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Hollow Body/Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar from Gibson belonging to the Midtown series.

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  • Anonymous

    Surprising

    Gibson Midtown CustomPublished on 03/31/13 at 02:13
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Made a US

    Mine is black, which has the advantage of not bring up the assembly of 3 parts is invisible
    I did put a white pickguard 3 ply by my luthier
    Note: hollow mahogany body and flat table reports, not bomb as the ES 335 and 339

    the characteristics:
    Nitrocellulose lacquer finish Enhances looks and tone
    Chambered mahogany body with flat, maple top and bound f-holes
    Mahogany neck ('60s Slim Taper)
    Black Richlite fingerboard with acrylic block inlay
    Acrylic Split Diamond headstock inlay
    Chrome Tune-o-matic bridge / Stoptail; Keystone tuners
    Two Gibson Burstbuckers 1 & 2
    2 volume, 2 tone controls; three-way pickup toggle
    Gibson Hardshell case included

    USE

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    Made a US

    Mine is black, which has the advantage of not bring up the assembly of 3 parts is invisible
    I did put a white pickguard 3 ply by my luthier
    Note: hollow mahogany body and flat table reports, not bomb as the ES 335 and 339

    the characteristics:
    Nitrocellulose lacquer finish Enhances looks and tone
    Chambered mahogany body with flat, maple top and bound f-holes
    Mahogany neck ('60s Slim Taper)
    Black Richlite fingerboard with acrylic block inlay
    Acrylic Split Diamond headstock inlay
    Chrome Tune-o-matic bridge / Stoptail; Keystone tuners
    Two Gibson Burstbuckers 1 & 2
    2 volume, 2 tone controls; three-way pickup toggle
    Gibson Hardshell case included

    USE

    Try length in the store
    Super comfortable as if I knew her for a long time
    Sleeve slim tapper, rather thin, very easy
    Lightweight me guitar playing only on semi hollow quite heavy.
    Format + small as large as + ES335 and ES 339
    Very comfortable, handy
    Composite black Richlite fingerboard, we do not feel or see the difference with bne




    SONORITS

    Sonorits powerful, ares, dynamics, his "right"
    not as an ES 335, not an LP, not a 339, part. Unique in its kind
    Perfect for blues, jazz and rock.
    Versatile
    Guitar while playing
    In a tube amp, it sends wood


    NOTICE GLOBAL

    It is now my number one guitar.
    I had lots of guitars for 10 years, including high-end
    that i I did blame him, and it will not cost me a kidney
    The design is perfect binding that covers the frets, very cared finishes,
    super beautiful, dco headstock with the shine of the diamond
    atypical look, very good manufacturing quality.
    My luthier t very surprised by the quality the look, the price.
    Excellent price-quality ratio. Do not miss it. Difficult to find now in some color.
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  • SlapKidSlapKid

    Super guitar, test before buying

    Gibson Midtown CustomPublished on 09/10/14 at 03:06
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    it is a two-year okaz a little knocked.
    USA apparently, but the varnish hardly sticks to the legs unlike almost all of the high-gloss guitar brand that I could touch.
    Barrel price for this level of equipment and finishing (well-posed frets filed down, no cosmetic defect, real knobs maousses and everything is welded beefy).
    The pickups are spotless, the Burstbuckers.
    The handle is thinner than my epiphone lp sg400pro and hair. It is just perfect to play, pass without thinking.

    UTILIZATION

    Reasonable weight, access ozégu childish, very balanced standing as sitting.
    It is a flat-top, which changes the game level of comfort left arm too tight against the edge of the guitar …
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    it is a two-year okaz a little knocked.
    USA apparently, but the varnish hardly sticks to the legs unlike almost all of the high-gloss guitar brand that I could touch.
    Barrel price for this level of equipment and finishing (well-posed frets filed down, no cosmetic defect, real knobs maousses and everything is welded beefy).
    The pickups are spotless, the Burstbuckers.
    The handle is thinner than my epiphone lp sg400pro and hair. It is just perfect to play, pass without thinking.

    UTILIZATION

    Reasonable weight, access ozégu childish, very balanced standing as sitting.
    It is a flat-top, which changes the game level of comfort left arm too tight against the edge of the guitar (it cuts off circulation to strength), just find me a armrest with Gretsch ...
    Pressing the thigh near the bridge which unhinged guitar much like a sg, so we found two boxes too high automatically. Solution play standing ...

    Its vacuum very homogeneous and transparent, good sustain, and slap. Really awesome.

    SOUNDS

    So plugged it this very fluid character / a hit in the mix, it sounds authoritative! Deadly accuracy.
    Too slamming / present for me, so I changed the pickups komdab (I had in my box has surprises) for softer (Epiphone I believe and split, gold) and bingo it's my grail, I keep clarity and airy side while having a velvety to fall on the serious split. The bridge is completely transcended by him punch the guitar and shines saturax.
    A good marriage, stock is too direct for me.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I changed all the hardware for the gold (the sunburst goes wrong with the coldness of chrome) and it is superb. This allowed me to really listen beast in every angle and frankly there's nothing to complain it's very well built.
    In short, a good plan for those who want to be heard as a group and get the look. Also no feedback problem to report.
    For 900 euros it costs to nine it's amazing actually, who knows what the law really requires us to aposer claw made in usa ..
    Grover, original Gibson pickups, extra finish, quality hardware, set neck, it starts to make a lot right?
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  • CT-64140CT-64140

    Go for it!

    Gibson Midtown CustomPublished on 12/19/13 at 15:52
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    Manufacturing USA

    Semi-acoustic
    Multilayer flat maple
    Louvers F
    Net body
    Background mahogany
    Mahogany
    Neck Shape: 60's Slim Taper
    Key black Richlite
    Landmarks acrylic blocks
    1 micro Burstbucker 1 (neck)
    1 micro Burstbucker 2 (bridge)
    2 volume controls
    2 tone controls
    3-position selector
    Chrome Tune-o-matic
    Mechanical Kinney

    more info: http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Designer/Gibson-USA/Midtown-Custom/Specs.aspx

    UTILIZATION

    Pleasant or not the handle is very subjective. Some, for example, swear by sleeves Start 'then I do not like playing it. For my taste, that of Midtown is very nice, although I would have preferred a wider hai…
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    Manufacturing USA

    Semi-acoustic
    Multilayer flat maple
    Louvers F
    Net body
    Background mahogany
    Mahogany
    Neck Shape: 60's Slim Taper
    Key black Richlite
    Landmarks acrylic blocks
    1 micro Burstbucker 1 (neck)
    1 micro Burstbucker 2 (bridge)
    2 volume controls
    2 tone controls
    3-position selector
    Chrome Tune-o-matic
    Mechanical Kinney

    more info: http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Designer/Gibson-USA/Midtown-Custom/Specs.aspx

    UTILIZATION

    Pleasant or not the handle is very subjective. Some, for example, swear by sleeves Start 'then I do not like playing it. For my taste, that of Midtown is very nice, although I would have preferred a wider hair.

    Ergonomics ... The Midtown has a very slight imbalance, but with a wide strap and will not slip on the shoulder, we quickly forget this imbalance. Wide strap also useful because without being heavy, this Gibson is not light.

    Access to acute sounds good to me. But I do not usually go in the last frets.

    Do you get a good sound easy? Hahahaha! We did not get it! it was immediately!

    SOUNDS

    It suits my style of music. Anyway, I do not know if there is a genre for which she could not agree! This guitar, in my opinion, can do anything.

    On the micro to the other, the sounds are very varied. You can switch between clean sounds (on pickup) very "ES-335" (biting, very colorful in the medium and high medium) to plump velvety (on neck pickup) very "Les Paul" while keeping an attack. With drive also has an impressive array of sounds! it can be very oily or very incisive and can send beautiful harmonics. With excellent sustain, with distortion that compresses much we are surprised to get great outfits. Position two mics, attack and give the medium a mixture of bite and warmth.

    On all my amps, this guitar is great! Very versatile, yet with a nice personality. In fact, I think we can summarize by saying something with this Midtown, it's almost as if we had an ES-335 and Les Paul in one guitar, and more. By equalizing with a lot of treble on an amp just typed Fender, melted in a mix and scraped on the bridge pickup, you can surprise imagining almost a Telecaster. Good ... good ... I know! it is still not a Tele!

    Any of its sounds not dislike me ... today I listened Robben Ford play live on his Sakashita and I thought, 'My Mimi, this sound, it may be. " Mimi is the nickname I gave him. Listen Scofield on its high-end Ibanez: you will also have this sound. Even if you need the amp, you can not even find yourself away from highly compressed and creamy sounds of Gary Moore with his LP in his tracks the worst musical taste as "Parisian"! (Hahahahaha) Want to imitate his BB King? no problem! If you want to jazz, no problem either: the neck pickup is warm to the possible odor of wood.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a year. This is one of my guitars that I love the game.

    A purchase I have not tried to compare: Mimi is what I wanted. And it makes me much affection I have for him!

    What I like least? Initially, the aesthetically disconcerting side of a kind ES-335 guitar with a flat table ... Then we made it, especially when we heard her sing! I quickly replaced by Gibson Vintage Reissue in the same drawing, which, according to my taste, bonifient significantly - original (.046, Genuine Gibson strings apparently .010) strings.

    The quality / price? Oh! great: beautiful violin (finishes very good), nice handle, and then tons of sounds and what sounds!

    If you are not one of those steadfast anti-Gibson-a-priori as it may exist, go for this guitar, you can only love.

    Other instrument of Midtown series in my opinion worthy of interest: Midtown Kalamazoo, so children from the coupling of a Les Paul and a Byrdland ... http://www2.gibson.com/Products/ Electric-Guitars/Designer/Gibson-USA/Midtown-Kalamazoo.aspx
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  • Anonymous

    Surprising

    Gibson Midtown CustomPublished on 03/31/13 at 02:19
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Made a USA

    Mine is black, which has the advantage of not bring up the assembly of the 3.
    I did ask a pickguard 3 ply white by my luthier
    Note: mahogany body and carved table reported flat and not curved like the ES 335 and 339

    Nitrocellulose lacquer finish Enhances looks and tone
    Chambered mahogany body with flat, bound maple top and f-holes
    Mahogany neck ('60s Slim Taper)
    Black Richlite fingerboard with acrylic block inlay
    Acrylic Split Diamond headstock inlay
    Chrome Tune-o-matic bridge / Stoptail; Keystone tuners
    Two Gibson Burstbuckers 1 & 2

    UTILIZATION

    Extensively tested in the store
    Super comfortable as if I knew for a long time
    Slim tapper neck, cl…
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    Made a USA

    Mine is black, which has the advantage of not bring up the assembly of the 3.
    I did ask a pickguard 3 ply white by my luthier
    Note: mahogany body and carved table reported flat and not curved like the ES 335 and 339

    Nitrocellulose lacquer finish Enhances looks and tone
    Chambered mahogany body with flat, bound maple top and f-holes
    Mahogany neck ('60s Slim Taper)
    Black Richlite fingerboard with acrylic block inlay
    Acrylic Split Diamond headstock inlay
    Chrome Tune-o-matic bridge / Stoptail; Keystone tuners
    Two Gibson Burstbuckers 1 & 2

    UTILIZATION

    Extensively tested in the store
    Super comfortable as if I knew for a long time
    Slim tapper neck, close enough, very easy
    Light guitar that I play only on semi hollow heavy enough.
    Format a + small + large and ES335 ES 339 a
    Very comfortable, easy to handle
    Black Richlite composite key, you do not feel or see the difference with ebony

