When Gibson’s carved-top guitar luthiers in Memphis began building the ES-137 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 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 has plenty of design charm and individuality. It features a top, back, and rims made of visually appealing 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 pearloid fretboard inlays.
- Tri burst finish
- Maple centre block
- Maple top, back, and rims
- 3-ply maple neck
- Rounded neck profile
- 24-3/4″ scale
- 1-11/16″ nut width
- 22 frets
- 2 x Gibson 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
- Pearloid fretboard inlays
This particular guitar is the top-of-the-line ES 137 Custom, which takes all the features of the 137 Classic (above) and adds an ebony fingerboard, 57 Classic humbuckers, a 6 position Varitone switch, reverse slit diamond fingerboard inlays, gold hardware and a striking figured maple top and back.
This lovely ES 137 Custom is in excellent, almost new condition. It has some light pick wear on the guard, and a few very faint marks on the back that indicates that this one has been played, but not much. There is no discernable fret wear, and everything works as it should.
Weight is 8.5 lbs
No changes, modifications and no issues – just a super versatile guitar that plays beautifully and sounds great.
Comes in its original hard shell case in excellent condition.
Video demo – https://youtu.be/a4gX1SnwesU