Who has the Gibson Midtown Standard along with a Es-335/Les Paul

sg13

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Me and it's pretty much as they describe. Les paul solid body sustain (though not as much), but also quite a bit of the hollow sound. Not like a 335 though, hard to explain. It's really more like an sg combined with the 335. Really great sound though, I prefer it over the lp and 335.
 

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While we're at it, let's compare the sound of a CS-336 to the Midtown. They're similar size, both with solid maple cap on a solid chambered mahogany body. The 336 is carved while the midtown is flat...
 
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I have a 339, a Midtown Custom, a Les Paul, a Sheraton and a Casino. I found that sonically, the 339 was almost a halfway point between the Paul and the Sheraton, and that the Midtown was the halfway point between the 339 and the Paul...
 

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Played clean, the Midtown has a crisper / more defined character than the my 2013 LP Standard, but it still has a very nice, thick humbucker tone. When I compared the two (don't have a 335), my right hand kept going automatically to the tone controls on the LP, wanting to turn them up as is sounded a bit muffled compared to the Midtown - and I don't think of my LP as a muddy sounding one. All in all, Midtown really has a great tone.
 

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I've never played a LesPaul, but I just acquired a Midtown Standard in Pelham Blue and I love how it sounds. Really comfortable to play too.
 

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had a few, kept one of each.

The midtown customs are really nice. More Les Paul but that hollow tone come out. I could make a midtown sound convincingly like either a Paul or a 335. With some tweaks to the tone controls. On tape, it would be hard to tell the difference. It is most notocable as a hollow body when played without OD.

The original midtown customs and standards are the best value Gibson I have found.

Only drawback to the new production midtowns is the loss of custom inlays.

They have added Wood finderboards, which is more desirable then The original richlite.
 

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The gforce model was better because removing it left no holes and I easily installed lightweight Gibson Deluxe tuners.
I think the big grovers are too heavy, throw off the balance and just don't look that good on Gibsons.
 

Kestrel

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The G Force model was "better" because removing it left no holes? :confused:

I fail to understand how that made the guitar better.

I guess you mean it was easier for you to install replacement tuners. That's cool.
To each his/her own. The standard Midtown is a modern looking guitar, in my opinion, and I think the Grovers look fine, especially on the Pelham Blue model. They operate smoothly and are reliable, in my experience. But hey, the guitar doesn't look bad with traditional tulip tuners either. Still, my Midtown doesn't seem off balance because of the Grovers.
 

sg13

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The G Force model was "better" because removing it left no holes? :confused:

I fail to understand how that made the guitar better.

I guess you mean it was easier for you to install replacement tuners. That's cool.
To each his/her own. The standard Midtown is a modern looking guitar, in my opinion, and I think the Grovers look fine, especially on the Pelham Blue model. They operate smoothly and are reliable, in my experience. But hey, the guitar doesn't look bad with traditional tulip tuners either. Still, my Midtown doesn't seem off balance because of the Grovers.


I mean better if you are replacing tuners. Yeah I think the grovers are fine for pelham, but I was going for a more vintage look on my sunburst (tuners, knobs, maybe a pickguard). My pelham is great and absolutely recommend getting one before they're gone, but my sunburst is one of those rare keep forever types, just has amazing feel and tone. Only problem is that now I want a black one too.

 
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I sold my Midtown Custom to the other guitar player in my band and he loves it. He also has a Les Paul Trad gold top. And he calls that Midtown a keeper, which makes me very happy. He makes it sound better than I do :)
 

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Me and it's pretty much as they describe. Les paul solid body sustain (though not as much), but also quite a bit of the hollow sound. Not like a 335 though, hard to explain. It's really more like an sg combined with the 335. Really great sound though, I prefer it over the lp and 335.
interesting you prefer the $1299 midtown over the $3199 es-335... i guess price doesn't really indicate much
 

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I mean better if you are replacing tuners. Yeah I think the grovers are fine for pelham, but I was going for a more vintage look on my sunburst (tuners, knobs, maybe a pickguard). My pelham is great and absolutely recommend getting one before they're gone, but my sunburst is one of those rare keep forever types, just has amazing feel and tone. Only problem is that now I want a black one too.

That sunburst looks divine. I could see the traditional tulip tuners going great with that. I also like the cream coloured pickup rings on the Pelham Blue.
 

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interesting you prefer the $1299 midtown over the $3199 es-335... i guess price doesn't really indicate much
Comparing it to a 2008 satin es-335 which was only $1600 new then, which is great also but I like the feel and tone of the midtown better. The es prices are crazy now and the midtown is a steal at $999.

 

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Does it lean more towards a Les Paul type tone or 335?
The simple answer is that it leans more to the 335 sound. The diameter of a 335 (16")is larger than a Midtown, but the Midtown is wider than a 339/359 and an ES-Les Paul, so sonically its closer to 335. But the construction of the semihollow Midtown is like a Les Paul, using real maple top and mahogany back and sides for the woods instead of a laminate(maple/poplar/maple) like ES guitars. That may have an effect but I believe it's minimal.

I believe the construction of the guitar contributes to the resonance or a 'deeper' tone. This is related to the size of the hollow wings of the semihollow body. If this resonance is put on a scale most to least resonance, to my ear: ES-335> Midtown Classic> ES-339/359,ES-Les Paul> Les Paul

The Midtown has no arched top and therefore takes less hours of labor to produce. So that is the main reason for reduced cost. But it is a little smaller and has ports on the back to access the electronics, as opposed to placing electronics through the f-holes and pickup holes. The Laminates have to be made as well, as opposed to gluing sheets of Mahogany and maple together. The final result is a nice sounding guitar, I believe that Gibson learned from Ibanez. But Ibanez still gives you an archtop, without laminates, and usually using the Classic combination of Spruce tops with maple sides and back.
 

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Question for those who have one: I have heard the headstock is prone to breakage because the guitar tuning head rests against the bottom of the case but there is supposed to be space for that. is this true?
 

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Question for those who have one: I have heard the headstock is prone to breakage because the guitar tuning head rests against the bottom of the case but there is supposed to be space for that. is this true?
Breakage whilst in the case? Unless the case was defective, I wouldn't think so. On mine the headstock doesn't make contact with the bottom of the case. The case is of good quality and there's a good amount of support/padding to keep the neck and headstock intact. The headstock on the Midtown is no different from that of other Gibsons, so the only way I can see the headstock breaking (aside from the guitar falling off a guitar stand or off a strap) is if the guitar wasn't packaged well for shipment and was handled carelessly on the part of the parcel carrier during shipment. I have seen UPS and Fed Ex carriers throw boxes marked "fragile" onto front porches plenty of times. That said, my Midtown arrived to my door without a blemish.
 

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Mine is a keeper. I wish it had the vintage style tulip tuners but I swapped out the keys for chrome tulips. Mine arrived with an excellent set up and the workmanship was perfect. There wasn't a single defect and the fret work is just phenomenal. It plays so easy it nearly plays itself. The pickups are great too...not too hot with good balance.

 
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Mine is a keeper. I wish it had the vintage style tulip tuners but I swapped out the keys for chrome tulips. Mine arrived with an excellent set up and the workmanship was perfect. There wasn't a single defect and the fret work is just phenomenal. It plays so easy it nearly plays itself. The pickups are great too...not too hot with good balance.

That's a fine line up right there!
 




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