Over the weekend Gibson officially unveiled the latest addition to their 2008 Guitar Of The Month series––the 50-Year Commemorative Flying V.
Marking a full half-century since the first batch of Flying V’s left Gibson’s Kalamazoo, Michigan facilities in 1958 (and immediately tanked in the marketplace,) this 50th Anniversary Flying V is fully decked out in a custom ‘Brimstone Burst’ finish, gold hardware, and mother-of-pearl split block inlays.
The guitar eschews its early predecessor’s Korina wood body for solid mahogany, and is topped-off with a beveled-edge AA maple top. A new art deco-styled Gibson logo graces the headstock (apparently culled from the drawings of Ted McCarty,) and the 22-fret ebony fretboard is dressed with gold fretwire.
Other standout features include a set of Steinberger Gearless Tuners––with a 40:1 tuning ratio––a ’57 Classic humbucker at the neck, ’57 Classic Plus humbucker at the bridge, single Volume & Tone controls, and a “50-Year Commemorative neck profile”––basically a hybrid of Gibson’s ’60s Slim-Taper and ’50s Rounded Contour profiles.
The guitar will ship with a custom Guitar of the Month case, and will be produced in a limited run of just 1,000 instruments.