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Innovative. Groundbreaking. Daring. Revolutionary. Again.
Gibson's original limited run of Reverse Flying Vs flew out of stock, selling out faster than any other electric guitar model. Hundreds of lucky guitar players were very happy and tens of thousands hollered for a Reverse V guitar of their own. Since then, the letters and e-mails to Gibson have flooded in, demanding another chance to own a Reverse Flying V.
You asked, Gibson listened, and they have handcrafted a small number of Reverse Flying V guitars for another very limited run of these flame-throwing cult classic collectibles. For those who missed it the first time, here is one more chance to grab an amazing Reverse Flying V electric guitar from Gibson USA. If there is this much demand for them now, think what they will command when they are vintage.
Innovative, groundbreaking, daring, and revolutionary were the the words most commonly used to describe Gibson's legendary Flying V, first introduced in 1958. In 2007, when Gibson took it a step further with the bold and fearless Reverse Flying V, people couldn't believe their eyes. Smart guitarists grabbed one while they could, nabbing one of the most popular and collectible Gibson electrics of the past 20 years. Now, in response to a popular demand that has increased ever since the original run, Gibson USA is proud to once again offer the Reverse Flying V, in a very limited edition.
This limited edition Reverse Flying V features a solid mahogany, V-shaped body, four-ply pickguard, Kluson-style green key tuners, and retro-style V-shaped gold tailpiece. The neck sports the traditional Flying V profile, a hybrid between the classic '50s rounded contour and the popular '60s slim-taper. The ebony fingerboard and gold-pasted truss rod cover round out this testament to Gibson's bold and pioneering design tradition. With a pair of '57 Classic humbuckers, for legendary vintage Gibson tone, the limited edition Reverse Flying V is available in Classic White, Ebony and Natural. Only 300 of each color will be produced. So act fast — and take home this collectible classic while you can.
The Tune-o-matic bridge, also known as the ABR-1, was the brainchild of legendary Gibson president Ted McCarty in 1954. At the time, it was a true revelation in intonation, and set a standard for simplicity and functionality that has never been bettered. This pioneering piece of hardware provides a firm seating for the strings, allowing the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields a great union between the strings and body, which results in excellent tone and sustain. It is combined with a separate "stopbar" tailpiece, essentially a modified version of the earlier wraparound bridge. To this day, the Tune-o-matic remains the industry standard. It is the epitome of form and function in electric guitar bridge design, and is one of the most revered and copied pieces of guitar hardware ever developed.
'57 Classic pickups
Gibson pickups have been setting the standard for the guitar industry since 1935 when the company introduced its first electric model, the E-150 Hawaiian lap steel. Add the pioneering introduction of the revolutionary double-coil "humbucking" pickup invented by Gibson's own Seth Lover in 1957 and you can clearly see that Gibson has dramatically influenced the evolution of popular music in all genres, from the warm jazz tones of Charlie Christian, to the world-shaking rockabilly of Scotty Moore, and the crunching rock of Jimmy Page. The pickups in this limited edition Reverse Flying V are Gibson's '57 Classic humbuckers. With Alnico II magnets and balanced coils, these pickups deliver an unmistakable vintage vibe with warm, rich tone. They are carefully hand-wound at Gibson USA in Nashville, Tennessee.
When it comes to guitar electronics, less is definitely better. And that certainly holds true with Gibson's limited edition Reverse Flying V. Gibson has chosen to install only one volume control, which translates into less resistance between the pickup and the actual output. That means you end up with nothing but pure tone from the pickup, and one flat-out screaming rock and roll machine.
Solid Mahogany Body
Probably the most central of all Flying V features is its V-shaped, solid mahogany body. Whether it's the regular Flying V, or Gibson's limited edition Reverse Flying V, the solid mahogany body provides tone, sustain, and performance. The mahogany goes through the same rigorous selection process as all of Gibson's woods, and is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled wood experts before it enters the factories. Inside the Gibson factories, humidity is maintained at 45 percent, and the temperature at 70 degrees. This insures all woods are dried to a level of "equilibrium," where the moisture content does not change during the manufacturing process. This guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, and helps control the shrinkage and warping of the woods, in addition to helping reduce the weight. It also helps with improving the woods' machinability and finishing properties. Consistent moisture content means that a Gibson guitar will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.
