SOLD! - 1979 Gibson Flying V2 Natural Maple/Walnut - first batch
Here is a rare bird:
An all original November 16th, 1979 Gibson Flying V2 - one of 157 shipped during that very first year of production. It's built at the historic Kalamazoo plant and they were only produced from 1979 - 1982.
The Gibson Flying V2 was one of the first projects handed to new Gibson employee Tim Shaw in 1978. The goal was to produce a ‘sculpted’ version of the classic Flying V. To do this, the body was created in a ‘sandwich’ of Walnut and Maple layers, with beveling to expose the lines of the layers. As well, Shaw created a new humbucking design, often referred to as the ‘Boomerang’ pickup which has not really been used on any other guitars before or since. The Flying V2 neck is similarly ‘sandwiched’, with alternating Walnut and Maple layers and an unbound dark black Ebony fingerboard.
As was common at the time, sustain was a value sought by using brass in various locations – the nut, bridge anchors and tailpiece are brass. The oversize brass bridge anchors were very deliberately chosen, to the point that they were nicknamed the ‘Sustain Sisters’. The bridge is a standard gold-plated tune-o-matic model and Gibson Schaller style tuners with Tulip buttons are used.
This was intended as a high end model and in 1979 at 1,199 USD it was Gibson’s third most expensive guitar!!
This rare piece is in overall good condition, even though it has spent it,s life on stage and in the studio. It has an decent amount of honest play wear all around but nothing too serious. Fret wear is light. Typical of Gibsons of the period, the metal parts that come into contact with the player have some corrosion.
This guitar plays just amazing with a super low professional setup and is eye-catching for sure. You will not see many of these out there!
Comes in the original black Gibson V Hardshell case with red lining