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Gibson ES 1351956 was the first year of production for the Gibson ES-135, a semi-hollow body electric meant to be the entry-level guitar for the ES series. One of its more unique characteristics for the time was the Florentine style cutaway, which Gibson claimed was a world's first among semi-hollow electrics. The Gibson ES-135 sported dual P-100 humbuckers with soap box covers that gave a pretty good sound for the price. A suppressing block running through the entire body of the guitar helped greatly. Volume and tone were adjusted with separate control knobs and a three way switch, giving the player good control over sound throughout the entire length of a gig.

The ES-135 body was made from maple and the rosewood fret board marked positions with the usual dots. Chrome plated hardware finished a look very reminiscent of some of the more expensive ES models, yet at a lower cost. Some critics would say the 135 was very similar to 335 in many ways; playability probably wasn't one of them, although that's left up to the preference of the individual guitar player. Regardless, Gibson sold a fair number of these guitars in a short run that ended in 1958.

After more than 33 years in the guitar graveyard, Gibson resurrected the ES-135 with quite a few modifications. Gone were the P-100 pickups which were replaced by the tried-and-true Gibson humbuckers. The biggest complaint against the P-100s was that they tended to hum at low frequencies and squeal at high ones. Yet the Gibson humbuckers, were prone to an annoying bark that drove plenty of players crazy. Pickup issues aside, all of the other modifications to the new Gibson ES-135 were not enough to stifle sales and end production. The guitar enjoyed a much longer run up until 2002. Today, though the ES-135 is no longer made, Gibson still produces the similar ES-137

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Which Guitar Should I Buy for Jazz?

I have only 1000 Dollars and I have been told many different things about Jazz guitars. As of now I am stuck inbetween 2 guitars. The first is a used Gibson ES-135 and the second is a new Peerless Gigmaster. Both are the same price. Look's wise the Peerless is absolutely more beautiful, but does a better sound come with the better known name: Gibson? I am not a blues guitarist. More of a Joe Pass - Les Paul player. Please help!

If you like the George Benson sound, chekc out a used Ibanez. They make a very good sounding jazz guitar surprisingly. The Es-135 is a semi-hollow acoustic electric. You should go for a hull hollow body for a better tone.

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