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 %
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 1 user review4 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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heads on fire12/28/2011

heads on fire's review"Hard rock machine!"

Gibson Flying V Faded
Color: Faded Cherry
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany with special rounded profile
Fingerboard: Rosewood with pearloid dot inlays
Number of frets: 22
Pickups: Two Gibson Alnico Humbucking pickups
Controls: Two volume, one tone with three-way pickup selector switch
Machine heads: Green Key
Hardware: Chrome plated
Case: Black padded gigbag
Output Jack: Quarter inch


I've stated time and again that I don't like the odd, angular shaped guitars. But I've always been intrigued by the Flying V guitars. Maybe it was seeing Hendrix, Albert King, or Billy Gibbons playing one that really piqued my curiosity, but I've always thought they looked rather special. So I finally decided to try one out. The Faded Flying V was the only V my local store had in stock, so I put it to the test. Firstly, and most obviously, the guitar is somewhat cumbersome to hold while in a seated position. The guitar must be held with the "arms" of the V shape astride one leg, and this results in a higher playing angle than most people are used to. As odd as that is, it actually makes the fretting arm more comfortable. The setup was great right out of the box, and I could get great tones right away.


Again, another homerun from Gibson in the tonal department. This guitar has a thick, singing sustain from the neck position, and a nice, powerful cut out of the bridge. The guitar probably isn't terribly appropriate for all styles, but I could see someone using it in anything except country and jazz and pulling it off.


Overall, another great product from Gibson. The looks are classic, yet simple, and the tonal picture is nice. Playability is like that of any good Gibson, and your wallet won't suffer!

tjon901's review"A flying V for everyone."

Gibson Flying V Faded
The Flying V is a classic design by Gibson. It was introduced in the late 50s and was way too radical and ahead of its time. It was re-introduced in the mid 60s and people loved it. Gibson has been making them ever since. This Faded version is currently the most popular Flying V model right now. Gibson noticed that people were starting to like worn in looking guitars. They decided to start a line of Faded guitars that do not have the final clear coat on them to give guitar players a line of new guitars that look old. The guitar is made from solid mahogany with a mahogany set neck. The neck is 22 frets with a rosewood fretboard. The neck is not bound. It has two volume knobs and one tone knob and a 3 way pickup selector. It has 496R and 500T ceramic magnet pickups in the neck and bridge respectively. These pickups are Gibsons own design. It has a traditional Les Paul style tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece.


Because of the V design the upper frets are easier to reach than on a Les Paul. The set neck design means there is a bit of a heel at the neck joint but on this model it is not bad. Because there is no clear coat on the final the guitar feels very smooth and it does not ever get sticky. Because of the shape you may have to play in a classical position when you play sitting down but this is not a problem for me because I always play in a classical position.


The pickups the V comes with are generic Gibson pickups. They are good at everything but not great at anything. The mahogany wood give the guitar a really deep sound even though the body is not that big. If you want to play heavier music you may want to change out the pickups. The Gibson pickups are medium output and are voiced more for classic rock.


Its great for Gibson to put out cheaper models of their guitars that have practically the same features. The flying V is a very popular guitar. The Flying V has been around for over 50 years and will be around for a many more years. So if you are looking for a classic design that will always be cool and popular the Faded flying V might be right for you.

MGR/Anonymous's review"Gibson Faded Flying V"

Gibson Flying V Faded
I got the Faded Flying V online at for $770 (because mine is left handed). I got this guitar because I had played the right handed version in the store and loved it so I went online to find it left handed. Luckily Gibson is totally left handed friendly so, you know, I got that one instead.

I really like the feel because the fret board has great action. I have a fender strat and I couldn't go really fast on it but then I got the V and I was ripping solos like nothing. I can't keep my eyes off the finish, it looks so inviting. And the tone incredibly warm but crunchy.

I could'nt really tell you what I do like because its an all around great guitar.

The constuction is great for gigging and jammin' with your buds but you cannot sit down with it, which kind of shows that the v was made for the stage. The shape with definately turn some heads. Its worth every penny.

My summary:

1) warm/crunchy tone
2) fast action
3) beautiful finish
4) too good for the price
5) made for the stage

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MGR/HeavyMetalSabbath's review"Gibson Faded Cherry Flying V"

Gibson Flying V Faded
I got this guitar at Mars Music just yesterday for $560 , when I was shopping around at their going out of business sale. I saw it hidden behind/below a few ltds so I picked it up and plugged it into a marshall and just jammed for a few minutes. It has a nice smooth feel to it , the finish makes it look like an old friend, it has all that the other V's have except the finish and crescent inlays. The best part is it only cost $560.. for a USA made gibson the regular price is around $620 and list is $900+ .

