Re: GIBSON NOUVEAU
Here's a recent estimate:
"Nouveau NV6TM 1986-1987, A line of Gibson flat tops with imported parts assembled and finished in the US. Acc. Dreadnaught bond maple body." (Vintage Guitar Price Guide) $350 to $500 in excellent condition.
Now my guitar is not an NV-6TM, it is an NV-6R. I'm not great with wood but I am guessing based on what I saw in the store that this has a mahogony back (dreadnought) and a spruce top.
Today I went to the guitar store and played the J-45 re-issue as well as the Sheryl Crow Hummingbird. I'll admit, there is some reason behind the adoration of real Gibsons. But I must know, what is so darned inferior about the Japanese parts? It sure doesn't sound inferior to me. It seemed just like the Hummingbird.
Here's what I've gleaned from this site:
NV-6 is the overall name of the 6 string. (Stuart Wyatt quoting Orion Blue Book)
NV-12 is the overall name of the 12 string. (Bruce Weiner )
NVJ-N is the archtop (justin)
NV-6TM is a maple guitar. (Vintage Guitar Price Guide)
NV-6R appears to be magony and spruce. (me)
Somebody bought one for $100 with case, but wouldn't sell it for $500 today unless he were starving. Stage musicians do not have second thoughts bringing it out on stage (three different reviewers said this). And Orion recommends $180 used retail while Vintage highballs a mint condition maple back at $350 - $500.
All in all, if you have one, don't sell it. First of all because you'll never find its like again. But secondly because the books have no idea how great a guitar it is.