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Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry Sunburst

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A semi-hollowbody that's crafted to produce sounds for any part of town.

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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Handcrafted in Nashville, TN USA
Body: Chambered mahogany
Top: Flat, bound maple with f-holes and multi-ply top binding
Neck: Genuine mahogany
Profile '60s Slim Taper„¢ with
acrylic split diamond headstock inlay
Fingerboard: Black Richlite with acrylic block inlays
Bridge: Tune-o-matic
Pickups: Gibson Burstbucker 1/ Burstbucker 2
Tuners: Grover
Controls: 2 Vol/ 2 Tone; three-way switch
Case: Gibson Hardshell

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GibsonMidtown Custom Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 32 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good tone (21)
  • Good feel (20)
  • Good pick up (19)
  • Fun to play (18)
  • Solid electronics (16)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (11)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (7)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT value for an even better guitar!

This guitar is an absolute beauty. I got the Heritage Cherry sunburst. It looks about 100x better than the stock photos on the website here. Also, Gibson has changed their design - the...Read complete review

This guitar is an absolute beauty. I got the Heritage Cherry sunburst. It looks about 100x better than the stock photos on the website here. Also, Gibson has changed their design - the top on my guitar is a bookmatched pair, not a three-piece top. This looks a lot better than the three piece. The aesthetics of this guitar will not dissapoint you. It is beyond gorgeous.

How does the guitar play and sound? First I will say I have zero problems with the Richlite material. It feels just as good as ebony. Second, I will say this guitar was set up PREFECT out of the box. The 60s slim taper neck is really nice, the fretboard is perfect for sweeping or bends or chording - really anything. For sound, I play out of a Blackstar HT-60 2x12 and a Fender Blues Jr. I have also put this thing through my friend's Egnater Rebel 2x12. This guitar does NOT know how to sound bad. Seriously, when I took this baby out at practice, it blew both of my bands away. The Burstbuckers are abslutely fantastic pickups and the guitar in general is very dynamic. It is sensitive to the touch, making it perfect for playing around with that natural tube breakup. The neck pickup is really warm and perfect for jazz or blues. The bridge is really bright and almost chimey. It sounds very sharp and bright out of a clean channel but put that through some OD... Oh baby. It sounds UNREAL. Anywhere from palm mutes to searing solos, this guitar really shines. And even while doing fast sweeps through a lot of od or clean, the guitar remains articulate and you don't lose any notes.

For a guitar of this high quality for playability and sound, the price is a no-brainer. Its a Gibson semi-hollow for this price. Seriously, if you have the money, just get it. There is no way you could be disappointed with this instrument. It kicks butt, and I personally liked it better than the ES-339 I played it up against. GO FOR IT!!!

This guitar behaves more like a chambered solid body than a real semi-hollow. You still get that airy woody tone like a sem-hollow, especially when you dial back the volume knob a little. But its really like a more harmonically saturated and "full" Les Paul tone. It has a LOT of sustain. Overall, you really cannot beat this guitar for the money, and it is a fantastic instrument.

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Midtown custom

I saw the guitar on the wall and could not believe the price for the model shown. So as I was testing it thru a mesa boogie a fellow guitar enthusiast was looking at...Read complete review

I saw the guitar on the wall and could not believe the price for the model shown. So as I was testing it thru a mesa boogie a fellow guitar enthusiast was looking at it also.I let him try it, He started playing it and would simply not let it go. I went home got a real nice schecter I had and traded up. Im not sure if he also went home to trade up a Godin he had. But I got it first, sorry!!
Basic es 335, although it feels more like a 330 due to the slim taper neck. Guitar was well set up. Has a nice crisp sound from the flat maple top. Played unplugged you can noodle for hours without the amp. The faux inlays looked good. The formica type fretboard is nice and smooth. Good string bending. Resonates very good. Guitar is not as light as it seems.
Workmanship was spot on. Frets well leveled, binding left no sharp fret edges.
This has got to be the best deal gibson has come out with. A gibson CUSTOM with es335 type body in tobaccoburst? for 1499???? This price can not last very long. At guitar center they are selling them fast, probably best seller of the moment.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Deal Of The Year

By Jimmy ASAT

from SouthWest

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Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

