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"New" Guitar Day - Gibson ES-137

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"NEW" guitar day!  Very chuffed to show my "new" Gibson Memphis ES-137 Classic Heritage Cherry Sunburst!  Hand carved Flame Maple top, back and sides,  (even the neck) Trapezoid Mother of Pearl  in lays with special "C" market at the 12th fret.  Gibson 490 R and 498 T pickups..This guitar, a 2004 model is in amazing 9.5/10 condition, and plays superbly!  Warm creamy jazz tones all the way to snarly singing blues... and everything in between.

 It is described by some as being the perfect blend of a Les Paul and and ES -335 ...  It is a semi - hollow, BUT, the centre block is mahogany, (not maple) ,to increase sustain and reduce feedback. The centre block does not touch the solid  top, which gives this guitar extreme resonance and sustains like crazy!

There's a full description; https://goo.gl/fQ3XAo

I bought it mostly for the "jazz tones"(ala ES175, CES-4, L-5 etc.)  but it's so versatile, any serious player would love it for any style!  Will this take #1 spot over my beloved ES-335? We'll see...

I spotted this on a 'Blow Out Inventory Sale" at our largest music retailer, Long and McQuade. I lined up at 8:30am on the first day of the sale, to get a number, to get a chance to buy it... I was 14th.. Fortunately, I was the 1st to speak for this guitar and they kindly put it aside for me. When I was "demo'ing"  it, a couple of other guys wanted it too and hung around to see it I took it... NO way guys... this ones mine!   And the price... well, you wouldn't believe it if I told you!  What a gem.

Special thanks to Greg Voros and BWillard (our resident Gibson expert and passionate collector) for their valued opinions on this.

I was also pleased to pick up a superb deal for my friend EracerTeam_DougH, a beautiful Epiphone Sheraton Natural, with gold hardware, also at a superb price. I 'll let him tell you about that...

Edited by NeilES335
text correction - model year
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Awesome guitar!  Sounds like an awesome deal! 

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What a fabulous guitar. Well done for getting it. Great story. Enjoy.

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Beautiful. 

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@NeilES335 So you’re becoming a Gibson man. I ain’t talking to you no more …>:(, just kidding. xD Congrats on this great score. The angle of the photo makes this semi-hollow guitar look like a full hollow body. Quite a beauty I might add. More “cats on the piano” anyone? Yeah, definitely more jazz!!! :) 

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What a stunningly gorgeous guitar, Neil!  I have absolutely no doubt it is going to be the tone machine you described.  Enjoy it a long time.

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A beauty Neil. Enjoy your new baby.

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Very nice Neil!

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Beauty Neil. ENJOY!

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That's a real pretty axe you got Neal Hope you enjoy it for any years to come. Sweet, Blue Dog

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Wow Neil that guitar is a real beauty.  i just love the color and overall look.  Now let's hear it!  

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Great guitar, Neil.

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Thanks very much everyone!😁 Now just wondering  what strings to put on it....  D'Addario  Chrome Flatwounds maybe...

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Wow that is pretty. Classic instrument..yea find best strings for it.. I want to hear it. 

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Wow, stunning!

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That's a real beauty!  Enjoy its tone as well.  Congrats.

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Very nice :)

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Doing some research into this guitar, I found that the model year is 2004, not 2003 as I was told... Interpreting Gibson Serial Numbers is a bit tricky...

Here's some info you might find helpful; Gibson Serial Numbers WHAT A SERIAL NUMBER CAN AND CAN'T TELL YOU ABOUT YOUR GIBSON

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Special thanks to Greg Voros and BWillard (our resident Gibson expert and passionate collector) for their valued opinions on this.

I don't know about "expert" but I'm glad you were able to grab this one.  It is a bit different from the ES-335 but I do LOVE mine! :)  Congratulations!!!

Ben

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Congrats, the wait was well worth it. She’s a beaut!

Greg

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You made a great choice, used to have an ES 135, the next one on my list.  Nice.

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You have a beautiful guitar.  Congratulations. :)

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