New Gibson Combines Solidbody And Archtop Features
Gibson introduce Midtown Standard with Bigsby 04-Jul-11
Gibson has introduced the Midtown Standard with Bigsby. Here's what they have to say about it...
What if you married the best attributes of Gibson's classic archtops together with the innovative solid-body designs Gibson USA currently offers? Taking a cue from our past, Gibson USA mixes historic design with modern styling to come up with the ultimate hybrid Gibson, a new breed of electric guitar that offers ultimate "Tonestry." This new Gibson recipe creates a whole new level of sonic versatility, resulting in an instrument that's perfect for an amazingly wide range of musical genres. With a trimmed-down and more player friendly body size that still emulates the best of Gibson tradition, built with solid-wood construction rather than a laminated top and back, the Midtown Standard with Bigsby® truly embodies the optimum marriage of solidbody and archtop--and its twin '57 Classic humbuckers, top-notch hardware, and Bigsby® vibrato tailpiece are just the icing on the cake.
The Midtown Standard with Bigsby® starts with a solid mahogany body that is strategically chambered for optimum resonance. A solid maple top with f-holes is glued to this foundation, finished in your choice of high-gloss Faded Red or Ebony Black. A solid mahogany neck is carved to a fast, comfortable '60s-style profile that measures .800" at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th, and capped with a bound Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets. Tidy white binding accentuates the body and fingerboard, while eye-catching mirror dot inlays adorn the fingerboard, and the headstock wears a simple yet elegant mother-of-pearl Gibson logo.
Plugged in, this understated hotrod runs the gamut of classic Gibson tones, thanks to a pair of '57 Classic humbucking pickups and a no-nonsense control array of a single master volume and tone, along with Gibson's traditional three-way toggle switch. A '57 Classic in the neck position offers tones that are creamy and warm yet always articulate, while a slightly hotter '57 Classic Plus in the bridge yields raunchier crunch and scorching lead tones, with round, funky tones available from the both-pickups selection. These great humbuckers from Gibson USA are made with genuine Alnico II magnets and wound with 42 AWG wire, just like the legendary PAFs of the late '50s and early '60s, and offer a blend of depth and clarity that few pickups can match today. A Bigsby® vibrato tailpiece extends the Midtown with Bigsby's playing range even further, with the aid of a Schaller roller-saddle bridge, designed to put keep you in tune even with heavy whammy action. Put it all together, and it's a great modern take on some of the world's most classic electric guitar designs.
Each guitar comes protected in a plush-lined hardshell case with black exterior, and includes owner's manual and adjustment literature, along with Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer service. Features
Mahogany body and Maple top with f-holes
Fast, comfortable '60s-style neck profile
Features a pair of powerful '57 Classic humbucking pickups
Bigsby® vibrato tailpiece with Schaller roller-saddle bridge
Chrome Keystone tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
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