V is for Victory When the Flying V was first released in 1958, it was a flop of epic proportions. Demand was so low that only 98 ever even shipped, making the original examples of Gibson’s Modernist series some of the rarest, most valuable guitars ever built (not to mention, some of the coolest!). Now that the guitar-playing world has finally figured out that pointy guitars are cooler than Teddy Pendergrass sipping a milkshake in a snowstorm, Gibson has put together a Flying V for 2019 that pays tribute to the style, look and sound of the vintage originals so that you can capture the swagger of ’58 without having to take out a second mortgage!
Style for Miles These Flying Vs sport a gloss Antique Natural nitrocellulose lacquer finish upon their resonant mahogany bodies, and this old-school fifties-style paint job allows the tonewood to breathe and resonate just like a vintage piece. This superb unplugged resonance translates beautifully to amplified tone, as the pair of Burstbucker pickups pump out plenty of punchy mids, muscular low end, and sweet, singing highs.
Real-Deal Feel A rosewood fretboard sits atop the mahogany neck, and it is home to 22 medium jumbo frets. Though the combination of frets and tonewood hearkens back to vintage feel, the neck profile is a thoroughly modern, imminently shred-worthy Slim Taper shape. All of these factors come together to give you an addictive handfeel that will compel you to play for hours and hours.
Pointy Guitars Rule As you can see, the Original Collection Flying V is further proof of an incontrovertible fact: pointy guitars have been, are currently, and will always be totally radical. Though they pay homage to the great originals of ’58, they are also their own animals. They have fantastic resonance, impeccable build quality, modern clarity, and vintage vibe. We are utterly enamored with these mean Vs, and we know they will provide you with endless inspiration!
- Model: Original Collection Flying V
- Finish Color: Antique Natural
- Finish Type: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Weight: 6.57 lbs.
- Body Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: Slim Taper
- Neck Dimensions: .810 1st – .900 12th
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 12″
- Fingerboard Inlays: Acrylic Dot
- Width at Nut: 1.695″
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Pickups: Burstbucker 2 in Neck and Burstbucker 3 in Bridge
- Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone, 3-Way
- Hardware: Chrome
- Bridge: Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: Aluminum Stopbar
- Tuners: Grover Rotomatics with Kidney Buttons
- Pickguard: White 3-ply
- Case: Hardshell Case