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Gibson ES-137 Classic

Flying V

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.

  • Highly versatile guitar design combines two classics - the look of Gibson's single-cutaway semi-hollowbody guitars and the hot sound of a Gibson Les Paul Classic
  • Curly Maple/Poplar/Maple laminate top, back, and rims
  • Mahogany center block to reduce feedback and add sustain
  • Three piece maple neck
  • 22 fret, single-ply bound rosewood fingerboard
  • Bound top and back
  • 1959 rounded Les Paul neck profile
  • Gold hardware
  • Pearloid trapezoid inlays with C inlay at the 12th fret
  • 24.75 inch scale length
  • 1 11/16 inch nut width
  • Tune-o-matic Bridge
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • Grover Keystone Tuners
  • 490R neck and 498T bridge humbuckers
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
  • Gibson Black smooth levant hardshell case included with this guitar


In order to continually improve the design, quality, and performance of our instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change specifications without notice. Because Gibson brand guitars are handcrafted, it is normal for some measurements to vary from those listed.