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Gibson M-III Electric Guitar with Case

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The Gibson M-III Electric Guitar captures the head-turning looks, ultra-fast feel and searing tone of the original that was introduced in 1991! Gibson USA crafts this axe with a solid mahogany body, glued-in neck, and high-gain Dirty Fingers humbuckers with versatile switching, just like the original. The 25.5 inch scale length yields piano-like lows and brilliant highs, while the ultra-stable Floyd Rose trem allows for everything from radical dive-bombing to evocative vibrato.

The maple neck’s fast profile, super action, and easy access right to the top of the 24-fret fingerboard give the M-III guitar perhaps the fastest feel on any Gibson. The striking arrow-head inlays provide an eye-catching contrast to the explosive range of finishes, all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer. The M-III’s all-black hardware complements the stunning visuals. Crank out the shred Gibson style with the M-III!

Gibson M-III Electric Guitar Features

  • Solid Mahogany body with radical double-pointed styling
  • Maple neck with fast, slim profile
  • Maple fingerboard with arrow-head inlays
  • Dirty Fingers+ humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
  • Single coil pickup in the middle position
  • Floyd Rose vibrato tailpiece
  • Grover Mini-Kidney tuners
  • Comes protected in a plush-lined Gibson USA hardshell case with black exterior
Body and Neck
A solid mahogany body yields superb depth, richness and resonance while a glued-in maple neck adds clarity and snap to the tone. The Grade-A maple fingerboard has a 25.5 inch scale length, a compound radius for easy chording and smooth bending, and 24 jumbo frets, all within easy reach thanks to the M-III’s radical asymmetrical, double-pointed body styling. A fast, slim profile and contrasting black arrowhead inlays declare the M-III a shredder’s dream.

Pickups and Electronics
Gibson USA packs the M-III with a trio of its most powerful pickups, including Dirty Fingers+ humbuckers in the neck and bridge position, and a Dirty Fingers+ single coil in the middle. A five-way switch, combined with push-pull switching on the master tone control for humbucker coil-splitting, take you everywhere from warm, vocal neck pickup tones, to roaring crunch and soaring leads in the bridge, to bright, shimmering single-coil tones.

Hardware
A high-quality Floyd Rose vibrato with locking nut adds further versatility to your playing arsenal, while a set of genuine Grover Mini-Kidney tuners enhance the already unparalleled tuning stability. All hardware is black-plated, and the control knobs are easy-grip knurled black metal. The M-III carries a traditional black bell-shaped truss-rod cover, and wears no pickguard to obscure its dramatic range of finish options.

Product Specifications
Gibson M-III Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple board with 21 degree radius for extreme bends
  • Electronics: Dirty fingers +
  • Hardware: Black chrome with knife edge trem
  • Finish: Gloss top and PHF with satin back, neck, and rim
  • Hardshell case: Included
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
Knifemare69 from Logan, UT, USA
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General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
In my humble opinion, THIS guitar was among the last truly innovative designs by Gibson. The originals came out in '91 and were discontinued around '96-97 before I could afford to get one. They made them BETTER this time around! I've waited 17 years for Gibson to re-issue these guitars, and I'll be damned if I let one slip through my grasp again! So I got the Vibrant Red one...
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
This instrument is like the Swiss army knife of guitars. You get Fender scale length with Ibanez high fret access with a pure Gibson tone foundation. There are full-on humbucking tones, single coil tones and juicy out-of-phase tones (9 tones total) in this bad boy. The other guitars in my fleet will most likely end up as backups for this one, which has become the flagship.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
It's a tad lighter than I expected but it's comfy as hell to play. You can't have this thing out on a stand without picking it up and blazing on it. You can do RIDICULOUS 2+ step bends in most places on the neck, and the controls are simple to use and get to when you need them. Plus, unlike a strat, you can play sick rhythms without your fingers always bumping the volume down.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The tone just shines on a tube amp. The ceramic humbuckers are sharp and chimy, with plenty of beef to go around when you need it. Even the middle single coil has a nice tone to it. But I have grown to LOVE the out of phase positions, and you get 4 varieties to choose from thanks to the coil splitting. That and the maple fingerboard gives everything clear definition.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
I was actually surprised by the finish - it's indeed a metallic 'vibrant' red, but you can totally see the wood grain underneath depending on what angle you're looking at. From what I can tell this looks like a one-piece mahogany body, and the nitro finish-while delicate-is real easy to clean up after a good chugging session.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
Honestly I think I got more out of this deal than I was expecting. The construction, versatility and playability of this guitar just blows anything else in this price range out of the water - especially because it's made in the USA, unlike most of what you can buy nowadays. I own 8 Gibson/Epiphone guitars - 6 electrics and 2 acoustics, and this guitar is my new Flagship of the fleet!
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
Out of the box I did have to retune it a bit, but overall I haven't had to futz with it much since then. When I get a separate tremolo stabilizer I will restring it with 12s and tune it a whole step lower (D-standard), and may have to adjust the bridge height and truss rod to do that but it's nothing requiring a rocket science degree. The Floyd Rose tremolo...is a Floyd and a fine piece of engineering. Nice and tight, with dive-bombing goodness for all!
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