Gibson Custom Johnny A. Standard Bigsby - Bourbon Burst (top)

6-string Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Figured Maple Top, Mahogany Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Indian Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and Bigsby Tailpiece - Bourbon Burst
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A Phenomenal Hollowbody

Designed with input from the acclaimed guitarist, the Johnny A. Standard is an elegant, performance-ready hollowbody electric guitar. You'll love how the Johnny A. Standard's weight-relieved mahogany back imbues your playing with a thick, resonant tone, accented by a crisp, upper-range harmonic attack, thanks to its stunning 2-piece figured maple top. A set of '57 Classic humbuckers provide you with truckloads of fullness and warmth, balanced response, and a healthy dose of classic, PAF-like humbucker crunch. At Sweetwater, we quickly took note of the playability of this hollowbody electric guitar's comfortable rounded neck profile, which is topped with a smooth 1-piece Indian rosewood fingerboard. With a host of classic appointments, the Johnny A. Standard is a phenomenal hollowbody electric guitar!

Johnny A. Standard Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Maple on mahogany - a staple of vintage construction
  • '57 Classic humbuckers deliver classic PAF-like tones
  • Custom-rounded neck profile offers comfortable playability
Maple on mahogany - a staple of vintage construction

There's something magical about mahogany topped with maple. The maple adds crispness and harmonic attack to the mahogany, but the lows and low mids of the mahogany are still apparent, giving you a thick, resonant tone. On the Johnny A. Standard hollowbody electric guitar, the resonance is intensified further, thanks to its hollowbody design. Maple and mahogany are a marriage made in tonewood heaven!

'57 Classic humbuckers deliver classic PAF-like tones

First introduced in 1990, Gibson's vintage-style '57 Classic humbuckers are designed to give you warm, full tone with balanced response and plenty of classic Gibson vibe. Built to the specs of Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, two-conductor braided wiring, '57 Classic humbuckers will provide you with all of the vintage PAF-like humbucker crunch you can handle!

Custom-rounded neck profile offers comfortable playability

Round enough for you to play and thick enough to give you bucketfuls of sustain, you can't help but fall in love with the comfort and playability of the Johnny A. Standard hollowbody electric guitar's custom-rounded neck profile. On top of that, its longer 25 1/2" scale length gives you enough flexibility for alternate tunings or whatever else you want to experiment with.

Johnny A. Standard Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Mahogany back gives you a thick, resonant tone
  • Maple top accents the mahogany with a crisp, upper-range harmonic attack
  • '57 Classic humbuckers deliver classic PAF-like tones
  • Custom-rounded neck profile offers comfortable playability
  • Longer 25 1/2" scale length provides plenty of flexibility
  • Cream binding, acrylic inlays, and other classic appointments
  • Bigsby tailpiece for classic vibrato effects
  • Nickel Kluson Tulip-style tuners look great and keep you in tune
  • Includes hardshell case and Certificate of Authenticity
The Johnny A. Standard hollowbody electric guitar is an elegant, performance-ready tone machine!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape Johnny A
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Figured Maple
Color Bourbon Burst
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Johnny A Standard
Scale Length 25.5"
Fingerboard Material Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Acrylic Johnny A.
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.687"
Bridge/Tailpiece Nickel ABR-1 with Thumbwheels/Bigsby Vibrato
Tuners Nickel Kluson Tulip Style
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup '57 Classics
Bridge Pickup '57 Classics
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone
Strings .010P, .013P, .017P, .026W, .036W, .046W
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number CS-JAS14BBNB1

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4.5/5

Stunningly Nice Instrument

Really, this is a five star design, made just slightly imperfect by the usual minor Gibson quality issues. Neck: It's just a little fatter than a 59 Les Paul, by virtue of being a shallow "U" shape rather than a "c" shape. Beefy and nice. Frets are nicely crowned, not the tiny square railroad ties Gibson sometimes uses. Rosewood is very dark. Gorgeous headstock inlays. The nut was not cut well and strings stick. Makes Bigsby** use risky....will have to get it tweaked by a pro. Gibson makes this error all the time. Body: Just beautiful, carved back and front (not a flat outer back). Stunning looker. Nice finish, no flaws. Feel: Light as a feather. Well balanced. A dream to play. With proper setup, the guitar has an Immediate sounding tone and feel...you feel very in control of the sounds. Sound: When played unplugged, sounds mostly like a 335. But Amplified, this thing roars. The sound is very broad... Meaning the Bass strings are fat and full, high strings are very articulate and clear not harsh. The treble strings can have a fender-ish overtone due to scale length. The bass/wound strings still sound pure Gibson. I play with the amp bass dialed way down, to reduce boomy bass this guitar can have....which yields a nice articulate bass string sound. Sustain is surprisingly good, especially for a hollow guitar. Played clean, this guitar can have the sweetest jazzy tone or, if you turn tone knob up, and you get a nicely snappy sound. Overall, sounds sort of like a CS336 with a bit of a Strat sprinkled on top. Super versatile for rock, Jazz, blues and yes, country. The BEST thing Gibson has done in years. ** (About Bigsby's: I love them and hate them. The retro look is great. The Bisby sound of modest vibrato, like a semi tone worth, is lush and lovely. Sadly, Tuning issues are frequent. And why do they have to still look like spare parts off my mom's old Kirby Vacuum? Surely they can get a little less bulky. And why can't they make the lower retaining bar adjustable so the strings don't have to be at too radical an approach angle to the bridge? Given the frequent issues with tuning in bigsby equipped guitars, why don't they put in an adjustable stop for the vibrato arm so we can use JUST the portion of movement range that still stays in tune? Why don't Gibson realize the tune-o-matic bridge is not right for bigsby guitars? Can't Gibson take just a little longer on bigsby guitars to perfect the nut slot size and smoothness? Etc etc ).
Music background: Semi-pro at times. In Music, that is.
See also: Hollowbodies, Gibson Custom, Gibson Custom Hollowbody Guitars