GIBSON Q SERIES (ALPHA SERIES)

The Gibson Alpha Series was a range of superstrats made in the mid to late 1980s period. These were Custom Shop models made at a time when Wayne Charvel was involved with the Gibson Custom Shop - and possibly he had an influence on these Alpha Series designs. The Q series models have "Custom Shop Edition" on the back of the peghead.

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GIBSON Q-100

GIBSON produced the Q-100 between 1985 and 1986. This super-strat had a single Dirty Fingers humbucker in the bridge position. The Q-100 came with a tune-o-matic bridge as standard but you could have a Kahler Flyer vibrato as an option.

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GIBSON Q-200 (Q-2000)

Production of the Gibson Q-200 super-strat began in 1985. This model was renamed the Q-2000 in late 1985. It was discontinued in 1986. Pickups were a Gibson Dirty Fingers humbucker at the bridge and a P-90 single coil at the neck.

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GIBSON Q-300 (Q-3000)

The Gibson Q-300 superstrat was introduced in 1985. Pickups were three P-90 single coils. In late 1985 the name was changed to Q-3000 and production ended in 1986.

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GIBSON Q-400 (Q-4000)

GIBSON introduced the Q-400 superstrat in 1985 and 1987. It was renamed the Q-4000 in late 1985 and production continued until 1987 - making the Q-4000 the longest lived of these Gibson Q / Alpha series superstrats. Pickups were one Dirty Fingers humbucking pickup at the bridge and two single coil pickups.

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GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)

GIBSON manufactured the Q-80 (Q-90) bass between 1987 and 1992

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsMade inNumber of strings
GIBSON Q-100
1985 to 1986
No image yetblack finish, pink finishUSA6 strings
GIBSON Q-200 (Q-2000)
1985 to 1986
ebony finish, pink finish, red finishUSA6 strings
GIBSON Q-300 (Q-3000)
1985 to 1986
-USA6 strings
GIBSON Q-400 (Q-4000)
1985 to 1987
No image yetblack finish, ebony finishUSA6 strings
GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
No image yetblack finish, ebony finish, red finishUSA4 strings
ModelPickups brand and modelPickups configuration
GIBSON Q-100
1985 to 1986
Gibson Dirty Fingers pickup(s)1 humbucker pickup
GIBSON Q-200 (Q-2000)
1985 to 1986
Gibson Dirty Fingers pickup(s)1 humbucker pickup, 1 single coil pickup, P-90 pickup(s)
GIBSON Q-300 (Q-3000)
1985 to 1986
-3 single coil pickups, P-90 pickup(s)
GIBSON Q-400 (Q-4000)
1985 to 1987
Gibson Dirty Fingers pickup(s)2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup
GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
-2 humbucker pickups
ModelBridgeHardware colorTailpiece
GIBSON Q-100
1985 to 1986
tune-o-matic bridgeblack hardware, chrome hardwarestop tailpiece
GIBSON Q-200 (Q-2000)
1985 to 1986
Kahler Flyer locking tremoloblack chrome hardware, chrome hardware-
GIBSON Q-300 (Q-3000)
1985 to 1986
Kahler Flyer locking tremoloblack chrome hardware, chrome hardware-
GIBSON Q-400 (Q-4000)
1985 to 1987
Kahler Flyer locking tremoloblack hardware-
GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
fixed bridgechrome hardware-
ModelFingerboard materialFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard position markers
GIBSON Q-100
1985 to 1986
ebony fingerboard--
GIBSON Q-200 (Q-2000)
1985 to 1986
ebony fingerboard--
GIBSON Q-300 (Q-3000)
1985 to 1986
ebony fingerboard--
GIBSON Q-400 (Q-4000)
1985 to 1987
ebony fingerboard--
GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
rosewood fingerboardpearl fingerboard inlay materialdot fingerboard position markers
ModelTuner layoutNeck jointNeck materialNumber of fretsPeghead (headstock)
GIBSON Q-100
1985 to 1986
six-in-a-row tuners----
GIBSON Q-200 (Q-2000)
1985 to 1986
six-in-a-row tuners----
GIBSON Q-300 (Q-3000)
1985 to 1986
six-in-a-row tuners----
GIBSON Q-400 (Q-4000)
1985 to 1987
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GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
four-in-a-row tunersbolt on neckmaple neck22 fretblack face headstock
ModelBody stylePickguard shapeBody materialBody shape features
GIBSON Q-100
1985 to 1986
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GIBSON Q-200 (Q-2000)
1985 to 1986
super strat style body---
GIBSON Q-300 (Q-3000)
1985 to 1986
super strat style bodyno pickguard--
GIBSON Q-400 (Q-4000)
1985 to 1987
----
GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
--alder bodyasymmetrical body, double cutaway
ModelPickup selector controlsTone controlsVolume controls
GIBSON Q-100
1985 to 1986
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GIBSON Q-200 (Q-2000)
1985 to 1986
---
GIBSON Q-300 (Q-3000)
1985 to 1986
1 pickup selector switch--
GIBSON Q-400 (Q-4000)
1985 to 1987
-1 tone control1 volume control
GIBSON Q-80 (Q-90)
1987 to 1992
-1 tone control2 volume controls