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westtexasred
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:15 am    Post subject: Gibson Challenger III Reply with quote

I got a 1984 Gibson Challenger III today.

















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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I honestly can't decide how I feel about these. I love the look of the front of the body, but from the neck plate on up the neck they look Matsumoku as fuck(which isn't necessarily a bad thing- just unfamiliar for a Gibson). That said, I won't pass judgement until I've played one.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is pretty cool.Solid guitar and the pickups sound great.











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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:32 pm    Post subject: LPSpecial hybrid Reply with quote

Wow, nice find. Never even heard of the Challenger. Sort of a LPSpecial with a Strat pickups array. And a nice case...OHSC?

So how do you like it?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow look at that neck. So chunky. Look how thick the heel is in it. It is as thick as the body.

Cool. I have never seen one of these before.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Here is a video review from youtube. If you skip ahead to 6:00 you can hear what it sounds like.


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westtexasred
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This guitar was one of Gibson's "American Series" Notice the headstock shape. I think it was meant as a challenge to the imports.

"You don't copy us...we copy you....copying us"







In contrast the earlier SONEX series used the traditional "open book" headstock



Here is a q 1983 "American Series" brochure





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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this photos of the electronics of a Challenger III that looked the same as mine.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it just me, or does someone else think the Corvus looked like a big heavy duty bottle opener ????
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldcanuck wrote:
Is it just me, or does someone else think the Corvus looked like a big heavy duty bottle opener ????


I said the same thing in an older thread. I don't want the guitar, but I do want the giant beer it would open.
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westtexasred
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a Gibson 1984 pricesheet. Both the Corvus III and the Challenger III are listed in the American Series section so I think the story that the Challenger III was made out of left over Corvus parts is just a myth.



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