The ugliest Gibson ever made.

          We all have our personal favorites when it comes to guitars. Some are dyed in the wool Strat-a-holics. Tele-masters. Gretch-i-ans. Guild-ers. Paul-a roon-ians. (Ok, that one is a stretch. You got me.) The beauty of todays world of guitars is that the choices have never been wider or more accessible. Are you a beginner? For a hundred clams you can grab a like new Squire Strat and get it set up to play as well as one for three grand. Nowhere near the same quality but playability? Absolutely. Do you want to buy a handcrafted customized axe from a private builder? How about from one of the big name builders? All you have to do is ask nicely and open your wallet. Today is a gear dream world for anybody who plays a guitar. 

            The history of the guitar is no different from any other commodity on this planet. It began small with few offerings, and as long as it is still relevant, experienced growth that left a few discards along the highway of progress. Forgotten ideas that seemed really good at the time but now are quirky curiosities to be scoffed at or cherished for what they were. Or are. Like the Chevrolet Vega. Google it. We can wait.

             During the years Gibson was owned and controlled by the Norlin Corporation feet were raised onto a chair so the speaker could lean their forearm on their thigh and with eyeglasses in hand threw around marketing ideas, slogans and designs followed by a sentence like "So hows that grab you? Is it worth throwing around the old ball field?". Hence the design of the "Corvus". Affectionately referred to as "The Flying Can Opener" With a sort-of "Explorer" headstock, bolt on neck (You could step up to the plate and buy one with a set neck called the "Futura" if your pockets were a little bigger) Fender amplifier style (OK, identical) control knobs, three single coil pickups, a Stratocaster style five way switch, really thick tone robbing poly finish and strap buttons placed for a truly uncomfortable balance or playing experience. In the '50's Gibson set the guitar design world on it's head with the "Flying V" and "Explorer" body styles that fell on their faces but now command some of the highest prices of any guitars on the vintage market today. The "Corvus"? I am waiting for the world to come around to see the true beauty and visionary concept that it beholds. Waiting. Waiting.

       Do not let mass opinion carry your innate knowledge of the "one" guitar that is truly "right" for you. Only you can pick up a guitar and know, really know, if it has chosen you. This is my "Corvus". There are many like her but this one is mine...


by Robert Gundry