The Gibson Flying V is one of the most iconic guitars in the history of metal. It has been around since 1958 and it has inspired countless musicians and other brands to look at different guitar shapes that have a more extreme design with a focus on playability. Now in 2016 it is back once again with a powerful set of hardware ready to once again take over the hard rock and metal world.
The Flying V has been around for a long time now and has gone through so many different versions that pinpointing the best one is very hard to do. One model that is near the top of everyone's list however is the one of the earlier 1950's designs modified with some modern hardware to make sure it can handle the needs of the modern metal player.
That is why this guitar still features the amazing build with a mahogany body and a set mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard that helps keep that warm and full sound that Gibson guitars are well known for.
While some Gibson guitars will come with classic PAF style humbuckers that look to remake the past this guitar is looking toward the future. Fitted with a set of powerful ceramic magnetic pickups designed by Gibson themselves the '57 Classic and BurstBucker humbuckers are perfect for when you want to run through a massive high gain amplifier.
Don't worry though as this guitar can cool down as well. Just play a bit with the volume and tone controls and you have yourself a much cleaner and warmer tone which is perfect for softer blues and rock styles even with this guitar having a more modern look and feel.
Professional Set Up
As part of the 2016 line this guitar has received a premium set up even before it has gone through our QC checks. This means that you can take this guitar out of the box on day one, go straight to your gig and rock up without any issues with the guitar at all.
No longer do you need to wait for a few days while you get your guitar. We all know that you want to get using a new guitar as soon as possible so Gibson have made sure you can do just that.
Next Generation G-Force
G-Force is an incredibly interesting technology that simply wants to save you time. We have all played gigs where your guitar goes out of tune halfway through. Just like we have all played gigs where we need to quickly change between tunings.
Gibson's G-Force system makes those previous tasks a second thought. Just set it up with the tunings you want. Select what you want using the unit on the back of the headstock and you are in tune within seconds.
And don't worry just because it has the ability to tune itself does not mean that you can't tune manually. The machine heads are actually very accurate 40:1 ratio tuners so you can get pitch perfect in no time at all.
New Titanium Nut
The 2015 version of the Zero Fret Nut was made out of brass. Unfortunately that meant is was very soft for a nut and could be damaged from heavier gauge strings. To make sure this does not happen again Gibson have changed the brass for much stronger Titanium.
If you don't know what the Zero Fret Nut is let me fill you in. It is a Gibson USA exclusive nut that has two main benefits over a standard nut. Firstly you can adjust the action at the nut very easily now making setting up quick and easy no matter how high or low you like your action.
Secondly this nut has essentially a fret at the end of it (hence the name, Zero Fret). By having a fret in the zero position your strings in open positions ring out like fretted notes. This sounds amazing with open chords as you get a much more even tone across all of your strings.
Sweet Smooth Neck
One thing that we have heard a few times before about Gibson guitars is that the neck heel can get in the way. They originally remedied this with their Custom Shop Axcess model that had a smoothed transition. This meant greater access to the higher frets so lead players can dig in and let loose.
The neck on all of the 2016 USA models is based off of this Custom Shop model offering the same incredible feel that previously was only available on some of Gibson's most expensive guitars.
But they did not end it there with the neck. No this guitars neck width is slightly wider than you might be used to compared to other Gibson guitars. By increasing the nut width by just 0.05"and keeping string spacing the same you get more area to play with.
Here's what Gibson say about the 2016 Flying VThe Flying V 2016 HP is the modern incarnation of the original icon of heavy metal and the ultimate marriage of Gibson innovation and tradition. A 496R Hot Ceramic pickup in the neck position and a 500T Super Ceramic in the bridge deliver smokin' tone for your most demanding rock requirements.
- Body: Solid mahogany in the iconic Flying-V style
- Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
- Bridge: Tune-o-matic with Titanium saddles
- Pickups: '57 Classic and BurstBucker humbuckers
- Finish: Genuine nitrocellulose lacquer
- Inlays: Elegant acrylic dots
- Neck profile: Fast SlimTaper profile
- Fingerboard: Thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboard
- Neck width: Wider Soloist neck width
- Nut: Titanium adjustable zero fret nut