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Gibson Modern Flying V CES

Gibson Modern Flying V spotted at CES  ·  Source: Gibson/Musicradar

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.

Jackson Roswell Rhoads

Jackson Roswell Rhoads from the 1990s


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:


Gibson Modern V headstock

Gibson Modern V headstock


Modern Flying V

Modern Flying V

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



by Jef

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