Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar, Tri Burst
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- 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
- Bridge: Nashville tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece
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Gibson Custom's ES-137 Classic was an instant hit as soon as Gibson Custom started producing them in 2002. Since then, the ES-137 has won tons of fans, thanks to its combination of a hollowbody's look and feel with the tone of a Les Paul. The semi-hollow design gives you incredible sustain and incredibly rich tone. And with 490R and 498T humbucking pickups at the ready, you'll have a ton of tone to command - everything from rich, dark jazz tones all the way to biting, snarling rock. The ES-137 is a guitar with a unique vibe and versatile tone that's ready to perform - get your Gibson Custom ES-137 Classic semi-hollowbody today!
The Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric GuitarWhen 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 Body Style of the Gibson ES-137 Classic Electric Guitar The Gibson ES-137 classic electric guitar 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 Gibson 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 Gibson 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.
Hardware on the Gibson ES-137The 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 Gibson Custom Shop's state-of-the-art Pleck machines, ensuring optimum playability. The ES-137 Classic leaves the Gibson Custom Shop ready to gig--anywhere.
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