Gibson tantalised fans of its classic Flying V at CES this week, offering glimpses of a new model dubbed the Modern Flying V. The guitar also turned up in a video on its Twitter feed. It looks a bit like a cool Roswell Rhoads version of the classic Flying V design, but information is currently very scanty…
Modern Flying V
As yet, there is no official information available on the new Gibson Modern Flying V other than it is a Custom Shop guitar. It looks very much like the Jackson Roswell Rhoads guitar from the 1990s, but with more retro ’50s Gibson styling.
We can see it is a twin humbucker instrument with a Tune-O-Matic style bridge/tailpiece – and that is about it. The fretboard inlays are quite small compared to a Custom version, and the headstock is a new, more rounded V-Style “three-a-side tuners” affair. They supposedly have a contoured top, new unique finishes and the Apex headstock/neck design also used on the Modern Double Cuts. Here are two pictures that surfaced on the MusicRadar website:
The few pictures we’ve seen so far are all a bit blurry, and it is still not officially listed on the main Gibson website. This means we will all have to wait for details to emerge – hopefully not too long!
To my eye, they look a lot nicer than the other CES announcement from Gibson, the Semi-Hollow Modern Double Cut, which has some pretty pastel colours.
RRP – USD 4449
- Jackson Roswell Rhoads from the 1990s: Jackson/Musiczoo
- Gibson Modern V headstock: Gibson/Musicradar
- Modern Flying V: Gibson/Musicradar