A Closer Look at the 1967 Gibson Flying V

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The 1967 Gibson Flying V

Some may not realize this, but the 1967 Flying V is actually a reissue. Gibson first released the Flying V in 1958 along with the ES-335, