Gibson ES-137 Custom Electric Guitar  

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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 Gib... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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  • 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

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Poor finishing on an expensive guitar?

By 2jazzy2bReal

from Severna Park, Maryland

When my Gibson ES-137 Custom arrived I was pleased and the sound and feel of guitar. However, upon closer inspection I could see quite a few significant problems with the way the guitar was finished. It had what appears to be polishing marks/grooves all over the fret-board, and a lot of burs on the pick-guard where it was trimmed to go around the pick-ups. Additionally, the tailpiece was only screwed in half-way, and there was brown polish all around the nut. The finish on the back of the neck had a 'pebbled' texture to it from poor polishing. On the positive side, this is the best sounding electric guitar I have EVER played and I love it. The neck is also very flat and relatively wide, which allows for great comfort and control. While the guitar itself was well made, it was poorly finished. In fact, I have owned several Epiphones and I have found the construction and finish of the Epiphone guitars to be far superior to their more expensive Gibson big-brother. I would recommend purchasing an Epiphone unless you are 100% resolved to get this particular model of guitar. The Epiphones are nicer, and priced appropriately. This is both the first, and last Gibson guitar I will ever buy.

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Gibson Custom ES-137

By Dan Westawski

from Plymputh Meeting, PA

Great guitar. Great sound for a varriety of styles. Easy Gibson playing. Looks great as well with the custom style and gold hardware. Not as much access to the frets above 15 as the 337, but to play multiple styles it's great. Light compared to a Les Paul custom, but larger and slightly heavier than a Fender strat. Has a much richer sound - that great Gibson tone that is enhanced by the semi-hollow body. Controls are easy and work well. Case is great. Very happy with it as a great all-around guitar.

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