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Gibson Faded Flying V

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The Gibson Faded Flying V was born to rock. When the original V came out in '58, it was ahead of its time. When it was reissued 9 years later, it bec...Click To Read More About This Product

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The faded finish gives it the look of a seasoned performer.

The Gibson Faded Flying V was born to rock. When the original V came out in '58, it was ahead of its time. When it was reissued 9 years later, it became a favorite of progressive rockers and still is to this day. This Faded Flying V has all the features and specs of the '67 model and the look of a guitar that has been loved and cared for since those early days.

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FEATURES
Mahogany body
Mahogany neck
Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
24-3/4" scale length
1-11/16" nut width
Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
Chrome hardware
496R and 500T ceramic magnet pickups
Controls: 2 volume, one tone, 3-way switch

Playing a guitar that looks as if it has been around the block lends authority. Order today.

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GibsonFaded Flying V
 
4.8

(based on 189 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

4 years later!!!

I bought mine 4 years ago and left a review about it in early 2007. Loved it then, Love it now. I only wish folks would read the product description before leaving bad...Read complete review

I bought mine 4 years ago and left a review about it in early 2007. Loved it then, Love it now. I only wish folks would read the product description before leaving bad or negative reviews about an obvious killer, all american lengend with a more price freindly twist on it. First off it has a satin finish, not "no finish and just stain"...that's rediculous it is the same finish they use on all their Satin and/or Faded finishes and has been that way for years and years. Thick nitro rubs off too after years of playing but after 4, this one still looks like new. I did install chrome pickup covers a bone nut, chrome grover rotomatic tuners (not that the green key Klusons didn't work great, cause they do, I just did it too match the covers and bridge etc.). I also soldered in a Sprauge bumble bee capacitor and took out the stock, mini orange drop style one, and now this guitar is an absolute monster. I only use Gibson's "Brite Wires" in 10's for strings as they sound the best on it. It roars now and has a very usable tone knob that gives you a nice Eric Clapton "Women" tone when dialed back. Through a cheap and simple overdrive pedal (Rocktron Sonic Glory) and my 50 watt Marshall Plexi with a 4x12 Greenback cab., I now have the ultimate rig. Metal, Classic Rock, Country, Jazz, Alt. it's all there for the playing. I hardly ever touch my 58 Les Paul VOS anymore which I have called the holy grail of guitars. That's how good these faded V's with a couple cheap mods are. I can't say enough about it and you know with the chrome upgrades I did, it now has a look all of it's own and stands out in the crowd of V's out there nowadays. I know that folks have taken their pickup covers off to supposedly give them more volume etc. but on this Faded V with the high output ceramic pickups it actually gave me a slight change in tone, and for the better by far, and didn't take any volume away that I can tell. I love this upgrade the best next to the bumble bee which I advise all to do or have done. It will take your "pretty good Gibson tone" and make it an absolute unbelievable Gibson roar with articulation and harmonics you've never even thought of, let alone have heard.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just another over priced Gibson

It's okay. It does have Gibson stamped on it. The pickups aren't anything spectacular. The factory set-up that Gibson is famous for was non existant on the model I bought(Faded Cherry)....Read complete review

It's okay. It does have Gibson stamped on it. The pickups aren't anything spectacular. The factory set-up that Gibson is famous for was non existant on the model I bought(Faded Cherry). Frets and neck are good, but should have been finished better along the edge. I have an Epiphone DOT with a much nicer factory neck and fret finish than this. I don't play this very often. I don't really like the pickups. I think PAF's or "57's would be a lot nicer, but that's a matter of taste. It sits in the studio and visitors admire my "Flying V'. Lotta' money for a conversation piece. Frankly, for the money, I'm a little dissappointed. I don't think anyone will truly want to use this much without a number of modifications. I don't believe this Gibson is worth the asking price. Keep in mind that paying more doesn't always get you what you want. The higher priced versions of this "V" are the same model with a nicer finish. They aren't worth the asking price either. Talk about greedy. I do not recommend this guitar, unless you just want it for your collection.

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

4 years later!!!

By Rock n Roll Cole

from Niagara Falls, Canada

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Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

