Gibson Midtown Standard with Bigsby
August 4, 2011 by George VanderLaan
Every year or so, the big 2 guitar manufacturers [Gibson, Fender], release a guitar that is designated as their latest “Wow Guitar”. You know, the ones that are pure eye and ear candy, that tempt you with selling your car to have one of your own.
This is a biggie.
I say this and stand by that statement, because when I laid eyes on the Gibson Midtown, I got excited. I thought to myself, “Now this is creativity.”
At a quick glance, the Midtown would appear to be just another hollowbody, destined to be sought after by modern alt-rockers, and blues players mostly. Upon a closer look, this guitar is pretty neat.
The body is a double cutaway, constructed of solid mahogany, outfitted with two f-Holes, and your choice of either the Faded Cherry or classic Ebony finish that are easy on the eyes.
Joining the body the twin ‘57 Classic humbuckers, a straightforward maser volume and tone, and the classic three-way toggle. Along with this hardware is the flagship feature of the Midtown, the Bigsby Tremolo.
Now pair this with the 22-fret solid mahogany neck, carved to a 60’s style, and well….we have one hell of an axe here.
My favorite thing about this instrument is the hybrid concept. Classic tone and construction, modern look and vibe. This is a guitar I wouldn’t mind writing, recording, or performing with. Perfect for young players who want a tried-and-true tone, with a killer modern look.
This clearly is not a guitar that has just had gold hardware slapped on it, or some billionaire guitar players name plastered on the headstock. This is a true marvel of then and now.
Gibson Midtown Standard Demo Video
Note: This video also includes a demonstration of the Gibson Firebird guitar — Enjoy!