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1981 Gibson Victory MV Owners Manual

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The Victory MV series of guitars (the MVII and MVX) were launched in 1981; the earliest examples were produced at Gibson's legendary Kalamazoo plant, but soon switching to the newer factory in Nashville. This owners manual was produced at the same time, and gives considerable detail of the two models: their construction, electronics (and the operation thereof) and how to care for them.

The Victory did have several new and innovative features, most notably the pickups, designed by Tim Shaw, which are described as "unbalanced"; in that none of the three pickups in the MV-X and two in the MV-II, are the same - each pickup is specially designed for it's position in relation to the other pickups in each guitar. Furthermore, the Victory series is also fitted with an interesting new "top adjust" Tune-O-Matic bridge; a definite improvement on older designs. All of these new features are described in detail within.

The manual is 36 pages long, and is typical Gibson pricelist size, 9" x 4". The first and last few pages contain generic Gibson information, with the Victory-specific info in the following sections:

Design: the body
Design: neck / headstock
Design: electronics, pickups, MV-X controls, MV-II controls
Three point top adjust bridge
Victory MV labelled image
Care and maintenance

see also
1981 Victory MV series pre-owners manual
1981 Victory bass guitar owners manual

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