2003 Gibson ES-137 Classic Semi-Hollow with Roland MIDI Pickup ID-5122
2003 Gibson ES-137 Classic Semi-Hollow with Roland MIDI Pickup
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 Gibson 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 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 centerblock for solid mahogany to increase sustain and reduce feedback at even heavy metal volumes. With its single Florentine cutaway, the ES-137 Classic 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 color options make it an absolutely contemporary instrument.
Although the ES-137 Classic also has a custom model, the Classic has plenty of design charm and individuality. It features a top, back, and rims made of visually appealing curly 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 trapezoid fretboard inlays with the Custom Shop’s world-class Les Paul Classics. But the 12th fret of the ES-137 sports a pearloid inlay “C” to denote its own classic status. And in addition to tri-burst and heritage cherry sunburst finishes, the ES-137 Classic also comes in ultra-modern blues burst and sliver shades.
The ES-137 Classic shares Gibson 490 R and 498 T pickups with chrome and gold 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.
The Roland GK-2A MIDI pickup is a slim, hexaphonic pickup designed to fit on virtually any guitar. This advanced pickup sends an individual output for each string to GK-compatible gear, and can be attached or detached at any time.
A MIDI pickup is used to connect your guitar to a synth for a wide array of non-guitar like sounds such as piano, strings, organ... you name it!
This guitar has some finish scratches around the pickup selector switch and on the back of the body. There are a few small nicks on the back. There is a gap in the binding at the very bottom edge of the fingerboard. There is nicks and dings along the bottom of the heelplate, as shown in the detail photo. The plastic cover is still on the pickguard. Hardshell case included.
- Laminated curly maple body
- Maple neck
- Mahogany center block to reduce feedback and add sustain
- Multiple bound body on top, single bound on back
- Bound fingerboard
- Nut width: 1.6875"
- Scale: 24-3/4"
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Pearloid trapezoid inlay
- "C" inlay at the 12th fret
- 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch
- Tune-O-Matic bridge with stop tailpiece
- 490R pickup in the rhythm position (same as on LP Studio or LP Custom)
- 498T pickup in the treble position
- Body based on ES-135
- Hardshell Case Included