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        A bass that finally brings the Flying V body form to the deep end where it belongs.

        Ever since its introduction in 1958 as part of Gibson's Modernist Series, the Flying V guitar has been an icon of heavy rock tones and alternative looks. Not satisfied with letting the six-stringers have all the fun, Gibson USA has configured this rocket-age styling into a mean and meaty package for the bassist in search of a scorching low-end alternative: the Flying V Bass. With its 30-1/2" scale length, which is still somewhat longer than the conventional guitar, this bass is perfect for players with shorter arms and smaller hands, beginners and students, or those who are more familiar with six-string guitar scale lengths. But it's also a fully professional instrument for the highest-flying touring or studio musician. Two of the world's most famous bassists, Paul McCartney and Jack Bruce, played short-scale basses at the most influential points of their careers, and countless others have used them to make legendary rock, pop and blues recordings. The Flying V Bass brings weighty tones and easy playability to a package styled for the most radical rock that the 21st century has to offer, and suitable for every variety of music.

        Like several classic Gibson tone machines, the Flying V Bass has a body crafted from solid Grade-A mahogany in the classic Flying V shape, dressed in a Cherry finish, offset by a white, four-ply Flying V pickguard. It has a glued-in neck made from superior quarter-sawn Grade-A mahogany for improved strength and superior resonance, and a 22-fret fingerboard made from baked maple. The neck is carved to a comfortable slim profile and measures .850" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th, with a width of 1.60" across its PLEK-cut Corian nut.

        All this tonal goodness is cranked through a pair of contemporary Thunderbird Bass pickups with ceramic magnets to take you from gut-rumbling lows to searing highs with enhanced punch and clarity. Individual volume controls and a master tone control allow you to blend pickups as desired for a wide range of tones. Strings are anchored at the body end by a rock-solid, three-point bridge with individually adjustable saddles, and high-quality Grover "shamrock" key tuners grace the traditional Flying V "flying arrow" headstock, all plated in chrome to enhance the elegance of this sleek bass. Pack it all together, and it's a stunning alternative that a lot of bassists will appreciate.

        Features
        • Body Type: Flying V
        • Body Wood: Mahogany
        • Scale Length: 30-1/2"
        • Neck Joint: Set
        • Neck Wood: Mahogany
        • Fretboard: Rosewood
        • Neck Shape: Slim Taper
        • # frets: 20
        • Nut Width: 1.695"
        • Fretboard Radius: 12
        • Bridge: Fixed
        • Pickup Bridge: TB Plus Ceramic Humbucker
        • Pickup Neck: TB Plus Ceramic Humbucker
        • Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone
        • Tuners: Grover
        • Hardware color: Chrome
        • Pickup selector: 3-Way
        • Limited run

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        GibsonLimited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar
         
        4.1

        (based on 9 reviews)

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        100%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Fun to play (6)
        • Good feel (4)
        • Good tone (4)
        • Good pick up (3)
        • Solid electronics (3)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming (4)
          • Practicing (4)
          • Rock concerts (4)
          • Recording (3)
          • Small venues (3)
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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          First: If you buy have it checked out!!

          By OldRocker60

          from Pottstown, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

          First thing to do when you get your new V is to have it thoroughly gone over by a professional setup person! I did this and it was setup and believe me it needed to be done. The tech found in the process that the truss rod nut had VERY few threads left to adjust the neck with. And the neck had a reversed curve in it to start. He got it curved correctly but in the future there might be a problem as the bass ages. He advised me to send it back and I did. Musicians'Friend were more than helpful with this. Never questioned, just send it back. I still wanted a V so I exchanged it for another new one. The process was flawless. The new one is light on threads again but not as bad as the first one so I am going to live with it. The new one still needed much adjustment though. (neck, action, & intonation.) I have played bass for over 40 years & own or have owned 10 different basses. as in '63' Gibson Thunderbird IV, 60 EB-O (short scale) , '93 Gibson T-bird , Fenders, Ibanez, etc. As much as I like the look of the V I can see that Gibson didn't put a lot of extra love in producing this bass. The finish is of a very basic nature, could use a better bridge, and a toggle switch to jump to bright or bass or both. Never the less, I will work on correcting these short falls in the future hopefully. REMEMBER!!! First thing, have it looked at professional!!!!

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gibson Flying V Bass

          By Bassman500/1

          from Upper Darby, PA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Shape

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

          This bass overall is very nice, the tone is great it's an okay weight, nice neck.
          The ONLY problem I had with this bass was...the V shape believe it or not! xD I just felt so awkward with it on my leg! Guess it's more of a 'strap/standing' bass.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!

          By Igmar

          from Bronx, NY

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

              First off, I got the GLOSS cherry V bass for the same price as the satin finished model. That being said, my V is my current go to bass.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Awesome Bass-well worth the price!

