Re: GIBSON NOUVEAU

Posted by Dennis Swafford on Fri, 12/05/03 - 11:31:53.

: I own an Epiphone Nouveau Spotlight which is a solidbody electric. Its a very well made instrument for the price and it looks and sounds great. I wrote Gibson for more information on the Nouveau line:

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: Nouveau: 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.
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: Regards,
: Roger Ball
: Gibson customer support

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: : : : : IAM TRYING TO FIND OUT ANY INFORMATION ABOUT MY GIBSON NOUVEAU GUITAR. I CAN NOT SEEM TO FIND ANY INFORMATION SO FAR,WHERE CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT THIS GUITAR.

: : : I own a Gibson Nouveau, model NV-6. I bought it around 1993, I think, for around $500, and never saw its like again. Luthiers have told me that it was a Japanese made model that was only in circulation for a short time and was more commonly found in the northern part of the U.S. (I'm from Texas.)
: : : I would like to know more about mine, as well. I love its tone and prefer it above many much more expensive guitars that I have played. I fingerpick a lot, and it has an ideal woody depth that I like.
: : : It has the word Nouveau written across the top of the headstock in art nouveau type lettering and Gibson is printed downward inside an inlaid diamond shape, instead of the more familiar Gibson logo. The traditional logo, however, is printed on the sticker inside the instrument, so I'm pretty sure it's a real Gibson.
: : : Good luck on finding out more information, and tell me what you learn.

: : I also own a Gibson Nouveau NV-6. My dad gave to me not too long ago. He purchased it sometime in the late '80s. I have had the same problem finding information on it. If you find anything please let me know.

: : Jason

I have a Gibson Nouveau flat top accoustic guitar in good condition made in 1987. First requested by BB King named after Art Nouveau who was an old negro blues singer made between 1986 and 1987. There was only 139 made. They were custom ordered and the demand became so great they went on a production line under the name Epiphone Nouveau in the late 80's . They lost interest after the name was changed from Gibson to Epiphone . Like I said there were only 139 Gibson Nouveaus's made and I have one for sale. They are valued in good condition $4000 to $6000 dollars and Med condition $2000 to $4000 and Fair condition $1000 to $3500 . Mine is in the case if real good condition and I'm asking $2000 for it. If interested contact me at tenn_logger@yahoo.com . Hope this info helps someone .



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I have an NV-12, given to me

I have an NV-12, given to me by a dear friend in Nashville. So here's one more for the count! Thanks for all the info above.

Gibson NV12

I also own one with an original brown/ pink hardcase I purchased in 2015 and have had many people say it's made in Japan but I'm a firm believer it was made in Nashville.

Nouveau 12 string

Hey all,
I know this post is kind of old. I just stumbled upon it, looking for more information about my baby.
I received #7810625 as a Christmas gift (it was used) way back in the late 80s. It is one of my prized possessions and will never part with it. It's been dinged up quite a bit over the years as it is a player. Still sounds great! It came in a HSC but the placard is missing, so I'm not sure if it's the original or not.
I'm glad to be a part of this family and I share the same excitement with this work of art that you guys do.
Play on....

Gibson Nouveau Guitars

I have a NV-6 that I won from "Frets Magazine" in the spring of 1987. I received it on 06/23/87. It has serial # 7810744 and is one of five instruments given away by Gibson and 'Frets" in a monthly drawing. The month that I won a NV-185, a NV-12, a NV-6, a NV mandolin and a banjo were all given away by Gibson. Four of the five instruments were won in the North East and the fifth was won in California. "Frets" was published in California.

The Nouveau line was advertised on the back page of "Frets" and "Bluegrass Unlimited". They did not have a solid one piece sound board. It was made of three layers, glued together in the same direction. This is stated in their ads.

