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Gibson 2013 Midtown Standard Electric Bass  

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        A semi-hollowbody with unique sonic character and outstanding looks.

        With echoes of the great semi-acoustic EB basses of the past, and following the popularity of the ES-335-inspired Midtown guitar line, the 2013 Midtown Standard Bass from Gibson USA brings a new level of class, tone, and versatility to the low end. This full-scale bass is entirely Gibson through and through, yet all new, too. While it looks like the traditional thinline ES-style instrument, it is actually made from routed solid woods rather than a laminated top, back and sides with a solid center block, for sonic solidity, punch, sustain, and resistance to feedback previously unavailable in a semi-acoustic bass. A mix-and-match set of two classic Gibson bass pickups gives the Midtown Standard Bass unprecedented tonal flexibility, and Gibson USA's renowned craftsmanship yields flawless playability, making this bass the perfect choice for rock, jazz, funk, blues, or any conceivable style of popular music. All this and the Midtown Standard Bass oozes pure Gibson class in a choice of hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finishes.

        To give the Midtown Standard Bass a solidity and sonic character like no other four-string, Gibson USA has redrawn the blueprint for the semi-solid bass. They start with a solid mahogany back and chamber it for acoustic response, leaving a solid central core for the bridge and pickups, and more rigid rims than found on the traditional semi-acoustic. The body is capped with a solid Grade-A maple top on the Cherry and Cherry versions (Grade-C maple on the opaque Pelham Blue Black and Pelham Blue basses), and top is trimmed in traditional cream binding. The one-piece mahogany neck is glued-in using Gibson's acclaimed mortis & tenon joint, and profiled to a comfortably rounded shape that measures .860" at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The bound Rosewood fingerboard carries 20 medium frets, and is trimmed with cream binding and topped with a PLEK-cut Corian™ nut.

        The Midtown Standard Bass is built to a long 34" scale length for thundering lows and enhanced harmonic overtones, and its full voice is translated perfectly through two classic Gibson bass pickups. In the bridge position, a Alnico II TB mini humbucker Pickup provides optimum snap and punch, while a wide ceramic TB Plus humbucker Pickup in the neck position offers an optimum blend of warmth, body, and clarity. The two are routed through a three-way switch with master volume and tone controls. Gibson USA's original Three-Point Bridge is a simple masterpiece of design, and combines extreme solidity for sonic definition and sustain with easy intonation adjustability. Grover™ Shamrock tuners lend a classic touch to the headstock and offer excellent tuning stability. All in all, the Midtown Standard Bass offers a firmly elegant alternative to the standard solidbody bass, with all the sonic benefits of solid wood, plus a great classic look and a sonic character all its own. Includes case.

        Features

        • Chambered Mahogany body with solid Maple top and f-holes
        • Mahogany neck with slim, bass profile
        • Bound Rosewood fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays
        • Powerful TB Plus and vintage-style TB Minipickups in the neck and bridge positions
        • Grover™ tuners and Shamrock keys with 20:1 ratio
        • Includes case

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        2013 Midtown Standard Electric Bass Specifications:

        • .860" at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th
        • 34" Scale
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        Gibson2013 Midtown Standard Electric Bass
         
        3.8

        (based on 5 reviews)

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        80%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Good tone (5)
        • Fun to play (3)
        • Solid electronics (3)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming (3)
          • Practicing (3)
          • Recording (3)
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          5.0

          Gibson Midtown Bass (2013 Model Year)

          By RIC37012

          from Pittsburgh, PA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Great Case
          • Light Weight
          • Nice finish

          Cons

          • Weak Volume Control

          Best Uses

          • Anyway
          • Blues Music
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Midtown Standard Electric Bass:

          Bought this bass to round out several hollowbody's I wanted. Had a Gibson EB from the late 60's and loved it but sold it along the way. The Midtown bass has a samaller body than the ES 335 bass and is comfortable to play. Chose the 2013 and not the 2015 model year as the 2014 looks like the EPI Jack Casidy model which I have. Not impressed with the volume pot. Seems when I turn it to around 7 or 8 the volume drops off. Might be a bad pot but I'll have it checked and replaced if bad. Plus the price I got it at couldn't be beat. I don't care if it was a closeout or not and I got the Vintage Sunburst that I wanted. Great guitar and made here in the USA.

