Gibson M-III Standard

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General
Manufacturer: 
Gibson
Made in: 
United States
Series: 
Gibson
M Series
Signature Guitar: 
No
Strings: 
6
Construction: 
Set-In
Orientation: 
Right handed
Years: 
1991 to 1996
Body
Body Style: 
Double Cut
Body Material: 
Poplar
Body color: 
Alpine White
Candy Apple Red
Ebony
Translucent Red
Translucent Amber
Body finish: 
Gloss
Top: 
No
Carved top: 
Not carved
Body binding: 
No binding
Pickguard: 
Pickguard
Pickguard color: 
Tortoise
Electronics
Neck Pickup Brand: 
Gibson
Neck Pickup: 
Middle Pickup Brand: 
Gibson
Middle Pickup: 
Bridge Pickup Brand: 
Gibson
Bridge Pickup: 
Piezo: 
No
Pickup Configuration: 
HSH
Tone knob: 
1
Volume knob: 
1
5 way switch: 
1
Toggle Switch: 
1
Coil split: 
Yes
Control color: 
Gold
Miscellaneous
Description: 

The Gibson MIII Standard is a double-cutaway un-Gibson-like guitar introduced in 1991. It features a reversed Explorer headstock and an HSH pickup configuration with a Gibson 500T, a Gibson NSX single coil and a Gibson 496R humbucker. In combination with the five-way switch and a two-way toggle the guitar was capable to produce a total of nine different sounds. The two-way toggle flipped the neck and bridge pickups from humbucker to single coil mode and back. The 5 way switch also had a stand-by position for kill-switch effects. The set-in neck with a slim-taper profile joined the body at the 22nd fret, making the upper frets very accessible. The uniquely shaped tortoise shell pickguard has an engraved M-III logo and was paired with a tortoise shell truss rod cover and toggle switch surround. The tremolo was a Gibson branded Schaller licensed Floyd Rose. The tuners were also made by Schaller. The Gibson MIII standard came in the colors Ebony, White and Candy Apple Red. Later on in 1991 there were also versions without a pickguard. These came in the colours translucent red and translucent amber. There is also a Deluxe version where the body consists of 3 woods (Walnut, Poplar and Maple) with a Natural color. 


Neck
Nut Width: 
43 mm (1-11/16 inch)
12th fret width: 
52.52 mm
Final fret width: 
57.1 mm (2.25 inch)
Locking nut: 
Locking Nut
Thickness at nut: 
19.00mm
Thickness at 12th fret: 
21.00mm
Neck Material: 
Maple
Neck pieces: 
1 Piece
Neck color: 
Alpine White
Candy Apple Red
Ebony
Neck finish: 
Gloss
Neck binding: 
No binding
Fretboard: 
Maple
Scale Length: 
25.5 inch (648 mm)
Frets: 
24
Fret Size: 
Medium
Inlays: 
Wood arrow
Scalloped Fretboard: 
Not Scalloped
Headstock
Tuning Key Arrangement: 
6-in-line
Locking tuners: 
No Locking Tuners
Headstock color: 
Black
Headstock finish: 
Gloss
Matching headstock: 
Not matching headstock
Tuning Machines: 
Gibson
Reversed: 
Reversed
Hardware
Bridge brand: 
Gibson
Bridge type: 
Floyd Rose type
Hardware color: 
Black Chrome
Dimensions
Length: 
975mm
Weight: 
3400g