That new Gibson Modern Flying V we spotted back at the CES Show last month is now official and we finally have some specifications on this bold new model for 2018. Set phasers to stun!
Gibson Modern Flying V
The styling on Gibson’s new Modern Flying V model looks like it’s been inspired by science fiction, with hints of old ’50s design elements that are (mind-)melded to the iconic Flying V shape.
It has a shimmering prism sparkle finish and lots of metal-plated hardware that helps complete the look. It all fits well together and overall, the design is harmonious.
The Modern Flying V has a mahogany body styled in a shape similar to the Star Trek logo, which I think is no accident (dare we say it’s logical, Captain?).
It boldly goes to show that the Gibson Custom Shop is building on the Flying V design, itself inspired by rockets, and pushing it further.
The one-piece mahogany neck has an Apex headstock carve, perhaps to maximise strength in that weak area where the headstock meets the neck. The fingerboard is Richlite and inlaid with small Pearloid blocks. This guitar has 22 medium jumbo frets and a 12″ fretboard radius; the scale length is the traditional 24.75″ Gibson.
On the hardware side, the instrument has a Tune-O-Matic-style bridge and Stop Bar tailpiece with a set of mini Grover tuners, Speed knobs and a plated brass pickguard. All elements match the colour scheme on each model.
The pickups used here are a 496R neck humbucker and a 500T bridge humbucker, controlled by a single Volume and Tone control wired to a three-way switch. I like that they have also recessed the jack socket on the inside of the lower horn.
You can order the Modern Flying V in either Ebony Prism, Silver Prism or Gold Prism finishes.
RRP – USD 4499