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Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar  

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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.

        Features
        • 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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        Review Snapshot®

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        GibsonMidtown Custom Electric Guitar
         
        4.4

        (based on 32 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (25)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (1)

        • 3 Stars

           

          (3)

        • 2 Stars

           

          (1)

        • 1 Stars

           

          (2)

        83%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        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)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (18), Professional musician (4)

        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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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        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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        1.0

        Extremely disappointing....

        By Dr. N

        from Vancouver, BC

        About Me Experienced

        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!

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            5.0

            Awesome guitar

            By Gino

            from Richmond Hill, GA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

              A beautiful guitar with sound and workmanship to match. It's a joy to play.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Guitar, Poor Setup

              By Rob

              from Novi, MI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

                This guitar came to me with no flaws, but the setup was terrible. I know that shipping can cause problems, but the action was so high that it couldn't be intonated. I almost sent it back, but after lowering the action, the intonation came back and now it's a great guitar and I'm glad I kept it.

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                5.0

                Gibson Midtown Custom - heritage Cherry

                By Norse344

                from Milwaukee Wi

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                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:

                  A very nice guitar for the money.

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                  (1 of 1 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

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                    (2 of 2 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.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Quite a Guitar, and an affordable price.

                        By Easy Money

                        from Oklahoma

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                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Close, but ,sadly, no sale

                        By Steve

                        from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

                        About Me Novice

                        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.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A high quality instrument

                        By GuitarBud

                        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.

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                          5.0

                          Buy it you'lle like it

                          By Will Work For Tone

                          from Central Coast California

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone
                          • Solid Electronics
                          • Versatile Great Looking

                          Cons

                          • No Negatives Whatsoever

                          Best Uses

                          • Good for everything

                          Comments about Gibson Midtown Custom Electric Guitar:

                          This is truly a great guitar. The neck is smooth, the action is perfect, the tone is very well balanced, the pickups are a perfect match to natural resonance this guitar has built in. The fret board material is awesome, it has a silky feel to that is second to none. If you did not know better you would think it was very high grade ebony. The build quality is excellent. I bought a scratch and dent, I cannot find a flaw. Overall I love this guitar and will be proud to bring it to my gigs this weekend.

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