The Gibson Flying V was formerly introduced to the guitar world in 58’. Back then, Gibson’s then CEO, Ted McCarty yearned for a state-of-the-art guitar design to take on the Fender Strat guitar.
CEO McCarty was looking for a modern looking axe with extraordinary looks and eye allure. To this end, Gibson designers developed the Flying V & Explorer guitars. These pair of guitars were both imaginative & advanced guitars with stylish & new-age shapes.
The original pre-development Flying V axes ended-up being excessively heavy as they had been constructed with wood of mahogany and as a result were too expensive when compared with the rival Fender Strat. For that reason, the original production models shipped from Gibson in 58’ were being made from korina wood. Korina turned-out to be a great deal lighter and much easier to get when compared to the mahogany wood. First sales had been slow with the Flying V. During the course of 58’ and 59’, less than one-hundred V guitars were originally procured by various guitar suppliers. Gibson Flying V purchases were so slow-moving through the initial first years that Gibson pulled the electric guitar out of their offerings in 60’.
The Gibson Company added the V back to manufacturing in 67’. Between 67’ & 70’, Gibson completed various changes to the guitar: the original construction korina wood ended-up being swapped by using the initial pre-production mahogany wood. In 69’, the Flying Vs were made out of all-natural walnut wood and displayed a 3-section guitar neck.
Beginning in the 70’s, Gibson made numerous changes to the Flying V electric guitar which included: widening/3-piece neck; 2-piece bodie; less streamlined & angled head-stock; the vibrola was removed; inclusion of the stop-barre tail-piece; as well as, other cosmetic type changes.
Sales from the V guitar took-off in the mid-70s as rock started to become quite popular. Music bands such as ZZ Top, Scorpions, UFO, Kiss, & Wishbone Ash used the Flying V guitar prominently and helped the guitar become a sizzling-hot commodity inside the guitar world.
Following 75’, Gibson created over twenty-five changes & re-issues of the Flying V. A lot of companies jumped-on the great results and successes of the Flying V and started building their very own designs. Jackson, Ibanez, Hamer, B.C. Rich & Dean were a number of them.
Around the year 2007, the Gibson Company revealed an extraordinary adaptation of the Flying V known as the Reverse Flying V. This particular guitar was in fact flipped 180 degrees with the tips of the V going inwards towards the head-stock. Gibson also manufactured a bass guitar edition of the Flying V.
The Gibson Flying V celebrated its fifty year anniversary in 2008 and commemorated this milestone with a custom fifty year anniversary version. The future is certain to bring-out some more delightful versions of this authentic and everlasting electric guitar!