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Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar Condition 2 - Blemished Ebony 886830551710

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This righteous axe was made to rock.Whether you'e into metal, blues or straight-up rock, Gibson' iconic Flying V will take you to new heights of tone...Click To Read More About This Product

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This axe was made for one thing -- bold, aggressive, full-tilt rawk.

This righteous axe was made to rock.Whether you'e into metal, blues or straight-up rock, Gibson' iconic Flying V will take you to new heights of tone and attitude. Crafted with a rock-solid mahogany body with 22-fret set neck and extended neck joint for incredible sustain and stability. Premium nitrocellulose finish and chrome hardware to keep with the classic visual vibe. Loaded with a 496R Hot Ceramic pickup in the neck position and a 500T Super Ceramic at the bridge, for plenty of Gibson' fat, warm humbucker tone, and a Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece for maximum sustain. With Gibson' Flying V, the sky is the limit! Includes Gibson hardshell case.Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
Solid mahogany body
Premium nitrocellulose finish
Set neck construction
Extended neck joint
V-Factor X Neck profile: Hybrid '50s rounded/'60s slim taper neck
17 degree angled headstock
22 fret ebony and rosewood fretboard
Nickel and silver alloy fret wire
Classic dot inlays
496R Hot Ceramic pickup in the neck
500T Super Ceramic in the bridge
2 volume, 1 tone control
Tune-O-Matic bridge
Stopbar tailpiece
Includes hardshell case

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GibsonFlying V Electric Guitar
 
4.7

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Gibson Flying V -- Perfect Guitar

OVERALL: Fastest neck I've played. Sounds perfect, and the instrument keeps up with you. I love this guitar, and so should you! And I don't agree with the complaints that you can't...Read complete review

OVERALL: Fastest neck I've played. Sounds perfect, and the instrument keeps up with you. I love this guitar, and so should you! And I don't agree with the complaints that you can't play sitting down. All you need to do is saddle the apex of the V on your thigh. It sets nicely and the neck is stretched out and up for easy speed. Not to mention... it just looks awesome. Classic and modern at the same time, as well as iconic and awe-inspiring. People in the audience just notice it better. I've gotten more compliments for this axe than any other, both from people who play and people who don't play.
FEATURES: The axe is simple, but exactly what I need. Classic Gibson scale neck, pair of hot humbuckers, lightweight mahogany body. There's not much else to it, but nothing else is needed. Everything else often just gets in the way!

Rated down one notch though, because I DO prefer my Gibson 3-Pickup Flying V, so the 2-Pickup version is a teeny downgrade. This is acting as my down-tuned V for shows, the 3-Pickup version being the main axe.
QUALITY: American made, and it shows. Right out of the box this beauty was ready to play, and the white finish just makes it oh-so-pretty. Good solid piece of wood, tight and tuned setup, electronics soldered in nicely and mounted properly. No complaints here.

Playability is the reason I choose V's. The neck is fast and that's what a metal player needs. The body is lightweight, can be around my shoulders all night and I'd barely feel a strain. Most importantly, though, it's balanced perfectly. It sits even on your body, even when your hands aren't on it, and it doesn't move. Speedy and stable, can't be beat.
VALUE: Worth every penny, and then some. Personally bought mine used, but even at full price I'd still be happy. Most American made guitars these days are rediculously priced, even some other Gibsons, but this one's not too bank-breaking, and you really get bang for your buck. V's last forever (well, most Gibsons do) and this one seems no exception. I expect I'll be playing mine into my twilight years!

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Awsome guitar if you pick a good one!

