Gibson has officially announced the limited run Collectors Edition 1958 Korina Flying V and Explorer models. The company also uploaded a new video explaining the process behind these Murphy Lab guitars to its Gibson TV YouTube channel.
Gibson Collectors Edition 1958 Korina Flying V and Explorer
These two new recreations of the original 1958 Gibson Korina Flying V and Explorer models were first briefly mention earlier this month on the company’s YouTube channel. The highly anticipated new Murphy Lab recreations have now been officially announced. There are 81 Flying V models and only 19 Explorer models being made, just as they were in the catalogue for the original guitars in 1958.
Each reissue guitar was built around an original example, which Gibson acquired and scanned with a 3D wand. Then, every dimension and contour was put into a digital model. This allowed them to get an exact replica of the originals. They even scanned in the original guitar cases. All the original ‘case candy’ is there too, including the vintage-style cable, strap, picks, and a period-correct pennant.
Both instruments have Korina bodies and necks, and the highly sought-after Brazilian rosewood fretboards, as the originals did. But that also means they will be super hard to get your hands on, as CITES forbids the export of Brazilian Rosewood outside of the USA without a lot of documents and hassle. So you may not see these guitars in Europe or Japan.
Like the original models back in ’58, the Explorers have a one-piece Korina body, whereas the Flying V is a two-piece body. Each reissue has Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aging plus vintage correct fret wire and a set of Gibson’s Custombucker PAF pickups.
RRP – TBC