Gibson first mentioned their plans to release a Custom Shop Zakk Wylde Flying V back at the beginning of March, but since then I haven’t heard a single word––until now. Thanks to some good investigative work by Matt over at Guitar Stuff we now know that the guitar is not only in production, its already available from select dealers.
Given the popularity of Mr. Wylde’s bombastic guitar work it’s kind of hard to fathom why Gibson hasn’t better publicized the release of their latest bulls-eyed beast, but be that as it may there’s already a growing storm of excitement building up in the guitar forums.
According to the info available (there’s yet to appear an official product page on Gibson’s website,) the Zakk Wylde Flying V will be produced in a limited run of just 100 instruments, so if you’re at all interested in acquiring one of these before they hit the after-market (read: outrageously expensive) you’ll have to act fast.
The guitar is expected to feature a mahogany body, 3-piece maple neck (w/no finish, 24 3/4-inch scale length,) ebony fretboard with 22 frets, EMG-81 and EMG-85 pickups, dual volume & tone controls, 3-way pickup switching, Floyd Rose tremolo unit, Grover tuning machines, an ebony finish with Zakk’s trademark white bullseye, gold Zakk profile on the back of the headstock, and a CS case with Certificate of authenticity.
Street price is said to be running around $4500, but don’t hold me to it.