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Gibson 1981 Victory MVX Factory Kahler Tremolo Tim Shaw PU Super Strat HSC 02507

Regular price $2,299
You're looking at a vintage 1981 Gibson Victory MVX in Candy Apple Red finish. Comes with a very high quality Godin hard case. It's in excellent condition for its age in a beautiful color. The MVX was part of a short-lived Super Strat line Gibson put out from 1981 to 1983. It boasts an Eastern hard rock maple body and neck, fully bound ebony fretboard, and three humbucking pickups (middle PU is a stacked type). Kahler tremolo is stock from the factory.

If you read about this guitar on Wikipedia, you'll understand just what kind of quality went into making the MVX. There were only 1800 MVX's ever made. It is constructed to exacting standards. These got Tim Shaw "Multi-voice" pickups, bound 12" radius neck. Five-way switch and a splitter switch for all three pickups. Wide range of tones, extremely versatile guitar. All original except for the period-correct DiMarzio pickup in the bridge and Sperzel German tuners. Some small marks I've pictured, but overall cosmetics are nice. Frets have some mild uniform flattening, but no grooves. No tremolo arm. It’s a great guitar. Weight is 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Thanks for looking!

What You Get
-- Full setup, cleaning, and new strings.
-- FREE USA shipping.
-- 30-day return policy.
-- Ship within 1 business day--pro packing.

Guitar Setup
All setups are done by our in-house luthier. Setup includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. We spray out any pots that are noisy, turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. Basses get the same treatment minus the string change. Thanks!

I use quality boxes, thick bubble wrap, and peanuts to pack guitars. I have a very high rate of successful guitar and bass shipping (meaning few damaged instruments). I have been doing this 10 years and know how to pack well--with or without a hard case. I wrote a detailed story with photos on how I pack a guitar, which you can find on my StillKickinMusic site blog. If you Google "THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar" you will find it. Thanks.


Manufacturer Info
Model: Gibson Victory MVX (or MVI0)
Available: 1981-1983/4
Pickups: A "Magna Plus" special design magnet/iron loaded humbucker in the neck position, a "Magna Plus B" at the bridge, and a "Super Stack" humbucker in the middle
Electronics: Passive. One volume and tone control. Five position "blade" pickup selector switch (neck, neck and bridge, middle, middle and bridge, bridge), coil tap switch for single coil/humbucking tonalities (all pickups).
Scale: 24 3/4"
Body: Eastern hard rock maple. Length 18 15/16", width 13", depth 1 3/4"
Neck: Three-ply maple neck with Madagascan ebony fingerboard. Offset pearl dot inlays. White binding. 14 degree peghead pitch. MV-10 truss rod cover.
Hardware:Chrome plated throughout. New design top-adjust tune-o-matic bridge with interchangeable nylon or brass inserts
Finishes: Candy Apple Red
Antique Cherry Sunburst
Twilight Blue

The Gibson Victory MV X (and the dual pickup MV II, both part of the part of the Victory series alongside the Victory bass) was designed by Chuck Burge and Tim Shaw of Gibson's research and development department in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Chuck built the prototypes and show models, with Tim producing the innovative electronics and new design pickups - but the main production of basses immediately moved to Nashville. The earliest MV guitars were built in Kalamazoo, but by late 1981 these too had moved south.

Unlike the bass series, the Victory guitars had a set (glued in) neck, following many years of Gibson tradition, but visually, these guitars were quite different from the guitars that preceded them. They were certainly something new for a new decade..

The MVX was described as follows...

The incredible Victory MV 10 produces a myriad of separate and distinct electric guitar tonalities; those voices that fill all the needs and requirements of the dedicated guitarist, and some that you have never heard before!

The Victory guitar bodies and neck/headstocks are crafted entirely of eastern hard rock maple

This produces an incredibly brilliant sustaining tone, because of that material's superior mass and density characteristics.

In order to be in the same window frame as the Fender Stratocaster, the MVX pickups were specially designed to replicate single coil tones aswell as Gibson's characteristic humbucker tones. Likewise, the controls were arranged to be more familiar to a Strat-player: i.e. five-way blade pickup selector switch with only master volume and tone controls.

The MVX was a superb guitar: a Victory, both in name and features, though another defeat for Gibson in terms of sales. They were simply too new, and too expensive, and even today are somewhat overlooked in favour of the omnipresent Les Paul. At launch they were priced $929 - between the Les Paul Deluxe ($899) and Standard ($999). A great player, and a future collectable. If you get a chance to buy a Victory MVX, snap it up!