Gibson Nouveau Guitars

More info and a correction. First the correction. A banjo was not given away with the Nouveau guitars from "Frets" magazine, as was stated in my previous post. It was advertised as the "Frets" $5,000 Giveaway. Four guitars and a mandolin, plus a lifetime supply of strings and accessories, worth more than $1,000, were given away. There was a NV6R dreadnaught guitar, with laminated rosewood back/sides. Retail value: $818.00. This is the one I didn't list previously. A NV185 Jumbo guitar with laminated mahogany back/sides. Retail value: $718.00. A NV12 dreadnaught with laminated mahogany back/sides. Retail value: $618.00. A NV6 dreadnaught with laminated back/sides. Retail value: $568.00. That is the one that I won. In the "Giveaway" ad, it stated that all of the guitars had SOLID spruce tops and scalloped X bracing. In the regular Gibson ads, it is stated that the tops are THREE PLY of spruce, all running longitudinally. A NVC7 mandolin with a carved top and back, spruce soundboard curly maple back/sides/rims and ebony fretboard. Retail value: $1,338.50

According to Jim Hatlo and Phil Hood, from "Frets"," Gibson provided the first complete showing of its Nouveau line of acoustic guitars and mandolins at the Jan. '87 NAMM Winter Market at the Anaheim Convention Center, in California. The Nouveau series now includes maple, rosewood, and mahogany bodied dreadnaughts, jumbos, and cutaways, all with SOLID spruce tops. There's an archtop electric, too." I do not know why there is a discrepancy about the construction of the tops.

Gibson Nouveau NV6 price

I got the guitar in 1987 as a Christmas gift. It sold today on consignment thru a local guitar shop for $499. It's a rare guitar that some people will recognize. Mine was in fair condition. Two years ago my son knocked another guitar into it leaving it with a deposit chunk scar on the soundboard. Based on guitars that sold on reverb I'm not sure if any will bring more than $500.

Gibson Nouveau NV-12

Hello, I also own a Gibson Nouveau NV-12 that I bought new in Frederick, Maryland around 1987, I think. I played it irregularly for about 5 years, and have only played it occasionally since then. The serial #7810610 is on the inside sticker, and the block #012116 T. I paid around $375 for it at that time, with the case included. I have kept it in a climate controlled room, along with my other instruments, and maintained it with care. It has no dings, dents, or scratches. There is minor fret wear from careful playing. I am so glad to have found this forum, because I needed to know more about the guitar. A friend of mine passed a couple of years ago, and as a nice gesture, I offered it for auction to help the family raise some funds. Well, it didn't sell, so I asked for it back. I'm so glad it didn't sell, because I had no idea what a rare guitar this is. The sound is amazingly bright and the bottom rings low and sustains ashtonislingly long. The action is absolutely a breeze to play, the beauty and craftsmanship of the instrument is nothing short of remarkable. I'm curious about your count as of now, does this make eleven? I have no plans in parting with it in the near future, but am curious about their worth now in 2018? Any insight would be appreciated. Play on. Scotty D

NV-12 Nouveau 12 string by GIBSON

I got a Gibson NV-12 string from a person who passed and I will take it to guitar center for a appraisal.I told the seller I will give her $500 which sounds like a fair priceThe only interesting thing is the serial number is 7820843 and 302036T on the neck inside the guitar.

Gibson NV12

I am so glad I found this forum! I just found an NV12 today at my favorite music store. Their price is $550.00, but I'll try and talk them down. SN 6801883. They let me take it home overnight to try it out. I am going to take it back tomorrow and talk to the luthier there to see if it needs much more work than just a setup and new strings. It has one or two dings and some faint scratches from being played, and some fretwear on the first three frets. Otherwise, it looks almost pristine. It looks like the original case, too, and it looks so clean on the inside, it almost looks brand new. The action is a little too high, but it sounds very nice. If the luthier gives me the thumbs up, I will sell my Taylor 254ce 12 string in a heartbeat! I have read different stories about where this guitar was made, but I can't find anything for certain about the NV12 being made in Nashville. I hope it's true. I will post again tomorrow with the rest of the story if I decide it's coming home with me. Stay tuned!