I had to give this guitar a one because I had the love and the money for a Quality Gibson but couldnt make the purchase due to customer confidence. The '05 Explorer I currently...Read complete review

I had to give this guitar a one because I had the love and the money for a Quality Gibson but couldnt make the purchase due to customer confidence. The '05 Explorer I currently own just "had it" from the first day I picked it up. To be honest it's the only one I played before I purchased it, sure I realized there could be a better one out there but I new that I was satisfied and ready rock! All your really paying for is the awsome tonewoods that gibson uses! After that go ahead and roll the dice on good assembled guitar!! I only have one rock life to live and dont wont to have to play 5 V's guitars just to find good quality???? What the heck gibson, I have played and owned faded models that played better!!!!
A few months back I decided to make my second "real" guitar a Ebony Gibby V. I went to a local shop where they threw a strap on it and let me crank it through a 100watt high gain Blackstar. As an active member of bands for 20 years and already a huge Explorer fan I new exactly what feel and features I was looking for and the Flying V was delivering that day! As soon as I saved the money I planned on picking up a new one asap.
So that special day came when I drove myself down to a reputable shop that only deals high end guitars. I picked up the ebony V they had hanging on the wall and asked them to plug me in and watch the magic of rock!
And so that special day finally came!
When I would read bad reviews on Gibson quality control issues I always came to the companies defense thinking that the only people really complaining were art collecting old farts, burnt out rockers and epiphone owners haha!!! no offense!
So as the shop owner was plugging me in I noticed that the bridge was as high as it could go and the strings were still pretty low for a gibson. It got worse when I played it with a crappy fret setup that just screwed everything up! The pickups were raised so High that i thought they mite just plop rite out onto the floor! just really crappy and totally disappointing! Nobody at gibson inspected this guitar Period! I checked the vin on back it was a recently made 2011.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Flying V -- Perfect Guitar

By Cool Cat

from St. Louis

See all my reviews

Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

OVERALL: Fastest neck I've played. Sounds perfect, and the instrument keeps up with you. I love this guitar, and so should you! And I don't agree with the complaints that you can't play sitting down. All you need to do is saddle the apex of the V on your thigh. It sets nicely and the neck is stretched out and up for easy speed. Not to mention... it just looks awesome. Classic and modern at the same time, as well as iconic and awe-inspiring. People in the audience just notice it better. I've gotten more compliments for this axe than any other, both from people who play and people who don't play.
FEATURES: The axe is simple, but exactly what I need. Classic Gibson scale neck, pair of hot humbuckers, lightweight mahogany body. There's not much else to it, but nothing else is needed. Everything else often just gets in the way!

Rated down one notch though, because I DO prefer my Gibson 3-Pickup Flying V, so the 2-Pickup version is a teeny downgrade. This is acting as my down-tuned V for shows, the 3-Pickup version being the main axe.
QUALITY: American made, and it shows. Right out of the box this beauty was ready to play, and the white finish just makes it oh-so-pretty. Good solid piece of wood, tight and tuned setup, electronics soldered in nicely and mounted properly. No complaints here.

Playability is the reason I choose V's. The neck is fast and that's what a metal player needs. The body is lightweight, can be around my shoulders all night and I'd barely feel a strain. Most importantly, though, it's balanced perfectly. It sits even on your body, even when your hands aren't on it, and it doesn't move. Speedy and stable, can't be beat.
VALUE: Worth every penny, and then some. Personally bought mine used, but even at full price I'd still be happy. Most American made guitars these days are rediculously priced, even some other Gibsons, but this one's not too bank-breaking, and you really get bang for your buck. V's last forever (well, most Gibsons do) and this one seems no exception. I expect I'll be playing mine into my twilight years!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

DO NOT BUY!!

By Numlocq

from Ely, Littleport

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

Horrible, pure horrible. Worst guitar I have ever played (and I have played a lot of guitars) Sounds horrible, looks horrible and plays horrible. Pick ups packed up after a month or so. Pots always come loose is awkard to play sitting down.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Awsome guitar if you pick a good one!

