The Gibson M-III was one of the companyâ€™s rare attempts to muscle in on the popular Superstrat movement of the late 1980s, led by Jackson and Ibanez. It was not as successful as other Gibsons and was withdrawn after only a few years in production.
The guitar featured an updated Stratocaster shape with a reverse headstock, and had a set-neck when the trend in Superstrat design was to have a thru-neck, or a bolt-on for the cheaper models.
All guitars had Floyd Rose style tremolos and two humbuckers plus a central single-coil pickup. Also, where most superstrats had rosewood or ebony fingerboards, the M-IIIâ€™s frets were set into a slab of maple.
The guitars looked and felt too different from Gibsonâ€™s classic models, and are no longer made, although there is an M-III shaped model called the EM-2 in Epiphoneâ€™s metal-oriented Prophecy range.
The Gibsons are rare and collectable, but are another example of a 10-20 year-old guitar which offers a lot for not very much money used.
They are worth between Â£500-800.