    SOUNDS

    Sounds powerful, airy, dynamic sound "right",
    not as an ES 335, not an LP, not a 339 apart. Unique in its kind
    Perfect for blues, jazz and rock.
    Versatile
    All play guitar
    In a tube amp, it sends wood

    OVERALL OPINION

    It is now my number one guitar.
    I had lots of guitars for 10 years, including high-end
    çi that, I have nothing to reproach him, and it did not cost a kidney
    The design is perfect binding that covers the frets, very neat,
    super beautiful deco diamond headstock with the burst,
    atypical look, very good build quality.
    My luthier was very surprised by the quality, the look, the price.
    Excellent value for money. Do not miss it. Now hard to find in some color.
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  • changeurloupchangeurloup

    Good guitar but not for me

    Gibson Midtown CustomPublished on 03/13/13 at 15:47
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    For features I'll let you look on line shopping sites they do it very well ...

    Just an aside on this key guitar Richlite is: it's really successful was the sensation of ebony and I challenge anyone in a blind test to feel a difference!

    UTILIZATION

    -> The neck of this guitar is one of 60 years so the finest of Gibson which for me hating Rondin wood is quite nice (do you expect when even a strat ...)
    -> Access to acute is really good (this is not a lespaul eh ...)
    -> Yeah on this point, it sounds live branch ... Gibson (this is a problem for me big fan of fender)

    SOUNDS

    then here we enter the heart of the matter and why I write this article!

    I do not like this …
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    For features I'll let you look on line shopping sites they do it very well ...

    Just an aside on this key guitar Richlite is: it's really successful was the sensation of ebony and I challenge anyone in a blind test to feel a difference!

    UTILIZATION

    -> The neck of this guitar is one of 60 years so the finest of Gibson which for me hating Rondin wood is quite nice (do you expect when even a strat ...)
    -> Access to acute is really good (this is not a lespaul eh ...)
    -> Yeah on this point, it sounds live branch ... Gibson (this is a problem for me big fan of fender)

    SOUNDS

    then here we enter the heart of the matter and why I write this article!

    I do not like this guitar not because of comfort or because I look like a colon thoroughly! but because the Burstbucker 1 and 2 pickups are too hot to MY taste. I highly recommend her if you like micro medium see his sharp, it's bold for once it is far from fender!

    if it sounds to JAzz, blues / rock GRAS!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I just say to the musician recommended mid / high you will not find your pleasure. I just exchanging against a standard strat.
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  • James...James...

    Wow...just wow.

    Gibson Midtown CustomPublished on 01/29/12 at 06:52
    Nitrocellulose lacquer finish enhances looks and tone
    Chambered mahogany body with flat, bound maple top and f-holes
    Mahogany neck ('60s Slim Taper)
    Black Richlite fingerboard with acrylic block inlay
    Acrylic Split Diamond headstock inlay
    Chrome Tune-o-matic bridge / stoptail; Keystone tuners
    Two Gibson Burstbuckers
    2 volume, 2 tone controls; three-way pickup toggle
    Gibson Hardshell case included

    UTILIZATION

    I'll be up front. Pretty much every new design Gibson puts out these days is a joke that fails miserably. But when I saw pictures of the midtown custom I got pretty excited. What we have is a new spin on an old design with a signif…
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    Nitrocellulose lacquer finish enhances looks and tone
    Chambered mahogany body with flat, bound maple top and f-holes
    Mahogany neck ('60s Slim Taper)
    Black Richlite fingerboard with acrylic block inlay
    Acrylic Split Diamond headstock inlay
    Chrome Tune-o-matic bridge / stoptail; Keystone tuners
    Two Gibson Burstbuckers
    2 volume, 2 tone controls; three-way pickup toggle
    Gibson Hardshell case included

    UTILIZATION

    I'll be up front. Pretty much every new design Gibson puts out these days is a joke that fails miserably. But when I saw pictures of the midtown custom I got pretty excited. What we have is a new spin on an old design with a significantly reduced price. I was immediately on board and ordered one.