Personally I love the faded finish because it gives it a very nice look (Most of the pictures you see on the internet don't do it the justice it deserve)

The only thing I don't like about this guitar is the crescent inlays because I don't really like inlays on the fretboard besides on the side. Though I do think they give it a unique look.

I love the sheer perfection of the body construction on this one , it's so smooth and comfortable, when I'm standing up playing it , the balance is just right. Everything is in new good working condition, the volume and tone pots have no scratching or fading out or anything. The inlays are very nicely crafted and positioned too.

For under $900 , why wouldn't you want a nice new gibson Flying V ?

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AceLeppard's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Scne excellent guitar!"

Gibson Flying V Faded
US-made, Gibson has not yet allowed dlocaliser under his own name!
Two Humbuckers raisin bread, a micro volume, one Tone 22 frets, mahogany body and bridge / tailpiece Tune-o-matic rigor. A visit to the Gibson site is the best thing to do for those who want prcises information on this subject;)


The handle is trs enjoyable. Much thinner than a Les Paul or an SG my taste is a highway as long as the strings are well RULES.
Those who tackle the form V by saying that you can not sit and play that is anything but practice should rush to buy a Godin or Vigier: if a achte V, because quon is a fan its shape, its look, its sound, its legends ... you name it! In return for that matter, Access in acute is screwed, and you can catch a mid 22me the box with virtually no effort.

As for weight, the guitar is trslgre, balance and well. It does not sting the nose as a Sg, for example.
We obtain easily trs trs sound good because the original pickups have a good potato. They will change if we want one more grain this or that, because their nature "raisin bread" their Confre all of the same stamp a modern and large enough output level.


Being a fan of Rock, Hard, or Heavy Blues, this suited me faded Flying V ds the departure. Buy the era because I could not afford to give me a Les Paul, it was my second guitar (an Epiphone Les Paul APRS), and my first Gibson.
The grain of the house has a secret that is bold, to sing, it's full of sustain, it's cutting edge on the high, round the grave, trs versatile and powerful surcrot.
APRS uses have a Peavey Classic 30, I had a Mesa Boogie Mark II and now a Fender Blues Junior. His characters, more "brilliant" than the Les Paul for example transparat whatever the amp in which the branch.
I did change my fawn was that the pickups can be split. As the happy dsormais Owner 'of a Start, I think changing the original gibsons for Dimarzio more powerful story to reach a Heavy Mtal the Maiden or Priest, or sometimes a Start little worth:)


She follows me dsormais 3 years a few prs. The cot impractical to the V-shape long annoyed me even if the look is well worth: this guitar is probably one of the best guitars scne exists.
I had had the era bought for 780 euros, and I always judge the quality price ratio as excellent. The price has since fallen further but I think the quality frquence of CONTRL in Gibson also!

I would do exprience with this choice, even if it is mainly budgtaires reasons which led me to buy this MODEL prcis the era!

I draw your attention to the fact that on sries Faded, there are over guitars that sound bad. Let me explain: we must seek the "good numros" in many tmoignent Sg Les Paul faded faded or I could try. I think mine is one, because I can not get enough and no Flying V did me up Submitted forget mine. :)

Abelkain's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" GIBSON's true ... YES!!"

Gibson Flying V Faded
For specifics, there's sites that will inform better than me ....
Well we will not break the myth, people will say made in USA ..


The handle is top for me, a little big for its former keeper then try to palm it because the morphology is not discussed ....
Ditto for ergonomics remains in the position where you put it, the above can be Gibson's fart!
This model is access to acute non-debatable, is the queen.
Is connected and it sounds if you know why we bought it.
The only thing that bothers me is the particular texture of the back of the handle raw ...
Yeah I put 10 because the price I paid for it or is like a dream.


I do blues, rock and metal, it is happening everywhere less than my Ibanez Egen but much more distinctive, I see it as an advantage.
The clean is good for the lens Fender buys you when you play with the volume they even become quite subtle and full of body.
The crunch is terrible enough typed SG (at the same time is the same microphones so ...) a must.
The drives / distos a real massacre, it is fat but not mushy, even for the death rhythmic palm mute is a terrible cleanliness. The form is there for something faded because LP models have no such definition.
For that kind of scratch it takes the lamp and play hard is the only one to realize this great grain scratches.


