So here it is: the latest custom Flying V to be born out of Gibson’s year-long Guitar Of The Week series––the newly minted limited edition Flying V New Century.
To be perfectly honest, I’m very happy to see Gibson taking the New Century line in a whole new direction, because in case you missed it, those mirror-top instruments they introduced in late 2005 looked fairly horrendous.
The “New” New Century Flying V appears to pull a full 180––ditching that shiny mirrored pickguard and truss-rod cover for something decidedly darker and cooler… a full-frontal recessed pickguard built from everybody’s favorite material of the future––carbon fiber. Nice.
Besides the overall meaner look, things seem pretty standard here: the guitar features a mahogany body, mahogany neck with “Classic ‘60s” profile (24 3/4“ scale length,) ebony fretboard with 22 frets and mirror dot inlays, and all-chrome hardware, including a chrome stopbar tailpiece, chrome tune-o-matic bridge, and chrome Grover tuners.
Electronics appear to include a pair of 500T humbuckers (in both neck and bridge positions,) dual volume knobs, a single tone knob, and 3-way pickup switching.
Gibson’s ”New“ New Century Flying V will of course be built in a Limited Edition run of just 400 instruments, and is expected to ship with a black reptile pattern hardshell case w/white plush interior.