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Gibson Custom ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar
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      Gibson Custom ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar (517196)

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.

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Gibson Custom ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar 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
    Body based on ES-135

Gibson Custom ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar Includes:

    Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case, custom care kit, and a certificate of authenticity
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  • This Is Where It Is At

    As reviewed by Improvise411 on 8/6/2007

    137 is the best of all worlds. The incredible sustain that comes from the guitar alone takes the place of any sustain pedals that were once part of my board. I find that playing with it plugged straight into my amp gives me some of the fattest tone that I have ever experienced. I bought the guitar because I had been wanting something that could produce a good jazz tone, but still well in a fusion/funk setting. The ES-137 took the cake.

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful.
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  • Love my ES-137

    As reviewed by GibsonLover on 1/10/2007

    Just picked up an ES-137 at my local guitar center and I love it. I grew up playing an Gibson L-4 archtop acoustic and have for years been playing a Les Paul. The ES-137 gives me a great blend of hollow body mellowness and Les Paul boldness. Sounds great for rock, country or more folk rock sounds. A lot lighter in weight than my Les Paul and my aging back really appreciates it. Blue burst looks great! I put .009 gauge strings on it to make it play a little easier (I love to bend a lot) - had to raise bass side of bridge just slightly. The ES-137 has made me fall in love with playing my guitar again!

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful.
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  • Looks great, sounds great

    As reviewed by shredtildead on 12/12/2009

    I waited until after I had owned this guitar for a couple of months before I reviewed it. I got the Blues Burst finish and chrome hardware. The color is gorgeous. When they unpacked it at my local GC it drew a crowd. Physically it's about the same size as my Taylor Grand Auditorium only a bit thinner and weighs in at 8.5 lbs so about a pound less than my Les Pauls. I can get a wide variety of tones from it by changing the settings of the tone and volume pots and switching between the treble and rhythm pickups. It will go from ultra clean to a mellow jazz tone, and with my amp gain turned up to produce some distortion the pickups produce some nice bite. I don't think I'll be parting with this guitar anytime soon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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