I bought this guitar in 1999. After a bit of research I found out that this model of guitar, was Gibsons answer to low end japanese guitars that were flooding the market in the late seventies , early eighties. It originally retailled for around the $400 mark. That being said, I thought it was a steal at the price I paid. After a little bit of tweaking, I couldnt believe it was as good as it had gotten. To this day I still brag about owning a gibson electric for about $100 ( the peavey rage 158 that came in the deal lists for $109 )
Model Year: 1980
Price: $200.00 canadian dollars
Where Obtained: friend of a friends friend
This particular guitar was made in nashville in august of 1980. It came with a mint condition peavey rage 158 practice amp for the 200 dollars. The body is made of composite wood. I replaced the 2 humbucker pickups, (which were both shot) with a seymour duncam invader sk-8 at the bridge and a gibson 57 classic at the neck position.
After changing pickups, I had the guitar set up by a local tech and the action turned out very slick and enjoyable to play. The neck is pure gibson feel and is hands down the reason I ever purchased it.
Surprisingly the composite woodbody emulates the expected gibson tones very closely, and without telling them, most people would never know the difference.
The finish on the guitar is rough, but there are no major dings or scratches.It stays in tune respectably, and is overall a great feeling, hardworking playable guitar.
Has a good sound at a good price. The worst thing is it is kind of heavy. This guitar could be a good first guitar for a player, and then they could keep it as a backup if they get an SG, Les Paul, Flying V..etc.
or upgrade the parts for a custom guitar. I don't think this model will have any collector value. When I got it I also looked at a Gibson SG. This was cheaper.
I would like to get another one, and then do some custom wiring on one guitar, keeping the other stock.
Model Year: 1983
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Elderly Instruments
Made in US. Not made anymore. Body is maple (I think) with synthetic "Resonwood" over it. Sort of a slab body in a single cutaway Les Paul shape. Maple neck with rosewood fretboard. Has 2 humbuckers, 2 volume, 2 tones and tunematic bridge. Non locking tuners.
Action can be set very low and it plays clean.
Great Gibson sound and feel.
Kind of a heavy guitar.
Good sound for classic rock and blues. Gets a very good Les Paul type tone. Good sustain.
Stays in tune very well, was my main guitar a long time.
I put Schaller strap locks on it for the safety of the guitar.