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          4.0

          so far so good

          By ironman911

          from jasper ga

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Tone
          • GREAT WORKMANSHIP
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Generic Setup

          Best Uses

          • Acoustic Settings
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson 2013 Midtown Standard Electric Bass:

          ordered this on a saturday arrived 4 days later.I play in a band that plays "americana" type music and I was looking for an instrument that would get more of an upright tone without having to actually have to learn a whole new instrument. so far this instrument is exactly what I was looking for. the setup out of the box was pretty generic but I lowered the action a little and made a truss rod adjustment and now it plays absolutely beautifully the finish and the workmanship are first rate(exactly what I expected from Gibson).overall I am extremely pleased with MF and Gibson with this purchase

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          (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Neck heavy!

          By Dave Wallace

          from Florida USA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fit and finish
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Extremely Neck Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson 2013 Midtown Standard Electric Bass:

            If you're going to play this for an extended period of time, you should know that it is NOT balanced -- it is extremely neck heavy. Not all that heavy overall, but you're going to have to hold the neck up as you play. Also, when I returned it I found that I had to pay for shipping both ways -- I had to pay to send it back and I had to reimburse UPS for the "free" shipping. Disappointed with Gibson's design, but more with MF. If I have to go to a store to try something out, why do I need MF?

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very nice bass

            By Garvoon

            from Laurel, MD

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Midtown Standard Electric Bass:

              As in the other review, the pick-ups do seem a little bit underpowered. Bridge pick-up is pretty much okay, but the neck pick-up is set very low. I did raise the screws from the latter and it helped a bit. But, using the Boss GEB-7 Bass Equalizer, it really fixes things up.

              The finish is very good. There were some finishing shortcuts on the neck binding (set in a little bit ... not flush with the neck, Invisible to the public), but it's not a proplem.

              Mine is in Pelham Blue and is beautiful. I replaced the roundwounds with D'Addario flatwounds and they sound great. Neck, intonation and most of that stuff is okay. I did give a quarter turn on the truss rod and lowered the bridge a hair. EXCELLENT action.

              For the money, very, very nice ... I love mine.

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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A Cool Nod to the Old Gibson EB-2

              By Thunderthump

              from DC

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              Pros

              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Sharp looking
              • Solid construction
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • No Individual Volume Knob
              • Pickups A Bit Weak

              Best Uses

              • Americana
              • Bluegrass
              • Blues
              • Country
              • Jamming
              • Jazz
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock

              Comments about Gibson 2013 Midtown Standard Electric Bass:

              My first impression is that this is a sharp-looking, well-made bass guitar. I have the ebony model, which cuts a sharp figure onstage. Overall, the fit & finish were great out of the box. I HIGHLY recommend you immediately change the heavy stock roundwound strings to a lighter guage. The stock strings make the bass feel downright stiff out of the box, so you should definitely switch to a lighter guage set to fairly evaluate this beautiful instrument. Overall, the sound was quite good. Other than the stock strings, I really only have three complaints: 1. The pickups seem a bit on the weak side. I had a 1969 Gibson EB-0 with the "Sidewinder" pickup, and it had monster output. The "TB" pickup on this bass pales in comparison to the Sidewinder of old. I am considering swapping it out for a vintage Sidewinder or a Curtis Novak replacement. The bridge humbucker also seems a little anemic, though the jury is still out. 2. There REALLY should be separate volume controls for both pickups to allow for more tonal variety. Why on earth Gibson decided not to do this is beyond me. I am considering swapping out the 3-way toggle switch for either a blending knob or a separate volume control. 3. The bass is a bit neck-heavy, so Gibson really should have put the neck-side strap button at the neck heel, instead of the upper horn. I think this would improve the balance. All caveats aside, I really do like this bass. I just think Gibson should have put a little more thought into the finer details.

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