Gibson Flying V Faded
Gibson Flying V Faded

Flying V Faded, V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Flying V series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 23 reviews )
 15 reviews65 %
 7 reviews30 %
 1 user review4 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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SonicPulverizer's review"Low Cost Fire Breather"

Gibson Flying V Faded
The Gibson Faded Flying V is an affordable, no-nonsense guitar with enough class to stay ahead of other gibson USA models in the looks department. The Faded V features a solid Mahogany body and set neck, coupled with a rosewood fingerboard. The 496R and 500T pickups pair perfectly with this guitar, lending it a powerful feel when gain is applied. The controls are made up of two separate volumes and a shared tone pot, which leads to less output resistance and more power. The looks of the guitar are surprisingly fair, unlike other guitars in the faded series.


The tuning stability of the V is average. I found that the B-string on the particular guitar I tested had issues with keeping in check. The neck profile is flaunted by gibson of being a cross between the 60's slim taper neck and the thicker 50's style. I couldn't discern any great benefit to it, but the neck did feel wonderful in the palm. The pickup selection for this guitar is perfect, they give the V a very "hot" sound that allowed for enhanced playing feel with aggressive styles.


I played the Gibson Faded flying V through a JVM210h. Mesa 4x12 cab. No pedals.

If my previous review was any indication, I am not a fan of the JVM series amps at all. This guitar, however, managed to make it pretty enjoyable to listen through. The clean sounds aren't exactly crystal, but they are useable. The focus of this guitar was gain sounds, and this is what I spent most of my time using the guitar for. The guitar allowed for fluid lead runs with oodles of sustain. I could have easily spent a day playing the same riffs on this guitar and not realized the time past. One of the best guitars I've played for aggressive styles of music.


The Gibson Faded Flaying V is a rock/metal guitarist's dream. The guitar is inexpensive, fetching as low as $500 on the used market, while not being stripped of features to the point of damaging desirability. The V retains the gibson aesthetic cues that fans of the brand crave, without set fire to their wallets.

iamqman's review"Staple rock n roll guitar"

Gibson Flying V Faded
The Gibson flying V guitar is a great rock 'n roll and a great looking guitar and sounding guitar. Whenever someone sees this guitar on stage are in an even in the guitar shop you just think hard rock or metal. Whether it be country or pop music with this guitar you're just think about heavy distortion and long hair. It's a great looking guitar and one of the most iconic looking guitars that is ever been built. It has a great tone is very Gibson sounding in nature but does have its own thing going on compared to a Gibson SG or get some Les Paul guitar.


Gibson Flying V Faded Electric Guitar Specifications

* Body: Mahogany
* Neck: Mahogany
* Neck Profile: Rounded
* Scale Length: 24-3/4 inches
* Nut Width: 1-11/16 inches
* Fingerboard: Rosewood
* Inlay: Pearloid dot
* Number of Frets: 22
* Bridge: Tune-o-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
* Pickups: 496R and 500T with ceramic magnets
* Controls:
o Two volume knobs
o One tone knob
o Three-way pickup selector switch
* Tuners: Grover
* Hardware: Chrome
* Included Accessories: Deluxe Gig Bag


The guitars pretty easy to play but I suggest using it with the guitar strap. If you've ever played a Gibson SG or Gibson Les Paul guitar and then you know that you can set them in your lap and play them sitting on a chair or stool. This is not to be a guitar that you're going to be able to do that with. If you play to Gibson Firebird and you know exactly what I'm talking about because the weird body shape doesn't allow this guitar to sit on your knee. So you always have to use this with a guitar strap and probably standing up. So with that in mind which is not a big deal but it's just something that needs to be said about this guitar. It has a ye large body in the shape of a fee with the usual volume and tone control knobs. Much like the Gibson SG guitar where you can reach the high register frets this guitar allows you to do the same thing. So you're good. Have a lot more versatility in the upper frets than you would be Gibson Les Paul guitarists because those have the back of the body more closer towards the frets which allows it more difficult to reach those higher frets. To this when you're able to play up in the higher frets with much more ease.

The tone is guitar is fantastic with its mahogany wood would a body and neck. You have a rosewood fretboard and the overall tone is guitar is very rock 'n roll. It sounds absolutely fantastic couple with a Marshall amplifier or Mesa boogie amplifier. Pretty much any high gain amplifier will work well with this guitar. My personal favor probably has to be either a Marshall amplifier that's modified or a Bogner amplifier. Something was a good chewy distortion tone works well with this guitar. Simply because it allows for that good chunky rhythmic tone so a good steak distortion sounds exceptional with this guitar.


