered this online from Zzounds, and pulled it out of the case and started playing right away. It did not take long to start dialing in the tones and sounds I wanted. My one caution: this has a NITROCELLULOSE laquer finish. You need to not set it down on most guitar stands, to protect the finish. Options available are to store it in the case or a wooden guitar stand (pricey though). I store mine in case, except for performances. I use a t-shirt material to put between the guitar and stands, when I need to set-it down during sets. Quality: Quality is very good. This is a Gibson Custom-Shop guitar, and you can tell when you play it. Value: I find this guitar one of the best values out there for a Gibson Custom Shop axe. It has that classic semi-hollowbody, which is timeless. Can go from Jazz to Rock in flick of switch, sounds amazing, and looks gorgeous. For the money, what more could you want in an axe? Manufacturer Support: No issues. The Wow Factor: This was a guitar I dreamed of for several weeks before I bought it, and was an instant favorite. It has my favorite color, look, pick-ups, custom-shop, and love the "C" in the middle. (of course, my name starts with C, like it was made just for me) Overall: I highly recommend this for the player looking for a different sound. I think my brother is about to buy one, because I keep raving about it. If you want something different, that sets you apart, and have the $ for a Gibson Custom-Shop, this is absolutely one of the best values you will find in market today.
Style of Music: rock, Country, Christian - Contemporary Praise
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