GIBSON FUTURA (CORVUS STYLE)

  • Gibson Futura (1983-1985) Corvus body shape, ultraviolet finish

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1983 to 1985

The original Gibson Futura was an electric guitar designed in 1957 and patented in 1958 (U.S. patent number 181,865)  which was the precursor of the Gibson Explorer. These mahogany prototypes, dubbed the Futura in later years, looked the production Explorers, but had a slightly different body with a split or forked headstock. In 1996 Gibson eventually put this design into production as the 1957 Futura Korina Reissue.

This page, however, is for the other Gibson Futura (which has nothing to do with the Explorer prototype). In 1983 Gibson introduced another model named the Futura. This Futura's body shape was an upscale version of the Gibson Corvus can-opener shape guitar. Production of this Corvus Futura lasted until 1985.

Specifications (18)

General

Finish colorsebony finish, violet finish, white finish
Number of strings6 strings

Body

Body materialwood body
Body stylecan opener style
Pickguard material3-ply pickguard

Neck

Neck jointneck through body
Neck materialmaple neck

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers
Number of frets22 fret

Hardware

Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Electronics

Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

Controls

Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls2 volume controls

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