The beautiful Midtown Custom is ideal for the guitarist on a budget who longs to own a quality semi-hollowbody guitar. The chambered mahogany body plays host to a flat maple top with f-holes and multi... Click To Read More About This Product
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The beautiful Midtown Custom is ideal for the guitarist on a budget who longs to own a quality semi-hollowbody guitar. The chambered mahogany body plays host to a flat maple top with f-holes and multi-ply binding. The set mahogany neck has a Slim Taper '60s neck and a black Richlite fingerboard. Gibson BurstBuckers are specially constructed and voiced to churn out that legendary "Patent Applied For" humbucker tone.
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Earlier this year I purchased a 60's tribute Les Paul with the P90's and while I know most would agree it was a great value it did leave me with much to be desired from an appearance standpoint. I stopped into my local GC to look at a traditional pro and walked out with one of these in vintage sunburst instead and I can't be happier. Rather than make an inexpensive guitar that plays and sounds great but looks cheap Gibson made a great sounding instrument with looks to match. The neck profile is fantastic. The fingerboard plays and sounds like ebony and the tone is a great middle ground between a 335 and a LP with the ability to do what both guitars do best. Thanks for finally hitting one out of the park and giving players a great sounding, great playing instrument that still is within reach of the average budget.
This guitar nails it all. It can do classic rock and all of that stuff and excels in blues and jazz. '57 burstbuckers sound amazing, neck very smooth and in general very comfortable to play. In comparison to the es-339, I would say this is better, and it's $500 less. I say this because the es-339's have smaller bodies and thicker necks making them uncomfortable to play, and the rosewood fretboards weren't as smooth as those of say, an SG standard. As far as tone goes, they are very similar if not exactly the same, so this is the obvious choice.
We got the custom. I was immediately disappointed that the top and back weren't formed (arched) like an ES335. They are flat flat. (At the price, something has to go.) I got over that pretty quick and love the feel of the Richlite fretboard and the tone of the Burstbuckers through the semi-hollow body. My Son, the real family player loves it. I only gave it four stars because of the inability of Gibson to form a back plate to fit the electronics cavity. Do they do that on purpose on all their sub expensive guitars? Design or quality control needs to be addressed. Not a huge problem but is there a flaw somewhere else I can't see? -- It is a player's axe and a windfall might tempt me to get the standard with the '57 humbuckers.
I just picked up this baby up today and I am blown away. The craftsmanship is just amazing and the tone is like nothing else. The Richlite neck is smooth and plays very quick. I have to say I couldn't ask for more in a guitar. It can play blues, rock n'Rock, soft rock, it can play flat out anything you want it to. *note i play it through a Marshall MA100. The price seals the deal 1,200 for a custom shop guitar that says it all. This will become a classic that you see being played all around the music industry, Good work Gibson.
Wow! This guitar provides the great tone, looks and comfort at a price less than of all my Gibsons. I have a Les Paul, a 335 and a 339. Each has it's good feature but the Mid Town, in ebony, is one sharp dresser with great tone, and is very comfortable to play. I have played 2 jobs with mine and it has become my #1 in the arsenal. I play through a Mesa Boogie F-50 and I can get any tone I want. The construction is first class and even the case is above average. A Winner for Gibson...
Picked mine up over Black Friday sale. Bought the heritage cherry burst. Great guitar at a great price. Tones are between a Les Paul and an ES-335 Fit and finish are excellent. Setup from Gibson was excellent. Adjusted pick up height to taste and away we go! My only concern is going to be if the Richlite fret board will stand the test of time. It feels as good as my ebony LP Customs and plays great. The only noticable difference is that you can't see any grain in the fret board. Inlays are clean cut and if I didn't know, would be hard pressed to tell they were not abalone. For the price, I feel this guitar is a winner and hope the fret board remains without issue. If someone stole it from me ....I would definately buy another...I guess that says it all!