This is Gibson giving back to the fans. To have the custom appointments on a guitar in this price range is incredible. The bridge pick up is crisp and warm. Lots of clarity and sustain. The neck pick up is a touch muddy. Its to dark and hot in my opinion. I will change out the cap on it and get it brighter. The set up was great on it. The nut was cut super low. The action was low. Its very easy to play. I dont have to change anything about the set up. The finish looks great. The tuners are Grover and they hold tune well. The guitar has more weight than I thought it would.The fret wire is a hair smaller than I would like. But over all this is the best deal on a Gibson.
The craftsmanship is stellar. You get the same level of quality that you would expect on a guitar twice this price. The frets are leveled spot on. The set up was very low. It was ready for stage right out of the box
I would expect to pay twice this much for all these appointments. I think Gibson knocked this one out of the park. This guitar is the deal of the year!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome guitar

By Roy Rodriguez

from Long Island NY

Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

Highly recommend to anyone who wants a really nice Gibson without the huge pricetag. Sounds like a Gibson should and won't break the bank.
basic straight ahead 335 style setup. Richlite fingerboard feels. and looks like ebony. Mahagony body is chambered and real comfortable. Neck is Mahagony. Feels well balanced.
Gibson put alot of thought as to where they would cut costs and did a great job. Guiitar bulid is spot on as is the finish and the components.
For the money it can't be beat. Imagine a ES335 on a slimfast diet. Cut the fat and you are left with a great player.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT value for an even better guitar!

By Stephen Conover

from Pittsburgh

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is an absolute beauty. I got the Heritage Cherry sunburst. It looks about 100x better than the stock photos on the website here. Also, Gibson has changed their design - the top on my guitar is a bookmatched pair, not a three-piece top. This looks a lot better than the three piece. The aesthetics of this guitar will not dissapoint you. It is beyond gorgeous.

    How does the guitar play and sound? First I will say I have zero problems with the Richlite material. It feels just as good as ebony. Second, I will say this guitar was set up PREFECT out of the box. The 60s slim taper neck is really nice, the fretboard is perfect for sweeping or bends or chording - really anything. For sound, I play out of a Blackstar HT-60 2x12 and a Fender Blues Jr. I have also put this thing through my friend's Egnater Rebel 2x12. This guitar does NOT know how to sound bad. Seriously, when I took this baby out at practice, it blew both of my bands away. The Burstbuckers are abslutely fantastic pickups and the guitar in general is very dynamic. It is sensitive to the touch, making it perfect for playing around with that natural tube breakup. The neck pickup is really warm and perfect for jazz or blues. The bridge is really bright and almost chimey. It sounds very sharp and bright out of a clean channel but put that through some OD... Oh baby. It sounds UNREAL. Anywhere from palm mutes to searing solos, this guitar really shines. And even while doing fast sweeps through a lot of od or clean, the guitar remains articulate and you don't lose any notes.

    For a guitar of this high quality for playability and sound, the price is a no-brainer. Its a Gibson semi-hollow for this price. Seriously, if you have the money, just get it. There is no way you could be disappointed with this instrument. It kicks butt, and I personally liked it better than the ES-339 I played it up against. GO FOR IT!!!

    This guitar behaves more like a chambered solid body than a real semi-hollow. You still get that airy woody tone like a sem-hollow, especially when you dial back the volume knob a little. But its really like a more harmonically saturated and "full" Les Paul tone. It has a LOT of sustain. Overall, you really cannot beat this guitar for the money, and it is a fantastic instrument.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What's not to like?

    By Citadel264

    from Chicago Area

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great size for comfort
    • Plays as well as it looks
    • Solid Electronics
    • What a looker
    • What a value

    Cons

    • A bit heavy in weight
    • Slight set-up mod needed

    Best Uses

    • All uses but shredding
    • Super for RB or Blues

    Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

    Beside the great looks, this guitar has the sound versatility to go with it. Regarding the looks, with the block inlays going all the way to the first fret, combined with the split diamond on the headstock, bound body, neck & headstock are all items which many Gibson fans covet! Great neck and nice jumbo frets, well-rounded and polished. Plus, the typical, well-constructed, Gibson hardshell case. For all of this, need I mention the price?

