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Does anyone out there know much about the Gibson Challenger III's? I just acquired one and understand it may be somewhat rare. I know that it was only made for 1 year, in 1984. Any info regarding the quantity of these things made, would be appreciated. Also, anybody know who made the pickups? It has 3 single coils. Thanks.

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I can't say anything about production numbers, but I do know a little bit about the guitar.

 

Basically, it was a last ditch effort for Norlin Gibson to use up all the parts it had left over. They took a Marauder/S-1 body, and stuck a Corvus III pickguard on it. Seriously, if you look up the Corvus III, they took the pickguard, made a Tiny modification to it, and stuck it on a Marauder/S-1 body. The pickups were most likely half of a Humbucker bobbin with little Humbucker "feet", like the Reissue Melody Makers. They were spare parts.

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I can't say anything about production numbers, but I do know a little bit about the guitar.

 

Basically, it was a last ditch effort for Norlin Gibson to use up all the parts it had left over. They took a Marauder/S-1 body, and stuck a Corvus III pickguard on it. Seriously, if you look up the Corvus III, they took the pickguard, made a Tiny modification to it, and stuck it on a Marauder/S-1 body. The pickups were most likely half of a Humbucker bobbin with little Humbucker "feet", like the Reissue Melody Makers. They were spare parts.

 

Thanks for the information! I am really enjoying my "Les/Strat"!

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Thanks for the information! I am really enjoying my "Les/Strat"!

 

Could you post pics? Even if they were spare parts, that's probably one of, if not The rarest of the Norlin era. It was made for 1 year, and Supposedly in very limited numbers (don't quote me on that).

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Could you post pics? Even if they were spare parts, that's probably one of, if not The rarest of the Norlin era. It was made for 1 year, and Supposedly in very limited numbers (don't quote me on that).

 

Attached are some images.

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It is walnut in color. I know that the knobs aren't original, but everything else is.

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