    The guitar feels really good. The construction is sound, even though there might be a few minor imperfections with the finish and such. Nothing really bothersome. The setup out of the box was good. Needed some tweaking to get it great. This richlite stuff on the fretboard is supposed to be a replacement for ebony. To be honest I don't notice any adverse effects in sound or feel. It isn't ever going to be wood but considering how much these cost I could care less. Not oiling my board every other month is nice too. This is a really good looking guitar for what it's worth. I'm impressed with how nice feeling of an an instrument Gibson managed to pop out at this price point.

    SOUNDS

    Since this isn't quite as big as your typical 335 guitar, it's not going to be as woody or airy sounding as a 335. But it doesn't sound like a les paul either. It's somewhere in between. Probably closer to a 339 than anything. The burstbuckers were a deal maker here, as Gibson has a habit of putting the wrong pickups on some guitars. But in this case burstbuckers were a wonderful choice. I can imagine some guys yelling at me right now saying they would rather have Classic 57's. But I think the BB's are awesome. This makes a great guitar for mild rock sounds or blues or jazz.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I'm most impressed with how good this guitar looks and feels for the price. No it is not a 335 and it isn't trying to be. I should mention that the fretboard doesn't look like wood when you give it a close eye, but when playing it is totally just like ebony in feel. It's great. Great sounding guitar. Not really a bad thing I can say about it. It should probably cost more like 2 grand. Thanks Gibson.
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  • matmax29matmax29

    a good compromise when it hesitates between leaving his or her LP ES!

    Gibson Midtown CustomPublished on 12/22/11 at 08:13
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Guitar made in United States
    Mahogany body "Chambered" carved maple table with 3 parts, gills in F.
    slim profile mahogany neck very comfortable typing '60, affects richlite (composite, reproducing the sound qualities of ebony).
    Burstbucker pickups, 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-position selector.
    Standard chrome hardware, Grover, in short, a classic Gibson!
    Case of very good quality.

    UTILIZATION

    The format is interesting, between Les Paul and ES 335. It provides good resonance and depth of sound with a very nice ergonomics (the ES 335 & Co. are really bulky!). In terms of weight, it's the same: lighter than my '79 LP Custom and roughly equivalent to my Lucille. I tested a repeat …
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    Guitar made in United States
    Mahogany body "Chambered" carved maple table with 3 parts, gills in F.
    slim profile mahogany neck very comfortable typing '60, affects richlite (composite, reproducing the sound qualities of ebony).
    Burstbucker pickups, 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-position selector.
    Standard chrome hardware, Grover, in short, a classic Gibson!
    Case of very good quality.

    UTILIZATION

    The format is interesting, between Les Paul and ES 335. It provides good resonance and depth of sound with a very nice ergonomics (the ES 335 & Co. are really bulky!). In terms of weight, it's the same: lighter than my '79 LP Custom and roughly equivalent to my Lucille. I tested a repeat of three hours by having constantly on the back and is comfortable.

    On the aesthetic point of view, the Midtown Custom're very successful, smelling the perfume "custom" with bindings body, neck & head, its bearings and split diamond trapezoids on the head. The only thing cheap is the flat table top.

    The general resemblance with ES 359 is really striking, until we go into detail: less careful finishing, flat top, button richlite surprises (not visually but on the data sheet it's fishy ...)

