Gibson 80s Flying V Ebony and 80s Explorer Ebony
Two new '80s Ebony classics
These two Gibson 80s Flying V Ebony and 80s Explorer Ebony models have just been released and are currently on the Thomann website. Ahead of their official release on the Gibson website.
80s Flying V Ebony
Under the black ebony paintwork of the Gibson 80s Flying V Ebony, there is of course mahogany in the body and neck, plus a rosewood fretboard.
In total, the usual 22 frets are installed on the Slim Taper neck. The tones are provided by a pair of Gibson 80s Tribute humbuckers, which are controlled via two volume controls and one tone control.
The 80s Flying V Ebony is made in the USA, a Gibson hard case is included in the price.
MSRP – EUR 2699*
Gibson 80s Explorer Ebony
The Gibson 80s Explorer Ebony has the same mahogany body and neck. In addition, a rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets and two 80s tribute humbuckers with open coils. Two volume controls, one tone control, TOM bridge and stop bar – the classic Explorer (just without a pickguard).
The 80s Explorer Ebony is also made in USA and comes with a matching hard case.
MSRP – EUR 2699 *
At the time of writing neither model is currently showing on the Gibson website, but they do have the 70s versions of the Flying V and the Explorer, etc
I would imagine these will pop up online officially sometime later today. Or perhaps later this week at a push.
Both models are quite stripped back visually and very metal-looking. Which could be exactly what you are looking for if you like that sleek minimal aesthetic. I don’t know much about the 80s Tribute humbuckers, though I would guess that they are relatively high output.
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- 80s Flying V Ebony: Thomann
- Gibson go back to the 80s: Gibson
- Gibson 80s Explorer Ebony: Thomann
No Bindung no nothing special for this vast price! Never ever I would afford a Gibson.
They named the models “ebony” without actually including any ebony wood in the guitars. I can’t for the life of me see why anyone would want to shell out €2699 for one of these. These are the blandest, most boring looking guitars I’ve seen from Gibson so far. I guess it’s only unimaginative cash-grabs like these we are going to see from Gibson from now on, considering that they don’t see themselves as a guitar company any longer – they think of themselves as a “lifestyle brand” 🤮
In terms of appearance at least, these are authentic facsimiles of the Flying V and Explorer that Gibson put out in the mid-80s, although not available only in black (aka ebony) at the time.
The lack of scratchplate and different control layout immediately distinguished them from their predecessors. I thought they looked horrible compared to the 70s version and my opinion hasn’t changed.
Oh for the days when I bought my first professional quality guitar – a brand new Explorer for £750.
Lmao Ebony is for the black paint.
The model is called 80s explorer. Not ebony explorer lol.
The white edition will come out soon also. It won’t be called ebony lol. It will be called 80s explorer. The ebony has nothing to do with the board.