Gibson Corvus

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Gibson Corvus
Gibson Corvus II.jpg
A Corvus II model.
Manufacturer Gibson
Period 1982 — 1984
Body type Solid
Neck joint Bolt-on
Body Alder
Neck Maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Bridge Fixed
Pickup(s) 1 or 2 Humbuckers, or 3 single coils
Colors available
Silver, yellow, orange, others

The Gibson Corvus was a short-lived series of guitars produced by the Gibson Guitar Corporation in the mid-1980s. It featured a solid body with an offset V-cut at the tail, which led it to be colloquially known as the "can opener" guitar. If the guitar is turned sideways,[1] it looks as if it is the shape of a crow in flight. Corvus is the Latin word for crow.

The Corvus was sold in three model variations:

  • Corvus I - one humbucker pickup, volume, and tone knob.
  • Corvus II - two humbuckers, volume, and tone knobs.
  • Corvus III - three single coil pickups, a five-way switch, one volume, and one tone knob.

An upscale Corvus with a set rather than bolt-on neck was marketed under the name "Futura" (not to be confused with the Explorer prototype).

The Corvus was one of several new models designed to renew interest in Gibson guitars. It was discontinued after two years due to poor sales.[2]

The Corvus is featured in the video games Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II and Guitar Hero III.

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