1983 Gibson Corvus II
1983 Gibson Corvus II

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The Corvus is a rare bird (it stands for ‘crow’ by the way – apparently the guitar’s body shape looks like a crow flying?), with the model only being made between 1982 and 1984, before disappearing from the catalogues. It has not been reissued since. Considered an experiment and an ‘ugly duckling’ (or, cruelly, the ‘can opener’) by customers and critics alike, its presence was short-lived. Not only is the body shape (and colour) unusual, it has a bolt-on neck, the headstock is un-Gibson like (but very attractive), the bridge is not the usual Gibson fare (but is beautifully constructed) and the two humbucking pickups are fully covered. It plays very well and sounds great. While the Corvus isn’t hugely collectible (by purists), it is unusual and, arguably, quite groovy. It deserves a better reputation – take a look and make up your own mind.

  • Silver finish
  • Maple bolt-on neck
  • Rosewood unbound fingerboard with 22 frets and dot markers
  • Scale length 24¾”
  • Chrome hardware
  • Original tuners
  • Original twin humbucking pickups
  • Original black scratchplate, switch, knobs and jack plate
  • Original bridge
  • Original hardshell case
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