Gibson Midtown Custom (Heritage Cherry Sunburst) (No Longer Available)
Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Chambered Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Black Richlite Fingerboard, and Two Burstbucker Pickups - Heritage Cherry Sunburst
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From Our Research Team:
A Hybrid Semi-hollow GuitarThe Gibson Midtown Custom is the innovative and exciting hybrid you've been looking for. Gibson started with a solid mahogany body, which they chambered and then topped with a solid maple cap. You'll love the feel of the new Midtown body shape. Larger than your typical solidbody but smaller than a hollowbody, the Midtown feels just right cradled in your arms. And the '60s Slim-Taper neck gives you the comfortable playability you expect from a Gibson. A pair of Burstbuckers and a gorgeous nitro finish top off the Gibson Midtown Custom.
Gibson Midtown Custom at a Glance:
Unique Body Construction and Size
The most unique aspect of the Gibson Midtown Standard is the innovative body. It is slightly larger than your everyday solidbody electric guitar, yet smaller than a typical semi-hollowbody. The body is made from solid mahogany and is strategically chambered for optimal sound and relieved weight. The Gibson Midtown Standard features a solid maple top with f-holes to give it a definitive semi-hollow look and feel.
Black Richlite fingerboard
The Gibson Midtown Custom has a Black Richlite fingerboard. This extremely dense material gives you the look of ebony - along with snappy attack and prodigious sustain typical of that revered tonewood. Richlite is made primarily of (recycled) paper (certified by the Forest Stewardship Council) from managed forests. The paper is treated with resin, then pressed and baked to create solid sheets. The same material has been used for decades in aerospace, the marine industry, and in sports (e.g., skate ramp surfaces), so you know it's durable. Environmental sustainability and great sustain - Black Richlite gives you both.
The Gibson Midtown Custom wears a gorgeous nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Nitro finishes - standard back in the '60s and '70s - are significantly thinner than today's polyurethane finishes, allowing the guitar to "breathe." Nitro finishes not only look vintage-y wonderful; they also enhance the instrument's tonal qualities.
Gibson Midtown Custom Features:
If you're ready for something truly unique, check out the Gibson Midtown Custom!
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Awesome Playing Guitar
by Mark B Heller from Round Lake, ILI was at Sweetwater for a Songwriters Camp event and saw this in the retail store. I plugged it into a Fender Deluxe Reverb and was immediately blown away with how well it played and how comfortable t... read more [+]he neck was. I tried out several other guitars but each time I found myself going back to the Midtown Custom. Easy playing with excellent build quality. A week after I bought it, I bought and added a stetsbar tremelo. It now looks unique and the whammy adds a new dimension. close [-]
October 26, 2012
Love this guitar...
by Carp from OhioThis midtown is a great guitar. It can sound very similar to a 335 or an LP, which I have had both. The pickups are great, neck is perfect for what I like and the finish is first rate. The richlite fi... read more [+]ngerboard is not an issue and most people would think it was solid wood. Can produce many very pleasing tone in all pickup positions and get a good full crunch and lead tones as well. Very nice HSC as well. For the money, this far exceeded my expectations. Body size is perfect and is very comfortable sitting or standing.
August 31, 2012
I am a "Fender" guy but this is a perfect addition for the times when only humbuckers will do. close [-]
by Britt Mitchell from San Antonio, TexasGibson has a winner here! Priced for the working musician with the looks of a top shelf Gibson. I have a fetish for the gibson custom neck. Very picky when it comes to the feel of the neck-fret-strin... read more [+]g relationship. The Midtown Custom is right up there with the best. In fact, it out plays my top shelf collection. Don't be held back by the "richlite" fingerboard. The density and appearance is beyond expectations. The Texas heat is brutal and the bars are smokey, yet this material holds up in all situations. The weight is not like that of the hollowbody. The center block adds that Les Paul density which is well balanced with the hollow tones from the chambers. The electronics are easy to get to. set behind a cover plate on the back. The pickups are well chosen with a great balance. Even the center position drives an amp well with a usable tone. The finish and appearance pops out on stage right there with the best. This is now my instrument of choice.
January 27, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer, Gtr Collector
Sweetwaters "guitar gallery" provided all I need to see when picking the final finish. They provide the serial number of the posted instrument and when I pulled it out of the case, all matched to my satisfaction. Sweetwater can't be beat when ordering online. There in house guitar geeks called me before and after the purchase to make sure I was satisfied with the instrument. I appreciate that! close [-]
by Shane L. from Pittsburgh, PAI'm absolutely stunned by how amazing this guitar is. I walked into a local shop looking for a '61 SG, only to find myself playing a semi-hollowbody Gibson Custom with a RichLite neck (which is nothin... read more [+]g to be afraid of...trust me!).
December 14, 2011
Music Background: 16 year pro musician
The finish on this guitar is gorgeous, as well as the custom diamond headstock.
The Richlite fretboard is the fastest fretboard I've ever played and is so easily confused with being Ebony, that the guitar guys at the local store told me it was an Ebony fretboard!
The Burstbucker Pickups just scream and the notes ring for days with endless sustain. The guitar volume can also be adjusted to have a lovely crunchy sound without losing tone!
I love the look and sound of this guitar so much and the way it plays is simply timeless. I've been playing for 16 years and have owned many guitars over the years. This one will never leave my arsenal and will always my first pick on live shows and recordings. close [-]
Got mine today
by Freddy from VenezuelaIm a pro guitar player and guitar teacher, also studying, Had one SG two Strats one Mustang, one Les Paul, in the past. Gibso Midtown Custom Its a very nice guitar, it sound and feel more like a Les P... read more [+]aul than a 335, and you got the easy going on the upper frets of a SG, you can hear the Les Paul throaty wood tone even with no amp.I think it is little more middle range, this thing really screams with the bridge pickup. And the other one sound very bluesy and jazzy. The strings were too high from the factory, and 4 of the 6 slots in the nut were not open completely, so the 4th string pumped out and others just didn't fit , I made the slots by myself quickly and carefully. Factory strings sucks, never got in tune,Gibson says it comes with an original gibson strings, well, for a guitar just made 2 month ago and non played by anyone I could thank Gibson for letting me know their string sucks. I swapped for D'addarios and got slick. Perfect work on binding, some little marks on the finish but too tiny to be important. Gibson should pay more attention to details, the round side of the F holes are kinda unfinished, come on people a little sand on the edges please, this is not a korean cheap stuff. Anyways that little details doesn't matter. I adjusted the guitar by myself , later on I will adjust it better, Im quite obsessive with the adjustment of my guitars that's why I do it by myself. The 6 string was too big for a 0.10 i guess it has heavy bottoms which i don't like at all. I put some light 0.10 and it goes smooth.
September 26, 2012
Music Background: Jazz, blues , funk, rock , metal pop , world, fusion.
Sweetwater guys rock, attention is very nice, the site and everything. im still wondering what you mean with 55point evaluation because as I read you even set up the guitar, well not this one.The strings were too high, unplayable at all. The most of guitars come like that. Gibson people, please you can do better on details.
Its a Gibson , I had a Les Paul Standard and this baby is a Les paul mixed with a 335. But playable as a SG.
3 guitars in one. Im in love with this guitar.
Giving a 4.5 because it wasn't set up at all.
Thank you Sweetwater for the best online service. Keep it up. close [-]
Carter, Mattaponi, VA
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