By GoodBYgibsonhellojackson

from PHX

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

I had to give this guitar a one because I had the love and the money for a Quality Gibson but couldnt make the purchase due to customer confidence. The '05 Explorer I currently own just "had it" from the first day I picked it up. To be honest it's the only one I played before I purchased it, sure I realized there could be a better one out there but I new that I was satisfied and ready rock! All your really paying for is the awsome tonewoods that gibson uses! After that go ahead and roll the dice on good assembled guitar!! I only have one rock life to live and dont wont to have to play 5 V's guitars just to find good quality???? What the heck gibson, I have played and owned faded models that played better!!!!
A few months back I decided to make my second "real" guitar a Ebony Gibby V. I went to a local shop where they threw a strap on it and let me crank it through a 100watt high gain Blackstar. As an active member of bands for 20 years and already a huge Explorer fan I new exactly what feel and features I was looking for and the Flying V was delivering that day! As soon as I saved the money I planned on picking up a new one asap.
So that special day came when I drove myself down to a reputable shop that only deals high end guitars. I picked up the ebony V they had hanging on the wall and asked them to plug me in and watch the magic of rock!
And so that special day finally came!
When I would read bad reviews on Gibson quality control issues I always came to the companies defense thinking that the only people really complaining were art collecting old farts, burnt out rockers and epiphone owners haha!!! no offense!
So as the shop owner was plugging me in I noticed that the bridge was as high as it could go and the strings were still pretty low for a gibson. It got worse when I played it with a crappy fret setup that just screwed everything up! The pickups were raised so High that i thought they mite just plop rite out onto the floor! just really crappy and totally disappointing! Nobody at gibson inspected this guitar Period! I checked the vin on back it was a recently made 2011.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what i was looking for

By v6jake

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

I've been playing guitar for about a year and already had two, but I couldn't get the sound I wanted out of them. After looking around for awhile I settled on a V and started saving my cash. I bought it fresh off the truck on the last day of school. IT KICKS ASS. I get the perfect tone with this thing tuned down a step and the palm mutes come out great, way better then my Fender or ESP. The pickups are great though I plan on dropping a Tony Iommi pickup in the bridge later but for now they are perfect. The only problems were a defect in the nut but I fixed it myself without too much trouble though if anyone saw what I did they would scream (I knew what I was doing, don't worry) the low E kept popping out, oh and sitting with it sucks, but I just stand with it and I needed more practice standing and playing anyways. A great buy for great looks and kick ass tone.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gison Flying V

By Jim Bennett-ZYeM0

from Greenville, NC

Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

I just bought this Gibson Flying V last week as a backup to my 89 Gibson Les Paul Standard. I was looking something lighter since the Les Paul can get heavy after a 3 set gig. Normally I switch between a Stratocaster and the Les Paul depending on the song. This guitar really resonates unplugged which is a good sign. I like the 496R and 500T pickups very much. It sounds very good clean but the real treat is when you overdrive these pickups. They will give you every thing from a whisper to a scream. The guitar stays in tune real well and is very light. I also like how it is very easy to get access to the upper frets.I bought the ebony and played it last Friday night @ a gig for the first time. I got a lot of compliments on how beautiful it was and on how great it sounds. I am playing it through a Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 50 head and a 1960 A cabinet. If you can't tell by now, I really love this guitar. It is also a must if you're a Hendrix freak like me!Jim

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Magnificent guitar

By Chris Vaughn

from WA

Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

Fantastic, I really can't say anything bad about my flying V. It may have a few minor annoyances, but it's an amazing guitar
Features? Well it has a tone knob, and a volume knob for each pick up, nothing fancy, but they are great tools to shape your tone. Ceramic magnet pickups, which I love, they have a very powerfull signal, distort very early, and have a great depth. The neck on this guitar is the best part, slim, fast, and built for shredding. I really cannot say enough about the neck, you won't understand unless you play one.
Mine is great, it has a little fretbuzz, but my action is super low, and I can't hear it through my amp. everything feels solid, and looks great.
Very pricey, but anyone willing to spendthis much on a guitar knows what they are looking for. I am going to own this guitar for the rest of my life, if I have kids it will be passed down. My guitar really is a mastercrafted instrument, I would recomend this to any metalhead, who wants a wacky shaped guitar, that still has the class of a lady.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Flying High