I bought mine 4 years ago and left a review about it in early 2007. Loved it then, Love it now. I only wish folks would read the product description before leaving bad or negative reviews about an obvious killer, all american lengend with a more price freindly twist on it. First off it has a satin finish, not "no finish and just stain"...that's rediculous it is the same finish they use on all their Satin and/or Faded finishes and has been that way for years and years. Thick nitro rubs off too after years of playing but after 4, this one still looks like new. I did install chrome pickup covers a bone nut, chrome grover rotomatic tuners (not that the green key Klusons didn't work great, cause they do, I just did it too match the covers and bridge etc.). I also soldered in a Sprauge bumble bee capacitor and took out the stock, mini orange drop style one, and now this guitar is an absolute monster. I only use Gibson's "Brite Wires" in 10's for strings as they sound the best on it. It roars now and has a very usable tone knob that gives you a nice Eric Clapton "Women" tone when dialed back. Through a cheap and simple overdrive pedal (Rocktron Sonic Glory) and my 50 watt Marshall Plexi with a 4x12 Greenback cab., I now have the ultimate rig. Metal, Classic Rock, Country, Jazz, Alt. it's all there for the playing. I hardly ever touch my 58 Les Paul VOS anymore which I have called the holy grail of guitars. That's how good these faded V's with a couple cheap mods are. I can't say enough about it and you know with the chrome upgrades I did, it now has a look all of it's own and stands out in the crowd of V's out there nowadays. I know that folks have taken their pickup covers off to supposedly give them more volume etc. but on this Faded V with the high output ceramic pickups it actually gave me a slight change in tone, and for the better by far, and didn't take any volume away that I can tell. I love this upgrade the best next to the bumble bee which I advise all to do or have done. It will take your "pretty good Gibson tone" and make it an absolute unbelievable Gibson roar with articulation and harmonics you've never even thought of, let alone have heard.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

I've had this guitar for about 2 years now and i love it. the first thing i noticed was that the neck was smaller than my SG, which is a plus for me. You can play lead so easily on this axe. And the sound is even good clean. this is a must buy.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT GUITAR

By JMP

from ohio

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Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

This is a Great Guitar. The sound is awesome! It plays Drop D much better than most guitars I own. The best this about this guitar has to be the slimmer neck, this makes it so much easier to shread. My only knock is the sound diff from the neck pickup to the bridge. but all iin all: this is a great guitar Guitar!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yipes!

By flin1

from Wichita, Kansas

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Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

I got my V about 6 weeks ago and oh baby I absolutely love this thing! It's way beyond love. It's more like lurve or maybe loorrrvvvee. It's light and comfortable and the fret board is so soft and accessible. It's unlike any other guitar I've ever played. And it sounds incredible thru this big old Crate 100W tube amp with 412 cab I use at rehearsal. It looks very cool too. I really didn't expect to like it this much. I always thought they were all show and no go but I was so wrong....so wrong. I feel guilty 'cause I actually like it more than my 335 and it costless than half as much. (Don't get me wrong the 335 is wonderful too.) You owe it to yourself to just try one of these out. I was shocked.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great, sexy guitar

By Efrain Carretero

from California

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Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

Ever since I first got into guitar playing, I wanted a Gibson Flying V. It's design and shape are just awesome! I was finally able to buy one last year and loved the thing. It's a pretty good guitar but becomes really amazing once you add a couple of modifications to it. In my case, I changed the tuners and pickups. My only real problem with the guitar is that high bends tend to fade out which is quite annoying but other than that, this thing is really comfortable to play and just looks cool.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

absolutely necessary

By that guy who plays guitar

from NJ

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Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

This guitar is absolutely great I don't actually own it but I am borrowing one from a friend of mine for a week or two. It sounds absolutely great. The neck pickup sounds like it should, jangly and clean. BUT... when you add distortion it has enough punch to actually use for rhythm (I usually use the bridge pickup for rhythm) but you can back up the tone a little if the distortion is a tad too much. it shouldn't be. The bridge pickup sounds great to. Plenty hot, but not too hot. It is perfect for U2 stuff (considering he used an explorer which is very similar). Something magical happens in the middle. You get a really cool sounding, bluesy tone that makes you want to slide in open g all night long. Truly amazing. little to no fret buzz and the neck feels so nice in your hand. for 950, you can not get any better. Buy this guitar now. (do give consideration to fenders too. I can't live without both).

(1 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

What A Rip

By nateispro

from Utah

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

I bought one of these when they were blowing them out at 499.99, i thought i was getting a great deal. When it showed it up i like it at first but quickly started having problems, the main one being that there is no finish over the stain, so it wears off very quickly leaving the wood unprotected, i had to have a finish put on to make sure the wood didn't dry out in the climate i live in. I also found the bridge pickup to be too dark, and the nut sheared off on the low E string one day, very poor quality control. I will never buy a gibson again, for the price you can find a good PRS or Schecter that will be much better, IMO.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a must own for sure!!!!!!

By timbo-zlnOn

from central coast

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

Pound for pound this guitar has been the one the by which all others are compared to. I installed locking sperzel tuners and that made it nearly impossible to take out of tune. The sound is superb, and after awhile you just sorta get used to the shape. You just lock your legs into it when sitting down.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PLEASE GRAB ONE!!!!

