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#21 User is offline   capmaster 

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 03:53 PM

Around the 1980s, one of the largest music retailers in Munich was under one roof with ISO, the Gibson distributor for Germany these days. I know for sure they had at least one black Victory guitar for sale. I say "at least" since due to these special connections they sometimes even bought the entire Gibson production output of several months. Players came from far away to buy Gibson guitars there, for the variety of options as well as for the prices.
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#22 User is offline   Deryck 

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 09:55 AM

View Postcapmaster, on 28 March 2014 - 03:53 PM, said:

Around the 1980s, one of the largest music retailers in Munich was under one roof with ISO, the Gibson distributor for Germany these days. I know for sure they had at least one black Victory guitar for sale. I say "at least" since due to these special connections they sometimes even bought the entire Gibson production output of several months. Players came from far away to buy Gibson guitars there, for the variety of options as well as for the prices.


Thank you Capmaster - that confirms the theory. I hope some owners will add more information.
If anyone wants to see one, there's a photo on the Harmony Central thread on black SGs:

www.harmonycentral.com/forum/forum/guitar/acapella-41/1124805-?&_suid=139610835949409409563285298645

Being a Newbie I haven't worked out how to upload photos of mine yet!
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 04:05 PM

I will put my Martin D-28 up against anyone's cement guitar and I will bet even my two Cocker Spaniels can tell the difference between the two.

I do want tuners that cut the excess off my strings cause I am lazy and hate when they poke me in the finger.

Coil Split/Coil Tap - what is a winding or two among friends.
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 04:22 PM

Kinda' remind you of anything?

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Gibson would probably stand a much better chance with this lawsuit than the whole "single-cut" thing.
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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:38 AM

View PostFZ Fan, on 30 March 2014 - 04:05 PM, said:

I will put my Martin D-28 up against anyone's cement guitar and I will bet even my two Cocker Spaniels can tell the difference between the two.

I do want tuners that cut the excess off my strings cause I am lazy and hate when they poke me in the finger.

Coil Split/Coil Tap - what is a winding or two among friends.


That's like comparing a cup of coffee with a brick - what's the point?
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#26 User is offline   Deryck 

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:41 AM

View PostGuitarJunkie, on 30 March 2014 - 04:22 PM, said:

Kinda' remind you of anything?

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Gibson would probably stand a much better chance with this lawsuit than the whole "single-cut" thing.


One is a run of the mill Strat clone, the other is different - sometimes the difference between pretty good and brilliant or good looking and stunning is quite subtle.
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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:04 AM

I have always wanted a Victory. Had like 3 op's to buy one and passed due to being broke at the time. One day! ONE DAY!! [biggrin]
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Posted 06 July 2014 - 05:34 PM

Hello.

I just got a 1982 Gibson Victory MVX that does not have the original pickup in the bridge position. Can anyone tell me the model pickup that was used so I can try to buy one in order to restore this Victory to its former glory?

Thanks, WIlly

PS The coil splitter switch replacement is a whole other issue I would like to restore as well too.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 03:30 AM

View PostWillyWP, on 06 July 2014 - 05:34 PM, said:

Hello.

I just got a 1982 Gibson Victory MVX that does not have the original pickup in the bridge position. Can anyone tell me the model pickup that was used so I can try to buy one in order to restore this Victory to its former glory?

Thanks, WIlly

PS The coil splitter switch replacement is a whole other issue I would like to restore as well too.



"Seek and ye shall find" :

www.ebay.com/itm/1980-1981-Gibson-ZEBRA-Creme-Black-Patent-Number-BRIDGE-Humbucking-Pickup-9-67-/380933861984?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item58b16d7260

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 11:41 AM

View PostA&Z Guitar Repair, on 13 July 2013 - 11:12 AM, said:

Anyone ever encountered a Victory 12 string? I've got one on the bench now. It's a greenish/gray metallic finish. Has 2 Single Coils and non traditional double coil bridge pickup. Has volume/tone and 3 mini toggles. Tune-a-matic bridge with hook style tailpiece. Set neck, Les Paul style pickguard (albeit smaller), Grover Tuners, silkscreened "Original Gibson Prototype" on back of headstock, headstock is the open-book style. Serial #82615510.
If anyone has any info, let me know.

Thanks in advance...

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I know it's a bit late, but it looks as though it's a Q Series 4000. They were made from left over Victory bodies apparently and one has just come up on ebay in a pewter finish, also marked "Prototype"; it explains the non-Victory pickups. Link:
http://www.ebay.co.u...K%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Posted 29 April 2015 - 11:57 AM

Danny Coralles of Autopsy (U.S. death metal band) has been playing on the same MVX since 1988.
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Posted 29 April 2015 - 01:07 PM

Well,,

I guess we were over due for a thread resurrection, after all Easter was just a short time ago.

LOL!
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Posted 23 May 2015 - 09:37 AM

View PostDuaLeaD, on 18 December 2012 - 08:07 PM, said:

Wierd....Looks like a Fender Strat had a lovechild with a Gibson SG....

More like a strat plus a L6-S had a kid
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Posted 27 May 2015 - 11:04 PM

View PostBob Isaac, on 15 December 2012 - 10:28 AM, said:

This is Roy's, don't know where it is on display.


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I never knew there was a Victory guitar but if Roy liked them , They have to be good

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Posted 06 October 2015 - 01:43 PM

In '88 when i was 14 years old i bought my first Gibson. A Custom Shop(stamped on the back of the headstock) Q-100. The same body as the Victory, but a different headstock(like The U2-model at the same time). It had one humbucker. A Dirty Fingers pickup. A Nashville bridge and a stoptail. I have never ever seen the same guitar since. Not even on the web. A friend of mind bought it from me in '92 and has it still. Cool guitar.
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Posted 17 May 2016 - 12:52 PM

Hi there everyone I'm new to the board and I believe that I own one of the holy grails of these guitars I have a victory mvx made in late 1980 it's stamped original Gibson prototype and the serial number is 07 it's also an unusual tobacco burst finish it's the original color the guitar is completely original and I love it I got it from a pawn shop in San Francisco in 1992 and I only paid $240 for it I would love to hear from other victory owners and hear all your victory stories I'm sad this guitar never caught on I'm always asked at gigs is it really a Gibson? Anyway I hope to hear from my fellow victory owners later all
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Posted 20 May 2016 - 07:45 AM

The tone of the Victory on Scotts video was stunning!
I sometimes think; therefore I am intermittent
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Posted 21 June 2016 - 12:15 PM

I just rebuilt my '82 MVX, basically everything but the wood. I was never happy with the pickups or sustain for such a heavy guitar. Now she rocks!

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