Iconic Guitars

Vintage guitars, re-issues and relics found on the web or in stores

Friday, 17 April 2009

V-ery unique Gibson Flying V's

The Flying-V is another of these truly unique Gibson iconic guitars.

I remember the first time I played one live at a gig in high school. A friend (not the same as the SG story) had let me used his and it had this loud and round sound - mind you I had been asked to perform For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica... :)

I'm seldom listening to Metallica nowadays but I still listen to Jimi Hendrix and Lenny Kravitz (at least his good songs) and they both had a fling with the Flying V. So much so that Gibson had signature models for those two artists. And this week you can find both a Gibson Custom Shop Jimi Hendrix Psychadelic Flying V and a Gibson Custom Shop Lenny Kravitz 1967 Flying V on eBay. They are both from very limited series: 300 Hendrix Flying V were produced, and only 125 of the Kravitz model. Both sell north of $6,000.

From the listings:

Gibson Custom Shop Jimi Hendrix Psychadelic Flying V (#296 of 300)

Body & Hardware:
  • Solid mahogany body
  • Chrome hardware
  • Late 60’s ABR-1 bridge, Maestro tailpiece
Neck & Headstock:
  • 1-piece mahogany neck
  • 22 fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Pearloid dot inlays
  • Rounded neck profile
  • 24 3/4" scale length, 1 9/16" nut width
  • Double band vintage tulip tuners
Electronics & Strings:
  • ’57 Classic pickups
  • 2 volume, 1 tone, 3-way selector switch
  • Vintage Reissue .010 strings

Gibson Custom Shop Lenny Kravitz 1967 Flying V (#107 of 125)

  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Pearloid dots
  • 2 - '57 Classic humbuckers
  • Mirrored gold pickguard and truss-rod cover
  • Vintage tulip tuners
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut
  • ABR-1/Short maestro tailpiece
  • 2 volume, one tone, 3-way switch
  • Signature case
  • Certificate of authenticity
  • Custom care kit

And if the over-the-top looks are not your bag or you don't want to pay the premium that goes with signature models, there are often very nice Gibson Custom Shop Flying V 1967 Reissues to be grabbed! Just see below.