By Hardtack282

from IL

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

Well I must say this is a AMAZING guitar. Pure Gibson Quality. And no matter what im playing with from clean, distortion, or just an effect this guitar gets such a awsome sound. Its a true shredding guitar if your interesting with soloing, and if not it gives a real heavy sound when muteing and poundes out riffs for rythm. I play in a band and I play lead as well as rymthm and this guitar is everything. I recomend this to any rock style guitarist.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

This Guitar ROCKS!!! Great action, and the neck is awesome! It has good feeling and finish thats comfortable to play on! I played this thing for an hour or so at the guitar store! The pick-ups are sweet, slash sounding types but could be seymour duncan. The worn cherry is a beautiful finish and the pics on the internet don't do it justice! The strange part is how the strap connects to the body, but hey, the v comes with a price. It gets iritating sitting down with because it slips off ur lap!! Its amazing and it should be bought over the epi v any day!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

killer guitar killer price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

i have owned my V for about 12 years. i love it, it kicks a**. i've played all the big names,the only thing that comes close is any other Gibson above or at the same price. i just hate the fact that a bunch of losers now play them.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What A Beast!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

I recently purchased a Black (Ebony) Gibson Flying V. I play it through a 100 watt marshall HDFX half stack with Dunlop Fuzz Face and Crybaby effects pedals. The only other electric guitar that I have owned was a Fender Strat, and in my opinion my Flying V just blows it away. I play blues and rock (mostly) and this guitar gives me every tone that I want with the stock pickups. The neck pickup is very clear and sharp even with loads of distortion (at least with my Fuzz Face), and the bridge pickup just rips! This guitar may seem a bit big when you play it but is by far the lightest guitar that I've ever touched. Most people think of this as a "metal" guitar, but this will do anything you ask it too. The best thing about this guitar is that is just fun to play, and its also very unique.I have absolutly NOTHING bad to say about this guitar!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Needs a set up.

By schecter fan

from Illinois

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

It looked beautiful when I opened the case. Felt unusually light the first time I picked it up. The action was very high. It wouldn't stay in tune. The intonation was way out. The pickups weren't as hot as I thought they would be. The truss rod had to be adjusted. After $40.00 for a setup, $90.00 for a seymorDuncan Invader Pickup in the bridge position and $60.00 for some grover tuners it is a very nice guitar. Plan on spending $200.00 extra if you want a quality guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

my next guitar; for sure

By TheDistortionist

from Southern California

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

this thing is insane. i played it through a line 6 spyder III and this thing SHREDS. with the proper set up, im sure this thing could fly through any song. it IS very easy to sit playing down and the pickups SCREAM. the faded looks very nice and lets the resonance shine through. two volume tones is strange, but ill get used to it (i still dont know the purpose). lower fret access is as easy as the upper fret access. everyone keeps telling me how ugly it looks; i say theyre crazy because this thing is gonna be a heartbreaker for those who got some generic guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good sound but the body,,,,,

By Bandit-PD2VM

from San Jose, CA

Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

I was in lust after owning this guitar for the longest time, when i finally was going to buy one. I picked it up it was soo incredibly light! I was very surprised also, great action up and down the neck, and amazing tone! I had a few annoyances with the guitar however! The wood they use seems much less than real quality, i have another guitar that only cost 400 and its body is about 50x more beautiful, and appealing. Other than the obvious flying v shape its body in wood quality is not that best ever infact its rather poor quality. I love this guitar though! Amazing sound and has a very appealing look, i just wish the quality would match the price. At this price i would expect the guitar to be made of mohogany, and the guitar to way 90lbs!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Guitar is my favorite of ALL

By CabinFolkBass

from Washington DC

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

I have owned this Gibson Flying V for about a year now and it still hasn't let me down. I chose the Classic White color for it seemed the most unique. The pickups are the most powerful i've ever heard and give the guitar it's sound but be warned, don't plug this guitar into an amp that can't handle it's power or u'll face payin for a new one. Other than the extreme power of the pickups i can't say much. SO BUY THIS GUITAR

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stand and Deliver

By Albert E.

