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PostPosted: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 9:13pm 
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A nice looking 2005 burst Gibson ES 137 Classic popped up a few days ago on craigslist for $1500 (looks like the image below). The guitar looks pretty nice and from googling looks like the price isn't bad for what it is and its condition. I've never played one but read people comment that it feels like a Les Paul and sounds like a really fat sounding Les Paul which kinda has me interested.

Seeing if anyone has any good or bad experiences with one, thanks!

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I always wanted one but never dug the 59 neck profile and also did not like the aesthetics etc. I do not think they are bad guitars though.


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I seem to remember reading that the 137s had a mahogany center block, and most of the 135s had chromite. The 137s had a bit more of the solid body thing going on, and the 135s a bit more of a semi-hollow tone. I was looking really hard at them both a couple years ago, and I got the impression that they were well-liked, with the 137s being described as you did. I ended up with a Gibson Chet Atkins Tennessean which was the perfect semi-hollow for me.

The new Gibson ES-235 might be in the same niche if you want something new for a couple more bills:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ES235GVSNH--gibson-memphis-es-235-gloss-2019-vintage-sunburst

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I'd rock one. I remember back in '98/'99 they came out with one with 496R/500T pickups, silver. I wanted one SO bad! Don't see many of those.


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Thanks guys, I think the gas has slightly diminished on this for now... Still want one but after seeing the ES-235s makes me think I don't need to jump on this particular guitar right away. Thanks @boyedav!

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