This is a 1983 Gibson Futura, which is the upgraded, high-end version of the Corvus. The Futura model is easily distinguished by the set-neck, gold parts, input jack not on the pickguard, and the multi-ply pickguard. In addition, this guitar has a very nice Ebony Fingerboard, and the factory installed Gibson Super Tune Vibrola. Only about 200 of these Futura guitars were ever made in total, so this is a rare instrument -- especially considering that is has the upgraded Super Tune Tailpiece, as these production numbers must be around 25!!
The original retail on the Futura was $699, and with the Super Tune, it was $899, so this was no longer the budget-priced guitar, but an upgraded, relatively expensive model. The Super Tune is really sounding great on this guitar, giving it some added girth, and deep bass, which nicely balances out the inherently brighter tone of the maple body.
The guitar has upgraded tuners, and an upgraded Seymour Duncan Invader in the bridge position. The neck PUP is the stock Bill Laurence / Gibson design. Together this combination sounds fantastic, with the invader giving a little bit of a boost in volume for leads, and the tonal range is also very, very nice and compatible. This actually is one of the best-sounding electrics I have ever played!!!
The guitar does have some dings and scratches that I have tried to fully capture in the photos, in addition, the edge of the guitar has some reddish discoloration -- perhaps from the finish chemically reacting to the foam in the original case.
The strap buttons have been switched out (I have 1x of the gold originals and 2x of the original gold screws). The Tailpiece is missing 1x mini tuning wheel and the vibrato arm, but these replacements should be still available from Kahler, the manufacturer. I also have the locking mechanism for the headstock, which has been removed from the guitar. Even if you don't actually use the vibrato function, this tailpiece really adds some nice, beefy low end to the guitar, and it just sounds fantastic.
The neck is a very nice 1 11/16th neck, and is very comfortable, like many of the early 80s Gibson necks. The ebony fingerboard is also great, and the frets are about at 50%, with plenty of life left.
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