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Gibson Custom ES-137 Question

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by sniffyduke, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. sniffyduke

    sniffyduke Member

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    Looks like a Beautifull guitar. (I assume it's a Jazz Guitar)

    I am Really sold on the blue color that is avalible. If I switched the pickups to 57 classics could this guitar be used for rock? Playing out of a Matchless Clubman with Vintage Orange 4X12. Or do I just go get an es-335.
    But I don't think they make this color. If anyone has played one, hows the action if it's set up professionally.



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  2. dunara

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    I have a 135 with '57s which is awesome for rock:dude. These guitars have the same basic construction as a 335. However they don't balance quite as well - a large wide strap is essential - and access to the topmost frets is more limited. A 137 or 135 is cheaper to buy, however - and they look great! The stock pickups on a 137 are the 490R and 498T. They'll work fine, IMO - '57s are slightly better when A-B'd, but don't expect a huge 'tonal leap' when you swap them out.
     
  3. DaveG

    DaveG Gold Supporting Member

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    The 490R/498T pickups that come in the 137's are a "rock" pickup... Gibson has put 'em in an awful lot of LP's over the years. They're fairly hot, and push the 137 closer to LP territory than a jazzbox or 335. I dig my 137 Classic, but the pickups seem hotter to me than the Burstbucker Pros in my LP.
     
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    i think 490R and 498T work best for med to high gain, not so good for low gain and clean tones IMHO
     
  5. sniffyduke

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    Thanks, Is it Hollow body or Semi?

    Are the actions nice?

    And what is the thickness of the body compared to an es-335
     
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    Top most fret is limited. How limited? as long as I Can get to the 12th through 15 I'll be fine. Is this Close?
     
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    Stormin Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a 137 Custom (57 classics) that I play thru a Matchless Chieftain. I have no problems playing rock on it, but this axe really excels at BB King / Setzer / Thorogood stuff.

    Stormin!
     

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