In near mint condition this ES-137 Classic Silver guitar is technically considered a used instrument. However, it was originally purchased new as a collector’s piece and hardly played. It has been safely stored in its original Gibson packaging since purchase. It will ship out in that same packaging with the Gibson hard case, certificate of authenticity and other miscellaneous OEM documents. It does show some stress cracking at the heel, as is common for Gibsons, and there is a factory error on the binding near the neck joint. There is also some light pick scratches on the pick-guard, showing that someone played it at least once.
When Gibson's carved-top guitar luthiers in Memphis began building the magnificent ES-137 Classic in 2002, it was an instant success that lived up to its name. The ES-137 is an instant "Classic" because it combines the glories of two classic styles of Gibson cornerstone instruments. Players sang – and still sing - its praises, citing the ES-137 Classic's great feel and gorgeous appearance, as well as its astonishing sonic versatility, from the smooth, round, clean tones required for old-school jazz to the snarl and distortion of cutting edge rock.
The ES-137 Classic shares Gibson 490 R and 498 T pickups and this version has the chrome hardware options, including a Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece. The instrument's neck is sturdy three-ply maple supporting a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid inlays and single ply binding. It has a rounded profile and a 24-inch scale length and is 1 11/16th-inches wide at the nut. The tuners are Grover keystones. And complimenting the 490R and 498T humbuckers is the classic Gibson dual volume pot, dual tone pot, and three-way selector set configuration
Weight: 8 lbs.
Near mint condition made in the USA
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