    The guitar form factor is slightly smaller than an ES-335 (which I also have & love), but the size difference (mostly in the lower bout) is not a huge amount, just enough to make this way more comfy (especially when sitting). Plus, the strap hardware is on the upper bout instead of behind the neck/body set area, so it is more secure when standing, with the guitar not pitching away from your body (a concern I have with SG and ES series guitars). Access to the upper frets, without the feeling that the lower frets are a mile away, is also really nice, so this is kind of like an SG in that regard. A big plus that I want to emphasize is the there is an access panel on the back (like a LP or SG), so if you like to modify the pots and/or add push-pull pots, switches, change caps, etc... this is way easy compared to the ES series guitars which demand more work and overall skill!

    The 2 minor semi-negative issues that I would bring to your attention are:
    1. The guitar is a bit on the heavy side
    2. More so than some other Gison pick-ups, the Burstbucker 1 and Burstbucker 2 pick-ups have a unusually huge change in voicing depending how far they are from the strings. I already have these in my Nighthawk Studio, so I already went thru the "learning curve."
    The Burstbucker 1, in particular, is a bit "bland" if too far from the strings. I suspect some players feel this is a point for rejection, but really, it doesn't have to be that way! A suggestion is to bring the pick-up higher and also adjust the 6 pick-up screws to the 12" radius neck and you are rewarded with a very "chimey" sound with the tone at around 6 or higher, while it will have more of a "growl-kick" when the tone pot is at 4 or below. The Burstbucker 2 on the bridge is more of a traditional Gibson sound and by bringing up the pick-up and screws, this will again better bring-out the bite. Have the 2 pick-ups switched-on together with the bridge having a bit more treble (around 5-7) and the neck at (around 4-5 on the tone) with a slightly higher volume on the neck pup, your are in 12-string heaven. Raise or lower the neck tone a bit and you are at another useable tone level.

    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Midtown custom

    By gino rivera

    from virginia

    Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

    I saw the guitar on the wall and could not believe the price for the model shown. So as I was testing it thru a mesa boogie a fellow guitar enthusiast was looking at it also.I let him try it, He started playing it and would simply not let it go. I went home got a real nice schecter I had and traded up. Im not sure if he also went home to trade up a Godin he had. But I got it first, sorry!!
    Basic es 335, although it feels more like a 330 due to the slim taper neck. Guitar was well set up. Has a nice crisp sound from the flat maple top. Played unplugged you can noodle for hours without the amp. The faux inlays looked good. The formica type fretboard is nice and smooth. Good string bending. Resonates very good. Guitar is not as light as it seems.
    Workmanship was spot on. Frets well leveled, binding left no sharp fret edges.
    This has got to be the best deal gibson has come out with. A gibson CUSTOM with es335 type body in tobaccoburst? for 1499???? This price can not last very long. At guitar center they are selling them fast, probably best seller of the moment.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A real player

    By Tommy Robson

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

    I haven't even touched my Custom Shop Fender Strat, my Jaguar, or my Gibson Les Paul Standard since I got this guitar. I think that says enough right there.
    This is everything I wanted and expected from this guitar and more.. I usually end up spending a couple hundred in upgrades on my guitars, but I think I will keep this baby stock. This is truly a fantastic deal for the price they are charging. I can't think of a negative thing to say about this guitar. I wasn't sure if I would like it not having the arched top, but I think the flat top works out just great. Wasn't a problem at all.
    Neck was smooth, frets were great. Grover tuners were a nice step up from Gibson's standard Vintage Deluxe tuners. Burstbucker pickups sounded absolutely amazing. Very solid build. The case was extremely nice quality as usual from Gibson.
    Body, neck, and headstock binding was great! All along with the split diamond headstock and inlays, that is a fantastic value for the price! With all these features, I couldn't believe that it wasn't twice the price it is.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar at a reasonable price

    By Mr. Guitar

    from Appomattox, Va

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    Pros

    • Does The Gibsn Thing Well
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • very versatile

    Cons

    • NOTHING negative to say

    Best Uses

    • All Music Except Metal
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

    I own over 50 guitars including gibson L-5 to fender strats and teles and gibson les pauls as well various gibson es-3 & es-1 something or other. It is my opinion that the gibson midtown is a well made extremely versatile guitar that can do the gibson thin hollow body or solid body thing very well. I would recommend this guitar as a prime choice to anyone looking for that gibson sound.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Antique Natural; Expected Gibson Quality; Got Even Better

    By Kenneth Farmer

    from Texas

    Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

    I would reccomend this guitar to anyone who wants great sound at an intermediate price. Gibson hit a winner with this sound. The quality is as good or better than all the other Gibsons I have played.


