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GIBSON VICTORY MVX Rare! +OHSC vintage 1981 Blue Very Good Condition 71007

Regular price $1,599
You're looking at a vintage 1981 Gibson Victory MVX in Twilight Blue finish. Comes with its original vintage Gibson factory hard case. It's in excellent condition for its age in a very beautiful color. These guitars are very rare. This one is stamped "second" on the back of the headstock. But there are no obvious deformities except for some long check marks in the paint behind the bridge and one on the back.

If you read about this guitar on Wikipedia, you'll understand just what kind of quality went into making the MVX--one of Gibson's few "super-strat" guitars. It also says there were only 1800 MVX's ever made, with blue being the most rare color.

It is constructed to exacting standards. Feels better made than most guitars you will encounter. Eastern hard rock maple body and neck. Beautiful neck binding. These got Tim Shaw "Multi-voice" pickups, bound 12" radius neck, and ebony fingerboard. Three humbucking pickups that sound great. Five-way switch and a splitter switch for all three pickups. Some tiny dings I've pictured. It's a great guitar. Weight is 9 pounds, 5 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.
See video demo of similar guitar below!

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!