Gibson Flying V Faded
Gibson Flying V Faded

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

King Loudness 08/30/2011

Gibson Flying V Faded : King Loudness's user review

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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.