2011 Gibson USA Midtown Standard with Bigsby #2 (chipped)

The Blue Book says….


– symmetrical double cutaway ES-335-style chambered semi-hollow mahogany body, maple top, two f-holes, white body binding, set mahogany ’60s-style SlimTaper neck, 22-fret bound rosewood or richlite fingerboard with mirror dot inlays, black headstock overlay with MOP Gibson logo, three-per-side Keystone tuners, TonePros Roller tune-o-matic bridge, Bigsby B-70 vibrato tailpiece, two covered humbucker pickups (neck: ’57 Classic, bridge: ’57 Plus Classic), two white knobs (v, tone), three-way pickup switch, chrome hardware, available in Ebony or Faded Red finish, 24.75 in. scale, hardshell case included, mfg. 2011-present.

I say….

Ok – a 335 it is not – a Les Paul it is not – but it has some qualities of both.  The sound is definitely more “Les Paul” than 335, the solid construction mahogany body is probably the source of this.  The richlite fingerboard looks a lot like ebony, and has a similar feel, the “mirror dots” would look amazing on stage!  The ’57 Classic pickups are bright and articulate, and the simplistic layout of controls does have some appeal.  The Bigsby looks amazing, and works great for Jazzy or “rock ‘n’ roll” wobbles – but it’s never going to dive bomb like Eddie et al. complemented by the “Tonepros” roller bridge it does stay remarkably well in tune.  The Black nitro finish has a few scratches – all light swirl marks from cleaning, but nothing too major.  The worst mark looks to me like “stand damage” on the back of the body just below the neck join.

This is the second of these that I’ve come across, and this one has a couple of small chips as shown in the pictures – nothing structural – just a shame – BUT it does mean that it’s priced £100 cheaper than the other one!!  Beautifully simple and a real “Rock and Roll” beast!

The guitar comes with a gibson original case that is in equally good condition. and still has the paperwork in the neck pocket.