Gibson Nouveau NV12

I am so glad I found this forum! I just found an NV12 today at my favorite music store. Their price is $550.00, but I'll try and talk them down. SN 6801883. They let me take it home overnight to try it out. I am going to take it back tomorrow and talk to the luthier there to see if it needs much more work than just a setup and new strings. It has one or two dings and some faint scratches from being played, and some fretwear on the first three frets. Otherwise, it looks almost pristine. It looks like the original case, too, and it looks so clean on the inside, it almost looks brand new. The action is a little too high, but it sounds very nice. If the luthier gives me the thumbs up, I will sell my Taylor 254ce 12 string in a heartbeat! I have read different stories about where this guitar was made, but I can't find anything for certain about the NV12 being made in Nashville. I hope it's true. I will post again tomorrow with the rest of the story if I decide it's coming home with me. Stay tuned!

Gibson Nouveau NV-12

I stopped in to a small guitar shop just off the green in New Haven, CT in 1991. There was a Gibson 12-string hanging on the wall with a $300 price on it. There was obviously something wrong with it as the strings were raised at least an inch above the fret board. The store owner said that they had ordered the guitar from Gibson five years earlier. It arrived with the neck cut incorrectly where it joins the body. The factory had actually assembled it that way and shipped it. It was unplayable. So the store owner stuck it in the attic and there it sat for five years. Then they decided to put it in the store, try to get $300 for it and get rid of it. In walked me on a whim. I couldn't pass up a Gibson 12-string for $300 no matter what was wrong with it. I bought it and took it to a luthier who re-cut the neck and set it up correctly. The guitar is exactly as described by Robert on 5/14/2013. The serial number is 7810586. It is a VERY sturdy guitar, looks really classy, and sounds awesome. Interestingly, the label inside the box says that the guitar "is hereby GUARANTEED against faulty workmanship and materials." I guess the store owner didn't read the label. I am surprised to learn in these posts that the Nouveau 12-strings were made entirely in Nashville and that they seem to be a fairly rare instrument. I had owned this guitar for 25 years before I learned this.

NV-12

I just bought a Gibson Nouveau in a Antque Shop North Carolina on consignment Serial 622119 t
Sticker has Model Nv12 Model 7810546 Guaranteed Capital Letters Nouveau by Gibson.Thanks for the great site for information.John

Tne Gibson Nouveau LIne

Interesting site and a lot of interest in such a small run of guitars. I can only add to the above in that I have all three models that were offered; the NV12, NV 6, and the NV185. I also have an original flier from 1987 introducing the brand. This flier, in several colors, has a picture of each instrument and identifies the brand as "Nouveau by Gibson." From this flier I also learned that there was another instrument offered, an F style mandolin designated C7. I've never seen one or heard of anyone else having seen one. I would very much like to have the opportunity to own one, then I would have the complete set! Sorta bad timing though as I'm getting to the age where I should consider divesting instead of accumulating.

NV Flier

Hi, Did you ever get a chance to scan that flier?

Nouveau by Gibson Flier!?

Hello Bob! You said you had an original copy of the Nouveau flier, could you possibly post a scan/image of it? I'd love to see it. I recently bought an NV-185 at auction. Saw some discussions in advance when I saw the sale ad and was up in the air about it. I knew they got great endorsements for their sound, but I had no idea because this one needed some work. New strings, and a little neck relief. I changed strings and adjusted the rod, and this guitar really sounds, plays and looks great. i always wanted a J-185 but knew I'd likely never afford it, saw this, took the chance and super glad for it!

thank you in advance. Happy for your post!