By Runnin Late

from South Ga

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Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

I have had this V for well over a year and a half so that is long enough for me to make a fair review. I am a Strat guy. Love the sound of one, the way it makes you work, playability, etc. It's what i am used to. When i got this V and had given it a run for a while i guess the only complaint i had was it was just too easy to play. Really took me a while to get used to that. Came away thinkin "I now remember why some folks play Gibsons" although this aint my 1st one. Just been a while. Really, an absolute joy to play. I made some adjustments to lower (slightly) the action and this thing really plays well. Would put it up against anything. Soundwise? It will smoke a tube amp. If your lacking that humbucker/mahogony thump in your sound, this will more than cover it. Regardless of genre. Like a reviewer said earlier, there is some magic with the 2 pups together on lead. Especially with the tone backed down and your amp dimed. Very inspiring and i now have a hard time putting this one down. I have several guitars in my collection. All different and all of em are nice instruments. Top grade. The playability and sound of this V is just impossible to ignore and has made it's way to the front of the pack. I got mine early when they were cheaper. Easily the best Guitar buy i have ever made in my life. Thank you Gibson!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THe Flying v is awesome

By Flying v man 505

from Albuquerque NM

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

this guitar is crazy good i love the shape and the pickups are somkin this is my first of many flying v's

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson faded V!

By PSROCKS

from OC CA

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Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

This is a great guitar and a super value. It looks great and the body has a very good natural resonance. After my purchase, I played it for a couple of weeks and decided the 500T Super Ceramic and the 496R pickups are not for me. I replaced the bridge pickup with a Duncan Pearly gates and the neck with a Gibson 1957 Plus. The sound and tone I am now getting after the pickup change out is unreal! I also had a little bit of setup work.(Nut adjustment/intonation) I replace the stock black volume and tone knobs with reflector knobs that look way better. After the upgrades this is now a front line guitar.I LOVE this guitar!

 
5.0

flaming flying v!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

I just checked it out at the shop today and I gotta say THIS GUITAR WAS PUT TOGATHER BY THE GODS! Mine is a 2005 issue it is one of the latest '05 models so I got a good deal on it because the '06 ones are coming out. Anyway, this guitar is SWEET! th worn cherry is awsome! I has a rich thick sound like a les paul, but it is extreamley light weight. I think that it weighs less than an sg, and thats not a bad thing! The only problem that I have had so far is playing with it while sitting down, but that is pretty common. Anyway, great guitar, worth the value and the price. BUY IT!!!!

 
5.0

BIG BAD MOJO

By Roaddog57

from Midwest

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

I love this guitar. Been playing for 30+ years, currently have about a dozen axes, all good ones, use 'em all, but every time I pick this one up, it brings out the best in me. Truly a bad-ass rock and roll monster. And what's got a cooler vibe than a real Gibson V? Nothin!!

 
5.0

Get one while they last!

By Abel4174

from Tampa, FL

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

I ordered the Faded Cherry model a few months ago. The quality was great. I did not experience any of the issues regarding sharp frets or problems with the finish. The tone is great, the pickups deliver a very classic thick and crunchy tone. As far as the case is concerned, I ordered an Epiphone Flying V hardshell case, fits perfect, at a fraction of the cost. I did however have the string height slightly adjusted. Otherwise, the neck feels and plays great, very smooth. Overall a great Gibson V at an unbeatable price.

 
5.0

Flying V

By CJ-ZhXDy

from Fargo, ND

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

This V is great for if your into thrash, grunge, or classic rock. Its a good Thrasher because the disorion on it is really amazing and the palm mute is very nice, grunge because although it is so beautifully clear sounding...it still has a sloppiness to it and classic rock becuase its really pure. My only complant is that it doesnt have a wammy bar but thats not that intense of a complant.

 
4.0

Not my choice for metal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

I bought this guitar last year and i have quickly found out that its not the best for metal. If your into bands like acdc and that less heavy rock than this guitar is great. On the other hand if you like to play Metallica and Megadeth then you might want to look into a esp DV8-R or a peavey rotor.

 
4.0

not to bad but gibson can do better

By Cliff Windham

from Laurel ,MS

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

Don't get me wrong, its a nice ax but maybe I just expected to much from my first gibson. It's price is great but just remeber you get what you pay for and this is one of the cheapest gibsons you can buy.

 
5.0

gibson faded flying v

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

First of all for a gibson this is a steal! pickups are good and overdrive easily. I play stats, teles, ext but this was my first gibson.Very impressed. Only downfall is the paint job doesn't shine -but the pickguard makes up for that.

 
5.0

Very good guitar!!!

By Guitarhard

from South of the Mason Dixon line

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Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

Man this is one SICK guitar!!! The pickups are hot to say the least. The fretboard is fast. The action was great right out of the box!! The wood grain is beautiful! A American made Gibson for this price is insane!!! Buy one today!!!!

 
5.0

Sweet axe with a great look

By Moronick

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Gibson Faded Flying V:

i tried this guitar out at guitar center and found that, unlike most gibson guitars, the neck slid well, which i always look for in a guitar. great action, no rattling, no difficult string bends, this is one high quality guitar. great sounds coming from these hot pickups when over driven. I also noticed that the clean sounds were simply stunning. for as little cash as this ax costs, why would you not invest?

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