Add new you can find these guitars for right around $900 which is a steal of a price. This is a great price for good rock 'n roll guitar and a great digging guitar. This is the players guitar for sure and not a boutique or showroom guitar. The look of it just stands out very well so you better be ready to rock it hard if you're going to bring this guitar on stage with you. It's a great price guitar for someone he's looking to get into something better than a Ibanez guitar and wants a fantastic recording and gigging guitar.
King Loudness08/30/2011

King Loudness's review"Radical, man"

Gibson Flying V Faded
The Gibson Flying V Faded is a guitar that is essentially a Gibson Flying V '67 reissue, but instead of being painted in a solid colour finish like black, white or cherry it is painted in one of Gibson's "faded" finishes. I personally am a fan of these finishes as they are much thinner than a typical paint job (helping the tone) plus they are generally cheaper than the regular '67 V. Bonus!

It's got all mahogany construction with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets, dot inlays, Kluson tuners, tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, and a pair of high output Gibson 496R and 500T humbuckers. There's a fairly simple control layout of two volumes (one per pickup) a master tone control for both pickups as well as a 3 way toggle switch for the dual humbuckers.


The Flying V is a fairly ergonomic guitar that sits extremely well on the body and is light in weight. The faded construction makes the guitar feel purer and more air-y, almost as if it has a layer removed when compared to the regular '67 V. It's light and very resonant. Even when being played unplugged it sounds clear and defined - always a good sign. The upper fret access is quite good on this guitar too.

Getting a good sound of this guitar is fairly simple. Most classic Gibsons are basically plug and play guitars that are meant for a specific player who knows how to channel what he or she wants from their instrument, and this guitar is no exception. It sounds excellent for hard rock and classic metal, and the thinner faded finish helps to give the guitar a sound is brighter and not quite as compressed as the regular Flying V.


The Faded Flying V is equipped with fairly high output pickups that work well for rock and metal styles. It's not a guitar that sounds stellar to me for cleaner work, because Gibson's higher output pickups tend to compress easily and not allow for the dynamic level that contributes to a great sounding clean tone. However, for overdrive tones it sounds great. The neck pickup has a wonderful fluid tone for lead work from rock to metal/shred, and the bridge pickup has a nice raunchy bite that really cuts through in a mix, even at higher gain settings. It's definitely well suited to players looking for a guitar that sounds great for heavier sounds but still with a nice air-y quality that is due to the thinner finish.


The Gibson Faded Flying V is a great sounding and great playing guitar for anyone looking for a flashy yet great sounding guitar at a good price. For $1,000 new, this guitar is an excellent value for money, and I really like it overall. I personally prefer this model to the more expensive '67 RI V because it sounds more vintage and less compressed, especially on higher gain settings. Definitely give one a whirl if you get the chance.

sat4n's review

Gibson Flying V Faded
The Flying V Faded is based on the late-sixties V design in which the three control knobs form a triangle, not the fifties design in which they form a straight line. It's got the usual V features: two humbuckers, mahogany body, ebony fingerboard, and penis-shaped silhouette.

The following things distinguish the Faded version of the V from the non-faded version: It has one coat lacquer as opposed to several, it comes with a gigbag rather than a hard case, it costs significantly less money. You could actually buy this guitar and then buy a hardcase from Gibson and you'd still be paying less money than for the non-faded V. The missing coats of lacquer do not make a difference to the sound (unless, I suppose, you're playing it under water).


Many people who have never actually played a Flying V mistakenly think it will be a) heavy, and b) awkward feeling. The guitar is way lighter and easier to play than a Les Paul, and far more well balanced than an SG (which, to me, always feels like it's going to fall if you don't hold the neck up). Very easy to play and very comfortable to wear.

I guess if you like playing sitting down you wouldn't want one, because it can't be done very well. Standing up, though, it's very nice. In keeping with its comically-phallic aesthetic, it fits snuggly into the crotch. Oh la la!


The ceramic magnet pickups that come with this guitar (and all Flying Vs) are good for metal. By "good for metal" I mean that they are extremely high-output and make even the warmest-sounding tube amp sound like you've plugged the guitar directly into a cheap solid-state PA system. If you do not play metal I highly recommend that you replace the stock pickups. I swapped mine out for for Gibson '57 Classics and, along with the hardcase upgrade I mentioned earlier, this is now my main gigging guitar. Furthermore, I made back much of the money I spent by selling the old pickups and the gigbag, but even had I not sold them I still would have spent less on this guitar than I would have on the non-faded V. And the new pickups make this one sound so much better!


I've had this guitar for about two years. I'm not into metal, and neither are my friends or bandmates (we're all into pretentious hipster music), so whenever I play the V they're always skeptical, until they try it out. Once they try it out, they all say they want one. I kind of bought this guitar as a joke; I was planning on starting a joke metal band and then reselling it, but I'm totally serious about it now. After switching the pickups the guitar just sounds great, and it played great from day one. And, of course, it looks, well, hilarious.

thisch's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good entry level product"

Gibson Flying V Faded
Purchased in the USA in the famous House of Guitars in Rochester, NY (ROLLING Stone magazine classépar the second best guitar dealer from world to world, eeeeh yeah!), At a ridiculous price (like $ 399).
Exact replica of a real one, with the approximate finishing characteristics of gibbons, little or no jacks, cheap wood, but but but, it sounds like a direct Tyson!
Channel hum stakes, 4 settings, nothing but classic Gibson.
For the price, this is a war beast to carry around.