Nouveau Guitars

I have read all of the above posts with great interest. I also own a NV-12 SN 6801956 and a NV6-R, Sn 7810322; These are both Branded Gibson not Epiphone, so they must be in the original run of 139 (I've also read that there were 146). As the normal ratio for any guitar run is 10% 12 strings this means that there are 12 to 14 of these out there. A luthier friend of mine who is a fan of Morris guitars, that were made in Japan in the 70's and 80's, states that this company sent representatives to both Martin and Gibson sometime during the "Japanese guitar wars" in the 80's. He further stated that this was the company who built the Martin Shenandoah line. He brought a Morris MD502 over last week and we compared it to my NV12 as they were both spruce over mahogany and they are so alike it is startling. Right down to the design of the rings around the sound hole of the two instruments.
It is a good possibility that the same company that built the Shenandoah and the Morris is the source of the original solid wood Nouveau By Gibson.

The NV 6 R is all solid woods with Indian Rose Wood back and sides with a very fine grained Sitka Spruce top. Very light in weight and very responsive. The two main differences between the two guitars is the NV12 has an ebony finger board while the NV6 has rosewood. T2VVgMLhe tuners on the 12 are labeled Gotoh, the tuners on the NV 6, although identical in appearance are unlabeled. The solid woods of the NV 6 are very nice but the mahogany body of the NV12 is nothing short of spectacular! You couldn't find a piece of this wood like this today. Truly amazing!

NV-185

Mr. Ervin, Wondering if you could post a scanned image of the Nouveau flier you talked about? I just picked an NV-185 up at auction. Needed strings and a rod adjustment, and it's fantastic. gorgeous color, great detail and tons of good sounds coming out of it. I'm just interested in the history since they're so rare. Thanks.

Nouveau Flyer

Did I ever send this to you? I don't know how to post the image on this site.

Nouveau Flier

You didn't post a name, but hopefully you get this. please do send that flier if you can. My email is jconly77@yahoo.com. Thanks and sorry for the delay.

Nuveaux by gibson NV12

I own a Gibson nuveaux nv12 . I bought this brand new in 1986. The sound has improved with age. I also have the original Gibson USA Brown case with pink lining.
I say if you got on, hang on to it. As for me it is priceless.
Clyde Boudreaux
Beaumont, Texas

NV12 case

I recently picked up an NV 12 after about a two year search. What did the original case look like anyway?

Gibson Nouveau NV-12

I bought my NV-12 some time in the fall of 1987 in a used instrument store in Seattle. It has serial # 6801923. I paid $400.00 for it and won't sell it ever. It plays like a dream. Mine has the inlaid mother-of pearl diamond with Gibson down the center in the headstock. Nouveau is inlaid with mother-of pearl across the top. The neck of my NV-12 has a number printed on it too. #110015 or 6. I can't quite make out the last digit as it appears to be smeared a little. It also has T stamped in it just under the printed number.

Gibson Nouveau NV-12

Stumbled onto this thread during one of my many attempts to learn more about my NV-12. Bought mine new in '87, it's still in great shape and sings like a church bell. Almost sold it once to finance another guitar purchase (a Larrivee, got it, love it, didn't sell the Gibson!), and along the way ran into a "guitar tech" who called it a "not-real-Gibson" because of the Japanese connection. Anyway, I've still got it, and even though I don't play it too much these days, it's still a favorite for many reasons. Serial number 6801999.

Gibson Nouveau 12 String

Not looking to sell, just wanted to add to the post. I have one of the NV-12's, always appreciated the instrument, curious about the unique name,after some research, now just makes it more fun to own. Great sound, appearance and overall quality. Cheers

NV-12

I own one! Bought it new in 1987, serial number 6801999. Tried to post earlier but it doesn't seem to show up, apologies if this duplicates. Wonderful guitars, mine is still in very good condition.

12 string numbers

Looks like we are up to ten 12 string Nouveau's now ,one added from the last post on 3/7/14 and two more that i have located,how many more ?

