Gibson Custom Shop Futura 2002

$ 4,500.00

Very comfortable guitar when played both sitting and standing. Perfectly balanced. 100% all original and in like new condition. Gorgeous Mahogany body and neck, with a rosewood fingerboard and all gold hardware. This guitar is a real stunner. Smaller than an Explorer and much more comfortable to play. Gibson '57 Classic Humbuckers. The neck is thick, but comfortable. Plays great.

The Gibson Futura was an electric guitar that was the precursor of the model eventually introduced as the Explorer. These prototypes, christened "Futura" many years later, resembled the eventual Explorer design, but had a differently-proportioned smaller body, as well as a 'split' or 'forked' headstock that survived into the first few production Explorers but was quickly replaced. Gibson obtained U.S. Design Patent number 181,865 for the Futura body shape.

Gibson's designers made a very few, perhaps 4-6, of these prototypes between 1957 and early 1958, using patternmakers' mahogany at first and then korina (limba). One of these, a mockup without electronics, was photographed at the July 1957 NAMM trade show; three are known to be in existence as of 2014, one in mahogany, one in korina and one with a korina body and mahogany neck.

Year: 2002
Body Type: Solid
Neck Joint: Set
Scale: 24.75 in (629 mm)
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood
Hardware: Gold
Bridge Tune-o-matic
Pickup(s): 2 Humbuckers

Weigth: 7 lb.

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