Epiphone has released another Flying V model, a signature guitar for Joe Bonamassa. It’s called the 1958 ‘Amos’ Korina Flying V, and is based upon his original model from Gibson.
Named after the owner of the guitar store that originally sold the Gibson ’58 Flying V, this new version is, Epiphone say, a close copy of that guitar. But being an Epiphone, it won’t cost you thousands. Joe’s original ‘Amos’ Flying V is one of only 91 guitars in existence, and so it would cost you a fair penny to get an original one like his.
Epiphone has used ProBucker 2 and 3 humbucking pickups, CTS electronics and an Epiphone LockTone ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge for this guitar.
The body and neck are Korina, also known as African Limba. This guitar has an FSC Certified Blackwood fretboard with 22 modern day frets. That’s larger than on an original ’58 Flying V, but Joe wanted his signature model to be more playable, so he opted for these on this guitar. That neck is also a nice rounded-C 1958 profile, so should have a nice feel to it and not be too skinny.
The truss rod cover is gold-plated metal and has an “Amos Arthur” engraving to let you know the guitars heritage and significance, in case you ever forget. It also comes in a vintage-style case with hand-signed certificate of authenticity to prove it’s a limited run.
I really love the overall look to this guitar. I do like a Flying V, and I adore my Epiphone Brent Hinds signature model Flying V. I can see this one being a good buy, too. Joe’s Epiphone Firebird 1 model from 2016 was a storming success and got great reviews from players all over the world, so this new Flying V should be pretty sweet, I reckon.
UPDATE – I’ve added a couple of interesting comparison videos that have been made since these were released, which will helpfully help you choose which Epiphone Korina Flying V you prefer.
RRP – GBP 759