Gibson Midtown Custom Question

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  1. mangoman

    mangoman Gold Supporting Member

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    Quick question on these guitars....what do they usually go for on the used market and how are they regarded by the Gibson aficionados???
     
  2. lunchie

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    Well, I can tell you that I posted a NGD over on mylespaul when I bought my Midtown Standard and you can hear the crickets chirp. I think the Midtowns are great but from my experience the die hards tend to shy away.
     
  3. FennRx

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    It is a les paul forum.... ;)
     
  4. tnjazz

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    In good shape - $1000-$1200 for a custom, about $200 less for a Standard. Those are the prices I've seen most often.

    I bought my 2014 Midtown Custom new and all I can say is if you haven't played one and you love Les Pauls but hate the weight, you are missing out. It does have a bit of hollowbody vibe since it's semi, but not much of the tone. Still one of my best guitars though.
     
  5. budglo58

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    I had one of the first run guitars and sold it later on ebay for 1300, but at the time Gibson was sold out of them. 1000 -1200 seems right. They hold their value better than most les pauls.
     
  6. lunchie

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    Yeah, I had 2 replies and one was my father. MY SGJ thread has well over 20 replies until it started to get trolled and I asked for it to be shut down. So there is lots of love for all Gibbys and really non Gibbys as well over there.
     
  7. slogger

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    There are 4 currently on Reverb going from 995.00 to 1200.00
    I was thinking about grabbing the 995.00 however the wife would kill me.
     
  8. drpoyer

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    IF you are not in a hurry 900-1000 dependent on the top is the "right"price. The p90 versions, those with bigsby and the Kalamazoo's are not in production any more and are holding values. Many p-90 versions and the Kalamazoo have rosewood boards. The later can bring closer to 1700.00 with its cult following.

    I have flipped a couple of these Midtown's (cause I thought they were cool and could be had cheaply). Before they reissued them the prices were touching 1500.00 for a pretty one with a book matched top. Now they are back down to the 900-1200 range.

    The tops range from really nice, to 3 pc's of sort of the same looking wood. Obviously the former is better.

    I just picked up this one (yesterday) it took me a while (4 months) to find:

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    1) Sunburst
    2) Book matched top
    3) minty
    4) 1075, shipped. The seller probably cleared about 925 after fees and shipping costs

    There is one listed in the Akron/Canton, Oh Craigslist for 900, with a 3 pc top. http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/msg/4831884065.html Nice guy, he will deal, not sure if he will ship. I would have taken this one had the nicer one not popped up.
     
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  9. ambientfixation

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    I just bought one for less than 1k
     
  10. chrisjnyc

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    I have owned 2 or 3 Midtowns. At the end of the 1st year they came out you could get one for about $800-900 shipped. I would not pay over $1000 for one used, as they are a bit of a mutt, with the fake wood figerboard and the flat top. I wish the neck was a little slimmer... but great sounding guitars.
     
  11. mughead

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    You wont get much out of those nob heads on LPF if you post a guitar with a richlite fretboard it seems.

    For what its worth i would have one. No problem. It is what it is.
     
  12. Starshine

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    I bought a standard (humbuckers, richlite board) brand new on clearance for under $1000 and its some of the best money I've spent on a guitar. Rosewood is usually my third choice for fretboard wood beneath maple and ebony. Honestly, I now prefer richlite to rosewood after owning this guitar.

    I agree with the prices mentioned above, which makes the Midtown a killer deal. One of these days I'm going to pick up a custom in natural and have the top refinished to candy apple green. Always wanted a guitar in that color.
     
  13. XKnight

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    They are awesome guitars and a real bargain used at around $1000. Some folks don't like the Richlite fretboards on the Customs, but the Standards came with Rosewood. I have a really cool Pelham Blue P-90 Standard which was a fairly rare color so that one should be worth a bit more than the Customs, but I have no intention of selling it. It plays as well as any Custom Shop Gibson that I've owned.

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