Nouveau Collection Acoustics

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Sometime around Norlin's 1987 sale of Gibson, the decision was made to produce the Nouveau line of guitars. The Gibson Nouveaus were going to consist of cost-effective necks and bodies made in Japan and assembled and finished in Nashville and branded as American Made. Although the original sales literature introduces these as purely Gibson guitars, somewhere between manufacturing and finishing, they became the known as the Epiphone Spotlight series, resulting in an Japanese-made, USA assembled Epiphone.

The first Nouveau guitars introduced by Gibson were a line of flat top semi-hollow guitars under the "Nouveau by Gibson" brand in 1986. In 1987 electric guitars joined the line. By September 1987 Gibson moved the flat top Nouveaus to the Epiphone line, under the brand "Nouveau by Epiphone" and the electrics were moved to Epiphone by February 1988. By early 1989 the entire Nouveau line was discontinued.

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Models


NV6

Nouveau NV6
Nouveau NV6
Nouveau NV6
Nouveau NV6
Nouveau NV6
Nouveau NV6
  • 1986-1988
  • Square shoulder dreadnought body style

Models:

  • NV6
  • NV6R

Body:

  • Spruce top
  • Mahogany back & sides
  • Rosewood back & sides (NV6R)
  • 15.75" body width

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard with pearloid geometric-shaped inlays
  • Open-book headstock with diamond "Gibson" inlay.
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • Multi-ply 3-ring rosette
  • 3-ply white body binding

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Ebonized belly bidge
  • Teardrop shaped tortoise pickguard
  • "Nouveau" inlay on headstock

Colors:

  • Natural (NA)



NV12

Nouveau NV12
Gibson Nouveau NV12
Nouveau NV12
Gibson Nouveau NV12 Headstock
Nouveau NV12
Gibson Nouveau NV12 Headstock
  • 1986-1988
  • 12-string square shoulder dreadnought body style

Body:

  • Spruce top
  • Mahogany back & sides
  • Rosewood back & sides (NV6R)
  • 15.75" body width

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard with pearloid geometric-shaped inlays
  • Open-book headstock with diamond "Gibson" inlay.
  • "Nouveau" inlay on headstock
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Multi-ply 3-ring rosette
  • 3-ply white body binding

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Ebonized belly bidge
  • Teardrop shaped tortoise pickguard
  • Individual die-cast tuners

Colors:

  • Natural (NA)



NV185

Nouveau NV185
Nouveau NV185
NV185 Inlays NV185 Headstock
NV185 Inlays
NV185 Headstock
  • 1986-1988
  • Round shoulder Jumbo body style

Body:

  • Spruce top
  • Mahogany back & sides
  • Rosewood back & sides (NV6R)
  • 15.75" body width

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard with pearloid geometric-shaped inlays
  • Open-book headstock with diamond "Gibson" inlay.
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • Multi-ply 3-ring rosette
  • 3-ply white body binding

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Ebonized belly bidge
  • Teardrop shaped tortoise pickguard
  • "Nouveau" inlay on headstock

Colors:

  • Natural (NA)



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