“The only headless guitar Gibson has ever produced” actually has a headstock – the 1981 Futura Prototype must be the most intriguing design in the firm’s history

Gibson 1981 headless Futura prototype - headstock
(Image credit: Gibson)

Gibson’s recent Certified Vintage batch contained a real rarity from the firm’s past in the form of a 1981 Futura prototype – supposedly, the only headless guitar the brand ever made.

If you’re not familiar with it, Gibson’s Certified Vintage program is essentially the firm’s way of clearing out the store cupboards – selling off instruments its collected for documentation/reissue purposes, prototypes and anything that’s been hanging around the building for a long time.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.