When Gibson’s carved-top guitar luthiers in Memphis began building the ES-137 Classic in 2002, it was an instant success that lived up to its name. The ES-137 combines the glories of two classic styles of Gibson cornerstone instruments.
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 centre block 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 colour options make it an absolutely contemporary instrument.
The ES 137 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.
- Tri burst finish
- Maple centre 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 tailpiece
- Grover keystone tuners
- Multi-ply cream top binding
- Single-ply back binding
- Trapezoid pearloid fretboard inlays
- 12th fret pearloid “C” inlay
- Weight is 8.5 lbs
This lovely ES 137 Classic is in excellent, almost new condition. It has some mild metal tarnishing, some light pick wear on the guard, and a few very faint marks on the back that indicate that this one has been played, but not much. There is no discernable fret wear, and everything works as it should.
A super versatile guitar at a sharp price that plays well and sounds great.
Comes with its Gibson Custom Certificate of Authenticity, in its original hard shell case in as new condition.