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Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar

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Ever since its introduction in 1958 as part of Gibson's Modernist Series, the Flying V guitar has been an icon of heavy rock tones and alternative looks. Not satisfied with letting the six-stringers h... Click To Read More About This Product

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Ever since its introduction in 1958 as part of Gibson's Modernist Series, the Flying V guitar has been an icon of heavy rock tones and alternative looks. Not satisfied with letting the six-stringers have all the fun, Gibson USA has configured this rocket-age styling into a mean and meaty package for the bassist in search of a scorching low-end alternative: the Flying V Bass. With its 30-1/2" scale length, which is still somewhat longer than the conventional guitar, this bass is perfect for players with shorter arms and smaller hands, beginners and students, or those who are more familiar with six-string guitar scale lengths. But it's also a fully professional instrument for the highest-flying touring or studio musician. Two of the world's most famous bassists, Paul McCartney and Jack Bruce, played short-scale basses at the most influential points of their careers, and countless others have used them to make legendary rock, pop and blues recordings. The Flying V Bass brings weighty tones and easy playability to a package styled for the most radical rock that the 21st century has to offer, and suitable for every variety of music.

Like several classic Gibson tone machines, the Flying V Bass has a body crafted from solid Grade-A mahogany in the classic Flying V shape, dressed in a Cherry finish, offset by a white, four-ply Flying V pickguard. It has a glued-in neck made from superior quarter-sawn Grade-A mahogany for improved strength and superior resonance, and a 22-fret fingerboard made from baked maple. The neck is carved to a comfortable slim profile and measures .850" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th, with a width of 1.60" across its PLEK-cut Corian nut.

All this tonal goodness is cranked through a pair of contemporary Thunderbird Bass pickups with ceramic magnets to take you from gut-rumbling lows to searing highs with enhanced punch and clarity. Individual volume controls and a master tone control allow you to blend pickups as desired for a wide range of tones. Strings are anchored at the body end by a rock-solid, three-point bridge with individually adjustable saddles, and high-quality Grover "shamrock" key tuners grace the traditional Flying V "flying arrow" headstock, all plated in chrome to enhance the elegance of this sleek bass. Pack it all together, and it's a stunning alternative that a lot of bassists will appreciate.


  • Body Type: Flying V
  • Body Wood: Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 30-1/2"
  • Neck Joint: Set
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: Slim Taper
  • # frets: 20
  • Nut Width: 1.695"
  • Fretboard Radius: 12
  • Bridge: Fixed
  • Pickup Bridge: TB Plus Ceramic Humbucker
  • Pickup Neck: TB Plus Ceramic Humbucker
  • Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Tone
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Hardware color: Chrome
  • Pickup selector: 3-Way
  • Limited run
  • Case: Hardshell
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GibsonLimited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar

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One of the best I've owned

By Mike Carey

from Etters, Pa

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

I LOVE this bass !! Great action, sound, looks and weight. If there's one drawback,it would be that it's difficult, but not impossible, to play sitting with it resting on your leg. It tends to want to slide off. lol . I don't play this way often, so, it's no big deal to me. If I practice, it's on one of my other basses anyway. The only other bass that I've owned that comes close to this , in quality and sound, was my Ric. Another nice thing is that there aren't many around, so, it's unique.

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Good Things Come in Smaller Packages

By Beth Askew

from Northern Ohio

Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Electric Bass Guitar:

I'd been wanting a short scale bass for a while and decided on this one about six weeks ago. Good choice in my opinion (picking this one). But let me say, there is nothing stellar going on with this guitar--it is a straight forward no frills bass. First off: The case is good but an odd shape and I'm not going to trust it whenever its time to load the van and hit the road. Secondly, the fret-wire is good (no snaggle toothed grin here)but small, yet, I haven't come across any problems digging into the fingerboard, as of yet. The neck is a little chunky in comparison to my Epiphone "Nikki Six" Thunderbird, but I like it (I feel the Thunderbird's neck to be a little too thin). The knobs are out of the way but its not a big stretch (so if you like them closer...), and the hardware is nice and tight like it should be. Mostly, it's definitely a bass: I've tried three different set of strings (different sizes)and the sound produced is definitely that of likewise value a longer scale bass produces. This-n-that: the pickups, although people are telling me I should/could trade them out, are good enough (for me anyway). All-in-all a good bass--it keeps me smiling and that keeps me playing, plus it keeps me thinking about some of the other really neat stuff out there I can use with the bass to get a little of this and that out of it.

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