• 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.

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


Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


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


Neck jointneck through body
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets22 fret
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners


Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls2 volume controls


Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

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1985$899.00newBruce I've also purchased on in 1989 for $290 another in 1998 for $560 and most recently one for $1200 in 2018

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1983 Gibson Futura ( Corvus style)

 there are some rather important details about this unusual model that folks are either ignoreing or are just plain incorrect.

 1 st . is the fingerboard on the Futura models were ALL Gaboon Ebony,  not rosewood.

  2nd. the body is NOT a neck through. whch would normally mean a single piece neck with glued up body wings.

  and the hidden detail I'm about to reveal is what makes this guitar worth whatever it takes to purchase this model.

  The 1983-85 Futura models are ALL made from 1 single solid piece of maple that was carved by CNC. the ONLY glued piece on it is the fingerboard.

  So how do I know,  first I'm an ex-gibson employee who worked there in the early 90s and I saw left over futura bodies in the Gibson warehouse. needless to say I was pretty stoked to learn this obscure detail about these guitars.

 second I've owned many of them starting in 1985 and I've refinished several of them since I left Gibson. they were all made from a single chunk of solid maple.

 and if you look at profile from the side,  you can see exactly how they did it.


The 2 side pieces are also glued on


The guitar IS a neck through, I have a natural finish guitar and you can clearly see the grain continue throughout the guitar