Clearly the studio is dead, yesterday I spent 2 hours to record sound with it on my horse leg ... I confess I almost died and lost the use of my back ... Not made to play seated.
Everything else is top level, repeat or live (ie standing) it sounds fabulous and is very enjoyable to play.
I'm used GIBSON because I sell a lot at the store (I work in a guitar mag), this one is terrible for these models were sold boring $ 1,200 at their exit is just before the lack of enthusiasm that's been downgraded models are good for us.
Try V faded they have a real advantage over other models sound faded.
According to the "strawberry rameneurs" I agree with a model at 3000 Euros will be better than my V faded OCCAZ purchased from the net is 450 Euros. This one is a middle ground and is full of quality for no fault.

pectomachine's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Wow!"

Gibson Flying V Faded
Gibson Flying V Faded (French polish)
Handcrafted Nashville, USA
Sleeve Type wide and a bit thick
22 frets, 2 humbuckers
3 potentiometers: 2 volumes, 1 tonalities


Then, as regards the shape of the guitar is a true work of art! A little agressvie, a little rock, a little very beautiful, this guitar has everything to please me, after everyone's tastes. But the advantage of this form is that it allows access to acute perfect, without harm!
For cons, the sitting position, we must find it, because it is not obvious at first, he must put the guitar on horseback on the left thigh.
And it's a Gibson, so 2 humbuckers, so the sound go out alone!


Sound, where to start ....
I did it all: clean, distortion, crunch, metal, ...
Vraimment all. I plugged into a Marshall Vintage Mordern 2266C with a combo pedal MXR ZW44 Zakk Wylde signature, and I left for 3 hours of intense play. It has nothing to envy to other guitars!


I use it since summer 2010, so it's been nearly six months.
I hesitated between many models before, I intended to buy a lespaul save, or I turned to more types of metal models (BC Rich, Dean ,...). Then I fell on this guitar, vraimment not cheer for a Gibson (I got scared at the beginning), she is beautiful vraimment and then she had the air pretty good. So I cracked, and I knew it was available at my store I bought it, and I'm not disappointed vraimment, the finish is vraimment interesting, it is very pleasant to the touch and roots, And then it does not leave fingerprints on the body!
The ratio quality / price ratio is unbeatable, and I would do this either with pleasure!

windigo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A real, real sound!"

Gibson Flying V Faded

USA, of course.
I waited to put up a notice and the previous one, because actually I think it is mostly dealers who would sell guitars settled.
I would not say where I bought mine, but new and well settled with good strings over (WB, lol), action game down without twisting.
Now for the freight, they are flawless and frets nickels, anyway, I do not feel one hanging from the handle, even with its layers of varnish and less. There may be a lottery in the control.
Microphones 496 and 500 which tear, a real sound.
The basic adjustments with the controls mentioned above.


As already stated, a great handle, easy to play, see Tips for maintenance.
The interface is what is done best with the SG in terms of weight, collector of shovels, I dropped my Strato (Fender) and my two Lespaul
(Cort Epiphone and Evil) Because the weight! I no longer play on my two Faded as needed, Gibson and Epiphone SG flying changes. To say that with the weight of years, the weight of the guitar is important.
Access to acute, given its shape, the better off.
The sound, despite its lighter varnish, is the same as her sister, the microphones are also something, then the whole Mahogany anyway.


Surprising, but yes it is very versatile.
I use a lot of effects, the choice of the microphones is just for the select or clear lens, with respect to saturated, it's great. The heat of a Vox AC 30 or AC 15 ADV for the home, everything is good.
I do not hate any of my sounds, I have a weakness for fat sounds and also the types of overdrive, slightly saturated.


She began her second year and has succeeded on many guitars.
Surely one of my best in its class.
Pros: its weight and foremost, his vintage form.
Cons: the chance of not having one.

The value for money, uh bought cheaper than new and less good, ie € 690 at the time, for sure I buy it back on.

Gibson Faded made with a beautiful gift to the world of music.

NicoMetal85's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Flying V Faded
* Manufacturing USA, but not! Gibson's! but in Nashville, one of their factory or there at least control

* Stop bar bridge type, attention to settle the action there are no screws like normally! For the fall I took a good old pliers to move the wheel, is above average

* Flat enough to handle a Gibson but wide

* 22 frets, pickups like the cult of Gibson Les Paul Classic deceased: 496 r and 500t in acute neck.

* 2 volume and 1 tonalities; placed as not all guitars


* Handle super nice because I reviewed all the action, I play metal, hardcore, punk speed I need to handle the ropes ready.

