1981 Gibson Victory MVII
Solid-body dual pickup electric guitar
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The Victory MVII (or MV2), MVX and Victory bass series were all designed to compete directly with a number of very well established Fender guitars; the body styles bore no resemblance to previous Gibson models, though they did have some of the high-end construction features that had made Gibson famous. The MVII, with it's single coil and humbucking modes was an overt challenge to the Fender Telecaster - supposedly doing everything the Fender can do, and more. It kept Gibson's traditional set neck, but the body styling and highly intuitive controls were pure Fender. It was solid maple, body and neck, so not a light guitar (this one weighs in at 4.18 kg), but substantial, durable, and with significantly more bite than perhaps one would expect from a Gibson.
The following description comes from the 1981 Gibson Victory MV pre-owners manual - the references to country music were Gibson's way of saying 'this is our competitor to the Telecaster'.
The Victory MV 2 is designed primarily for the discerning country player. The MV 2 produces with unerring accuracy, those electric guitar voices, that make up the very essence of country music. From "down home" to sophisticated crossover "pop" country, the Victory MV2 is your guitar
This example was stamped at the Kalamazoo Michigan plant on the 3rd August 1981 (day 215), and would have been priced at $799 (1/1/1982 price list) - the same as the SG Standard. This is an early example, the majority of Victory MV guitars were built throughout the second half of 1981. Victory MV production also started at the Nashville plant, with a period of at least two months (Oct/November 1981) in which both plants were making them simultaneously. As 1982 dawned, the Kalamazoo plant stopped building the Victory, leaving the final instruments to Nashville for completion.
Candy Apple Red was by far the most common finish seen on this model, although Antique Fireburst was also offered.
The MV2 was only included in price lists between January 1982 and January 1984, with no change in price throughout this period; see the Victory MV pricing and publicity.
The Victory MV2 and MVX shared the same body/neck; both are routed for three pickups, although obviously just two are fitted to the MV2. The routed area is painted matt black after the main red finish was applied. One difference between the two models is the fretboard material - beautifully grained Indian rosewood for the MV2 and Madagascan Ebony for the MVX.
Both the Victory MV2 and MV10 used a black-lined Gibson case, number 8170.
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