Gibson Modern Flying V boldly goes where no guitar has gone before
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
- Gibson Custom Shop Modern Flying V: Gibson
- Apex Headstock : Gibson
- Bold curves: Gibson
- Matching hardware: Gibson
This isn’t new or boundary pushing, it’s a lazy copy of a futuristic V Jackson tossed out into the world 15 years ago. The shape change aside, the rest of the guitar is standard Gibson flogging a dead horse; the same pickups (the much undesirable 500t/496r combo) as a regular V, the inlays and binding of a LP Custom, humdrum metallic finishes and a pricetag that costs more than a decent motorcycle. This is why the company isn’t attracting newer buyers to stave off its looming financial problems and instead is marching headlong into suicide. They’re alienating their local fans, making mixed message guitars that don’t answer the newer buyers smaller spending habits, and totally gone deaf to what anyone wants from them. The time has come, the company needs restructuring from the top down. The only way to get a decent Gibson is to buy used or buy a very nice model from a Heritage Guitars.
I think that Gibson need to give there HEAD a BIG SHAKE!!,STOP WITH ALL THIS FIRE WOOD GARBAGE!!,AND GO BACK TO MAKING QUALITY GUITARS FOR A DESCENT PRICE!!!!,THE KOREANS ARE KICKING YOUR ASSES INTO THE MANURE PIT IN SPADES!! EVEN THE JAPANESE MAKE A BETTER
COPY!! I KNOW BECAUSE I OWN 4 TOKI’S,TWO LPS,AND 2 -335’S.AND THEY KILL GIBSON’S!!FOR THE MONEY.
YOU PEOPLE HAVE THE TOOLING TO MAKE GREAT GUITARS,START USING THEM!!!!!!!
AND STOP CHARGING AN ARM AND A LEG FOR AXES THAT NEED $300-500 WORTH OF WORK TO MAKE THEM THE WAY THEY SHOULD HAVE COME FROM YOU!!!
ALSO STICK TO THE GUITARS THAT PEOPLE WANT,AND NOT THE BUNCH OF ODDBALL
MODELS MADE FOR ENDOSEMENT PRO PLAYERS.ALL THAT SHOULD BE ON A CUSTOM ORDER BASIS,PERIOD!!
I SPEAK FROM 48YRS OF EXPERIENCE,AS AN REPAIRMAN AND A LONG TIME OWNER OF A 58’LP, 60′-61 ES-345, A 60′-61 SG,AND A 39′ PROTOTYPE ES-300.THESE ARE QUALITY GUITARS
MADE THE WAY THAT THEY SHOULD BE TODAY,AND EVEN BETTER WITH THE TOOLING
THAT IS AVAILABLE.
I STOPPED BEING A GIBSON MAN YEARS AGO WHEN I SAW THE QUALITY GO TO HELL!!
NO SURPRISE THAT YOU ARE IN TROUBLE!!
WAKE UP MR.CEO OF GIBSON!!,OR YOU WILL BE OUT ON YOUR EARS IN A SHORT TIME!!!
Well this is fun but nothing new. Gibson, take some design risks. All you’re doing here is the same 2 HB in a different shape. Hell, even Fender is kicking out some weird hybrids. As far as this design goes, I can buy something that does e same thing for 1/4 the price.
If you guys over here on the other side of the pond think these are silly, just wait till you get a look at the abominations called the “Boogie Van” Les Pauls that Gibson just announced. Almost make these marginally desirable by comparison. And for the record, most of us Yanks are profoundly embarrassed to have stuff like this represent our national guitar making heritage.