The Midtown Standard with Bigsby® starts with a solid mahogany body that is strategically chambered for optimum resonance. A solid, flat maple top with f-holes is glued to this foundation, finished in... Click To Read More About This Product
The Midtown Standard with Bigsby® starts with a solid mahogany body that is strategically chambered for optimum resonance. A solid, flat maple top with f-holes is glued to this foundation, finished in your choice of high-gloss Faded Red or Ebony Black. A solid mahogany neck is carved to a fast, comfortable '60s-style profile. The bound rosewood fingerboard hosts 22 medium-jumbo frets.
The Midtown Standard is powered by two ˜57 Classic humbucking pickups and a straightforward set of controls: a single master volume and tone, along with Gibson's traditional three-way toggle switch. A ˜57 Classic in the neck position offers tones that are creamy and warm yet always articulate, while a slightly hotter ˜57 Classic Plus in the bridge yields raunchier crunch and scorching lead tones, with round, funky tones available from the both-pickups selection. These great humbuckers from Gibson USA are made with genuine Alnico II magnets and wound with 42 AWG wire, just like the legendary PAFs of the late '50s and early '60s, and offer a blend of depth and clarity that few pickups can match today. A Bigsby® vibrato tailpiece extends the Midtown with Bigsby's playing range even further, with the aid of a Schaller roller-saddle bridge, designed to put keep you in tune even with heavy whammy action. Put it all together, and it's a great modern take on some of the world's most classic electric guitar designs.
Each guitar comes protected in a plush-lined hardshell case with black exterior, and includes owner's manual and adjustment literature, along with Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer service.
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I've had my order in since GC first posted these on their website. These were initially supposed to release in July, but complications at Gibson delayed their release. Anyway, mine showed up about 2 weeks ago. It was worth the wait! I was initially looking at getting another ES-339, but spotted this and thought it would be worth a shot. I was a little hesitant when I first started playing it, but my mind was quickly changed. First off, this is a SOLID-Body guitar. It's got F-holes, but that's it. The body has got enough weight to it that it still produces an incredibly rich, warm tone, especially on the neck pickup (57 Classic). Not quite on par with a 335, but a heck of a lot closer than I thought it would be. Plus, at this price it came with a Gibson hardshell case (which is more sturdy than the cases that came with some of my Custom Shop ES's) it's a heck of a buy! The bridge pickup (57 Classic Plus) is quite a bit hotter, but still retains really good clarity and note definition. I'm not a heavy metal guy, but I cranked the gain on my Two Rock Custom Reverb and it sounded great! One of the reasons that I chose this over another 339 is the ability to get a better stage volume with a moderate-gain setting and not get high feedback as on a true semi-hollowbody. Don't get me wrong, I don't ever go on the road without a 339, but this definitely holds its own. I'm not a huge Bigsby fan, but the B7 is really great. Although you can't get crazy Floyd Rose pitch increases/decreases (which it's not designed to and doesn't bother me one bit), it stays in tune really well, whether you go up or down. I've been a guitar player for a LONG time, and have been an active musician for the past 12 years, and this has really impressed me. I've got a studio full of other Gibson's that might take a back seat to this guitar for a while. I've got nothing but good things to say. Hats off to Gibson on a great product.
I went to Guitar Center looking for an inexpensive Epiphone Dot. The price on these are way low for what you are getting and I did not own a Semi-Hollow instrument. Great sales man because he let me set up in the high end amp and guitar room and brought me the guitars I asked for. Bottom line is I went through a bunch of Epi's like this and even for the low price I know I would never use it. Just did not do it for me. He brought me in A Gibson ES339 and while it was nice it did not blow me over and at that price it should have. I was just about ready to leave when he came in with the Gibson Midtown Standard with a Bigsby. Ebony with white trim. I had never seen white speed knobs before. The looks just killed. Like a fine tuxedo. I plugged it in and was amazed at the tone! Smaller body than a 335 but a bit bigger (and less expensive) than the 339. It's really a heavily chambered solid mahogany body with a flat Maple cap with F Holes. The neck was slim profile 60's type with Medium Jumbo frets. Still not sure of the fingerboard material as different sites have different specs. Gibson says Rosewood others say Richlight but the look and feel says Ebony. No matter it feels great! Bigsby is a super cool subtle vibrato and I like it a lot. The only thing I did not like were the 14:1 Grovers. A bit of backlash and it just bugs me. I have ordered Planet Waves Auto Trim Locking tuners that I know will be a big upgrade. 18:1 ratio and automaticalls clips the string after you lock it and tune up. All in all this is a fantastic value and will set you apart on the bandstand with no compromise in quality or tone. Oh did I mention it comes with '57 Custom and '57 Custom + in the appropriate positions. This guitar is too good to be true. Some might not like the Master Volume and Master Tone or the awkward position of the PUP selector switch but It works for me. Buy this guitar and you will not regret it.
Wow! This Gibson really got it right. The tone and sound are great. Very playable guitar, and great workmanship.