I've owned a 135 P100 that I

I've owned a 135 P100 that I put some Seymour Duncan pickups in P90-1 and a P90-3 which was a massive improvement, a 135 with '57 classics and trapeze, a 135 with '57 classics with a mahogany centre block and stop tail with tune-o-matic and no f-holes, a 137P with 496r/500t pickups, and my current model in the range is a 137 classic.

In this article I agree with the trapeze being a pain, it always rings out with dissonant notes to the ones your are playing. It's a pain to restring at the strings fall out the bottom of it. The chromite (who are they kidding it's just another marketing name for balsa wood) makes it lighter and sounds more like a hollow body guitar. The mahogany centres let you use the stop tail which is better but it's also heavier and sounds much more like a Les Paul than an ES175.

The 137 classics can have a lovely flamed maple and binding on the neck and larger fret board inlays so they look noticeably higher class than any 135. The 137 custom is way over priced. It's really only got an extra knob and rotary switch with a couple of capacitors and that doesn't cost anything more than $20.

The good thing about the 137 classic is that it has a hotter bridge pickup so it's more useful for overdriven lead tones than the '57 classic, and on that note the 490R has a lot more harmonic content when overdriven than the '57 classic. They aren't any darker than the '57 but when paired with the 498t anything is going to sound dark as the 498t really lacks bass and is a very bright pickup. I have the same beef with many Les Pauls that use this pickup combination however, between the two pickups they cover a hell of a lot of sonic territory and you can simply roll the tone back on the bridge pickup to take away that brightness.

You're also dealing with different magnets, the A2 in the neck is going to sound softer, darker and more middy than an A5 magnet in the same pickup. So that also adds to the tonal distance between neck and bridge. The real solution is to use the neck for jazzy cleans and the bridge for searing rock tones.

A 137 classic is a much better guitar than an es335 which in my opinion is way overrated and way overpriced. Why is it better? It looks better, the classic has a classic Gibson shape that dates back to the 1940's where as the ES335 looks a bit daggy really. It's also a thicker body so there is more wood and unplugged they have a larger sound. A 335 is very nasal sounding and stiff. The 137 is much more open sounding and looser and has a lot more character to the sound.

I've owned a heap of es335's, es333's in fact about 50 Gibson guitars over the years.

The only Gibson I now have is the ES137 Classic.

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