Fender
Fender Competition Mustang bassGibson Melody MakerEpiphone Granada3
Home | Guitar Model Info | Catalogue Scans | Forum | Other Stuff | Search     









pick a brand

The majority of the instruments profiled on this site were produced by the brands to the left (click for more), although there is also some limited content on the following guitars and amps
Ampeg, Baldwin, Dan Armstrong, Futurama, G&L, Goya, Hayman, Ibanez, Marshall, Musicman, Ovation, Peavey, Rickenbacker, Selmer, Silvertone, Supro and Yamaha, WEM

Or try the site search

Trying to find the value of your guitar?

Gibson Victory guitars
MV-II and MV-X

Gibson Victory MV2 electric guitar
The Gibson Victory MV2 in Candy Apple Red finish
Gibson Victory MVX electric guitar
The Gibson Victory MVX
The Gibson Victory MV range of guitars comprised just two models: the Gibson Victory MV2 (or MVII), "designed primarily for the discerning country player", and the Gibson Victory MV10 (or MVX) that "produces a myriad of separate and distinct electric guitar tonalities; those voices that fill all the needs and requirements of the dedicated guitarist"

MV stood for multi-voice. They were created by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo, MI, with the body work by Chuck Burge, and the multi-voice electronics by Tim Shaw. The period of production was short: mid 1981 - 1983/4. Early models were Kalamaoo-built, but by the end of 1981 they were being produced at the Gibson Nashville plant. There were also three Gibson Victory bass models (See Chuck Burge's interview with FlyGuitars on the development of the Gibson Victory bass), and these went on to outlast the guitar versions by several years. The Gibson Victory MV2 and MVX were last listed in Gibson prices list of January 1984, whilst the Gibson Victory Standard and Artist basses remained until 1986.

According to the 1981 pre-owners manuals, they were attempts to add "in-demand" tones, to Gibson's classic sounds. Direct competition for the Fender Telecaster (MV2) and Fender Stratocaster (MV10). As well as the Fender-esque shape, these guitars were fitted with pickups and circuitry that could give single coil tones. This was not the first time Gibson had created guitars to directly take on Fenders sound; the Gibson Marauder and Gibson S-1 had done much the same thing 6 years earlier, but with more traditional Gibson body styling.

But to say the Victory series were just Fender copies would be very wrong indeed. Although they could produce single-coil sounds, these guitars were actually fitted with humbuckers for the fatter tones associated with Gibson, and along with a hard rock maple body and a set (glued-in) maple neck, they owed a lot more to Gibson tradition than might seem obvious at a first look. In many ways they are descendents of the all-maple Gibson RD series guitars; the design teams previous effort.

Gibson 1983 catalogue
The Gibson Victory Standard bass and Gibson Victory MX guitar were the only Victory models to appear in the 1983 Gibson catalogue
The Victory guitar series were available at dealers from late summer 1981, however bass models may have been available slightly earlier in 1981; only Victory basses were listed in the April 1981 price lists, with the guitars added in the next list.

By this time Gibson were having serious financial problems, and unprofitable models were being discontinued. The Victory MV guitars were good quality instruments, with wide tonal palettes. So why were they a commercial failure? It was a time of falling guitar sales in general, and perhaps Gibson buyers wanted Gibson classic styling? Price may also have been a factor: in 1982 the MV2 cost the same as the SG Standard, with the MVX a shade below the Les Paul Standard. Another factor may have been insufficient advertising. The MV2 never appeared in a Gibson catalogue, whilst the MVX just made it into the 1983 catalogue. Marketing the MV2 as a country guitar was perhaps a bad idea - although useful in alikening the instrument to the Telecaster, the Victory body shape was probably too 'rock' for country players, whilst the country tag must have put off may rock players.



Back to the GIBSON INDEX | comment


US ebay listings

Gibson Victory MVX 1982 Cherry finish w/Tremolo Kahler bridge and original case

Current price: $737.05
buy it now
Time left: 7m
1982 Gibson Victory MVX vintage guitar

Current price: $900.00
buy it now
Time left: 3d 17h 42m
Gibson Victory Bass Standard, Circa 1982, Rare Silver Finish, Unique!

Current price: $799.99
buy it now
Time left: 6d 14h 32m
USED free shipping Gibson Victory Standard Bass '81 Silver Electric Guitar #2/#Q

Current price: $1912.99
buy it now
Time left: 4d 17h 19m
1981 Gibson Victory Bass Standard

Current price: $1099.00
buy it now
Time left: 11d 11h 36m
1981 GIBSON VICTORY BASS SERIES PRE-OWNERS MANUAL

Current price: $8.99
buy it now
Time left: 21d 11h 25m
Gibson Victory Bass

Current price: $555.00
buy it now
Time left: 6h 1m
1978 Gibson Bass Neckplate & Screws For Grabber G3 & Victory wLogo 1979 1980 USA

Current price: $79.99
buy it now
Time left: 17d 3h 2m
VINTAGE GIBSON GUITAR PRE-OWNERS MANUAL - VICTORY BASS SERIES

Current price: $15.00
buy it now
Time left: 17d 18h 29m
VINTAGE 1981 USA GIBSON VICTORY BASS GUITAR TUNER LOGO CHROME

Current price: $59.00
buy it now
Time left: 23d 16h 23m
See more results on eBay here


UK ebay listings

VINTAGE GIBSON GUITAR PRE-OWNERS MANUAL - VICTORY BASS SERIES

Current price: £9.30
buy it now
Time left: 17d 18h 29m
1978 Gibson Bass Neckplate & Screws For Grabber G3 & Victory wLogo 1979 1980 USA

Current price: £49.59
buy it now
Time left: 17d 3h 2m
Vintage 1983 Gibson Full Line Guitar Catalog Victory Bass Corvus Futura EDS-1275

Current price: £14.88
buy it now
Time left: 5d 8h 13m
Gibson Victory Bass - Baked Enamel Headstock pin Made of Metal /Super Detail

Current price: £6.19
buy it now
Time left: 17d 14h 7m
GIBSON VICTORY BASS PICKGUARD 1981 ORIGINAL!

Current price: £31.00
buy it now
Time left: 10d 10h 47m
1982 SOUNDS LIKE ALL OF THEM THE GIBSON VICTORY MV X AD

Current price: £6.19
buy it now
Time left: 19d 16h 50m
VINTAGE GIBSON GUITAR PRE-OWNERS MANUAL - VICTORY MV GUITAR SERIES

Current price: £9.30
buy it now
Time left: 23d 11h 38m
VINTAGE 1981 USA GIBSON VICTORY BASS GUITAR TUNER LOGO CHROME

Current price: £36.58
buy it now
Time left: 23d 16h 23m
VINTAGE 1981 USA GIBSON VICTORY BASS GUITAR TUNER LOGO CHROME

Current price: £36.58
buy it now
Time left: 18d 17h 10m
GIBSON VICTORY BASS AD vintage 80's guitar pinup photo

Current price: £6.19
buy it now
Time left: 8d 9h 7m
See more results on eBay here


German ebay listings

GIBSON Victory Bass Standard, Vintage 1981 SELTEN!!!

Current price: €777.00
buy it now
Time left: 7d 11h 28m
See more results on eBay here

Comment on this article

All comments are moderated. Name and email details are required.

Name
Email address
Your comments

Anti-spam question - just to prove you are a real person

How many legs does a cat have?