              By MountainOgre

              from NE Pennsylvania

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

                I'm a fan of V's. Have an 81 Gibson. Bought this one soon as i saw it. Loved it so much i bought another!!
                I am extremely happy with this bass-It plays like a dream and sounds like a goddess. My only complaint is the second V to arrive had some issues with the nut; the G-string nut-groove was not well-defined and g-string kept slipping off the fretboard. I LOVE Gibson basses, so i was really surprised this got thru the guards at the gate! Once i resolved that issue, bass is a dream. Finish is outstanding, neck is so comfy, and again-Tone! I think i like this better than my T-Bird. Oh-I am over six feet tall and am usually not partial to short scale basses. This is never an issue with this bass-in fact i've come to really enjoy the short scale! Its very kind on the shoulder when playing near the nut. If you're torn between the V and a T-Bird, i'd recommend you get the V!! You'll always be able to find a T-Bird. What an awesome bass! Now that they've dropped the price, it is a Great value too!!
                Thump On Brutha!!

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                It Screams Rock n' Roll

                By BassStuff

                from East Bay, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

                  I've been playing 30+ years and own many Basses (vintage Fenders, Gibsons, MusicMan, Ric's, customs, etc). My favorite gigging Bass is a Gibson T-Bird. I bought the V as a back-up because of it's cool look. Not realy a fan of short scale Basses. However, after playing it a bit, I really like it's feel, deep cut-thru sound, Gibson USA quality, and very cool look. "Nothing Screams Rock n' Roll Like a Flying V"!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great

                  By Bunny

                  from Goshen, IN

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Chrome covered HB's
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Great design
                  • Great Tone
                  • Real case not a GB
                  • Super fast neck
                  • USA

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

                      I went in to buy a Jazz and saw this. I was leery of the short neck but this is much more comfortable with no pinky stretch. Baked maple FB and mahogony body. Need a strap to play sitting down but I do this any way. Not as punchy as a P but growlier than a Jazz. Stands out from the crowd.

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                      (6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Nice for a Wall Hanging

                      By Cadillac Jack

                      from St Louis, MO

                      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

                      I am a great fan of Gibson guitars of the past. I don't want anyone to think I'm not. I own a 1968 Gibson SG that is the jewel of my collection. I've played and loved many Gibson Guitars, and some of their Basses, but this has to, except for this little dimestore pc of junk I had as a kid, be the worst Bass, or guitar I've ever owned. The best thing a person could of done with it was to of used it for a wall hanging, to look cool in a studio or something. I traded mine for a Mexician J bass even up, and felt a bit bad about that. I've read descriptions from others here, who say they love their, perhaps mine was just a lemon?? I don't know, all I know is when I'm performing, I need an instrument that is not just gonna look nice, but absoutely has to play and sound great, this was a very far cry from that. I hope Gibson doesnt give up on this though, as flying V's look so cool ts unreal, they just need to improve it. Give it a longer scale neck, do away with that crappy Bridge you've put on alot of your Basses for years, and most importantly, use high quality wood that doesn't twist, especially on th neck.The features on this bass that are the worst in my opinion, is that it does not have the long scale neck this description says, it has a short scale neck. I suppose they made it short scale trying to battle the extreme neck heaviness problem it has, to no avail. Otherwise, it has nice tone and volume controls, the humbuckers are nice, the tone is nice. (If it would hold tune for a entire song) The Bridge totally sucks. Its a 3 pt type thing, that does not have individual string adjustments, and on mine, the left side had to be raised almost all the way to keep the strings even close to the guitars twisted neck.This is really sad for a company that had a reputation for quality. I have had many Gibson, and Epiphone guitars in my Career, and this one is by far the worst I've seen. I could not play one song onstage, without this thing going out of tune before I was done playing the song. I don't know if it was due to the tuners, I really dont think so, I think it was due to the guitars twisted neck. It was given to me by my wife as a present, as I had always wished I had a Flying V Bass to look cool like alot of Guitar players onstage with them, but sounding cool is a much better quality than looking cool.When a person pays this much for an instrument, it should at the very least be able to hold tune.

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                      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      FUN FUN FUN bass!!!

                      By Scottyv4lakland

                      from Central Nebraska

                      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

                      FUN FUN FUN to play!!! A unique looking and great playing instrument. I own and origional 1981 Flying V bass and this one sounds WAY better! Don't look for a fat deep sound out of this one, it is made to rock!! Overdrive those shiny chrome humbuckers and this baby will sing! Can't say enough good about it, If you are thinking about it by all means get it. You won't be disappointed!
                      Familiar controls, fantastic sounding pickups and the always outstanding playability of a true American made Gibson.
                      Flawless construction. Beautiful cherry finish. Very striking appearance.
                      Any time you get an American made Gibson you have a good value.

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                      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      MOIST!!!!!!!!!!!

                      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

                      This bass is bound to turn heads. It's obvious the shape will catch the eye, but the sound will do it as well... Not to mention also your ears. Only problem is in this site's description. This is a 30 1/2" scale not 34". It's a short scale bass that's nowhere near short in attitude.Anyone who's anyone should buy this bass or die trying!
                      Dynamite
                      Awesome... Awesome to the max!
                      Good for a limited run bass

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