Did the


It goes very well for the nice big metal or shredding. Personally, for jazz, blues rock, I was not convinced. So I sold to a friend of mine Head banger who takes delight every Friday and Saturday evening.


She has flaws and qualities of its big sister: impossible to play sitting down!

nomisbaud's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good first Gibson to the Hard Rock!"

Gibson Flying V Faded
Well first of all, I wanted to say I am one of those who are not convinced that their purchase is the best choice they could do to feel good, and everything as we meet a lot on these forums . This sets the tone of the opinion that will ensue.

Brief characteristics were repeated several times, see the previous notices.

Now I wanted to push a big rant to Gibson, who through advertising campaigns and often well-conducted buyers who buy on the internet and therefore do not try their guitar store (I designed myself by saying this), manage to sell guitars poorly finished, with a violin that can not be regarded as exceptional for a price well above its qualities. A Gibson is a dream for every guitarist, but that dream is soon broken when comparing a Gibson to another lesser known brand made in Asia for the same price, a guitarist reasoned choose the sound and quality and this is not more at Gibson ...

Else for that Flying V, the factory settings are disturbing, we must immediately go to a luthier to adjust the action is too high, the neck is a little mouth, not even the screws into the wood, and the wiring ... brief is blah.

In other mics it's known, 500t and 496R, while mahogany ... (Poor quality on mine is not sapele and African mahogany unfortunately ...), three body parts and handle one piece (good for once)


Side of ergonomics, you must love the shape, almost unplayable sitting very sure, or else develop in a special position, but hey it's the Flying V, it is preferred to play it safe standing.

The neck is quite thin, pleasant, it is not as fine as highways or other ibanez guitars shred but it's not bad, again this is obviously personal opinions.

Access to acute, you can not do better so it can only be perfect.


Ahh the sound, that's what any guitarist looking for, and it is also one of the main outcome of a guitar.

First vacuum, big surprise, it sounds, for the quality of the violin, I'm pleasantly surprised, so good!

Now, clean sound, plugged into a Vox AC30 1975 and a Mesa Lonestar. Well we hate to go to saturation, the sound is neutral without color, which is not great, it's mostly the microphones that are not really known to be good clean sound. I tried with two classic 57 is immediately better.

Then you push a little the gain of the Vox and we pass on the overdrive channel of Mesa, it's really not bad, thank you 496R in the neck which provides great sound for blues, blues-rock, and the bridge position is not bad for a sound to the AC / DC, so good! (The sound is even better with classic 57, I definitely suggest changing the pickups of origin for 57 classics for a good clear sound and reach the pinnacle for the blues)

Then we change the amp now, Mesa Dual Rectifier management, modern channel, and there .... Well it sounds actually not bad, the hard rock / metal is its vocation, it is safe and sure! If I look at the purchase price: 400 euros occas, well I'm still happy to have one like him for that price!


So in conclusion, I use it for 3 years, I play much less due to a purchase of a Heritage H535 and H157 one (I highly recommend this brand, check out his story and their means of production, you will amazed!).

I especially recommend to any guitarist wanting to acquire his first Gibson, wanting to play hard rock / metal. The report ITS / price (not quality / price, because given the violin, one wonders how she can leave her a lot more saturated in (a big thank you to the microphones to speak)) is fairly good for 400 euro and the sound it delivers big saturation. I hope the quality of wood is not the same for all these guitars because Gibson really down in the estimates of many guitarists over the past ten years, there is still time to change!

So a guitar to buy used, new price is far too high for the quality of the guitar, for the same price (700 euros) or a little lower, you run into a Samick / Greg Bennett (that is about to make lots of noise in the guitar world with a value / price) or Custom 77 or Cort, but less prestigious brands for better sound and better quality for the same price.
Power Bibi09/28/2008

Power Bibi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Flying V Faded
Well, everything is said before ...


Handle a larger than my other guitars, it makes me a little weird, but it is enjoyable. A bit like it hangs because there is no patent.
In terms of finishes, nothing to say except the frets on the bottom of the handle, which we tend to hang a little, but nothing serious.
In terms of pickups, bridge pickup is quite high. I dropped a little, because with a good offense and the overdrive, it gave me some kind of "plop". Feeling better now.
Weight very correct.


In terms of styles, it fits well enough that I do.
I intended rather for the rock, some metal and blues.
I played with a few pedals and valbee EH Metal muff style and Wha.
As expected with the double, it is rather a fat, very nice for the distortion.
Little used in its clear, it is versatile.
I mostly use the bridge pickup. Never too loved humbuckers in neck. I much prefer the simple handle on each strat.
However, the two couples give us a good balance and is ideal for rhythm in the clear.


My first Gibson ... ;-)
I use it for the past two months,
I have not tried before, just ordered from Thomman for € 577, no regrets!
Good value I think.
So do it again, at the same price, I do it again.