Gibson Makes The Two Best Flying Vs Ever

Okay, that headline might be a bit hyperbolic but what the hell, I’m gonna own it: these are the two coolest Flying Vs ever. Just look at them. Look at them! The Flying V Standard and Flying V Custom take cues from the Les Paul Standard and Les Paul Custom respectively (duh) and they both look fantastic. Or as Gibson says:

Flying V Standard

Gibson Custom’s Flying V Standard takes its design cues from the the late-’50s “futuristic” design that took the guitar world by surprise. From that starting point, we’ve complemented the now iconic Flying V design with Les Paul-inspired aesthetics including a two-piece, figured-maple top, single-bound body and neck, as well as a lightweight, solid mahogany back tastefully finished in cherry red. The Flying V Standard’s undeniably Gibson tone comes from a matched set of Custom Bucker pickups.CSFVSITNH1_MAIN_HERO_01


Flying V Custom

Gibson Custom’s Flying V Custom reflects the kind of “what if” thinking that is the luxury of being the world’s most recognized guitar brand. At its heart, the Flying V Custom is the “futuristic” design of the late ’50s, when it was first released to a world obsessed with space, science and forward thinking. From there, we’ve taken liberties and additional design cues from the stately aesthetics of the original “Black Beauty” Les Paul Custom. What results is a wonderfully balanced guitar with real vintage V tone, dressed to its best for a look that exudes style and distinction.

Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying-V Custom

Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying-V

It’s here at last: the Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying-V Custom! Brent has well and truly earned his right to have a bitchen signature guitar, and he’s combined two of the coolest things ever: Silverburst (the most metal of guitar finishes) and the Flying-V. The guitar also includes Brent’s signature Lace Hammer Claws humbucking pickups. Here’s the press release and some video. Read More …

SUMMER NAMM 2012: Gibson Grace Potter Flying V

Awesome to see Grace Potter (from Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, obviously) honoured with her own very stylish Gibson Flying V signature model. I like the art deco vibe of the pickguard, although if this was my axe I’d echo that on the truss rod cover as well. Interestingly, the fretboard wood is Chechen (also known as Poisonwood or Caribbean Rosewood).
Here’s some info:
“Crafted from Grade-A tonewoods and loaded with premium hardware and two of the finest contemporary recreations of legendary PAF humbucking pickups, the Grace Potter Signature Flying V is the hippest tone machine to head down the pike in a long time. Its unique look, designed by Grace, includes a hand-sprayed Nocturnal Brown gloss nitrocellulose top finish and satin natural back, sides and neck, and cream-painted Lexan pickguard with custom silkscreened art deco border.
More details here.

NEWS: Gibson 50th Anniversary models

A lot of neat stuff happened in 1958: the Sputnik satellite fell to earth; St Clare was named Patron Saint of Television; the Bossa Nova was invented; and instant noodles went on sale for the first time. But perhaps the coolest thing to happen in 1958 was that Gibson well and truly sunk its teeth into some new designs.

To celebrate the most well known of the designs or redesigns that went on sale in 1958, Gibson is releasing 50th anniversary versions of the Korina Flying V, Korina Explorer, ES-335 and Les Paul. The Les Paul even features an aged finish by Gibson’s Tom Murphy.

These guitars don’t appear to be exact recreations of the originals – they didn’t actually make ‘Burstbucker’ pickups back then, after all, and this series is full of ’em – but they’re sure to be as collectible as they are good-lookin’.

For more info, go here.

NEWS: Gibson robots multiply

Gibson has unveiled a few new additions to the self-tuning Robot Guitar line. The first Robot Guitar was a Les Paul, followed a little while later by an SG. I guess it was only a matter of time before the technology became self-aware, Terminator-style, and insinuated itself into Explorers and Flying Vs.

Both the Robot Flying V and Robot X-Plorer have a solid mahogany body, 22-fret ebony fretboard on a one-piece mahonany neck, and Gibson 496R neck and 500T bridge humbcuckers. The neck profile is a hybrid of the 50s rounded contour and 60s slim taper profile. Both guitars are offered in a red metallic finish, and each comes with a charger and power plug, battery pack and a black reptile pattern hardshell case with white plush interior and silver Gibson USA logo on the front.

The Robot Tuning System defaults to EADGBE but the guitar can also tune itself to Eb, drop D, Open G and more – as well as custom tunings. I reviewed the original Robot Guitar for Australian Guitar Magazine at the start of the year and I found it especially useful for going back and forth between standard tuning and the classic Devin Townsend tuning of CGCGCE.