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Flux'D
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A lot of guitars today can trace their roots back to 'radical' Gibson designs like the SG, Explorer, or Flying V. But what about the designs that didn't stand the test of time, those ones that should have been thrown out from day one? The goal of this thread is to share some of the lesser-known Gibson models and prototypes from their electric lineup. This could also be used to inspire builds in GB&C.

I'm pretty sure this is the only register of odd-ball Gibsons currently available online, so I'll try to keep the information correct as much as possible . Feel free give me suggestions for the list or point out any mistakes I've made.

1. Please don't turn this into a flame war or call a guitar 'ugly' to start fights. What one person calls hideous is beauty to someone else.
2. If you wish to contribute, post a SMALL pic and I'll add it to the list (assuming it is a Gibson guitar). I want to keep this 56k friendly
3. Everyone knows about the Reverse/Holy guitars, let's keep them out of this. Also let's keep signature guitars outta this.


Bantam (Submitted by Flying Couch)
Custom Shop model produced in the mid 90's. Available with an ebony fretboard, multi-ply binding, and Grover tuners. Basically a hollowbody Les Paul.



Blueshawk (Submitted and Owned by fender_lespaul)
Produced from 1996-2006 and a variant of the Nighthawk. Semihollow poplar body with a flat maple top, 25.5", throughbody stringing, "Noise reduction circuity" and the "Varitone circuit". The one pictured below has a Bigsby and isn't stringthru.



Corvus (Submitted by Flux'D)
Made from 1982-1984, also known as the Gibson "Can Opener". The body shape "resembles a crow in flight" and it's name means "Crow" in Latin. Available with a single humbucker, dual humbuckers, or 3 single coils. Bolt on Maple neck, Alder body.



ES-335 Solid (Submitted by necrosis1193)



Explorer 7 String (Submitted by Flux'D)
Notice how far up the bridge sits and the million frets



Les Paul Recording (Submitted by necrosis1193)
Produced in the mid 70's. Featured low-inpedance pickups and a unique cable for impedance matching to the amplifier. I'm not sure on the specifics of the cable. Some were available with a maple fretboard.



Les Paul Signature (Submitted by Flux'D).



LS Series (Submitted by Flying Couch)
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2003 Gibson Flying V w/ Moon Inlay
2006 Fender All-American Partscaster
SVK ELP-C500 Custom

1964 Fender Vibro Champ
1989 Peavey VTM60

[thread="1166208"]Gibsons Historic Designs[/thread]
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Flux'D
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M-III (Submitted by Flux'D)
Produced 1991-1996, 25.5" scale, bolt-on maple neck with 24 frets, available in many pickup configs. A rare offbreed of this featured a thru neck. This was a USA Gibson as well.



Marauder (Submitted by Flux'D)
Made between 1974-1979, only one was shipped in 1974. Originally sold for under $400. Available in multiple body woods (Alder, Maple, Mahogany) and rosewood or maple fretboards. Bolt-on 22 fret neck, all had dot markers. All had Bill Lawrence pickups sealed in clear epoxy. Had a slanted single coil at the bridge and a humbucker at the neck.



Moderne (Submitted by Baby Joel)
Designed in 1957, unclear if any were actually produced as no authentic example has ever turned up. They were "reissued" in 1980 and later produced by Epiphone in Korea.



Nighthawk (Submitted by Pac_man0123)
1994-1998. Short-lived and an unpopular model, reissued in 2009. Had a slanted bridge humbucker to cut gain and a mini humbucker in the neck. Some had a single coil in the middle and these models also featured coil-tapping for the humbuckers. 25.5" scale length and was available with various tremolos (Bigsby, Floyds, etc) as well as stringthru.



RD (Submitted by Pac_mac0123)
Made between 1977 and 1979, later released in 2007 as a limited edition. Designed to sound brighter than existing Gibson models and had a 25.5" scale (except the '79 model, which was 24.75"). Featured state-of-the-art active circuitry designed by Bob Moog and had a maple body. Original 25.5" models are considered highly collectible.



Early SGV Design (Submitted by Flux'D)



SG250 (Submitted by Flux'D) Only produced in 1971 & 1972, other models were SG100/200



Sharkfin (Submitted by Flux'D)



Sonex (Submitted by Flying Couch)
1980-1984, was a budget model. Bodies were made from a material called "Resonwood" and was manufactured with "Multi-phonic construction". Had a bolt on neck



Spirit (Submitted by Flux'D)
1982-1986, made both by Gibson and Epiphone. Featured a flat back and top, 22 fret set neck with pearl inlay. Available with a few pickup configurations and 3 models were made: Spirit I, II, and XPL. The XPL had an Explorer headstock instead of the traditional Gibson 3x3
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1964 Fender Vibro Champ
1989 Peavey VTM60

[thread="1166208"]Gibsons Historic Designs[/thread]
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Super 400 (Submitted by Flux'D)
Production started in 1934 and was "the biggest, fanciest, and most expensive archtop ever built". Available with pickups on and off throughout it's production and a pickguard was optional. The full acoustic version is no longer available.



Ultratone (Submitted by necrosis1193)



Victory (Submitted by Flux'D)
Made between 1981 and 1983, a rare guitar and hard to find information on.



