• Gibson US-1


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1987 to 1994

GIBSON produced the US-1 between 1987 and 1994. The US-1 was a superstrat style guitar designed by Wayne Charvel and was Gibson's first mass produced superstrat. It had a basswood body frame with a balsa core to reduce weight (like the Studio Lite models) but the top and back were bound figured maple. The bridge was either a Steinberger KB locking tremolo (1988 onwards) or a Kahler Pro tune-o-matic with stop tailpiece. The pickups were three "New Design" humbuckers - one full size and two stacked coils. These were controlled by three mini switches and from 1988 onwards there was a coil tap switch on one of the knobs.

Specifications (18)


Body back materialmaple body back
Body materialbalsa wood core, basswood body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Body stylesuper strat style body
Body top materialmaple body top


BridgeSteinberger KB tremolo, tune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorblack hardware, gold hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece


Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markerstriangle trapezoid fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsnatural finish, red finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


Peghead (headstock)pointed headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners


Pickup selector controls1 coil tap switch, 3 pickup selector switches


Pickups configuration2 stacked coil/1 humbucker pickups

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Reviews (4)

GIBSON US-1 reviewed by Doug

Average: 5 (1 vote)
I have owned one for over 26 years. The US 1 is one very cool guitar, and one of the very best guitars that I have ever played. Avoid the US 1's with the Kahler bridge, Th US1's with the traditional stop tail piece sound & play better, and are more collectible. Great guitar for a Gibson vintage enthusiast.

GIBSON US-1 reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)
are you sure this is Gibson's frist super strat what about the WRC?

GIBSON US-1 reviewed by Williams

Average: 5 (1 vote)
I've played one for 28 years, love it, very versatile, my only complaint is the plastic Gibson logo.

GIBSON US-1 reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)
The coil tap was also used in the 1987 models.

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