Gibson ES 137 Custom

Slick Willy

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This is my first ES 137 custom. I’m in love with this guitar. The custom shop done an amazing job. But I will admit I’m not use to the varitone switch. I know 1 is just the normal pickup setting. I’m will have to experiment with the other 5 settings. Anyway I will try and get better and more pictures later. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy the pictures. Feel free to tell me what you know about the Varitone setting. Thanks guys!
 

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rjstauber

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Congratulations!

Seems like we "discovered" this guitar aound the same time. :)

Regarding the Varitone, I do like setting 3 and 5 in combination with the neck pick-up. It gives a really nice almost acoustic like sound, for background chords or picking chords. You have to turn up your amp a little more. i use it in the clean channel.

Then, if I want to play lead guitar or power chords with distortion, I switch to 1 on the Varitone and add some overdrive. It works like a boost pedal then for the lead part. I can also switch to the bridge pickup, if I want to, and if I don't want the strong volume increase, I can pre-set the volume control on the rear pick-up or lower the output level on my overdrive (e.g. Tube Screamer).
Just experiment a bit with it.

Best regards,
Roland
 

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