WRC (Submitted by Flying Couch)
Endorsed by Dean Guitars 07-10
2003 Gibson Flying V w/ Moon Inlay
2006 Fender All-American Partscaster
SVK ELP-C500 Custom

1964 Fender Vibro Champ
1989 Peavey VTM60

[thread="1166208"]Gibsons Historic Designs[/thread]
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azn_guitarist25
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Gibson M-3 satandard or so the sales ad says. Anyway pics can be found here.

edit: uploaded pics on photobucket


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Flux'D
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*Reserved 3*
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2006 Fender All-American Partscaster
SVK ELP-C500 Custom

1964 Fender Vibro Champ
1989 Peavey VTM60

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Don't mind if i do

EDIT: Argh you bastard!

Knocked out 3 of my posted guitars

Gibson RD



Gibson Nighthawk (Not that weird, but not very common)
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*Reserved 4*
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2006 Fender All-American Partscaster
SVK ELP-C500 Custom

1964 Fender Vibro Champ
1989 Peavey VTM60

[thread="1166208"]Gibsons Historic Designs[/thread]
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*Reserved 5*
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1964 Fender Vibro Champ
1989 Peavey VTM60

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I'm working to update my own pics and the ones you guy have submitted, let's keep this going! Sucks working from dialup . And I'm prety sure idntNedUrCvlWar's guitar is a Gibson Spirit?
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Your link ****ed up my computer!!!! Dont click that link



What are you talking about? The link looks fine for me its a 3 PU, Gibson with the body design of a double cutaway LP.
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I'd like to find smaller pics of the Ultratone (lapsteels keep coming up) and the SGV prototype if possible, any help from our fellow high-speed users?

Also a larger pic of the Sharkfin would be nice. I would like a vintage pic rather than the current reissue they released
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Quote by Flux'D
I'd like to find smaller pics of the Ultratone (lapsteels keep coming up) and the SGV prototype if possible, any help from our fellow high-speed users?

Also a larger pic of the Sharkfin would be nice. I would like a vintage pic rather than the current reissue they released


Ultratone;



SGV, which I'm pretty sure the only other image of is of ZW's;

Also can we get some more Corvus pics? <3 that thing.

Edit; Also, it's based off one of their most popular guitars, so it may not count as unusual, but the Gibson ES-335 S(S meaning Solid) I think is pretty rare and lesser-known.

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Flux'D
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Updated. As for Corvus pics, just use Google Images. I would hate to start flooding pics of a single style on here, other people would follow with flooding more pics
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The Gibson RD looks quite nice.
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#17
Is the ES-335 S still being made? Cause it looks really sexy and i remember seeing some guitarist using one.Can't rememmber who though S:
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Lol I see why they didnt catch on...

Though the ES solid looks good...


That xplorer headstock is ****ing stupid!
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That SGV prototype made me "WHOA! that neck is HUGE!"

And then I saw the Zakk Wylde SGV and I got mad because the Dean ones are way better.

But yes, Moderne and Corvus remake PLEASE!
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what about the gibson usa guitar

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There was once a time when I was obsessed with having a Marauder maybe 8-9 years ago.

And then after that craze settled, I finally played one a couple of years ago and realized what a crappy guitar it was.
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Blueshawk



this is mine btw.
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^Nice.

An RD is the only solid-body Gibson I've truly desired.
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#28
I'm not a huge gibson fan, but I have to say, I love the Nighthawk, not one of the guitars shunned like the Corvus (which I also have a softspot for ) but it's still hard to find them and not very known.
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Quote by fender-lespaul
Blueshawk

*Image*

this is mine btw.



Interesting... hollowbody LP. If you can crop the picture down I'll add it to the list
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you're not gonna want to take a dump in a gross, off-colored, vintage toilet. you want something that is white and pearly; something that shines. something that you can put your cheeks against and say, "f*** yeah"
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Yea the eye was pretty bad. If it had a different headstock and a different pickguard it wouldn't look bad
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Quote by Flux'D
Yea the eye was pretty bad. If it had a different headstock and a different pickguard it wouldn't look bad

idk. i could live with the headstock. it's the pick-guard that ruined it for me...
Quote by pedromiles101
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#33
The L6S and the L5S.



The Sonex.



The WRC.



Quote by Flux'D
Interesting... hollowbody LP. If you can crop the picture down I'll add it to the list

How about the Les Paul Florentine/Les Paul Bantam?

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#34
This ****ing thing is so ugly it's offensive
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Explorer 7 String


This for some odd reason I could see myself playing.
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Victory
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Flux'D
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Quote by RunawayKaren
This ****ing thing is is so ugly it's offensive



Notice how far up the body the bridge sits. Also it's got a million frets lol
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Quote by Flux'D
Notice how far up the body the bridge sits. Also it's got a million frets lol

i believe thats 36 frets??? and that headstock is so hideous... and the tail plate.
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Quote by Flux'D
Notice how far up the body the bridge sits. Also it's got a million frets lol

Yeah, it's a neck and a bridge pickup
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Quote by Flux'D
Yea the eye was pretty bad. If it had a different headstock and a different pickguard it wouldn't look bad


this and the sheep blood finish