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Model: Gibson Victory MVX (or MVI0)
Available: 1981-1983/4
Pickups: A "Magna Plus" special design magnet/iron loaded humbucker in the neck position, a "Magna Plus B" at the bridge, and a "Super Stack" humbucker in the middle
Electronics: Passive. One volume and tone control. Five position "blade" pickup selector switch (neck, neck and bridge, middle, middle and bridge, bridge), coil tap switch for single coil/humbucking tonalities (all pickups).
Scale: 24 3/4"
Body: Eastern hard rock maple. Length 18 15/16", width 13", depth 1 3/4"
Neck: Three-ply maple neck with Madagascan ebony fingerboard. Offset pearl dot inlays. White binding. 14 degree peghead pitch. MV-10 truss rod cover.
Hardware:Chrome plated throughout. New design top-adjust tune-o-matic bridge with interchangeable nylon or brass inserts
Finishes: Candy Apple Red
Antique Cherry Sunburst
Twilight Blue
The controls of the Victory MVX guitarFor detailed information on the controls, and pickups of the Victory MVX, please see page 16-17 of the Gibson Victory MV owners manual

The Gibson Victory MV X (and the dual pickup MV II, both part of the part of the Victory series alongside the Victory bass) was designed by Chuck Burge and Tim Shaw of Gibson's research and development department in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Chuck built the prototypes and show models, with Tim producing the innovative electronics and new design pickups - but the main production of basses immediately moved to Nashville. The earliest MV guitars were built in Kalamazoo, but by late 1981 these too had moved south.

Unlike the bass series, the Victory guitars had a set (glued in) neck, following many years of Gibson tradition, but visually, these guitars were quite different from the guitars that preceded them. They were certainly something new for a new decade..

The MVX was described as follows...

The incredible Victory MV 10 produces a myriad of separate and distinct electric guitar tonalities; those voices that fill all the neds and requirements of the dedicated guitarist, and some that you have never heard before!

The Victory guitar bodies and neck/headstocks are crafted entirely of eastern hard rock maple

This produces an incredibly brilliant sustaining tone, because of that material's superior mass and density characteristics.

In order to be in the same window frame as the Fender Stratocaster, the MVX pickups were specially designed to replicate single coil tones aswell as Gibson's characteristic humbucker tones. Likewise, the controls were arranged to be more familar to a Strat-player: i.e. five-way blade pickup selector switch with only master volume and tone controls.

The MVX was a superb guitar: a Victory, both in name and features, though another defeat for Gibson in terms of sales. They were simply too new, and too expensive, and even today are somewhat overlooked in favour of the omnipresent Les Paul. At launch they were priced $929 - between the Les Paul Deluxe ($899) and Standard ($999). A great player, and a future collectable. If you get a chance to buy a Victory MVX, snap it up!

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locky Comment left 24th March 2013 21:09:56 reply
One of the best Gibsons for the money IMHO. I need humbuckers for a MVX restoration, just neck and bridge. How different are these from early 80s dirty fingers. Or are they the same? Seriously underated guitar BTW.