This week my feature is about the Gibson MIII, one of the coolest guitars I’ll probably never get my hands on. I’ve coveted this model from afar for, I kid thee not, 20 years (jeez, am I that old? No. No, I must have a time machine). In fact, it was the very first Cool Guitar They Don’t Make Any More I ever wrote about.

Here’s a sample:

The early 1990s were an unusual time of rapid change for guitar design. In the 1980s, the classic shapes of the ’60s and ’70s had fallen by the wayside, replaced by sleek shredders axes. Where once guitar players demanded elegant carved maple tops and fixed bridges, the typical guitarist of the ’80s wanted high-output humbuckers, Floyd Rose tremolos, 24 frets and flash. Lots of flash. Slash helped turn things around with his low-slung Gibson Les Pauls after Appetite For Destruction hit, but for the most part, day-glo finishes and pointy curves were where it was at. In the early ’90s, that all changed. By the end of 1992 shredding was out, ’80s-style hard rock was really out, and the guitars that made that music were really, really out. Players were, instead, seeking vintage – or at least retro-styled – guitars in keeping with the alternative aesthetic. Nobody wanted thin necks, hot pickups, whammy bars or reverse headstocks. As a result, a lot of innovative guitars never quite got their shot. Once such instrument was the Gibson M-III.

Click here to read the rest: Rebel Without A Cause: The Gibson M-III