Nouveau by Gibson NV 12

Looks like y'all are trying to compile a count for these guitars, so I'll put mine in here. I have a NV 12. I've had it since early '87, I believe. Got it in high school. A few years back, I started trying to find out more about it. I knew it played and sounded better that just a "cheap" Gibson or "beginner" guitar. I was very pleased to discover it's level of rarity.

NV-12

Hey Robert,its John from 3/7/14. Since you have multiple NV-12 guitars,wondering if you had a chance to compare your serial #s. I am interested,so please repost if a comparison tells you anything. Or maybe the serial numbers on the neck are sequenced. Thanks.

serial on neck

The serial number on the neck inside the body cavity should be the neck part number for assembly ,the T would mean it was a twelve string.

NV-12

Hey fellow NV-12ers, add 1 more to the list! I bought mine in "88", Turlock,CA. Actually played it a year earlier, then went around & played every 12 string i could get my hands on because i didnt want too make an impulse buy. Playing a $1200.00 Guild kinda clenched it for me.There was just no comparison!!!After finding this site I feel privledged to own one. I would be hard-pressed to sell it.Anyway, am wondering if one or two of the numbers within the serial # holds a production number value.For instance, say they made 20 & the last two serial numbers are 07,or 19, like that. So my serial #6890722 . Maybe comparing #'s will help. C- ya

NV-12

Hey fellow NV-12ers, add 1 more to the list! I bought mine in "88", Turlock,CA. Actually played it a year earlier, then went around & played every 12 string i could get my hands on because i didnt want too make an impulse buy. Playing a $1200.00 Guild kinda clenched it for me.There was just no comparison!!!After finding this site I feel privledged to own one. I would be hard-pressed to sell it.Anyway, am wondering if one or two of the numbers within the serial # holds a production number value.For instance, say they made 20 & the last two serial numbers are 07,or 19, like that. So my serial #6890722 . Maybe comparing #'s will help. C- ya

12 string Nouveau number 7

I just purchased my third Gibson Nouveau 12 string,this and the post from Anthony brings the number of 12 strings up to seven so far,i am starting to think that there might be more of these than the ten or so Gibson estimates that were made,we will see,thanks for the post (Anthony). Robert

Gibson Nouveau

Also I just found out today that there is a serial number on the neck when you look inside off the guitar. So look at the guitar from the bottom to the head stock inside the sound how at the neck with light and there will be a serial number of 6 numbers and a letter. My letter is T. Does anyone know about serial numbers on the neck? Thanks

12 string Gibson NV

Thanks Dan for your post on the Nouveau 12 string,yours is the sixth one i know of now. Glad to be getting somewhere on the numbers,i think this may help to establish just how rare these guitars really are. Maybe someday an old employee or someone from Gibson will see these posts and help us figure out the exact number of 12 strings out there. Robert

number of 12 string NV

Thanks for your post on the 12 string NV Frank,yours is the 5th one i now know of,it is definitely worth quite a bit more than what you paid for it. I have heard people say they are worth 4 to 6 k ,i would only be bold enough to say 2,500 or so in good condition ,since i know at least one that recently brought that amount. I have thought about putting one of mine up for sale for around 4 k ,just to see what happens,one of mine is in excellent condition and the other is like new almost mint ,with so few of them out there i have a hard time contemplating the sale of one of them ,knowing that in time they should be worth a lot more,who knows exactly how much,whatever the case they are only worth what someone will pay ,if a collector with a fat wallet wants it your in luck. Robert

NV 12

I just purchased a Gibson Nouveau NV-12 from guitar center for 550. It had the original case such was in SRV condition if you know what I mean. The guitar has some scuffs and regular vintage guitar stuff. It plays much better than a 1500 Taylor I've picked up. I believe I got it for a steal since its 1/139 if I'm not mistaken.
Ant

12 str Nouveau

I now know there are at least 4 of the 12 strings now and i own 2 of them,i recently purchased my second one and it is in new condition almost mint other than super light pick guard scratches, this one hardly saw day light ,it has not yellowed at all,just need to find the original style case it came in,anyone have one for sale ?

