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Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar   

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By merging the best attributes of Gibson's legendary solidbody and archtop electric guitars, the Midtown Standard and Midtown Custom of 2011 became i...Read More

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A modern semi-hollowbody of mahogany with a solid maple top and soapbar pickups.

By merging the best attributes of Gibson's legendary solidbody and archtop electric guitars, the Midtown Standard and Midtown Custom of 2011 became instant hits with players of all stripes. Now Gibson USA taps those same irresistible qualities and adds a vintage-vibed twist to create a stunning new performer: the Midtown Standard P-90. This great new guitar maintains its predecessors' trimmed-down and more player-friendly body size that still emulates the lines of Gibson's classic archtops, but which is built with the Midtown line's advanced chambered, solid-wood construction (rather than laminated top and back) to truly embody the optimum marriage of solidbody and archtop. To take the Midtown Standard P-90 anywhere from raw vintage rock, blues and funk to contemporary jazz, Americana, or whatever you want to throw at it, Gibson USA loads the guitar with a pair of fat- and rich-sounding P-90 single-coil pickups, and dresses it all in a hand-sprayed, high-gloss nitrocellulose finish.

The Midtown Standard P-90 starts with premium tonewoods, using Grade-A timbers beneath the four transparent finish options (with Grade-C grain beneath the Pelham Blue guitars). A solid mahogany body is strategically chambered for optimum resonance and capped with a solid maple top with traditional f-holes. Its solid mahogany neck is carved to a fast, comfortable '60s-style profile that measures .800" at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The genuine rosewood fingerboard carries 22 medium-jumbo frets and is inlaid with traditional acrylic trapezoids that link the Midtown Standard P-90 to one of its predecessors, the Les Paul Standard, while cream binding enhances both fingerboard and body top. To best show off its great woods and luscious finishes, the Midtown Standard P-90 is built without a pickguard.

Plugged in, the Midtown Standard P-90 reveals its true glory via a pair of Gibson's legendary P-90 pickups. These beloved pickups have a fatter, richer tone than thinner single-coils, and provide everything from thick grit and snarl for rock 'n' roll, to rich, creamy warmth for jazz, to singing blues tones with great snappy and funky tones in between. Each pickup is made to the same specs as the vintage examples that made the P-90 famous, including coils wound from 42-AWG wire with two Alnico V magnets loaded beneath each pickup. To keep it all simple, Gibson USA routes these pickups through the traditional 3-way toggle switch and master volume and tone controls with classic gold Speed Knobs. For optimum resonance and sustain, the Midtown Standard P-90s carries the classic pairing of a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece with a PLEK-cut Corian„¢ nut up top, partnered with a set of premium Grover„¢ Keystone tuners.

Each guitar comes protected in a plush-lined hardshell case with black exterior and includes owner's manual and adjustment literature.

FEATURES
  • Chambered Mahogany body with solid Maple top and f-holes
  • Mahogany neck with fast, comfortable '60s-style profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with traditional acrylic trapezoid inlays
  • Pair of P-90 Soapbar pickups in the neck and bridge
  • Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Premium Grover„¢ Keystone tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio

Celebrate the best of a solidbody and archtop with this special guitar. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar

  • Body
    Top: Maple
    Back: Mahogany
    Body Type: Semi-Hollow, Chambered with F-holes
    Binding: Cream
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    Neck
    Species: Mahogany
    Profile: ™60s-style SlimTaper„¢
    Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
    Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    Neck Fit
    Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
    Fingerboard
    Species: Rosewood
    Frets: 22
    Radius: 12"
    Binding: Cream
    Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.260
    Scale Length: 24.75"
    Inlays: Figured Acrylic Trapezoid
    Nut
    Material: Corian
    Width: 1.695
    Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    Headstock
    Type: DSDC
    Logo: Mother of Pearl "Gibson"
    Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Antique Bell
    Angle: 17 Degrees
    Tuners
    Model: Grover„¢ Keystone
    Plating: Chrome
    Tuning Ratio: 14:01
    Bridge
    Type: Tune-O-Matic
    Plating: Chrome
    Tailpiece
    Type: Stopbar
    Plating: Chrome
    Hardware
    Knobs: Gold Speed Knobs
    Control Plate Cover: Black Plastic
    Strings: .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
    Strap Buttons: Aluminum End Pins
    Toggle Switch: Washer Cream with Gold
    Pickups
    Neck Position: P-90 (Alnico V)
    Bridge Position: P-90 (Alnico V)
    Electronics
    Potentiometers: 1 Volume Control, 1 Tone Control
    Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
    Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
    Toggle Switch: Three-way Switchcraft with White Plastic Tip
    Output Jack: 1/4" Mono
    Finish
    Sealer: Nitrocellulose
    Surface: Texture Smooth High Gloss
    Process: 1-1.5 mils
    Case
    Type: Hardshell
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GibsonMidtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Recording (3)
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3.0

beautiful looking, but a disappointment

By raul duke

from sacramento ca

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Comments about Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar:

tried to like it. great value for such a nice guitar. tried three or four amps with it, pedals, turned all the knobs every which way. it was hard for me to find a sweet spot where it felt right. maybe it will will rock your world but i returned mine. good luck.