    I am reviewing the Gibson Midtown Custom; Antique Natural. Looked heads and shoulders better than the picture on web site. The sound is just as great!
    The maple top was 2 piece matched with tons of character in the grain. I can't find any flaws in the finish. Synthetic fretboard feels great and the action was fine on the entire neck. The burstbucker pickups and the carved body sound fantastic.
    One of the best values you'll get from Gibson. The sound is really versatile. I have an ES135LTD., ES335, LPStudio with ebony fretboard , "98"LPDC Standard and Fender Telecaster. I love all the Gibsons, and this one is no exception. The Midtown Custom with burstbuckers has its own sound that makes it different but just as good. The sustain rivals or beats all the rest. I play them all through a "95"Fender Twin. I don't like the speed knobs. I will probably replace them with antique top hats.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Deez is zee Bomb!

    By Bartlioni

    from Huntsville, AL

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    Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

    I just received my new natural finish Midtown Custom yesterday and there are several points I want to make.

    1. The maple top on my speciman is actually a two-piece bookmatched top with excellent grain pattern. It is as beautiful as my LP that cost twice as much. I was expecting a three-piece top of mismatched maple but was very very pleasantly surprised. I studied the top using magnifiers and it really is a two-piece top. Not a three-piece. Fit and finish are outstanding. You will love the synthetic fingerboard that looks and plays just like ebony. I would rather have it than any of the rest of the 'alternative' fingerboard woods gibson is using to get costs down.

    2. Like many other reviewers I've adjusted the action down particularly on the bass strings although it was very playable to begin with. Don't forget to re-adjust your bridge saddles to get the strings back in tune with the open harmonics once you settle on a height you like. Absolutely no truss-rod adjustment was needed. Nice low action with no buzzing thank you Gibson. It has always amazed me how gibson necks don't require as much bow as fender necks do to achieve a low fast action. I still love my Fenders though.

    3. Tone - Everybody says the Midtown produces a fat SWEET tone that can do anything from thick les paul leads to 335 rockabilly. Well....everybody's right! (Surprise surprise) So the only thing I want to add is my own personal emphasis on SWEET. This baby makes butter melt and I've actually had to work a little with my new LP to get it to sound as good as my Midtown does at being an LP. It has terrific sustain and tonality easily capturing that sound that made the LP famous to begin with as a lead guitar. But dial up some tone controls and this baby will go Chuck Berry on you and bark like a dog. Spank that thang boy! It loves it.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Get 'em while they last

    By Stratoverb

    from Hudson Valley NY

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

        This is the first and only Gibby or LP/ES style guitar I've ever really bonded with. I understand Gibson is discontinuing them which seems a shame. Look on the web and you'll see a lot of praise for these and with good reason. Maybe they'll bring it back. I've got a lot of Fenders and this Gibson has been in my hands an awful lot since I got it. I can't say that about any other LP hum bucker guitar I've owned before. The finish and setup was exceptional I didn't have to do a thing except open the case and wail away.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Close, but ,sadly, no sale

        By Steve

        from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

        Poor quality. Mine had several finish flaws and a hum that seemed like a poor ground somewhere that stopped when I touched strings or metal on the guitar. This would be a really good value if more attention was paid at the Memphis plant to quality control. I loved the look of the guitar and the feel of the neck but sent it back for a refund which , to their credit, Musician's Friend processed quickly.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A high quality instrument

        By Donny B. Good

        from South Carolina

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • well built
        • Wide range of sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Very versatile

          Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

          Whoever set this instrument up at the fatory should be given a raise. This guitar was perfect right out of the box. Quality control has obviously been implemented after several negative reviews. I found the measurements and intonation to all be exact according to specifications. Cranked through 40 watts of H & K power, the guitar performed extremely well. Through the clean channel, the guitar rang like a bell with clear, sweet resonance and dynamics; just as I would expect from Gibson. There was no fret buzz or dead spots. Then, when I switched the amp to the drive channel, the guitar took off like a much more expensive guitar. The factory burstbuckers easily handled all the rock and roll I could throw at them. Despite the overdrive distortion, there was no pickup noise. When the boost came on, the noise was minimal. I chose the Midtown Custom over the Midtown P-90's to avoid the single coil noise. For the money, this guitar is a fine choice. The finish was smooth and even. The binding was well applied and the neck needed no adjustment whatsoever. The quality of this guitar far outweighs the few concerns: I will have to get used to the synthetic fretboard. While I do not notice any difference in the appearance, sound or playability, it just feels different then bending a string over rosewood or maple. I hope that it will be as durable as the natural woods. Only time will tell. And, as always, you can count on your quality Gibson to need to be re-tuned after every song or two. I assumed the risk on that one and will just change out the tuners when it becomes too aggrevating. Thanks go out to Musician's Friend for its excellent customer service; and to Gibson for making an affordable, quality semi-hollow guitar in the United States.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT Value