NV-12 Model 7840514 Gibson Epihone 12 string

Bought this guitar from Harry’s Guitars in Raleigh in the early 1990s. Orange Label Oval Label inside. Natural finish. Headstock bears Epiphone logo with Gibson running vertically underneath in a diamond. Plays beautifully and holds its tune. Can you tell me more? Many thanks. Fun to believe it maybe one of “The Nashville “ ones!

Gibson Nouveau 12 string

I now know there are at least 3 of the Nashville made 12 string Gibson Nouveau acoustic guitars ,i own one ,John that left a post on this site and one that is for sale on Ebay now from a shop in Australia. The person that responded to my email in Australia had tried to find out the number of 12 string Nouveau guitars through Gibson and was told they did not know the exact number that was produced but said there were likely 10 or less made since they were custom order only and only 139 of both the six and 12 strings made combined.If anyone else has one or knows someone who has one,please leave a note on this site,since we are on our own trying to find out how many there are out there,(ya think Gibson would know) i suppose there has to be a paper trail somewhere at Gibson ,but in these times who would be inspired at Gibson to do some research,probably with out pay (nobody) o well. Robert

Gibson Nouveau Acoustic 12 string

I have a Gibson Nouveau Acoustic 12 string. I think I bought in in 86 or 87 and after all these years I thought I would try to find out a little about it and this was the first site that came up. What a crazy surprise this is. I bought it in a suburb of Cleveland Ohio. The price was $499 but it was on sale for $399, I still have the price tag. It is a Model NV 12 and the serial # is 6890820. I hope there will be more info to follow on this. Thanks all.

Gibson Nouveau 12 string

hey Robert!

Just wanting to quickly respond about the Gibson Nouveau 12 string. Ya, I got one! ;-)

I'm the original owner. I bought it at Milanos Mujsic store in Mesa Arizona in 1986. Been sitting in the original case in the closet for about the last ten years. Hasnt gotten much play but from 1986 till about 2001 was played on a regular basis. Got to many guitars now and now I consider selling it???? This guitar sounds awesome after all these many years and the tone on this beauty is hard to find anywhere! I'm sitting in Berlin Germany and thinking about letting go on some lucky European get a chance at what is believed to be a pretty rare find!

Greetings, Dan

Gibson Nouveau 12 string

hey Robert!

Just wanting to quickly respond about the Gibson Nouveau 12 string. Ya, I got one! ;-)

I'm the original owner. I bought it at Milanos Mujsic store in Mesa Arizona in 1986. Been sitting in the original case in the closet for about the last ten years. Hasnt gotten much play but from 1986 till about 2001 was played on a regular basis. Got to many guitars now and now I consider selling it???? This guitar sounds awesome after all these many years and the tone on this beauty is hard to find anywhere!

Greetings, Dan

NV-12

I am hoping the rarity & American make of the Nouveau NV-12 is correct . I purchased mine in 86' in Philadelphia . If these were in fact made entirely in the USA and in extremely limited numbers I would imagine they have got to be worth a decent amount . I believe I paid $440 in 86' . If anyone knows more about this , please let me know . I haven't played it in years & it has been in my closet in case ever since . It did have a great tone , just not an everyday kind of player as it is 12 string .

Any & all info is greatly appreciated .
Frank G.

