ES-137 Classic review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.3 (46 votes)
Gibson: ES-137 Classic

Price paid: $ 2520

Sound — 10
The sound of this music machine. You can get any sound through it. Only problem with the pickups are the pickupcovers - with them on it looks better but they are much noisier. But that problem most guitars with humbuckers have.

Overall Impression — 10
I play all kinds of music from blues to heavy metall on it, I've been playing totally for about 11 years. The ES-137 Classic works with everything (well maybe not if you only play with really heavy dist - then find yourself a solid-body guitar). Compared to a Les Paul Studio (in the same price league). The ES-137C it's much more lively (sounds much better without tons of dist). Even though it has the same pickups. It also feels much better. It also looks better - very beautiful body with f-holes. So if you are thinking about buying a LP Studio you should really compare with this one first. Only drawback it has is that it might be a little big.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Before I bought this guitar I've read some reviews about it saying that it'd be rather unstaible on scene. I can tell you that is a lie. I've played this guitar on a big scene (2000+ people) and never had a problem with feedback. It's not like most other semi-hollow electrics, this one has a mahogany block in the middle taking away all the feedback.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar was handpicked by myself, it is perfect, (I've had something to complain about with all my previous gibsons, but this one is a real flawless masterpiece).

Features — 10
Featuring all the standard Gibson features: - Nice case - Tune-o-matit bridge - A wonderful laminate flamy finish! - Grover tuners, keeping the tone very well (much better than the ugly green ones Gibson uses on many Les Paul modells) - 490R, 498T pickups

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    Maybe it's just me. I was looking for a replacement for my incredible '68 335 (sold during bad times) without mortgaging my firstborn. I thought this would be kinda sorta close but... Then again, I found the 137P on Ebay- strange blue metallic finish, P90s (which are fine, to be honest), and overal a somewhat cheaper version of the Classic and Custom. Of course it's a thicker body than the 335, which is disappointing, but generally the thing just doesn't lend itself to my style of playing. I'll stick with my LP DC, thanks!