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Gibson USA Limited Run Series Eye Guitar

Gibson has long been known for its pioneering guitar designs. The Les Paul. The SG. The Explorer. The Flying V. All have set their own standards in guitar innovation. Now, Gibson USA is proud to continue the tradition by adding to the legacy – introducing the new 2009 Limited Run Series Eye Guitar, available beginning April 1 in a strictly limited number of only 350 guitars.

A Stunning New Design

Even the fiercest rock and rollers like their hot-looking guitars. It’s been that way for years, and now there’s another player in the mix. The new Eye Guitar from Gibson USA offers the intensity of eye candy captured in the form of a stunning new design. Eye catching? You’d better believe it. Gibson USA’s new Eye Guitar nails a look like nothing else on the planet. Its ultra-pointy, offset double-cutaway body is dressed in a nitrocellulose lacquer Fired Engine Red finish that’s matched on the headstock, while the powder-coated pickup covers echo the theme. The swooping, symmetrical pickguard emulates custom creations seen on the guitars of the ’70s, but is totally original and unique, while the jet-black ebony fingerboard — sans position markers — adds a touch of elegance and simplicity to the brew.

Looks Are Not Everything

But it’s not all about the look. The new Eye Guitar also offers an incredible pandemonium of tone. More than just a looker, the Eye Guitar is packed with all the tonal goodness that Gibson USA is known for. Its solid mahogany body and glued-in mahogany neck maximize resonance and sustain, while the ebony fingerboard adds an edge of clarity and definition to every note – even through heavily distorted settings on high-gain amplifiers. The pickups, a 490R at the neck and a 498T at the bridge, are the optimum humbuckers for hard rockin’ performance, blended with a dash of vintage-voiced sweetness. The 490R uses Alnico II magnets and features pole-piece spacing suitable to the string spread at the neck position, while also being calibrated for balanced volume when matched with a hotter 498T in the bridge, a “Hot Alnico” design that uses a punchier Alnico V magnet and modified coil windings to provide even more oomph for rock lead work.

Keeping it Simple

The perfect blend of scorching looks and unfettered playability, the new 2009 Limited Run Series Eye Guitar has also been designed for the pure functionality needed by all working musicians. Controls are a can’t-miss pairing of master volume and tone knobs, along with a three-way pickup selector switch. Hardware includes the time-tested Tune-o-matic bridge with stop bar tailpiece and Grover kidney button tuners, all chrome plated. Finally, 24 frets, the legendary 24 3/4" scale length and that classic rounded Gibson neck profile all make this one of the easiest players under the sun.

They Won’t Last Long

Like all of the new 2009 Limited Run Series guitars, only 350 will be produced, each one to come equipped with a Gibson USA hardshell case and special 2009 Limited Run Series certificate of authenticity.


  • The Gibson Logo
  • Angled Headstock
  • Adjustable Truss Rod
  • 24-Fret Ebony Fingerboard
  • Nickel and Silver Alloy Fret Wire
  • Set-Neck Construction
  • Solid Mahogany Body
  • Gibson’s 490R and 498T Pickups
  • Tune-O-Matic Bridge
  • Nitrocellulose Finish