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Gibson 50 Year Commemorative Flying V Brimstone Electric Guitar
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The very first Flying V electric guitar blasted out of the Gibson factory in 1958. And although it took time for its legend to grow, the Flying V has...Click To Read More About This Product
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Limited-edition axe celebrates fifty years of the V!
The very first Flying V electric guitar blasted out of the Gibson factory in 1958. And although it took time for its legend to grow, the Flying V has become a true vintage guitar rarity as well as a benchmark for what a powerful, performance-driven guitar should be today. Now 50 years later, Gibson USA honors that legacy with the introduction of the 50-Year Commemorative Flying V”a fitting tribute to one of the world's most recognizable guitars, and Gibson USA's Guitar of the Month for March 2008.
The 50-Year Commemorative Flying V guitar combines several timeless elements of the 1958 model, with a few modern appointments for today's demanding players. The solid mahogany, V-shaped body has been topped with AA flamed maple and has beveled edges exclusive to this limited edition. Also created especially for the Limited Edition Commemorative Flying V is an exclusive Brimstone Burst finish, and the headstock's rare, art deco Gibson logo, which was recently found among old drawings belonging to legendary Gibson President Ted McCarty. The neck sports the traditional Flying V profile--a hybrid between Gibson's standard '50s rounded contour and the '60s slim-taper profile. It is topped by a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl split-block inlays.
This special Flying V is powered by a Gibson '57 Classic pickup in the neck and a Gibson '57 Classic Plus in the bridge. Other select features include gold fret wire, Steinberger Gearless Tuners, and a custom Guitar of the Month case from Gibson USA. Like all of Gibson USA's Guitars of the Month, production is limited.
- Body Wood: Beveled Mahogany
- Top Wood: AA Maple
- Scale Length: 24-3/4"
- Neck Joint: Set-in
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Neck Shape: v rounded
- Frets: 22, gold
- Inlay: Split block
- Nut Width: 1-11/16"
- Fretboard Radius: 12"
- Bridge: Nashville Tune-O-Matic
- Pickup Bridge: 57 Classic Plus
- Pickup Neck: 57 Classic
- Controls: 1 Vol, 1 Tone, 3-way pickup selector
- Tuners: Steinberger Gearless
- Hardware color: Gold
- Finish: Brimstone, Lacquer
- McCarty-designed headstock logo
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This guitar is amazing! The quality is top notch and the sound is perfect. I have owned 2 Gibsons, 5 Epiphones, 2 Jacksons, 1 Fender, and 1 Kramer. This is without a doubt the highest quality of them all, you can just fill it. The action and setup was perfect out of the box. It is a little higher priced then the other Gibson V's but worth it. The Ebony fret board and finish color where exactly what I had been looking for. I really love ebony fret boards, they feel harder and smother then rosewood to me. They also do add a brightness to the sound, this guitar is a lttle brighter the one of my Les Paul's and lot brighter then the other. Neck and body finish is perfect (the binding is really well done). The only thing I would have liked would have been a AAAA top. The top grain is good, but not as nice has my Les Paul's. At this Price, buy it before it is gone!
After owning a DEan Korina V and aGibson V-90, I can say this one is right there. The neck is near perfect; the top is nice; the paint job is excellent; the pickups are outstanding(wax potted). Heavy duty: this guitar likes a minimum of 10's on it; so, if you have the chops, this guitar will sing. I like the blood red black back...nice touch
Purchased this guitar in May of 08 and have not had a single complaint other than its cost which is why I gave it a 4.0 rating in the value section. Right out of the box the guitar looked great, played perfect with just super action and the intonation was spot on. As far as quality goes this guitar is flawless - not a single issue. I play through Mesa Boogie amplifiers exclusively and all the tones are there - from hellious metal to crunchy rock to meaty blues. I whole heartedly recommend this guitar to everyone who can afford it! You won't be dissappointed!!!
This is th emost amazing guitar I've ever played, let alone owned. I've had it for a month and I cant stop playing it. The guitar has a tone that goes right through you. You can play anything from Jhnny Cash to Alexi Laiho on this guitar, and it sounds perfect. The steinberger gearless tuners make re-stringing a 2 minute job. The piture of this guitar looks orange-ish, but it's really a black/red burst. It looks awesome with the gold hardware. If you try this guitar, you'll wanna buy it.
Pretty good guitar overall. Good pickups. Another one will be eventually bought for use when I'm gigging. Great sound. SO NICE!!! I would never trade this guitar for any other. If you areinterested in buying instead the Fender Stratocaster...... DON'T! This stylish guitar defeats all others!
I love the look and feel of this guitar. To me it is not only a collector?s piece but also a very easy guitar to play. However I was very unhappy with the quality of the guitars that Gibson decided to allow the factory to ship. My first two had to be sent back because of bad necks. My quam is with Gibson, a name that is synonymous with quality ands superior craftsmanship but they were shipping inferior quality guitars.
I fell in love with the 50th commemorative V and Explorer the minute I saw them. The brimstone burst finish, split block inlays, gold hardware and beveled edges make these guitars absolutely striking in appearance.I have always owned Gibson guitars so I was not surprised that this guitar had great action out of the box and nice Gibson "feel" to the neck.I plugged this guitar in and immediately noticed that it has a very bright sound. These pickups are HOT. I'll probably have to dial in a more mellow clean sound or back off on the tone knob but the crunch, high gain and lead sounds that I already use sound great with this axe.I have no prior experience with the gearless tuners and hope that they perform well. I do like the feel of them though.The only reason I didn't give this guitar a perfect score is because there are a couple of minor inconsistencies in the finish though mostly on the backside - you have to look very closely though. Also, there are many other fine guitars out there for much less money and you'd think they would have given this one a AAAA top instead of a AA.Lastly, it is a struggle getting this guitar in and out of its case.