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4.0

nice guitar

By raul duke

from sacramento ca

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Comments about Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar:

first the good. it is a beautiful guitar. now the bad. it was way out of shape. neck relief, intonation, pickup adjustment, all bad. i had played the humbucker model in the store but thought it had no mojo. plan B, i thought the P90 version would have more something. sadly it sounded sterile and felt stiff. it's a bad sign when you are immediately trying to plug into differernt amps hoping that some combination would really shine. it's a georgous, well put together, guitar. sadly i spent two score and three clams to return it.

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5.0

Great value!

By techdude

from Central New York

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Pros

  • Fit And Finish Beautiful
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Love The Trapezoid Inlays
  • Nice Tone
  • P90's Have A Lot Of Punch
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • Vintage Tones

    Comments about Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar:

    I love the way it cuts through the mix.

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    5.0

    Great guitar.

    By Michman

    from Michigan

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar:

        A great limited production guitar. The P90s rock and sound different than single coils or humbuckers. I was expecting a shallow f hole opening, but this is close to being a semi-hollow body...I was impressed. Light weight, can play a long gig with this. And Pelham blue is really unique.

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        5.0

        Fortunate to own :)

        By HumPlucker

        from Texas

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar:

          Vintage sunburst is beautiful. This guitar is one of the best values of all time for a Gibson. If you got one before they sold out, consider yourself very fortunate. Great tone, feel, and easy to play. Sounds great plugged or unplugged. I play this on a Super Champ X2 on the clean channel. A walk in the clouds with every strum. Very happy with this purchase, no regrets. If you can buy one used, don't hesitate, get it. And thank you MF for the 150% price match guarantee! You have a customer for life!

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          5.0

          great axe!!!

          By caesblues

          from philadelphia, pa

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar:

            great value,
            solid woods,
            usa hardware & electronics,
            nitro finish,
            great hybrid,
            no longer made.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Gibby!!

            By skidoo90

            from Quad Cities USA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Finish Work Mediocre

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar:

            BEAUTIFUL Pelham Blue beauty,Out of the box setup was good,But my tech made it GREAT.My P90s in this are HOT-Just like I like em'.Chrome hardware,Cream binding is a nice touch.Neck feels awesome and is comfortable to play standing or sitting.Like a slightly bigger Les Paul Double cut with Semi-Hollow body and F-holes.Even playing acoustically this sounds good with nice projection.Only gripe I have is the inside edges of the F-holes are unfinished in spots.Maybe I'm reaching here,But I expect more from an American Icon Guitar company.Gibson-PLEASE show a little more pride in your work.For all its worth,I DO LOVE the guitar and will be keeping it despite its blems.As other reviews I have seen for this model have some sort of blems also.Limited run for 2012 and going to be discontinued.Blowout price matched- Plus some- from M.F. for the color I wanted with case=Awesome Deal!!!150% price guarantee and they MEAN it!!Forget the rest and BUY here from the best!!!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great guitar - if you can find one

            By modavis

            from Madison, WI

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar:

              This is a great guitar, and it makes no sense that Gibson discontinued it. The guitar is really light, hangs well (is not neck heavy), and has a fast neck and low action. The vintage sunburst top looks great, and the fit and finish were flawless to my eye.

              Gibson's P90s have a nice growl to them. If anything, the guitar is a little bright, but that's almost certainly the P90s.

              My reading is that pepole on the intraweb are debating the pros/cons of this guitar as compared to the 335. The 335 is built differently, the midtown is built much like a chambered les paul, and the 335 is not, but I can't see how that matters. The 335 also has a carved top and is slightly bigger. I've never owned a 335, but this guitar is much less expensive so to me it seems like a no brainer.

              I play out with a band 2+ times per month and have owned many guitars in 20+ years of playing and have also sold most of them. I'm not sure I would keep this guitar if it was at full retail, but this holiday the reatilers were selling them deeply discounted.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GREAT VINTAGE SUNBURST GIBSON, P90 TONE

              By LL Vintage Sunburst Gibson Fan

              from southern WV

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 Electric Guitar:

                Great guitar. Set up out of the box was spot on for me. Love the sound of the P90s. I love the slightly smaller size of the Midtown compared to other ES Gibsons. Vintage Sunburst finish is gorgeous and flawless. The only thing I don't like is the creme pickup covers, but that is an easy swap. Outstanding Gibson for the price. Buy one, and you will not regret it.

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