from Nova Scotia, Canada

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

I have the ebony "V" and yes, you can't really play it sitting down, but I have other guitars for when I want to do that.For the V, it's about attitude anyway, so why sit when you can stand and rock. I love the sound of this guitar. Smooth and easy to play, high fret access, lightweight, and responsive pups that go that extra bit.Works good for bluesy feel, or crank for shredding. More versatile than you might think.Only complaints, it would look better with covered pickups, and the fretboard is a little "rough".(Might need another buff with lemon oil).Also, the case has a lot of underutilized space. Why not put a second storage compartment flap in that big space between the V points ?Still, a really fun guitar.If you are looking to drop a few bucks on a Gibson, you won't be disappointed here. Just make sure you have enough room to rock out without knocking over a lamp or something.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nasty tone. . . great action!

By Docktor Pod89

from Chicago

Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

I have played a lot of Gibsons over the past 30 years and have been partial to the Flying V. I currently own and SG and an Explorer. I saw the 2005 V model was a '67 reissue and jumped all over it. I was glad I did. The V gives me the tone and action I can't get from those other two. I play loud and agressive through a Marshall TSL 602 2x12 combo amp. There is nothing like a Gibson/Marshall combo, but the V through this setup is something special. I would have rated this a 10, but rated a 9 on features due to the fact there is no trem. As stated in other reviews, it is a bit light. But if you take care of it, it will take care of you. Hope this review helps you, I definitely recommend this instrument.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Kickin Axe

By Paul Dye

from North Carolina

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

I've been playing Les Pauls forever. I finally got tired of the weight and thought I'd give this one a try. I'm impressed. It's got the same pickups as any 'Paul and the sound to boot. I was amazed at how big this guitar actually was. You've got to try one to believe me.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

V-LICIOUS!

By Tom-o7_9l

from Chagrin Falls, OH

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

After lusting after one of these beauties for, well forever, I finally bit the bullet and ordered a classic white V. After suffering through some backorder issues, the guitar arrived...and had a few minor flaws that were a bit discouraging. There was a minor scratch on the pickguard and a few weird quirks in the paint job - nothing to get too tweaked over, but still...had to give it a "four" for workmanship. Anyway, the guitar plays like a dream, and has there ever been a sexier guitar? Just gigged with it for the first time, and it's the best sounding guitar I've ever played live. As far as sound goes, this thing gets a "10." The 500T in the bridge absolutely screams and cuts through the mix like nothing I've experienced. I've been playing an LP DC Standard with a 489T in the bridge - nice sounding guitar but I was always struggling to get my leads to cut through. The V more than answers this concern. I can't believe there's a guitar that sounds and looks this hot for this price. This guitar gets my enthusiastic endorsement for pros and beginners alike. V-LICIOUS!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

out of body experience

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

First let me start off by saying that I am not a gibson fan AT ALL! with the exception of a few Les Paul models, to me, Gibson guitars are too heavy, the necks are too thick, and the overall feel of the guitar is just cheap (Les Paul Studio) for example, and up until today I have considered myself a stratman, but I picked this guitar up at my local guitar store on a whim after I had walked by it probably a hundred times. With it being a v-shaped guitar I automatically thought it would be off-balance, and hard to play standing or sitting, but I quickly found that it was the most comfortable guitar that I have ever played in either position, the neck is PERFECT just thick enough but yet blazing fast(even with the painted neck), hot, responsive pick-ups, great action, great playing balance, extremely versatile, overall my favorite guitar that I have played so far. This was the first Gibson that I have played and I didn't feel like I paying for a name on a truss-rod cover. Great value. After playing this, my strat just sounds so thin and weak, definately a next buy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson V, there is no substitute

By BA

from Dixie, baby!

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Comments about Gibson Flying V Electric Guitar:

I have 2 V's an '01 & a '96. Had them a long time. Love them more than anything. V's rule, play well, sound awesome, play sitting down great, look and feel awesome. I have other nice Gibsons, but I can't put that damn '96 black V down. I don't like Gibson paint but otherwise it's the best I could ever hope for. Hate to put 10's all the way, seems to much.. but I gotta.

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