The Flying V was introduced in the 1950s, a time when Sci-Fi was the flavour of the moment. It's no surprise therefore that the V was met with mixed views - it continues to turn heads and divide opinion to this day. Gibson have made a number of tweaks since then, but the new models retain all of the V's most definitive mojo.
Body & Neck
The body is solid mahogany, and as with a lot of Gibson's core models, it boasts luxurious resonance and weighty low-end emphasis. The neck is also mahogany, and has a 24.75" scale length with a slim taper profile - comfortable territory for any player.
One of the most notable recent tweaks in the Gibson range, however, is the return of Rosewood fretboards. Gibson have explored the use of Granadillo, Pau Ferro and other Rosewood substitutes over the years - but nothing compares to the original! Gibson have kept it simple with no binding and acrylic dot inlays - the no-frills approach.
Pickups & Electronics
The USA Flying V boasts a BurstBucker 2 in the neck position and a hotter BurstBucker 3 in the bridge. BurstBuckers were created to recapture the magic of Gibson's earliest humbucking pickups that captured the imaginations of musicians worldwide - this double-barrel BurstBuckers combo ensures that the mahogany sings with a throaty, full-bodied tone.
Next up, they've combined the aluminium stopbar with the Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge - this is the tried-and-tested Gibson solid-body formula. Understated in look but efficient and hardy in functionality. Aluminium also boasts surprising resonant qualities, so you get even more sustain to boot.
Chrome plating, Black top hats and the edgy white pickguard complete the picture - the Flying V has most certainly still got it.
- Body Style: Flying V
- Body: Mahogany
- Binding: N/A
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck profile: Slim Taper
- Nut width: 1.695”
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale length: 24.75”
- Number of frets: 22, cryogenically treated
- Nut: Tektoid
- Inlay: Acrylic Dots
- Binding: N/A
- Bridge: Aluminum Nashville Tune-O-Matic
- Tailpiece: Aluminum Stop Bar
- Knobs: Black top hats with silver reflectors
- Tuners: Grover Rotomatics with Kidney Buttons
- Plating: Chrome
- Case: Hardshell
- Neck pickup: BurstBucker 2
- Bridge pickup: BurstBucker 3
- Controls: 2 volumes, 1 master tone, 1 toggle switch