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Gibson M-III Electric Guitar  

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    Gibson's revolutionary shredder returns with versatile switching, fast neck and Floyd Rose tremolo.

    When Gibson introduced the M-III in 1991, it totally embodied the “shred” guitar, marrying Gibson’s thundering power that had already ruled the rock world for more nearly four decades with the scale length, speed, and ultra-pointy styling that appealed to the world’s fastest players. The new M-III from Gibson USA captures the magic of the original guitar’s playability, power, and visual appeal, thanks to Gibson’s renowned and exacting standards of workmanship and finish.

    Just like the first M-IIIs, the new M-III starts from a foundation of Gibson tradition—seen it its solid mahogany body, glued-in neck, and high-gain Dirty Fingers humbucking pickups with versatile switching—and catapults it into the future with a major dose of style and innovation. The 25-½” scale length enables piano-like lows and shimmering highs, while a Floyd Rose trem facilitates everything from radical dive-bombing to evocative vibrato, all with unparalleled tuning stability. To top it off, the neck’s fast profile, super action, and easy access right to the top of the 24-fret fingerboard help the M-III offer a playing experienced equaled by none.

    The M-III’s scorching looks match its incendiary performance. The natural maple fingerboard with striking arrow-head inlays provides an eye-catching contrast to the explosive range of finishes on the guitar—from your choice of Cosmic Cobalt, Electric lime, Vibrant Red, or Orange Glow—all in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer. The all-black hardware complements the stunning visuals, and reminds you that the M-III is here to rock.

    Body and Neck
    The M-III is built from a foundation of tonewoods that represent a marriage of Gibson tradition and innovation. A solid mahogany body presents the depth, richness and resonance for which that timber has long been famous, while a glued-in maple neck adds clarity and “snap” to the tone. The Grade-A maple fingerboard has a 25-½” 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. Finally, a fast, slim profile and contrasting black arrowhead inlays declare the M-III a total shred machine. The guitar’s body and neck are finished in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer in your choice of Cosmic Cobalt, Electric lime, Vibrant Red, or Orange Glow, while the fingerboard has a natural finish.

    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—all with unprecedented power and sustain.

    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.

    Case and Coverage
    The M-III comes protected in a plush-lined Gibson USA hardshell case with black exterior. It includes an owner’s manual and adjustment literature.

    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
    • Includes case

    If you like the look, you'll love the sound and feel. Order today.

     
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    GibsonM-III Electric Guitar
     
    4.4

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good feel (4)
    • Good tone (4)
    • Solid electronics (4)
    • Fun to play (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording (6)
      • Rock concerts (6)
      • Jamming (4)
      • Practicing (4)
      • Small venues (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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      5.0

      GREAT

      By ROCKN ON...

      from Chicago, IL

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson M-III Electric Guitar:

        Everything is subjective,but, I think this is a great guitar. Kinda 60s LP feel to the neck and a nice touch of shred to it as well. Plays awesome and sounds awesome.It is simply wired and has an over all organic feel to it that you lose in a lot of shred type guitars, IMHO. The pups are well suited for anything . It is priced right as well. Great guitar as a whole.

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        5.0

        Excellent sound

        By Oscar - Debruces a mi

        from Sabaneta - Medellin

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Gibson M-III Electric Guitar:

          This is an excellent guitar. I had another Gibson electric guitar before that died after many year of reliable use.
          I do not have any complaints on the contrary I think that Gibson produces very good instruments.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Remember this the last time

          By straight A's

          from SC

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          Pros

          • 24 frets
          • Colors
          • Pickups
          • The Scale Length
          • Unique Shape Ease

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson M-III Electric Guitar:

            Wow the colors are great, almost wish for sonic blue and seafoam green or beach sand brown to go with those. Want one of each......
            I did not put any cons...it would be nice to see with ebony or rosewood fretboard and without locknut or even basic vibrato. And I really didn't care for the headstock ("the boot" so to speak).
            If I had any real gripes it would be the quality in Gibson guitars of late makes me worry about that neck joint. THIS IS FIRST GIBSON I have seen in a long time I really like!! I understand 3/4 guitars have a really robust sound, but that can be obtained without resorting to 3/4 scale. Nice to see a 25 1/2 scale 24 fret guitar in the Gibson lineup.Hope I can somehow afford one before they discontinue this model again. It has that forever look to me.....

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            (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            its Plain & needs Stainless Steel Frets

            By wendyamp

            from mesquite,nv

            Pros

            • Like The Body Style

            Cons

            • Pot Metal Floyde Rose

            Best Uses

            • 5star Tone All Places

            Comments about Gibson M-III Electric Guitar:

            I wish "Gibson Guitars" would make it better than the 1991 version. I want Jumbo Stainless Steel Frets,.Steel Floyde Rose,.fasttt playing like a Jackson Avenger. Its 2 plain 2 look @,... Make it more pleasing to the eye like the clothes of "Steven Tyler something a ROCK STAR would play. I would pay hundreds less for this guitar as it sits.
            Sincerely, wendyamp

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Its a Killer

            By Sunny

            from Alexandria, Egypt

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Incredible Sustain
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Na

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Gibson M-III Electric Guitar:

            This is the continuos of the success of the 1991 - 1993 Gibson MIII production, Over the years it was the perfect machine for guitar shredders but unfortunately it was discontinued by 1993.

            The same design where taken by Epiphone Prophecy Series but compared to the MIII it was a poor guitar!

            Bottom line this is a killer guitar for metal/rock players who love the high gain guitars with the creamy sustain and great setup with amazing balance.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Rock Fusion Guitar

            By Caitlin Brooks-nNI25

            from Richland, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • 24 frets
            • Deep Cutaways
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Sleek Body Design
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson M-III Electric Guitar:

              I am very glad this model was reintroduced after being phased out in the 1990's. I have looked at some posters of Gibson's discontinued models of guitars, because quite frankly, I get sick of the same old body shapes like the Les Pauls and the SGs. I don't care what people say about the M-III being "unpopular" and "un-Gibson"; I love how sleek and distinctive the body looks, and how you can access 24 frets, not just 20 or 22. I also love the 5-way selector switch to allow you a wider palate of tones.
              I think Gibson should keep making this model, and maybe make it in variations of types of woods and inlays depending on serial numbers.

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              (1 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              They're Kidding, Right?

              By DETROIT PUNK ROCKER

              from DETROIT, MI USA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Dull Design

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson M-III Electric Guitar:

              The M-III is a Gibson version of an Epiphone design that wasn't popular. In every way, it is utterly non-Gibson in design and materials. Why they decided to market this as a Gibson is a complete mystery. It's FAR too expensive for what it is, wouldn't appeal to Gibson buyers in general, and actually hurts the company's image, NOT help it. You couldn't even call it "original" or "innovative". It looks like a lot of 80's guitars which are no longer popular. Issuing this just seems to be a huge mistake in every way.

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