Gibson Unveils New Midtown Standard P-90 Guitar

The Midtown Standard P-90 maintains trimmed-down and player-friendly body size of the earlier Midtown Standard and Midtown Custom

Nashville, TN (July 27, 2012) – Gibson’s newest guitar model merges the best attributes of Gibson's legendary solidbody and archtop electric guitars.  The Midtown Standard P-90 maintains trimmed-down and player-friendly body size of the earlier Midtown Standard and Midtown Custom, and features the Midtown line's advanced chambered, solid-wood construction (rather than laminated top and back) to truly embody the optimum marriage of solidbody and archtop.

The Midtown Standard P-90 is loaded with a pair of fat- and rich-sounding P-90 single-coil pickups, and is dressed in a hand-sprayed, high-gloss nitrocellulose finish in your choice of Fireburst, Vintage Sunburst, Heritage Cherry Sunburst, Wine Red or Pelham Blue. 

The Midtown Standard P-90 features premium tonewoods, using Grade-A timbers beneath the four transparent finish options (with Grade-C grain beneath the Pelham Blue guitars). A solid mahogany body is strategically chambered for optimum resonance and capped with a solid maple top with traditional f-holes. Its solid mahogany neck is carved to a fast, comfortable '60s-style profile that measures .800" at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The genuine rosewood fingerboard carries 22 medium-jumbo frets and is inlaid with traditional acrylic trapezoids that link the Midtown Standard P-90 to one of its predecessors, the Les Paul Standard, while cream binding enhances both fingerboard and body top. To best show off its finishes, the Midtown Standard P-90 is built without a pickguard. 

Each guitar features a pair of Gibson's legendary P-90 pickups. These beloved pickups have a fatter, richer tone than thinner single-coils, and provide everything from thick grit and snarl for rock 'n' roll, to rich, creamy warmth for jazz, to singing blues tones with great snappy and funky tones in between. Each pickup is made to the same specs as the vintage examples that made the P-90 famous, including coils wound from 42-AWG wire with two Alnico V magnets loaded beneath each pickup. To keep it all simple, Gibson USA routes these pickups through the traditional 3-way toggle switch and master volume and tone controls with classic gold Speed Knobs. For optimum resonance and sustain, the Midtown Standard P-90s carries the classic pairing of a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece with a PLEK-cut Corian™ nut up top, partnered with a set of premium Grover™ Keystone tuners. 

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.

MSRP is $1999, Street price is $1299

For more information:
www.gibson.com

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Beginner

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