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Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar

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When Gibson's carved-top guitar luthiers in Memphis began building the magnificent ES-137 Classic in 2002, it was an instant success that lived up to its name. The ES-137 is an instant "Classic" becau... Click To Read More About This Product

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When Gibson's carved-top guitar luthiers in Memphis began building the magnificent ES-137 Classic in 2002, it was an instant success that lived up to its name. The ES-137 is an instant "Classic" because it combines the glories of two classic styles of Gibson cornerstone instruments. Players sang “ and still sing - its praises, citing the ES-137 Classic's great feel and gorgeous appearance, as well as its astonishing sonic versatility, from the smooth, round, clean tones required for old-school jazz to the snarl and distortion of cutting edge rock.

The ES-137 blends the looks and overall style of a single cutaway semi-hollowbody guitar and the sonic authority of a Gibson Les Paul Classic. It refines the basic design of earlier semi-hollowbody Gibsons by swapping the style's maple centerblock for solid mahogany to increase sustain and reduce feedback at even heavy metal volumes. With its single Florentine cutaway, the ES-137 Classic draws on the heritage of Gibson's earlier ES-135 and ES-175 models for historic inspiration, but sustain, sizzle, and some appealing non-traditional color options make it an absolutely contemporary instrument.

Although the ES-137 Classic also has a custom model, the Classic has plenty of design charm and individuality. It features a top, back, and rims made of visually appealing curly maple on a 16-inches wide, 20-inches long, and 2-inches deep body. The cream binding is multi-ply on top and single ply on the back as well as trapezoid fretboard inlays with the Custom Shop's world-class Les Paul Classics. But the 12th fret of the ES-137 sports a pearloid inlay "C" to denote its own classic status. And in addition to tri-burst and heritage cherry sunburst finishes, the ES-137 Classic also comes in ultra-modern blues burst and sliver shades.

The ES-137 Classic shares Gibson 490 R and 498 T pickups with chrome and gold hardware options, including a Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. The instrument's neck is sturdy three-ply maple supporting a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid inlays and single ply binding. It has a rounded profile and a 24-inch scale length and is 1 11/16th-inches wide at the nut. The tuners are Grover keystones. And complimenting the 490R and 498T humbuckers is the classic Gibson dual volume pot, dual tone pot, and three-way selector set configuration.

The ES-137 Classic comes strung with Gibson .010 Brite Wires and get a meticulous examination and dressing on one of the Custom Shop's state-of-the-art Pleck machines, ensuring optimum playability. With a black levant case, the ES-137 Classic leaves the Custom Shop ready to gig “ anywhere.


  • Semi-hollowbody
  • Light burst finish
  • Maple center block
  • Curly maple top, back, and rims
  • 3-ply maple neck
  • Rounded neck profile
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • 490R and 498T humbuckers
  • 2 Volume/2 Tone controls
  • 3-way pickup toggle
  • Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar
  • Grover keystone tuners
  • Multi-ply cream top binding
  • Single-ply back binding
  • Trapezoid pearloid fretboard inlays
  • 12th fret pearloid "C" inlay
  • Black levant hardshell case
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Great guitar

By Edward Tumbarello

from new york city,ny

This is a fantastic guitar. one part es 335 and part les paul...but a semi hollow through and through. The neck is perfect and the fretboard is a joy to play. Strum this guitar unplugged and it is loud! Amplify her and it roars! I raised the pickups a little just to get some more volume and dynamics and it is easily one of my favorite guitars to play. The finish is beautiful and flamey. You can get wonderful tones out of this guitar by rolling the tone knob down. I play her through a tube amp and the ES 137 comes alive. When overdriven, this guitar can easily get away from you and take you for a ride. The clean tones of this guitar are equally amazing. This is a versatile guitar that is a terrific addition to my collection. I would NOT trade her! Highly recommended!

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