    SOUNDS

    I for one really hesitated on the sounds of my two favorite guitars (LP and Lucille) to go again. Moreover, I fear somewhat out 2 guitars almost € 3,000 each! So this little news made me in the eye and the test confirmed that it was an interesting addition and very versatile.
    In his clear, arpeggios, jazz and funk sounds go great. The sound of humbuckers does not force the lens of a strato but that's not what I wanted. For overdrive / distortion is a guitar that will be comfortable in pop / rock sound including british type Oasis, blues is in the foot, very rock on the bridge pickup and middle position, with bluesy desire on the handle slightly lowering the volume and tone. Like all semi hollow, it is subject to feedback at high volume, metal / trash will probably not his favorite ...
    Finally, the key in richlite I was not shocked either in terms of comfort or sound, ebony to still get a more compressed.
    I think it will be my beast to do anything less than typed all of my guitars but at least I do not lug around a single.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Guitar received at 11am, repeated in the evening at 19h! My opinion is always hot and I will update soon. The fact remains that his qualities are undeniable especially at this price level.
    I tried many guitars in very different budgets. But for those seeking a well made guitar for about € 1000, I highly recommend it. FYI, the price of a Studio LP or SG Standard. For the guitarist looking for a semi, it is less expensive than Duesenberg Starplayer.
    His only fault, the key richlite that will not please the purist, my advice try it.
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  • tjon901tjon901

    Cool new Semi-Hollow guitar with Custom Shop Features

    Gibson Midtown CustomPublished on 12/19/11 at 10:38
    The new Gibson Midtown Custom is a guitar they should have made 50 years ago. Its hard to imagine that this is a brand new guitar. Gibson got just about everything right with this guitar and I hope they continue to produce it for a good long while. If this guitar followed Gibsons normal naming model it would be called the CS-35TD or something because it is a mix of the ES-335TD with its block inlays and Custom headstock with the split diamond inlay and it has the same smaller body of the CS-336. So its a small bodied 335 with the classy neck and headstock of a Les Paul Custom. The guitar has a mahogany body with maple top and a set mahogany neck. The neck is the thinner 60s profile. The fre…
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    The new Gibson Midtown Custom is a guitar they should have made 50 years ago. Its hard to imagine that this is a brand new guitar. Gibson got just about everything right with this guitar and I hope they continue to produce it for a good long while. If this guitar followed Gibsons normal naming model it would be called the CS-35TD or something because it is a mix of the ES-335TD with its block inlays and Custom headstock with the split diamond inlay and it has the same smaller body of the CS-336. So its a small bodied 335 with the classy neck and headstock of a Les Paul Custom. The guitar has a mahogany body with maple top and a set mahogany neck. The neck is the thinner 60s profile. The fretboard has an ebony composite called Richlite. Martin uses it in their acoustic guitars, its made out of recycled wood. The guitar normally comes with Burstbuckers but this example was upgraded with a set of 57 Classics. The controls are what you normally see on Gibsons with a volume and tone for each pickup and a 3 way selector.

    UTILIZATION

    Although this guitar may not look very different than the old 335 it feels a lot better when you play it. The smaller body means it feels more comfortable to your body. you do not have to reach around the guitar as much when you play. The edge of the guitar are still kinda sharp and will chafe after a while but it is more comfortable than a 335. The 60s neck is nice and thin and doesnt feel like a baseball bat when you are playing it. The richlite fretboard is super smooth and looks like a perfect piece of ebony. Im sure many people wouldnt know and couldnt tell that it wasnt ebony.

    SOUNDS

    These guitars have a ton of natural tone due to their big semi hollow bodies. With a semi-hollow you get a slightly more woody sound in the tone. The sound is also a bit mellower because it is not a solid body. It has a bit more airy sound. The 57 Classics are great PAF replicas. Coming from Gibson they better be close because they made the original PAF's. The super smooth tone from the 57s Classics blend well with the semi hollow body. With some overdrive you can get a real sour old school bite to it from the vowelness of the 57 Classics. With more overdrive the sound is pure old school rock and roll. The jazzy tones come out of this guitar as well if you roll back some volume and some tone. This guitar is great for just about every old school type of guitar playing.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The best thing about this guitar is the price. These guitars are only selling for like 1400 USD new. That is an insane price for a guitar like this. A 335 with a matte finish and dot inlays costs more than 2200 dollars. This guitar has a gloss finish and block inlays for 800 bucks less. To get a 335 with block inlays its 3500 dollars and it doesnt come with the split diamond inlay. If you are looking for a 335 you might as well check this out and try and save some money. You can save money and get a guitar that I believe plays better. The Gibson Midtown Custom is win win.
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  • tjon901tjon901