          By Stephen Conover

          from Pittsburgh

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          Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

          This guitar behaves more like a chambered solid body than a real semi-hollow. You still get that airy woody tone like a sem-hollow, especially when you dial back the volume knob a little. But its really like a more harmonically saturated and "full" Les Paul tone. It has a LOT of sustain. Overall, you really cannot beat this guitar for the money, and it is a fantastic instrument.
          This guitar is an absolute beauty. I got the Heritage Cherry sunburst. It looks about 100x better than the stock photos on the website here. Also, Gibson has changed their design - the top on my guitar is a bookmatched pair, not a three-piece top. This looks a lot better than the three piece. The aesthetics of this guitar will not dissapoint you. It is beyond gorgeous.
          How does the guitar play and sound? First I will say I have zero problems with the Richlite material. It feels just as good as ebony. Second, I will say this guitar was set up PREFECT out of the box. The 60s slim taper neck is really nice, the fretboard is perfect for sweeping or bends or chording - really anything. For sound, I play out of a Blackstar HT-60 2x12 and a Fender Blues Jr. I have also put this thing through my friend's Egnater Rebel 2x12. This guitar does NOT know how to sound bad. Seriously, the thing blew both of my bands away. The Burstbuckers are abslutely fantastic pickups and the guitar in general is very dynamic. It is sensitive to the touch, making it perfect for playing with that natural tube breakup. The neck pickup is really warm and perfect for jazz or blues. The bridge is really bright and almost twangy. It sounds very sharp and bright out of a clean channel but put that through some OD... Oh baby. It sounds UNREAL. Anywhere from palm mutes to searing solos, this guitar really shines. And even while doing fast sweeps through a lot of od or clean, the guitar remains articulate and you don't lose any notes.
          For a guitar of this high quality for playability and sound, the price is a no-brainer. Its a Gibson semi-hollow for this price. Seriously, if you have the money, just get it. There is no way you could be disappointed with this instrument. It kicks butt, and I personally liked it better than the ES-339 I played it up against. GO FOR IT!!!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great bang for the buck & better quality

          By Rock for Christ

          from Clinton Twp., MI (Detroit)

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • 2 piece maple top
          • Combo 335 LP tones
          • Good Tone
          • Great price for deluxe
          • Improved build quality
          • Perfect bindings

          Cons

          • No drawbacks anymore
          • Resin fretboard is okay

          Best Uses

          • everything
          • Excels at blues and rock
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands

          Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

          I've been playing guitar for over 30 years, have 20+ guitars, and this is a great instrument. I checked out an older model (2011?) Midtown at GC and it had issues: dust in the binding, crooked input jack, very plastic looking inlays, and an ugly 3 peice maple top (very noticeable). Many folks on the forums talk about these same issues. However, the sound, feel and price was great, so I took a chance and ordered one from MF. I've always wanted a Deluxe, but couldn't justify the cost, until now. The guitar was beautiful out of the box, with all of the issues above improved. Mine came with a 2 piece book matched top, clean bindings, straight input jack, and the block inlays look MUCH better! Also, the tones from this guitar are awesome. Dime the volume and you get a very Les Paul tone. It's a routed body, so you get a nice complex tone and good sustain. It's not a light weight guitar, but less than most solid LP's. Roll back the volume, and you get a nice woody ES-335 like tone. The 60's neck is very comfortable. Some folks are turned off by the resin fretboard, (no thanks to the US government for taking Gibson's tone woods!), but it plays and looks fine. Get one before Gibson realizes what a bargain it is an raises the price!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Midtown Custom/Ebony

          By te fireoved

          from USA

          Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

          10
          Long story short...Get one before Gibson raises the price or discontinues it!
          Simply a wonderful Gibson Guitar!
          te fireoved

          (2 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          I guess you get what you pay for

