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Gibson Midtown Standard Electric Bass Guitar with Case

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Product Description

The Gibson Midtown Standard Electric Bass Guitar is a full-scale bass with the look of an ES-style instrument, but is made of routed solid woods for great punch, sustain and resistance to feedback! Gibson USA designed the Midtown Standard bass to be different from any other bass they’ve crafted. The result has the great looks, tone, versatility, and feel that is sure to make it a classic.

A set of two classic Gibson bass pickups gives the Midtown Standard Bass unprecedented tonal flexibility, and Gibson’s renowned craftsmanship yields flawless playability, making this bass the perfect choice for virtually any style. All this and the Gibson Midtown Standard bass oozes pure Gibson class in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finish.

Gibson Midtown Standard Electric Bass Guitar Features

  • Chambered Mahogany body with solid Maple top and f-holes
  • Mahogany neck with slim, bass profile
  • Bound baked Maple fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays
  • Powerful Vintage-style TB Mini and TB Plus pickups in the neck and bridge positions
  • Grover tuners and Shamrock keys with 20:1 ratio
To set the Midtown Standard bass apart from all the other four-strings, Gibson USA has redrawn the blueprint for the semi-solid bass. They start with a solid mahogany back and chamber it for acoustic response, leaving a solid central core for the bridge and pickups, and more rigid rims than found on the traditional semi-acoustic. The body is capped with a solid maple top and top is trimmed in traditional cream binding.

The Gibson Midtown Standard bass’s one-piece mahogany neck is glued-in using Gibson's acclaimed mortis and tenon joint, and profiled to a comfortably rounded shape that measures .860 inches at the 1st fret and .960 inches at the 12th. The rich, brown baked-maple fingerboard carries 20 medium frets, and is trimmed with cream binding and topped with a PLEK-cut Corian nut.

The Midtown Standard Bass from Gibson USA is built to a long 34 inch scale length for thundering lows and enhanced harmonic overtones, and its full voice is translated perfectly through two classic Gibson bass pickups. In the bridge position, an Alnico II TB mini humbucker provides snap and punch, while a wide ceramic TB Plus humbucker in the neck position offers a blend of warmth, body, and clarity. The two are routed through a three-way switch with master volume and tone controls.

Gibson USA's original Three-Point Bridge is a simple masterpiece of design, and combines extreme solidity for sonic definition and sustain with easy intonation adjustability. Grover Shamrock tuners lend a classic touch to the headstock and offer excellent tuning stability. All in all, the Gibson Midtown Standard Bass offers a firmly elegant alternative to the standard solidbody bass!

Product Specifications
Gibson Midtown Standard Electric Bass Guitar Specifications
  • Body
    • Top: Maple
    • Back: Mahogany
    • Body-type: Semi-Hollow, Chambered with F-holes
    • Binding: Cream
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck
    • Species: Mahogany
    • Profile: Comfortable, Rounded
    • Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Neck Fit
    • Joint: Mortise and Tenon
    • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    • Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005 inches
  • Fingerboard
    • Species: Baked Maple
    • Frets: 20
    • Radius: 12 inches
    • Scale Length: 34 inches
    • Nut/E.O.B: 1.600/2.240 inches
    • Inlays: Acrylic Dot
  • Nut
    • Material: Corian
    • Width: 1.600
    • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock
    • Type: 4 String Bass
    • Logo: Gold Gibson
    • Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Bell
  • Tuners
    • Model: Grover Bass with Shamrock Keys
    • Plating: Chrome
    • Tuning Ratio: 20:1
  • Bridge
    • Type: 3-Point Adjustable
    • Plating: Chrome
  • Hardware
    • Knobs: Black Speed Knobs
    • Strap Buttons: Aluminum
    • Pickup Mounting Rings: Black on Treble
  • Pickups
    • Neck Position: Vintage-Style TB Mini (Ceramic 8X4)
    • Bridge Position: Vintage-Style TB Plus (Alnico II)
  • Electronics
    • Potentiometers: 1 Volume Control, 1 Tone Control
    • Type: 500k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
    • Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
    • Output Jack: 1/4 inch Mono
  • Finish
    • Sealer: Nitrocellulose
    • Process: 1-1.5 mils
  • Case
    • Type: Midtown Bass
    • Case Exterior: Black Outside with Gibson USA Logo in White
    • Case Interior: White Plush
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
Peter Sanders
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What is your overall opinion of this product?
I like it; It invites me to see what I can do with it. Its feel is like a solid mahogany bass. I like where they put the pickups, and I like having just the two knobs and three-position switch.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
The joints look very good and I like the way the binding meets the ends of the frets. The E and A strings were weak sounding, with rattles and slight chorusing. Tipping the bass back and forth made clunks; the bigger pickup was loose in its cavity. Without enough padding under it, it was rattling against the pickup cover. Extra padding raised it closer to the strings, and it sounds much better. The pickups aren't weak at all; you can raise the poles but it doesn't need much. The new strings are settling in, chorusing going away, full range of the instrument is starting to be good. The case is nice-looking, good quality, but the fragrance is too strong.
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
The electronics go with the instrument like it's all one thing - I like that. I didn't expect such a nice high range; makes me wish I could have another whole-step.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The bass feels solid, like it's not going anywhere; it's not light. It balances pretty well. The neck has a good feel; I like it.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The tone is nice; pickups sound a little clearer and harder than I was expecting - the neck pickup isn't boomy. You can change it a lot with your right-hand position and angle of fingers.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish looks good and even; no complaints. The clear-finished mahogany looks good on the back and neck.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I got a price that was only offered for a short time. I woudn't have paid much more,though. The new Signature model looks like it might be more comfortable at the high end of the fingerboard.
How was the action out of the box?
The action felt natural to play on, I'm not changing it. The lower 2 strings still don't sound fully good but are improving. They're good strings, going to keep them on.
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