Applying a nitrocellulose finish to any Gibson guitar — including this limited edition Reverse Flying V — is one of the most labor-intensive elements of the guitar-making process. A properly applied nitro finish requires extensive man-hours, several applied coats, and an exorbitant amount of drying time. But this fact has never swayed Gibson into changing this time-tested method, employed ever since the first Gibson guitar was swathed with lacquer back in 1894. Why? For starters, a nitro finish dries to a much thinner coat than a polyurethane finish, which means there is less interference with the natural much thinner coat that a polyurethane finish, which means there is less interference with the natural vibration of the instrument, allowing for a purer tone. A nitro finish is also a softer finish, with makes it easily repairable. You can touch up a scratch or ding on a nitro finish, but you can't do the same on a ply finish. In addition, a nitro finish is very porous in nature, and actually gets thinner over time. It does not "seal" wood in an airtight shell — as a poly finish does — and allows the wood to breathe and age properly.
Like all classic Gibson guitars, the neck on this limited edition Reverse Flying V is distinguished by one of the more traditional features that have always set them apart — a glued neck joint. Gluing the neck to the body of the guitar insures a wood-to-wood contact, no air space in he neck cavity, and maximum contact between the neck and body, allowing the neck and body to function as a single unit. The result? Better tone, better sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks.
22-Fret Ebony Fingerboard
Ebony has always graced the fingerboards of the world's finest stringed instruments, including today's Les Paul Custom, Les Paul Supreme, and the pioneering HD.6X-Pro Digital Les Paul. The fingerboard on this Gibson limited edition Reverse Flying V is constructed from the highest-grade ebony on the planet. The ebony is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson's team of skilled wood experts before it enters the Gibson factories to be fitted onto the neck of the Les Paul Custom. The resilience of the dense and durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The 12-inch radius of the fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates dead or choked out notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses. Resilient and less porous, ebony absorbs oils well, allowing it to preserve its rich beautiful color.
The fret wire on all Gibson models is a combination nickel and silver alloy (approximately 80 percent nickel and 20 percent silver) specifically designed for long life and superior wear. Gibson's traditional "medium/jumbo" fret wire is first shaped by hand, then cut to an exact 12-inch radius. After hand pressing it into the fingerboard, a machine press finishes the job to eliminate the gap between the bottom of the fret wire and the fingerboard.
The classic dot inlays are one of the most distinguishable features of many traditional Gibson models, including the ES-335 and the Les Paul Junior. A figured, swirl acrylic gives these inlays that classic pearl look. They are inserted in the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn't require the use of fillers.
No guitar neck profiles are more distinguishable than the neck profiles employed on the Gibson models of today. The more traditional '50s neck profile is the thicker, more rounded contour, emulating the neck shapes of Gibson's iconic models of the late 1950s. The '60s neck profile is considered the more modern, slim-tapered contour most commonly associated with the Gibson models of the early 1960s. The neck of Gibson's limited edition Reverse Flying V has the best of both worlds — it is a hybrid between the '50s rounded contour and the '60s slim-taper profile. As with all Gibson necks, it is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. Once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest — including the final sanding — is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.
Adjustable Truss Rod
The adjustable truss rod is a Gibson innovation that revolutionized the guitar. Before this groundbreaking discovery in the early 1930s, the truss rod was used only to strengthen and stabilize the neck. By making it adjustable, the truss rod now allows a guitar to be set up using a variety of string gauges, as well as string heights. This easily accommodates any style of playing, and allows a limitless range of set-up options. And by placing it at the base of the headstock, the adjustable nut is easily accessible, even while the strings are still on the guitar.
Many of the most innovative and revolutionary strings instruments of all time have borne the name Gibson — the Les Paul, the ES-335, the Explorer, the Flying V, the SG. The list goes on and on. There is no mistaking the classic, hand-cut mother of pearl logo, inlayed into a pressed fiber-head veneer that is then glued to the face of the mahogany headstock. A thin coat of lacquer finishes the process. It is one of the most recognizable logos in all of music, representing more than a century of originality and excellence.
Vintage-Style Split Headstock
The asymmetrically designed headstock on the Reverse Flying V is a scaled-down version of the split headstock Gibson used on the experimental Futura and Moderne models of the 1950s. Like every Gibson headstock, it is carved out of the same piece of mahogany as the neck. It is not a glued-on headstock, and the process takes craftsmanship, time, and effort. But the rewards are worth the effort. The headstock is carefully angled at 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain. A gold-plated truss rod cover adds a nice finishing touch to the headstock, and perfectly complements the Reverse Flying V's gold hardware.
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I took a chance on this guitar more or less on a whim. I figured I could send it back if it was a dog. If it was of quality commensurate with its pedigree, it would be well worth the very modest price. When it arrived, I was surprised to see that it shipped in a beautiful custom hard case that was befitting a Gibson limited edition guitar. I opened the case, and was very surprised to see that it was properly set up. Intonation was perfect. The neck was properly adjusted, and the action was excellent. I marked it down on features due to its lack of tone controls, but this is really a minor point. Any good pre-amp or pedal will have appropriate controls. The idea of leaving tone controls off to achieve purer tone is probably a good idea. I am very pleasantly surprised by this guitar. It will not be going back. In fact, I think its fair to predict that it may become a new favorite.