* Great ergonomics, but a sacred cattle, the first time a skyscraper in the form V does not sting at all of the head! I had a Jackson King V, a Washburn Dimebag and leaned his head every time! Gibson in anything like that

* Access to acute given the super simple aérodinamisme of this beautiful

* You get it its a super fast! there, scratching sounds terrible! fucking microphone 500 t is a killer, super powerful and super versatile mic! this guitar is the perfect sound for metal and hard 90! but also for the large death with harmonic fuzz everywhere in the blink of an eye!


* I play hardcore, punk, thrash metal, extreme metal, blues ..... say that this guitar can do anything and I'm full of that solo the neck is a delight, but the cons will settle for often used with strong ties! I did go 11-52 with a 9-42! impeccable
I served in STEEL RANGERS (

* I plug it on my head Mesa Boogie single correct and there .... the sound! Gibson really deserves its fucking legend! and notes come alone!


* I use it for a few days after trying it in music store! I bought OCCAZ through this site is 450 €!! and in super condition. IT is true that I wished a Flying V White with Gibson, the 68! but in this period ranges from 2 months to 2 years and I find it phew! I sell it as soon as the white model will be available.

Good image in the color I loved her but moderately true that to a great vintage touch! and fucking in nine (690 €) you have the same as 1000 except it lacks e varnish but the same sound! a report qualitée egg prices, knowing that we find lots of OCCAZ here or on the "right corner"

I remake this choice problem without being in love with Gibson are finally worn purse! and what versatilitée this skyscraper, please!

Flo95's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Flying V Faded
Manufacturing-United States (the United States made in small derrire the head: p)

-22 Frets, Micro Gibson 500T in the bridge position, and micro-496R in the neck position.

Floyd-No, no vibrato, too bad: / but good ^ ^

-2 Volumes Grente that the microphone volume which he is affiliated Tone 1 and 3 positions slecteur.

Otherwise-level timber is the acajoux everywhere (neck and body) with a handle screwed non al. Some say that the handle seems their fragile personal I play it up like a brute enchainer ranges, move, and I never felt any fragility.

-Perfect finish: o Well it's not 67 so no polish (this is the only diffrence with 67) but personal example I prfre cherry color without the black coating varnish (for seeing in real) APRS there and decide what you are: p


-While some argue that the handle of the fact that there is a layer of varnish can sometimes hang, but it's true that my trs trs rarely happened once and because I had play 4 hours straight ...

Otherwise, the handle is enjoyable, Access in acute is not too bad except for the dernire box but hey it's all to see.

-I t enjoyable surprised by the weight, this guitar is trslgre, is easy to play standing, does not sting the nose. By playing against sitting is another story, as V requires you have to play with one of the "pasta" of the guitar between the legs. If for some it will have little time trs adaptation to other and it is particularly my case I still have a little trouble but hey, do j'espre ending for.

Bon V-shape traditional APRS here's what SA FUCKING ALL xd


Good sound ahhhh xD

Well as a fan of old school heavy metal, I do not qu'tre straw!
I'm a fan of Judas Priest, Accept, Iron Maiden, etc. ....
And this guitar gives exactly the sound of these groups to be little except the iron maiden.
Then it's on APRS requires that comes with the amp because if you use a little amp even if it is not so bad that its quality (for example I play a roland cube 30 watt )
the sound will not really excellent.
APRS location I had to test the guitar on a tube amp, its dchire all! (Back to the 80's, 90s)
It is really the power of the microphones, they are quite low in the ax, the 500T is a little highlight mdiums what truly out of super heavy riff old school. As for the 496R is not also be used for very fat and powerful riffs and solo's it makes a really great sound!
As against the 500T is better for artificial harmonics.
APRS this guitar is fairly versatile in dbrouille plutt clean it a lot and you can aisment play blues, jazz, rock etc ... (Mention the position for spcial intermdiaire mics really makes a super cool jazz sound).


I use it for one month now, and I love it!
Great sound, I wanted the heavy bin I served! And even if you want to put trash in death by sending crazy distortion, the pickups will follow!
V standard vintage look I say more especially as the price and standard quality report!
When we know that the only diffrence between the Faded and 67 is just the veneer, there is no single ahsiter a second, I test the two guitars that sound exactly the same !
In addition to the faded because there not all the varnish layer, the guitar will be easier with relic place where the paint will go away! (You can then make believe "Yes do it ten years that I have xD.")
Another good point, there is a super Luthra the top, so you can rev well change the pickups, its always sound (eg bulk mtalleux put EMG 81 85 gibson makes the monster!).

I would do without hsiter is choice, it's really a great guitar trs well built, with a great sound ... need I say more!

9 / 10 because perfection is not really great but scratches.