Gibson Flying V

Gibson Flying V

Year: 1990

Made In: USA

Specs: Mahogany body, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard

Electronics: Seymour Duncan JB & 59 pickups

Controls: Volume x 2, tone & 3-way switch

Lured by the presence of the Kahler vibrato, I brought this one in from the US. This was actually my first V. It needed some work, it was in pretty poor shape when it arrived. I ended up replacing the stock pickups and mutilated wiring and, after a fret level and dress, this was a pretty good player and sounded rather nice indeed. It was a lot better guitar than the next Gibson V I would have years later. Despite this, the band I was in at the time I was tuning lower and lower and I needed something longer than the 24.75″ scale so I eased it on out the door to release some funds.

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Gibson Flying V

Gibson Flying V

Year: 200x

Made In: USA

Specs: Mahogany body, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard

Electronics: Gibson 496R and 500T pickups

Controls: Volume x 2, tone & 3-way switch

I picked this up, along with an Explorer, in exchange for the PRS McCarty covered elsewhere on the blog. It seemed like a decent deal at the time. This guitar was perfectly ok but, in truth, nothing more. There was nothing specifically poor about it, it was just underwhelming in every way and got eased on out the door after a short while for a Bigsby-packing Telecaster. There’s not much more to say about it, really.