I picked up this guitar last Friday as a Christmas present to myself. I traded my Rickenbacker 650D for this guitar. I wasn't extremely excited about it when I first saw it. I was originally looking at getting the 339 but when I played it I wasn't too crazy about it. The salesman put this guitar in my hands and I loved it. I wasn't too crazy about the flat top but when I played it I could care less. I love this guitar. I have the Vintage Sunburst and wasn't crazy about the color at first but it really grew on me. Overall I love this guitar! The color grew on me. I have a feeling this will be my primary guitar. It really goes well with my Thinline Tele. Sounds beautiful through my VOX AC15. I highly recommend this guitar while you can get it. Great quality, great sound. A+ Gibson. Knocked this one out of the park.
Very versatile instrument, the burstbuckers will get you great classic rock tone and SWEET blues. many compare this to the es-339 - this is better. the neck & body of the 339 are unproportional, and the rosewood necks werent smooth. I play an SG also, and theyre similar but this is more versatile and better PU's, sounds great for blues, and everything for that matter. also love my SG. very comfortable to play. great buy
This guitar plays like a dream. i played my friends in vsb. it sounds, feels, and plays great. I ordered heritage cherry burst over 2 months ago. very excited to see how the heritage cherry looks.
I was expecting my new natural finish Midtown Custom to be gorgeous, but I was also expecting to be able to easily see the join lines on the three-piece maple top. As I sit here looking at it in bright light I can't even convince myself that it is a three-piece top at all. The grain pattern suggests a two-piece book matched maple top and it is drop-dead gorgeous. Seriously, I can't even detect a join-line on this top at all and the grain is beautiful. The mahogany body has an excellent grain pattern as well. From looks alone this guitar holds itself right up there with my finest customs, including my custom LP. The sound is everything the other reviewers have said. I will add my own emphasis to its SWEET quality. The setup is fine, but I'll be lowering the action a little as several other reviewers have done. This is an outstanding deal on a Gibson Semi-hollow body. The cosmetic tradeoffs I had thought I was making turned out not to be tradeoffs at all. (mainly the three-piece top) The neck is fast and the fingerboard looks just like a high quality ebony that will last several lifetimes. Gibson really knocked it out of the ball park this time. Wow what a great guitar!
Ordered the Ebony and it did not dissapoint! Great guitar! Classy look and ease of playability. From easy jazz chording to great spank in bridge pup. I looked for imperfections and other than a smidge of glue that easly was removed on the bindings it was flawless. Smelled like candy when it came out of the case and played amazing with no need of additional set up, even came in tune! I have a '60's LP Goldtop reissue which I love, bought and sold ES 335's/X2 Explorer's/Add'l LP's but I would say this is the easiest playing Gibson I have picked up to demo or owned. Ton's of Fenders in the house, lots of tele's and strats. This will definately be my new go to girl. Sounds great through a Vibro King and Vox AC15. Straight to the amp is fantastic but throw a Ibanez TS-9 or Boss Blues Driver (Keeley mods) and it screams! Highly recommended - check them out!
I had been looking for a new guitar for some time. I tried several different models, Gibson 335 & 339, Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin and Ibanez AF125, but nothing was 'calling out to me.' Until I picked up the Midtown. I had no intention of buying a guitar the day I walked into the GC in Ridge Hill, NY. But once I started playing the Midtown, I was sold. It looks great. It feels great. But it sounds amazing. I sat in the store playing for over an hour. I couldn't put it down. That's when I realized that this guitar was picking me, as much as I was choosing it. I bought it, took it home, and haven't stopped playing it since. My fingers are a little numb. By the way -- the set up on the Midtown was almost perfect. Low. Fast. And really fun to play. I highly recommend this guitar. Jump in. You won't regret it.
Cannot say enough about the Midtown Custom. Simply one of the finest guitars on the market at any price. After several gigs, this has become my #1 axe. Tonal range is immense, and the feel is pure Gibson. Play it with your eyes closed and your ears open, no mistaking those Burstbuckers for anything else.
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