Speculation about these guitars is all over the map (pun intended,) but from what we’ve been able to gather, these were promotional guitars made for certain Gibson dealers back in the early ’80s. I’ve read that the first 19 were made in the Kalamazoo factory before production was moved to Nashville and that less than 200 were ever created. With this guitar’s serial number ending in 006, we feel pretty sure it’s a K-Zoo example. Here’s the backstory on this one:
“This guitar belonged to a gentleman that owned a music store for many years. It was one that was put back in his personal collection and never sold to the public. We even have the original shipping box from the Gibson factory. I have to assume that, over the years, the owner may have pulled it out to show to someone because of the tiny imperfection found and pictured off the coast of Maine. It’s very small, but it’s there. The guitar still has the original strings on it, so we’ve decided to leave them there. If the purchaser of this guitar would like a set of new strings, we’ll be happy to include a set.
This map guitar does not show any signs of being played. It will come with the original case (which has a couple of scuffs on one side,), the unfilled warranty card, case keys, picks and the original shipping box. We added the 1983 Gibson catalog to the package to make it more complete and appealing.
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