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Gibson Custom 1959 Mahogany Flying V Electric Guitar Antique Natural

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"Russia has launched her satellite, perhaps to the embarrassment of the U.S., but the Gibson folks have come forth with their own 'first' – the futuristic 'Flying V' guitar." — Gibson Gazette, Novembe... Click To Read More About This Product

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"Russia has launched her satellite, perhaps to the embarrassment of the U.S., but the Gibson folks have come forth with their own 'first' – the futuristic 'Flying V' guitar." — Gibson Gazette, November 1957

When Gibson unveiled the Flying V as part of its Modernistic Series in 1958 – alongside its partner, the Explorer – the guitar world just wasn’t ready for this sleek vision of the future. But there was no turning back, as these unique sculptures of musical innovation changed forever the way electric guitars were to be conceived, perceived and designed. Their solid Korina wood bodies and necks were carved into super-angular shapes with no discernible bouts, wastes or traditional cutaways of any sort.

The Flying V was even verging on impossible to play sitting down — yet who could sit for long while playing an instrument like this anyway? The Flying V was made for strutting, swaggering, wailing rock. It’s just that no one quite realized it at the time.

Realistically, the Modernistic models were aimed at a music that had yet to be born. But in the late 1960s and into the ’70s when heavy rock ruled stadium stages all over the world, these bold guitars became the ultimate incarnations of the music. From the time of their birth, however, until their deletion in 1960, less than 200 units of both models were manufactured – a reality that eventually made them some of the most sought-after guitars in the world.

This model presents all of the features and characteristics of an original 1959 Flying V. Includes hardshell case.

FEATURES

Body
  • Body shape: V
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Nitrocellulose
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Wood: Rosewood
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Historic
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.69" (43mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: '57 Classic
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: '57 Classic
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Parallel
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: ABR-1
  • Tailpiece: V
  • Tuning machines: Kluson deluxe
  • Color: Nickel
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Analine dye
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Certificate of authenticity
  • Country of origin: United States
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Gibson Custom1959 Mahogany Flying V Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

Very Hot Guitar

By Joe Cass

from Lyndhurst,NJ

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Comments about Gibson Custom 1959 Mahogany Flying V Electric Guitar:

The Gibson Custom Shop 59 Flying V is Quite A Powerhouse. Utilizing Alnico 3 pickups give it a Very Hot Sound. I recommend though to always have it innotated with new 10 gauge strings and adjust the Truss rod to insure a perfect tuned instrument.

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5.0

Excellent Guitar

By Joe Cass

from Lyndhurst, NJ

Pros

  • Superb Sustained,Excellent Resonance

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson Custom 1959 Mahogany Flying V Electric Guitar:

      This Custom Shop Flying V Guitar is an Amazing instrument. With 2 High output Alnico 3 Burstbuckers that give You the bite needed for playing Rock, Jazz or Blues. The adjustable controls can be set for any situation and the 3 way toggle switch allows you to choose between Neck, Bridge or both. Like all Flying Vs the only way to Playing it in a sitting position is upright over the thigh.

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