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#1 User is offline   Schotime5 

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 08:13 PM

I have an opportunity to trade a Mexi Fender Strat that I don't like that I've got beefed up with lots of upgrades and some cash like maybe five six hundred bucks, for a Gibson es 137. I don't know anything about the 137 do any of you have information please? Thoughts especially from people who have them. I've been wanting a Gibson and a hollow body, so I could kill two birds with one stone. I have 2 nice Epiphone Les Paul's that I swapped out and upgraded as well.
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#2 User is offline   Johnny3j 

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 11:22 AM

There are three basic ES-137 models - Classic, Custom or Billie Joe Armstrong model.

Here's mine, bought by my wife as a birthday gift [love].
It's a little unusual because it's a Classic but has the Varitone circuit which is usually only fitted to the Custom model:

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Haven't seen one like it since, it's my ideal Gibson electric combo of Les Paul, ES-175 and ES-345 [smile].
I say go for it, it's a very versatile & well regarded model and is a lot of guitar for the money.
56 Gibson LG1
04 Gibson ES137
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79 Guild F512
77 Gurian J-M
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Gone but not forgotten: '90 Les Paul Standard, '90 Gibson J200, '54 Gibson A40, '65 Fender Mustang, '93 Guild D25/12, '95 Guild JF30/12, '75 Guild F112, '98 Rickenbacker 360/12, '08 Martin HD35, '84 Marlen D10

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#3 User is offline   Versatile 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 04:21 PM

The ES137 is/was a superb guitar.....

Important to hold and play.....it is quite heavy....

It is a 'semi'....not a full hollow

Go for it....

Or consider a 335, 330 or 225

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#4 User is offline   Johnnytuinals 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 10:31 PM

I bought a Billie Joe Armstrong ES137
New from ZZounds for $1440.
It does come with 2 Memphis P90s and only 2 knobs lol.
For the price at what I got with 3 Autographs I cannot complain..........JT
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Posted 20 December 2017 - 11:03 PM

If you want a semi-hollow body go for this. I have 137 Custom. It's a very nice guitar. I love it. The Classics are a bit different but I think they are also very well put together. My Custom is quite heavy. But, it's an incredibly versatile guitar. Trading it for a strat you customized is tough to gauge. They're such different guitars. I have a strat too. Gibson semi-hollows are really my faves. Happy to have both (and an ES Les Paul just came in the mail today. But had to send it straight to the shop. Bought it used and one pick-up doesn't work right). More on that later.

Good luck.
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#6 User is offline   JayinLA 

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 11:58 AM

View PostSchotime5, on 15 December 2017 - 08:13 PM, said:

I have an opportunity to trade a Mexi Fender Strat that I don't like that I've got beefed up with lots of upgrades and some cash like maybe five six hundred bucks, for a Gibson es 137. I don't know anything about the 137 do any of you have information please? Thoughts especially from people who have them. I've been wanting a Gibson and a hollow body, so I could kill two birds with one stone. I have 2 nice Epiphone Les Paul's that I swapped out and upgraded as well.



no brainer...do it
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#7 User is offline   Kenny V 

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 09:37 PM

I owned a ES-135 a few years back which is the older version of the ES-137, and I've owned several Strats too. The 137 is a great guitar. Your getting the better part of that deal as long as the 137 has no issues. Do the trade, you won't regret it.
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#8 User is offline   Jeffytune 

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 09:59 PM

As with any hollow or semi hollow body, be sure to inspect it for signs of damage.
If your not sure how to, pay to have a Lutier inspect it first.
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#9 User is offline   gnappi 

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 01:51 AM

Yup, the 137 is a great git.
Regards,

Gary
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