Gibson Flying V Faded (Worn Cherry) (No Longer Available)
Flying V Faded with Mahogany Body and Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard and Two Humbuckers in Worn Cherry
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A Modern Update of the Flying VGibson's competitors had long accused the company of being conservative. In 1958, the company answered with what had to be the least conservative guitar designs in history - at least up until that point. Gibson introduced three "futuristic" guitar models that year, the Flying V, the Explorer and the Moderne. The first two went into limited production and while there have long been rumors of a production version of the Moderne, most doubt it went beyond the prototype stage. But Gibson certainly showed the critics that it was capable of and more than willing to break the conservative mold with these instruments, which actually owe an awful lot to late '50s automobile design. While there weren't many Flying Vs sold in 1958, the guitar has been reincarnated several times in the last four decades. The guitar here is a more modern take on the 1958 design, though it still keeps the vintage vibe alive with a special Worn Cherry finish that makes it look like a guitar that's spent years up on stage, but without the wear and tear.
Gibson Flying V Faded at a Glance:
It's New, But Looks Vintage
Thanks to a special process developed by Gibson, the mahogany body of the Flying V faded has the look of a vintage instrument. Instead of bright and shiny, the body has the duller sheen we usually associate with guitars that have tons of stage and studio hours (or decades) on them. A closer look reveals no dings, chips or scratches, but the overall vibe is definitely vintage, down to the Worn Cherry finish. Hey, Jimi Hendrix used a Flying V both live and on many classic recordings. If it was good enough for Jimi, you might want to give this guitar a test flight!
Special "Rounded" Neck Profile
Some Gibsons had huge mahogany necks, but by 1960 the company made a number of modifications until those early '60s necks became among the fastest available. The special rounded neck profile of the Flying V Faded is one favored by many of today's top players. You can move up and down the neck at blazing speeds, but the rosewood fingerboard still has that warm, classic Gibson feel, allowing easy access to the upper frets so you can really dig into your solos. It also sounds great when grabbing big fat power chords. The pearloid dots complete the vintage look.
Two Smoking Hot Humbuckers
Historically, Gibson has long been associated with the dark, punchy tone of the humbucking pickup with its fat low end and crunchy, complex midrange. The Flying V Faded carries on that tradition with two scorching hot humbuckers with ceramic magnets (a 496R in the neck position and a 500T in the bridge position). Some players (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page to name a few) felt that by removing the covers, humbuckers were louder and had more top end. The Flying V comes standard with coverless pickups.
Gibson Flying V Faded Features:
Gibson: Don't Mess with a Good Thing
Gibson guitars have been around for well over a century. When guitarists are looking for an outstanding combination of superb tone and playability along with great looks and gorgeous finishes, the choice for most of those 100 plus years has been Gibson. From their amazing collection of fine acoustics to the electric guitars that literally rewrote music history, Gibson guitars have been on almost every chart-topping album from artists like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Cream and Led Zeppelin. These "first call" instruments also cross an enormous array of diverse styles, from folk and country to blues and hard rock. With that resume, it's not surprising that so many of Gibson's best-selling instruments have changed little over the decades. Because there's just no sense in messing with a good thing!
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by Klayton P. from Salt Lake City, UTI bought this guitar after playing a similar one at a local guitar shop. Upon it's arrival I immediatley plugged into my Crate 65 watt. After making the necessary adjustments, I was blown away! The ac... read more [+]tion on the guitar was perfect right out of the box, really low, hardly any buzz at all. It's really light, and stays in tune really well. The one sent to me had a small chip in the fretboard past the 22nd fret, no big deal though. The finish is really pretty, the picture doesn't do it justice, it's almost more brown than red. As for the sound, it's a gibson, so naturally, it's gonna sound fantastic. The bridge pickup is really good for heavily distorted stuff, really good low end, and it has that les paul-esque crunch. The bridge pickup on clean is pretty good, not my favorite, but it has it's uses. As for the neck pickup, the clean is excellent. I heard from quite a few reviews that the neck pickup was lame and the clean sucked, though a clean sound really isn't my forte, I've been getting into it more and more since i bought the guitar, the clean sound is fantastic. The price made it possible for me to afford a guitar with the gibson name, and it doesn't suck in the least. This guitar sounds and plays perfectly, I would recommend you make the puerchase immediately. close [-]
December 2, 2006
Music Background: working musician, hobbyist
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by Jason from Farmingdale, New Jersey, USAI bought this guitar a liitle over a year ago, and it was the best money I ever spent. This guitar plays like a dream, and sounds very good for having the low end Gibson ceramic humbuckers in it. It's... read more [+] a great guitar if you want something that plays and sounds amazing, but you want to stand out from the crowd. And the price makes this possible to own a gibson sooner than you think. Try it out! close [-]
October 22, 2006
Music Background: Advanced Student
Jon, Cushing, MN
Gibson Flying V Faded (Worn Cherry)
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