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Gibson Es 337

30 November 2009 No Comment
Gibson Es 337The Gibson ES 335 was first introduced in 1959 and last until 1982. Gibson reintroduced the line in 1990 and has continued it in one form or another ever since. The ES 337 is part of that modern line, being an ES 335 with gold hardware. Other than the hardware and the various finish choices, it is practically identical to the ES 335 Satin model. 337's are pretty rare because not a whole lot of them were made.

The ES 337 is a double cutaway with a maple body and rosewood fretboard. Although lots of makers have done the double cutaway, there's something distinct about the Gibson shape and style that no one else has mimicked. Its graceful and well-contoured lines are classic Gibson as is the slim profile mahogany neck and crown headstock. Gibson uses standard mother of pearl dot inlays on this model but also provides side markers as well.

As for the sound, the ES 337 features two '57 Classic humbucker pickups, stop tailpiece, Tune-O-Matic bridge, and the signature Gibson Center block made from solid maple. Gibson's center block construction is something Gretsch, Guild, and some others tried to mimic; none of them successfully. Only Gretsch came close with a partial Center block, but they chose that design on purpose because they didn't want to alter their sound.

The gold hardware of the 337 makes for a brilliant look - especially when it comes to the classic tulip tuners and gold control knobs. They look especially hot against the yellow/gold sunburst finish with a black headstock. In fact, the 337 looks so stunningly elegant it's often been referred to as the "Gibson for grown-ups." Yet despite its obvious beauty, the Gibson ES 337 is a great and versatile guitar that can produce both mellow jazz tones and screaming rock 'n roll leads.

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what is your favorite type of Gibson guitar?

I am looking to invest in a new guitar... I'm thinking about a gibson. What, in your opinion, is the best? (I am looking at a used and discontinued DC standard (double cut)).

In rank...
1) ES-337
2) Les Paul (Standard)
3) Explorer
4) Les Paul (Studio)
5) Firebird VII
6) SG
7) Flying V

Definitley go for the DC if it is a Les Paul. If its not, its probably a very cheap version.

Glenn Hughes - The Only One

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