          By Stratman1956

          from Elizabethton TN

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          Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

          I can only rate this guitar the way I see it ,If you have a little extra cash get at least the ES 335
          It is a nice guitar but nothing like the big brother the ES 335,this is ok but the perfection is not there.Sounds good ,but I buy a Gibson for the workmanship and this guitar is lacking that,I am not sure if these are what the new guys that work at Gibson train on ,but I personaly dont like cut corners.
          It is ok if you dont care about workmenship,nothing like the big brother ES 335 ,to many defects that is noticeable ,the body is nice ,I dont like the back plate over the pots,kinda reminds you of the les paul, the input jack is crooked on the guitar .The case is made in Canada ,very poorly made, thread pieces all over the sides,but I guess you get what you pay for.
          It is cheap ,but you get what you pay for.

          (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Extremely disappointing....

          By Dr. N

          from Vancouver

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

              Gibson is trying to capitalize on the name by selling a substandard guitar. I went to a large music store to check this guitar (and to buy it) and now I understand why they stopped producing this guitar and no one is buying the one I saw at the store.

              The fretwork is cheap. The edges are very sharp. Not a comfortable fingerboard.
              The finishing is poor and I saw a major paint finishing flaw in one of the f-holes (looks like cheap painting job, with the dry paint dripping off the edges of the f-hole).

              I bought a cheap Squier a few months ago (for my little daughters) which has better workmanship than this not cheap Gibson Midtown. You can buy a much better instrument from Asia for way less than that. I have the feeling that they only care about their high end guitars. What a shame Gibson!

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              my second Gibson

              By Hot lips

              from Montross, va.

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

                I had a Les Paul back in the 90's it was a great guitar but too heavey let me say that I have 22 guitars and ths guitar is right up at the top of my list. IT playes good, sound good, looks good and that what we all are looking for.I did'nt buy this guitar because it was great price , tho it was. I bought it because of the three G's

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Quite a Guitar, and an affordable price.

                By Easy Money

                from Oklahoma

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics
                • The Intonation Was Right

                Cons

                • not a thing

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Real Pleasure To Play
                • Recording

                Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

                I started with a Gibson Les Paul Studio Model, in 1958, I have played in several Country and Western Bands, and organized three different Bands myself, played on some recordings in an Oklahoma City Studio. (no big hits) I've owned several since then, along with a Gibson ES-335, and a Gibson Custom Made Dove. I will say that none of these Guitars were set up, or played any better than this Gibson Midtown. I purchased the Heritage Cherry Sunburst. (Beautiful) I just simply don't have any thing negative to say about it. I would like to mention on behalf of Musicians Friend. Any time I have had a problem with a purchase from them, they always seem to go out of their way to make it right. That is worth considering.

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                5.0

                Great axe

                By Sandro

                from Florida

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

                  Well, apart from the fact that english is not my mother language, I will attempt a critique.

                  Truly and doubtlessly a beautiful guitar. I didn't find a single flaw.
                  Perfect setting and action, the 10 gauge strings are a good choice, easy bending and tune holding.
                  The sound is terrific, typical of the legendary PAF humbuckers of the late '50s and early '60s; warm in the neck, biting in the bridge and round in the middle.
                  I absolutely love the neck, the vintage '60s SlimTaper shape, so confortable and fast. It riminds me of a cherry 335 that i bought (used, but in perfect condition) in 1971, unfortunately stolen four years later. I never really recovered from that (I wanted to kill the thief); I had Gretch, Fender and I have a beautiful Strat that I love, but the feeling of the old 335 was unique, until now. It's like finding an old friend, lost in time.
                  As for the Richlite the feel of the fingerboard is great (Martin uses it and that says a lot).
                  The color and the finish are gorgeous and perfect - I opted for the Heritage cherry sunburst - no flaws as well in the multi-ply binding, vintage look.
                  The nitrocellulose lacquer finish - standard back in the '60s and '70s - not only looks wonderful, but being significantly thinner than today's polyurethane finishes, allows the guitar to "breathe" enhancing its tonal qualities.
                  One more note: the body top is definitively not a three-piece like it appears in the pictures on line; mine looks like a one-piece maple top, I looked very carefully with a magnifyng glass and if it is a two piece book matched top, Gibson did an amazing job because is absolutely impossible to see the grain pattern separation.
                  This is a great guitar and a beauty.

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