Re: Gibson Nouveau

Posted by Victor S. Alpher on Wed, 07/09/03 - 15:59:01.

: : I have a 12 string Nouveau NV series. Can anyone help me with a value?
: : Someone wants to trade a Galveston 6 string even up, TOMORROW!!!
: : Not even the blue book has any information on pricing for the N series
: : guitars. thank you.

: Hi Skip,
: I just read your post. Hope you didn't trade. The NV-12 is rare, and a wonderful 12 string. Solid mahogany back and sides, solid spruce top, great workmanship. I talked to Gibson about this guitar (I own one too), and he had high praise for this guitar. Parts made by Japanese quality craftmanship, sent to Gibson for assemble and finish work. Hang onto it if you still have it, you can't get such wonderful tone in an inexpensive guitar nowadays!

Hello:

I have a Gibson Nouveau F-5 style mandolin, made in 1986. Gibson denies any knowledge of how many were made, it has a Cremona Brown Varnish finish, bound fingerboard, excellent tone. I acquired from 2nd owner, he and the first never played it...so it is a 17 year old new mandolin...the neck is 3-ply...nice flame...any idea on its worth and rarity? Gibson bought Flatiron and evidently didn't do much with the Nouveau line.

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Nouveau by Gibson Mandolin

I also have a Nouveau by Gibson Mandolin. In excellent condition. Some say epiphone on the headstock . Mine says Nouveau by Gibson. Does anyone know the difference between the two ? I am looking to sell mine if anyone is interested .

Re: Gibson Nouveau

I just bought a Gibson 12 string NV-12 Nouveau at a estate sale with a hard case in Exellent condition for $325.00. I love how it sounds and plays.
Gibson introduced a line of flat top guitars under the Nouveau by Gibson brand in
1986. Nouveau bodies and necks were made in Japan and then shipped unassembled to the
U.S. where they were then assembled and finished. Electric models joined the line in 1987.
Gibson moved the Nouveaus to the Epiphone line, under the brand Nouveau by Epiphone,
by September 1987. Electrics were moved to Epiphone by February 1988. the entire
Nouveau line was discontinued by early 1989.
If anyone is looking for one or has any info. please contact me at:
raleigh1102@hotmail.com
Steve

epiphone nv? is it a nouveau?

hi i have an old epiphone norlin era nv 245 12 string. i could not find any info on this anywhere. is this part of the nouveau line? i thought that was gibson. the sn is 870451, and it has an old norlin, mij label inside. the guitar sounds huge and has a very big body w/ irrelgular shaped soundhole. i am very excited to know more about it.is this the epi version of the nv 12 discussed on this site? any info would be appreciated.
thanks chris

Re: epiphone nv? is it a nouveau?

: hi i have an old epiphone norlin era nv 245 12 string. i could not find any info on this anywhere. is this part of the nouveau line? i thought that was gibson. the sn is 870451, and it has an old norlin, mij label inside. the guitar sounds huge and has a very big body w/ irrelgular shaped soundhole. i am very excited to know more about it.is this the epi version of the nv 12 discussed on this site? any info would be appreciated.
: thanks chris

Chris, I just received a response from Epiphone...I have the same guitar sn# 170803 and I had similar questions about my nv 245. Roger Ball at Epiphone informed me that it is a Nova 245...he even sent me an old advertisement from the 70's that went into the details of the guitar's construction. If you'd like, send me an e-mail address and I'll send you the ad. He believed mine was made sometime around 1977 (and my serial # is much lower than your's) so your's was most likely manufactured post '77. Here's some info that I found out about this guitar. Not much is known about the Nova (NV series or "Nouveau") series of guitars produced by Gibson Epiphone. This series of guitars was produced after the Gibson company was taken over by Norlin and after a few years of making reissues of original Gibson instruments, Norlin decided to make a name for itself and prove it could produce a line of acoustics all by itself. So it called in the top designers and luthiers and eventually the Nova was born. No expence was spared in the design and manufacture of these guitars and top Japanese luthiers were employed to make sure this line would beat all the older Epiphone's. The guitars were introduced in the 70's with a lot of press coverage and Norlin proudly displayed their own name on the label. There were 6 strings, archtop 12 strings, & flattop 12 strings, each with varying degrees of build quality and finish. The only problem was that very quickly it was seen that these guitars were too expensive to produce and the competition was so fierce that they could'nt compete with all the cheaper guitars coming out of Japan at that time. The public just weren't paying the high prices being asked for them, despite very good reviews from the music press. It wasn't long before the NV range faded away and was forgotten by all but the owners of these wonderful guitars.

Hope this helps,

Clint
junkmail4clint@yahoo.com

I have a 295 Epiphone guitar 12 string

I want to know about my guitar. It's similar to the one you are describing, very large body, oval sound hole that sort of thing. The serial numbers are much lower than the other viewer. How much are this guitars being sold for?

Epiphone NO-245 12-string

Did you ever find out the going asking price for your Epi Nova? I have one, too, that I want to sell, but haven't a clue as to what it's worth.

Re: epiphone nv? is it a nouveau?

I have just bought a Epiphone no 295 guitar and it sounds very similar to the one you are describing, very large body, oval sound hole that sort of thing, did you find any info out?I have pics of this if you want to view it.
Colin.

Re: epiphone nv? is it a nouveau?

: hi i have an old epiphone norlin era nv 245 12 string. i could not find any info on this anywhere. is this part of the nouveau line? i thought that was gibson. the sn is 870451, and it has an old norlin, mij label inside. the guitar sounds huge and has a very big body w/ irrelgular shaped soundhole. i am very excited to know more about it.is this the epi version of the nv 12 discussed on this site? any info would be appreciated.
: thanks chris

i had a 12string Epiphone/Norlin that i bought new in 1978 called a Nova FT165 (FT indicated flat top and 165 indicated rosewood back/sides)with an elliptical soundhole and pickguard/bridge design that was nice. it was stolen from my home and my insurance replaced it with a perfect twin which i played for another ten years until i sold it. i have wished many times i had one again, but i now play a very nice Guild F512 and i am satisfied with that. i consider the Epiphones very good quality for the money even with the laminates used in construction. enjoy...

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