• Gibson U-2 electric guitar


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1987 to 1994

GIBSON manufactured the U-2 between 1987 and 1994. Along with the US-1 the U-2 was Gibson's response to the booming popularity of superstrats in the 1980s. In 1988 Gibson offered a limited edition of this model called the Showcase Edition U2, 200 were made in total. The U-2's pickups are selected using the three mini switches under the volume control knob (a push pull control which acts as a coil split for the humbucker when pressed) , the first one being used for the neck pickup the middle switch for the middle on and the third switch for the Humbucker. The fourth switch, a little bit separated from the rest is a bypass/blower switch for "bridge only" versus the three individual pickup selector switches.

Specifications (25)


Controls materialblack controls
Number of control knobs2 control knobs
Pickup selector controls1 coil tap switch, 3 pickup selector switches, bypass switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups brand and modelGibson L-8 pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup


Finish colorsblack finish, green finish, red finish, white finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


Body materialbasswood body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Body stylesuper strat style body


BridgeFloyd Rose locking tremolo, Kahler Pro tremolo
Hardware colorblack hardware
TunersGrover tuners


Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets24 fret
Nutlocking nut
Peghead (headstock)hockey stick headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Prices (6)

2016€1000goodNils M.
2014€800goodSKBlack color, the version with Schaller/Gibson floyd, including original case
2016€300wreckSKHusk only with no hardware or pickups
2018$580goodKAGood deal nice guitar

Reviews (2)

GIBSON U-2 reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)
One of the best superstrats ever made, hands-down. I own an all-original one in black and a restored one in candy red (with an original Floyd and Schaller pickups installed) and the two are my favorite players. The neck is thin but not too thin, very much like the slim version of the SG necks. It is very wide though with an R5 nut, built for shredding. Contrary to the review above, the fourth switch is a blower switch and switches between "bridge only" and whatever the other three switches are set to. Also the volume pot is a push-push for splitting the bridge humbucker. Paid 800€ for the black one with original case and 300€ for the other one (husk with no hardware/pickups).

GIBSON U-2 reviewed by Nils M.

Average: 5 (1 vote)
The Gibson U2 I own is a very nice playing and sounding Instrument built in 1989. On the pictures I uploaded you can see my U2 (which is the one with the "normal Humbuckers") and the U2 of my uncle which has after market black box pickups installed . The Neck is very thin (almost like a wonder wizard neck ) , which I guess doesn't appeal to everybody but has nonetheless a nice feel to it . I guess I'm also a little bit nostalgic about this instrument since it was the first guitar I ever played as a young child at my uncles place but even if you put all the nostalgia aside it sill is a real 80's shred monster . The Floyd Rose on the Guitar even has the Gibson logo on it which is kinda neat to see. The Switch system on the guitar is a real neat thing too since you can select every pickup the way you like it by turning the pickups on and off with the three switches right under the volume control knob (which also acts as a coil split for the humbucker when pressed ) , the first one being used for the neck pickup the middle switch for the middle on and yes you guessed it the third switch for the Humbucker , the fourth switch on the guitar is a little bit separated from the rest which has a good reason since this switch will activate all pickups at once when it is turned on.

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Switching info

The main switch is a bypass/blower switch for "bridge pickup only" vs. the three individual pickup switches.

Volume pot is push/push for splitting the bridge humbucker.