“A guitar from that dark period when the single-cut Les Paul was discontinued”: Is this oddball ’60s electric the weirdest custom model Gibson has ever created? Gibson’s archive curator sure thinks so

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Gibson’s electric guitar catalog is in no short supply of iconic designs. However, there are a few lesser-loved Gibson creations – such as the wild headless 1981 Futura prototype – that aren’t as well-known.

That’s usually either because of the sheer scarcity of the design, or due to the fact some models are just downright weird.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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