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Gibson ES 137 Electric Guitar - Review

Gibson ES 137 | Specifications, pricing and rating information on this solid-body electric guitar.

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Model: Gibson ES 137 - Electric Guitar

No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Semi-Hollow Body, Single Cutaway Based on ES-135
Top Material: Curly Maple - Laminated
Back & Sides: Curly Maple - Laminated
Neck Material: Curly Maple 16 Frets To Body
Neck Shape: Low Profile
Fretboard: Rosewood Bound - Solid with Trap Style Pearlite Inlay
Scale Length: 24.75"
Body Dimensions: 16"w x 20"l x 2 1/4" d
Total #Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1.6875" Finish: Gloss
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Stop Tailpiece
Binding: Multi-Ply Cream on Top; Single-Ply Cream on Bottom
Sitka Spruce 5/16" Wide
Tuners: Gold or Silver Plated
Electronics: Humbucker 490R and 498T 2 Volume & Tone + One Three Way Switch


Gibson ES 137 MSRP: $2,904.00
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Gibson ES 137 Electric Guitar Gibson ES 137- Electric Guitar

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..

Gibson Les ES 137 Electric Guitar MSRP $2,904.00

Gibson ES 137- 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
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Features: 9.0

You will be stunned by the richness of the Gibson ES 137 when you first open the case. All finished items are near perfection. The only minor things I saw were a couple of minor finishing issues that I could easily repair myself. If left as is, they would not be noticed by the majority of people.

I love the color variations available in this model and you can most certainly find a color combination to suit your personal taste.

Tuning machines operate smoothly and effortlessly for easy dead-on tuning and string changes.

I would prefer a solid Ebony fingerboard to the Rosewood. Ebony is denser, smoother and faster - far more resistant to fingernail gouges.

Sound Production: 9.5

The quality of sound output from the Humbucker pickups on the Gibson ES 137 will give a very wide range of tones from jazz to rock, driving country to mellow rock, this guitar has it all.

Action: 9.0

The Gibson ES 137 plays good as delivered. If your preference is lower action, adjustment with the Tune-O-matic bridge is a cinch. As I like very low action, I would lower the strings at the nut just a bit. See my article on Action Adjustment for directions to do this easily and professionally.

Durability: 9.0

The Gibson ES 137 is very durable. From the plywood body construction the to trussed neck this guitar will take a lot of abuse.

Customer Service: 10.0

Your new Gibson instrument is warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the original retail purchaser, subject to the limitations contained in this warranty.

If at any time this Gibson instrument malfunctions as a result of faulty materials or workmanship, Gibson will repair the defect(s) or replace the instrument, as it deems appropriate in its sole discretion. Gibson reserves the right to use materials regularly utilized at the time of repair in the event that original materials are no longer available, If replacement of your instrument is deemed appropriate by our staff, Gibson will replace the instrument with one of the same or most similar style of a value not in excess of the original purchase price of your instrument.

This warranty covers the cost of both labor and materials on any repair deemed necessary by our Customer Service Representative for the lifetime of the original purchaser. In the unlikely event that your instrument is destroyed, lost or damaged beyond repair, while in the possession of Gibson for repair, Gibson will replace that instrument with one of the same or most similar style of a value not in excess of the original purchase price of your instrument. Any insurance covering the instrument, including but not limited to collector's value insurance, must be carried by owner at owner's expense. For more info please refer to the Gibson website.

Overall Score: 9.3

The Gibson ES 137 was the first Gibson Electric Guitar to employ a mahogany center block to reduce feedback and increase sustain levels. You will find out that this guitar has a very "fat" tone and great sustain as soon as you plug it into your favorite amplifier.

The curly maple body of the and neck of the Gibson ES 137 is beautiful, along with a great selection of colors that make up this beautiful guitar.

The Gibson ES-137 Humbucker pickups perform flawlessly and gives this guitar amazing sound and versatility. The sound is clean and great for jazz and mellow rock and very able to handle those Les Paul licks!

If you are a serious music student or professional guitarist, this guitar will more than meet anything you want to tackle. I give it very high marks