Gibson Memphis Billie Joe Armstrong ES-137
As the premier punk rocker of his generation, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong doesn't compromise on style, tone, or attitude. The new Billie Joe Armstrong ES-137 from Gibson Memphis rolls all three into a raging ball of badass and stuffs it all in a traditional-looking package, all while packing the no-frills, sucker-punch power that punk demands.
This beautiful light and comfortable to play thinline semi-hollow sports the ES-175's classic lines, but thanks to a chambered mahogany core that enhances sustain and fights unwanted feedback, it rings like a bell when you hit it. And when you want it to wail, just crank the two fat and gnarly P-90 pickups!
Tonal EvaluationThis serial sounds unlike any semi-hollow I've ever played before, and the magic is in the high-end. Even when you play softly, this guitar is quite jangly and lush. As you hit it harder, though, that dreamy Roger McGuinn-type sound quickly turns nastier and nastier until you're in full on punk rock territory, which is where this guitar shines. I don't know if I've ever played a semi-hollowbody that does aggressive rock and roll quite as well as this one! As mean as the high-end is, it always sounds sweet and musical. The bridge pickup has lots of punchy midrange and the bulk of that trebly bite, and the neck pickup has a scooped sort of sound with lots of fat, woody bass and open, airy highs. Through an overdriven amp, this guitar is pure power-chord nirvana. Green Day fans will definitely have the time of their life playing this guitar, but so will anyone who loves to play through loud amplifiers.
|Model||Billie Joe Armstrong ES-137|
|Finish Color||Black Cherry Burst|
|Top Wood||3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple|
|Back & Sides Wood||3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple|
|Neck Dimensions||.830 1st - .940 9th|
|Fingerboard Inlays||Pearloid Trapezoids|
|Width at Nut||1.657"|
|Controls||1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3-Way Rotary Pickup Select Knob|
|Tuners||Kluson with White Plastic Buttons|
|Case||Black Hardshell Case|
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