Gibson Just Unveiled a Strange New Body Shape at CES2017

January 11th, 2017

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PHOTO: Francisco Rivera via Twitter

By Christopher Scapelliti

Gibson showed a new guitar at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, and the few photos of it that are circulating are generating quite a buzz.

The new model was apparently first revealed in this January 5 post from Twitter user Francisco Rivera.

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The photo shows a body shape that recalls a more refined version of the Gibson M-III, with its offset twin horns, but with a comparatively sedate appearance and a stop tailpiece rather than a Floyd Rose. The rosewood fretboard and block inlays are also a departure from the maple fretboard and arrow-head inlays found on the M-III.

The controls are most likely a single volume and tone and a pickup selector. The photo shows a gold-finished model in the foreground and what appears to be models in black and flame finishes behind it.

Hopefully we’ll know more about this after Winter NAMM 2017, coming up next week. Stay tuned for updates.

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Comments

  1. Posted by Julien on January 12th, 2017, 12:15 [Reply]

    Same as the tak Matsumoto signature non? Not a new shape imho.

  2. Posted by Mark Kregel on January 12th, 2017, 12:41 [Reply]

    It looks like a Strat and a Les Paul got together and had a love child…

  3. Posted by Marion Sanchez on January 12th, 2017, 13:20 [Reply]

    I’d be interested. Think it kind of looks cool. Depends on the feel and sound you can get out of it with your fingers.

  4. Posted by Larry Odneal on January 12th, 2017, 14:12 [Reply]

    Why has no one noticed the OTHER new shape on the yellowish guitar right BEHIND the black flamed one? It looks like a smaller ES-335 with pointy horns. Also a bit like a smaller Trini Lopez model. Is it solid or hollow? Semi-hollow? Are you all blind?

    • Posted by Jimmie Martino on January 17th, 2017, 09:07 [Reply]

      That’s not new, that’s a Johnny A. Signature model.

  5. Posted by Charles Emery on January 12th, 2017, 17:04 [Reply]

    Looks too much like Washburn Idol

  6. Posted by Daniel Marois on January 12th, 2017, 19:10 [Reply]

    Why do you call the shape strange? It’s certainly no stranger than many others.

  7. Posted by JB Bertrand on January 12th, 2017, 19:41 [Reply]

    I think it would be funny if Paul Reed Smith flipped the script on Gibson, and it was HE who was suing THEM for releasing a guitar with a design that is somewhat similar to his this time. Not that I think that they are all that similar, but I didn’t think the singlecut PRS was all that similar to the Les Paul, either.

  8. Posted by Mike on January 12th, 2017, 21:23 [Reply]

    the reason I don’t like PRS is they are ugly to me…just like these are ugly. No thanks

  9. Posted by William Gallerizzo on January 16th, 2017, 20:14 [Reply]

    That’s not that strange. Looks like a lot of other tings out there. Again, Gibson designers can’t think outside the box. This is as conservative as it gets.

  10. Posted by George Guttler on January 17th, 2017, 20:27 [Reply]

    looks like the Johnny A or an Ibanez…..zzzzzz

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