Gibson Flying V Faded
Gibson Flying V Faded

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

heads on fire 12/28/2011

Gibson Flying V Faded : heads on fire's user review

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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!