Gibson Nouveau

The Gibson Nouveau Series featured bodies and necks mainly produced in Japan and shipped to Gibson’s Nashville shop for assembly and finish. These guitars were introduced into the Gibson line in 1986, but by late 1987 they were moved to the Epiphone line and changed to Nouveau by Epiphone. A line of electric guitars was offered as well. THIS GUITAR IS THE GIBSON NOUVEAU NV - 12 Southern Jumbo style body, Silka spruce top, mahogany back and sides (all solid woods), round sound hole with three-ring rosette, multi-ply body binding, mahogany neck, 14/20-fret ebony fingerboard with MOP custom shape inlays, black headstock overlay with MOP "Nouveau" logo across the top and striped MOP diamond inlay with a vertical "Gibson" logo, six-per-side chrome tuners, ebony bridge and tortoise pick guard. Gibson made just 139 high-quality Gibson Nouveau acoustic guitars across several months of 1986/87 to complete with Martin Guitar's Shenandoah line and the story goes they were losing money on every one they sold (particularly 12-string model). In 1988 Gibson substantially stripped down the guitars and were re-branded as an Epiphone Korean made budget line. It’s very rare for any of the original Gibson Nouveau guitars to come onto the market, let alone a 12-string version. Bodies and necks of the standard production Gibson Nouveau 6-string NV-6 models were shaped in Japan, with the instruments then finished and assembled at the Gibson Shop in Nashville. However the 12-string NV-12 model was available only on a true custom order basis, with complete production and assembly in Nashville – adding the extra deluxe touch of an Ebony fingerboard. Solid Mahogany back and sides, solid Silka Spruce top, Mahogany neck, Ebony fret board – the very best went into each and every Gibson Nouveau NV-12 and as you’d expect, the playability and sound are superb! Rosewood bridge, Micarta saddle and nut, fully bound body, plus incredibly beautiful MOP inlay work on both the fret board and headstock. This guitar is in Excellent condition. The tonal qualities are what you should expect from a seasoned 25 year old Gibson USA instrument.

12string Gibson Nouveau

I need to correct my posted response about the Nouveau,there were a total of 139 Gibson versions made in 86 and87 of the six and 12 string versions combined.

12 string gibson nouveau

The 12string version was special order only and only 139 were made,only the 12string version was made and assembled in Nashville Gibson plant,the six string guitars were made in Japan and assembled in Nashville,i recently purchase a 12string Nouveau in excellent condition for 1,200.00.I have more info on the guitar history,i will post later if requested.

Re: GIBSON NOUVEAU

I read with interest the posts regarding Nouveau by Gibson. I own a 12 string purchased in 1987 in Altoona, Pa. The wood, workmanship and TONE are outstanding. I have never seen another Nouveau, let alone a 12 string. Does anyone have any info on this instrument? Any ideas to its value? The guitar in in excellent condition with the original pink lined Gibson case.

Re: GIBSON NOUVEAU

: : I own an Epiphone Nouveau Spotlight which is a solidbody electric. Its a very well made instrument for the price and it looks and sounds great. I wrote Gibson for more information on the Nouveau line:

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: : Nouveau: 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.
: :
: : Regards,
: : Roger Ball
: : Gibson customer support

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: : : : : : IAM TRYING TO FIND OUT ANY INFORMATION ABOUT MY GIBSON NOUVEAU GUITAR. I CAN NOT SEEM TO FIND ANY INFORMATION SO FAR,WHERE CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT THIS GUITAR.

: : : : I own a Gibson Nouveau, model NV-6. I bought it around 1993, I think, for around $500, and never saw its like again. Luthiers have told me that it was a Japanese made model that was only in circulation for a short time and was more commonly found in the northern part of the U.S. (I'm from Texas.)
: : : : I would like to know more about mine, as well. I love its tone and prefer it above many much more expensive guitars that I have played. I fingerpick a lot, and it has an ideal woody depth that I like.
: : : : It has the word Nouveau written across the top of the headstock in art nouveau type lettering and Gibson is printed downward inside an inlaid diamond shape, instead of the more familiar Gibson logo. The traditional logo, however, is printed on the sticker inside the instrument, so I'm pretty sure it's a real Gibson.
: : : : Good luck on finding out more information, and tell me what you learn.

: : : I also own a Gibson Nouveau NV-6. My dad gave to me not too long ago. He purchased it sometime in the late '80s. I have had the same problem finding information on it. If you find anything please let me know.