Do not hesitate to get this. I just received mine yesterday as an early holiday gift, and I can't say enough about this guitar. Gibson quality all the way from opening of the box and seeing the beautifully crafted case, to opening the case and seeing this special soul laying there and calling to me.The wide open '57 humbuckers just sing... sweet and bright. The neck position pickup is smooth and soulful. Kick in the bridge pickup and you get clean bright unrestrained tone. For being so simple electronically, I was pleasantly surprised at the various tones that this guitar is able to produce and accommodate.The neck was ruler straight right out of the case. Had to give it a little relief to reduce some buzzing, but other than that and a new set of strings, this guitar was ready to go right out of the box. The natural wood is a delight to behold with wonderful grains matched up, and the nitro finish is so pleasing to touch.The shape and balance of this baby are exceptional. On a strap, it hangs perfectly centered. It is a very well balanced guitar as a result of its shape. Not neck heavy and the body is light and won?t pull you down. Sitting down with the body resting flat on a knee, it has the perfect angle and the neck comes right up and is right where it needs to be without any need to hold on. It begs to be played with the way everything falls together.If you've hesitated to purchase this in the past, don't wait. I've been looking at them since they were originally released, and MF really provided a great deal on a great guitar. Don't wait and let this pass you by.
I recieved mine from mf yesterday and dont want to put it down, the 57 classics are purfect, fit and finish outstanding, probabaly the most camfortable guitar to play sitting, there is no need for tone knob this axe rocks, neck is outstanding!!!!! I have 3 gibsons, 3 fenders, 1dean, 1 michael kelly, 4 epi's, and a new favorite!! Dont hesitate BUY IT NOW You will love it
i tried this beast out a few days ago at my local store and was pretty impressed. i dont intend on buying it (Price), but if epiphone made one im sure i would. everything about this guitar is great. i almost wish they made fake replicas of it too, so i could hang one up on a wall in my studio.
The statements made by that guy Oklahoma on Feb 17, 2008, indicate that he is in need of his meds. The pickups are not reversed, but if they were it would not be giving him a problem - they should only let him put round pegs in round holes down there on the Happy Farm in OK.Anyway, this frikin ax is the bomb! With just a volume control, you get all the juce outta them humbuckers. Sounds a lot like my Custom Shop Flying V with a single PAF Humbucker and volume-only control. This little cupcake plays just like that honey-butter my momma used to make and cranks out tone like Ricky Hirsch on his '59 LP. And, it weighs in at a skinny 5.6 pounds with excellent balance. With the neck kinda sunk down into the body, I dont have to hold the body back on my right side and I dont have to extend my left are far to the left. Palm muting is a real piece of cake.They're gonna have to pry this ax from my cold, dead hands to fit me in my grave. My kids can have all my other guitars and money, but I'm takin' this one with me.
I have not idea where the Icecream Man is coming from on this ax. He talkin' 'bout "it's all backward" heck with that! This thing plays great! And with only the volume knob you way more real tone than with 2+2 humbes. It hangs 'round your neck like a little a high-class hooker. And the neck feels six inches shorter in this design. Feels nice... Sounds great... Even though it's backward. So you'll be red-faced in six months when you aint got this one and can't get one for your own. I got one and I'm keepin it!
Grind those gears into reverse and pick up this very rare Gibson limited series guitar. The guitar is fairly light in weight and very easy on the shoulders. It is surprisingly comfortable when playing in the sitting position and rests perfectly still on the player's leg. The fit and finish is among the best I've seen from Gibson. The Reverse-V is a joy to play with low action and no buzzes. The mirror-like amber gloss brings to mind an aged coloring over korina wood even with the light mahogany used here. The pictures simply do no do justice as to how good the gold hardware looks on this guitar. The tone - oh man, the tone! Big, open, full, rich. The notes just ring out and sustain for much longer than one would suspect from a light guitar. The pickups have plenty of gain and will drive a tube amp into thick creamy distortion with tons of overtones. Clean or distorted, the neck pickup will provide an almost a semi-hollowbody sound just dripping with woman-tone. It won't quite compete with an EMG-loaded metal machine but there are plenty of other guitars in that genre. The only real minus is the limited control set with a single volume control and pickup switch. Still, additional knobs would have looked silly running down the pickguard and I never use a tone control anyway. A superlative and unique guitar that will suit an active player as well as the high-value guitar collector.
This is one of the most amazing looking and playing guitars I have ever seen. the pickups are Hotttt and typically at least a third louder than any other guitar I play on. The single volume control is all you really need on a guitar anyway. If your looking for a quality package at a reasonable cost look no further. Can't quite get what the previous reviewer has issues with.