    The semi-hollow Ive been waiting for

    Gibson Midtown CustomPublished on 12/07/11 at 21:08
    I was pretty excited when my buddy showed me a picture of the new Gibson Midtown Custom. I had known of the Midtown standard which I wasnt a big fan of. It was pretty much just a smaller 335 but with a Bigsby. This Custom model has sold me on the Midtown design. The Midtown is a semi-hollow from Gibson. It has a solid block running down the middle to cut down on feedback. It has a slightly smaller body than a 335 so it is lighter and not as hard to handle. The Custom neck and headstock is what caught my eye at first. I love the look of the split diamond headstock and the block Inlays. I wish Gibson would use it more often on models. This guitar has benefited from the Wacky 2011 Gibson lineu…
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    I was pretty excited when my buddy showed me a picture of the new Gibson Midtown Custom. I had known of the Midtown standard which I wasnt a big fan of. It was pretty much just a smaller 335 but with a Bigsby. This Custom model has sold me on the Midtown design. The Midtown is a semi-hollow from Gibson. It has a solid block running down the middle to cut down on feedback. It has a slightly smaller body than a 335 so it is lighter and not as hard to handle. The Custom neck and headstock is what caught my eye at first. I love the look of the split diamond headstock and the block Inlays. I wish Gibson would use it more often on models. This guitar has benefited from the Wacky 2011 Gibson lineup. It does not have an ebony fretboard but has a composite fretboard. Something called Richlite which sounds and feels just like ebony. I prefer this kind of alternative to the baked maple junk they are putting on some guitars. At least Richlite looks the part. The body is mahogany with a maple top and a set mahogany neck. The neck has the sweet 60s profile that everyone likes. The Richlite fretboard has 22 frets with the nice block inlays. The guitar comes with a set of Burstbucker pickups and the controls are the standard Gibson layout.

    UTILIZATION

    The smaller body means this guitar is a lot easier to handle than a normal 335. The old 335 when you play it you always feel like you are reaching around the guitar to play. The feeling isnt as bad on this guitar. The 60s neck is a dream to play. It has a very modern feel to it compared to the super chunky 50s feel of the fat Gibson necks of yesteryear. The composite fretboard is dark and smooth with no blemishes. I would rather have this than a weird pale looking baked maple fretboard. If someone didnt know this wasnt ebony they would never guess it wasnt ebony. Typical Gibson problems there is a little bit of string binding on the B and the G strings on the headstock. I dont even mention that on most reviews since it is so common but this guitar really has no other problems really.

    SOUNDS

    The sound on this is straight Gibson. The construction gives a slightly woody sound to the overall tone but the fat tone is there. I would have preferred a set of Classic 57s on this guitar but the Burstbuckers get the job done. They are mellowed out a bit by the semi-hollow design. You can play for hours before you even plug it in due to the great natural tone the guitar has. The slightly too hot Burstbucker pickups give the guitar a screamy lead sound when you are rocking out. This guitar can do a lot of different things. The screaming leads mixed with the mellow natural tone. You can get a great jazzy tone out of this guitar as well.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I thought this guitar was mispriced when I first saw it as well. This is probably the cheapest guitar you can get with the Custom style neck and Headstock. Even though its not really ebony it is all but ebony with its dark looks and smooth feel. I am not sure if Gibson ever made a real 335 with the Custom neck and headstock but if they did they would probably charge an arm and a leg for it. With this guitar you get all that for 1500 and I believe it plays better than a real 335 due to its reduced size. If you are looking for a classy Semi-hollow guitar this guitar is really a steal and I do not think Gibson will let you steal from them for much longer.
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