: : : Jason

: I have a Gibson Nouveau flat top accoustic guitar in good condition made in 1987. First requested by BB King named after Art Nouveau who was an old negro blues singer made between 1986 and 1987. There was only 139 made. They were custom ordered and the demand became so great they went on a production line under the name Epiphone Nouveau in the late 80's . They lost interest after the name was changed from Gibson to Epiphone . Like I said there were only 139 Gibson Nouveaus's made and I have one for sale. They are valued in good condition $4000 to $6000 dollars and Med condition $2000 to $4000 and Fair condition $1000 to $3500 . Mine is in the case if real good condition and I'm asking $2000 for it. If interested contact me at tenn_logger@yahoo.com . Hope this info helps someone .

I have a 6 string acoustic Gibson Nouveau '86 good shape for sale.
If intereseted let me know.

Re: GIBSON NOUVEAU

: : I own an Epiphone Nouveau Spotlight which is a solidbody electric. Its a very well made instrument for the price and it looks and sounds great. I wrote Gibson for more information on the Nouveau line:

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: : Nouveau: 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.
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: : Regards,
: : Roger Ball
: : Gibson customer support

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: : : : : : IAM TRYING TO FIND OUT ANY INFORMATION ABOUT MY GIBSON NOUVEAU GUITAR. I CAN NOT SEEM TO FIND ANY INFORMATION SO FAR,WHERE CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT THIS GUITAR.

: : : : I own a Gibson Nouveau, model NV-6. I bought it around 1993, I think, for around $500, and never saw its like again. Luthiers have told me that it was a Japanese made model that was only in circulation for a short time and was more commonly found in the northern part of the U.S. (I'm from Texas.)
: : : : I would like to know more about mine, as well. I love its tone and prefer it above many much more expensive guitars that I have played. I fingerpick a lot, and it has an ideal woody depth that I like.
: : : : It has the word Nouveau written across the top of the headstock in art nouveau type lettering and Gibson is printed downward inside an inlaid diamond shape, instead of the more familiar Gibson logo. The traditional logo, however, is printed on the sticker inside the instrument, so I'm pretty sure it's a real Gibson.
: : : : Good luck on finding out more information, and tell me what you learn.

: : : I also own a Gibson Nouveau NV-6. My dad gave to me not too long ago. He purchased it sometime in the late '80s. I have had the same problem finding information on it. If you find anything please let me know.

: : : Jason

: I have a Gibson Nouveau flat top accoustic guitar in good condition made in 1987. First requested by BB King named after Art Nouveau who was an old negro blues singer made between 1986 and 1987. There was only 139 made. They were custom ordered and the demand became so great they went on a production line under the name Epiphone Nouveau in the late 80's . They lost interest after the name was changed from Gibson to Epiphone . Like I said there were only 139 Gibson Nouveaus's made and I have one for sale. They are valued in good condition $4000 to $6000 dollars and Med condition $2000 to $4000 and Fair condition $1000 to $3500 . Mine is in the case if real good condition and I'm asking $2000 for it. If interested contact me at tenn_logger@yahoo.com . Hope this info helps someone .

Jason: How did you find this information about pricing and year and all? I own an NV-6 model as well and I have had the hardest time finding any useful information better yet anything accurate. I found it at a yard sale, case and guitar about 8 years ago for $250. And also how do you know if the info. is accurate? Im not questioning you by any means im just very interested..

Re: GIBSON NOUVEAU

I own a Gibson Nouveau and I haven't seen any others like it. It plays beautifully and has great sound to it. I haven't been playing that much for the past 2 years. My guitar isn't in mint condition has 1 or 2 small dings but is still beautiful. I could probably have the dings fixed, but I haven't looked into it. I am wanting to sell it for around $1500. If you are interested or know anyone who is please contact me at 302-233-4055. I am willing to send pictures of it and it's condition as well as possibly negotiate some of the cost. You can also e-mail me at benjamin.wilcoxson@dover.af.mil

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