The weird and wonderful Gibson guitars

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Kontaktmoi, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. Kontaktmoi

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    Gibson made SEVEN Maps completely painted.... that's all!!
     
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    I've never seen a painted map guitar (I don't know what to call it).

    Neat chunk of Gibson history. I was looking at the case in comparison to the other cases under it. o_O That's one big case! Be careful when you walk in the wind with that case; safety first my friend.

    Congratulations.
     
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    Good for you. That's a keeper. Just hang on to it. I remember how frequently the mahogany version appeared on catalog covers in the 80's. It was a big deal.

    Remember this? 1981-ish. These books and posters so cool. I have this book at home. I worked for a Gibson dealer at the time.

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    Thanks! Good to know; for some reason I thought they had 3 different painted finishes and had done multiples for each one. I'm probably thinking of the painted LPs from that same era (Stars & Stripes, Stars & Bars).

    Do you know how many of the natural ones they made?
     
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    No I don't, but I have seen a few of the mahogany for sale over the last 10 years or so... I have NEVER seen one like mine... but there are 7 of them... and yes.. the case is HUGE!!
     
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    I found this on the Internet Musicians Friend... for the mahogany version.

    OVERVIEW
    A Gibson guitar that's more than a novelty, it's a real players guitar.

    The Gibson USA Map electric guitar lets you proudly display your love of America with a mahogany body shaped like a map of the USA. The limited run guitar also embodies classic features found in many of Gibson electric guitars including a 24-3/4" scale set mahogany neck with a comfortable "C" profile. A 22-fret rosewood fingerboard has a 12-inch radius that provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates dead or choked out notes. Grover Rotomatic tuners have a gear ratio of 14:1 and deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. The Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. Every Tune-O-Matic bridge is combined with a separate stopbar tailpiece, which also enhances the connection between the strings and the body, resulting in excellent tone and sustain. This unique Gibson guitar has a natural satin finish, chrome hardware, and comes with a hardshell case.

    The Gibson USA Map guitar's revolutionary 490T and 490R pickups have the traditional characteristics of Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" pickups, but with two key modifications. First, a four-conductor wiring scheme allows the 490s to be connected to any push/pull knob, which lets players split the coils and increase versatility. These guitar pickups also take advantage of wax potting, which does away with any air space inside the pickup, lessening the chances of microphonic feedback. The result is a humbucker with the tonal characteristics of an original PAF, with a slight increase in upper mid-range response. The Gibson 498T bridge pickup is the 490's ideal complement. Taking the 490 one step further, the 498 swaps the Alnico II magnet to an Alnico V, thus making it slightly hotter with emphasis on mid-ranges and highs.

    FEATURES
    • Style: Shaped like a map of the USA
    • Body: mahogany
    • Finish: natural satin (nitrocellulose)
    • Neck: set mahogany
    • Scale length: 24-3/4"
    • Neck profile: "C"
    • Fingerboard: rosewood
    • Fingerboard inlays: trapozoid
    • Fingerboard radius: 12"
    • No. Of frets: 22
    • Fingerboard inlays: dots
    • Nut: corian
    • Nut width: 1.69"
    • Neck pickup: 490R humbucker
    • Bridge pickup: 498T humbucker
    • Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector
    • Hardware: chrome
    • Tuners: Grover
    • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic and stop bar tailpiece
    • Guitar Case: hardshell
     
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    And here is the sound.


     
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    I think they tried to do that with Tele hardware but it kept turnin out like this. Yeehaw!

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    Elyse Steinman from the heavy boogie band Raging Slab (remember them?) played one. She had several different map guitars. They were kind of her trademark.
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    I think that’s what I last went to the doctor for ...
     
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    Did you play the one on the left so much it broke out in a sweat?
     
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    The one on the left is a chibson. It was an unplayable dog when I first got it.

    I spent a lot of money replacing pretty much all the hardware, tuners, pickups, bridge, tailpiece, even the brass screws with gold ones. Pots, switch, jack the works. Then I had a bone nut installed, frets leveled and crowned, and a good setup done by a pro. It’s a great guitar now.

    The Epiphone Moderne came out last fall and I had to have a real one. Got a good deal from zzzounds

    I wonder how many guys have two of these unique guitars?
     
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    Sure that wasn't Raging Scab?
     
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    Less stringent workplace drug policies back in the eighties.
     
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    lol...sounds like any other slab of wood you'd slap those same pickups on.
     
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    In other words.... a cheap guitar... yes??
     
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    Gibson has made more el weirdo guitars than anybody. the corvus being one prime example, though a buddy of mine had one and loved it. (it got stolen).

    anybody know what the model was of the one that kinda looked like an elongated strat, spacey looking all maple body? I've always wanted to play one, but have never seen one in the flesh.

    edit: Ah, I found it, the Victory MVII:
    https://reverb.com/news/the-10-most-obscure-80s-gibsons-on-reverb-right-now


    actually, the guitar on that list i'd be most interested in right now would be the Challenger III. I have never heard of that one before.
     
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