08-01-2013 10:05 AM
I got my GC mailer today, and I saw this in there.
A semi-hollow design, but without F-holes. Also, they removed the additional volume/tone set. At $1599, it's not that expensive considering the headstock. This reminds me of their most recent 339, which doesn't have F-holes, either.
Well, weigh in! What do you think?
08-01-2013 11:20 AM
Might pay and sound nice, but I really dig the look of f-holes.
08-01-2013 01:31 PM
08-02-2013 12:03 PM
I would miss the F-Holes and the additional controls. I can't say that I like it.
you may not miss the feedback issues
08-02-2013 12:24 PM
08-02-2013 12:50 PM - edited 08-02-2013 12:51 PM
The reason I brought it up is because I have an ES-137 Custom and it is a great sounding and playing guitar.
I find it difficult to use in the band where I normally play solidbodies without big compromises in technique and extreme changes to my amp. The Varitone helps but feedback is still an issue.
I love the sound of the 137 but I can't really play it as loudly as I would like to because the howl is difficult to control and not very musical - but I have a Les Paul for those gigs.
08-02-2013 01:13 PM
08-02-2013 01:49 PM
Does the 137 have a thicker body than a 335?
Yes it does. It's not as thick as a full hollowbody but I have described the guitar as being like a Les Paul inside a 175.
The centre block is mahogany (it's maple in a 335) and only goes from the neck joint to underneath the tailpiece so there is much more volume inside the 137 than the 335.
The 137 is a fabulous sounding guitar with '57 Classic pickups and gets real close to both the Les Paul heavy crunch and the fat 175 warmth. The Varitone thins out some selectable midrange for some pseudo single coil clarity but you'd never mistake it for a tele.
08-02-2013 02:48 PM
08-14-2013 08:11 PM
I went down to my local GC here in Seattle and they had one of these 139's hanging on the wall. My first reaction was: that's a nice looking guitar. I picked it up, and was surprised and pleased by how light it was. Very unlike most Gibsons. I grabbed a seat, plugged into a Bad Cat amp, and for 15 minutes had a very enjoyable time with this new guitar. Aside from the much more managable weight, this axe has a couple of other features I liked; the neck shape was wonderful (a bit on the chunky side), the frets dressed pretty well, intonation spot on. Also, it seemed to me that the neck angle was a little shallower than on a typical Gibson, as the bridge seemed lower. (If this is the case (and I could be mistaken), kudos for Gibson. (I've long felt that the TuneoMatic bridge placed the strings far too high off the body, necessary due to the severe angle of the neck mounting arrangement. Just my own opinion here.) The other thing I liked was the 2-knob controls. This is far more logical to me than having 4 knobs, much simpler to adjust.
I haven't owned a Gibson since I sold my Howard Roberts Fusion II 20 years ago. My Teles are my primary guitars-I can get any sound out of my Teles. But I am seriously considering buying one of these new Gibsons. Not so much for the sound (they sound very nice) but for the way they feel. It was a very comfortable guitar in my hands. Plus, they have a nice 335-ish tone, but without the odd and ungainly body shape of 335-style guitars. F-holes would be a plus, but it's not a deal killer for me.
All in all, a very nice new model from Gibson.
08-16-2013 03:48 PM
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