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Gibson / Mark VIII Prototype / 1980 / Natural / Guitar For Sale

This is very rare find. Built in 1980 and based around the Mark series of guitars that Gibson produced in the mid - late 70’s, but with a traditional belly bellow bridge, a vintage style 3 point tortoiseshell pickguard, and a deluxe multiple bound headstock with Abalone flower pot (torch) inlay, and high end gold Grover Imperial Stair Step tuners. It’s a treat for the eyes as well as the ears. The guitar features a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, and produces a very full tone, warm and rich, with good attack and long sustain. It’s in good condition, with no cracks or repairs, just a wear patch below the pickguard, a few nicks and dings, and signs of general playwear. It also has a filled jack socket on the treble side rim, close to the end pin. All in all it’s a very interesting and unusual guitar, built at a time when Gibson were really trying out new ideas. The label reads Prototype, Mark VIII, Serial Number One, but I’ve never seen another guitar like it, suggesting this was the only one made. The guitar comes in a non original hard case. 

Glenns Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Glenn Sinnock
Gibson, Martin, Guild, Lowden, Collings etc.
Vintage Flattops
Opening hours:
10am - 8pm / 7 days

Welcome to Glenn's Guitars here on Vintage & Rare. After many years in the industry, and having been fortunate enough to have worked in Hanks and The Acoustic Centre - probably London's two foremost acoustic guitar shops - I decided to do my own thing.

I have a passion for used and vintage acoustic guitars; nearly new second hand guitars because they can represent a bargain compared to the price of a new guitar, older and vintage guitars because they tend to have more character and can often become an investment.

You will notice when viewing my stock list my taste in guitars, as I only sell guitars that I genuinely like - and there are certain brands noticeable by their absence. I am a huge fan of older Gibson, Martin and Guild acoustics, but also more boutique brands such as Lowden and Collings.

I will consider part exchange if it makes your desired guitar a little easier to afford. I also offer a guitar finding service, if there's something specific you're looking for.

If you are happy to buy over the internet, I will send you as many high resolution photos and as much information about the guitar you're interested in as I can. If you can get to me - I'm based in Enfield, only 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street Station - you can always make an appointment with me and come and try some of the guitars out first.

I accept payment by Paypal, bank transfer, cheque and of course cash.

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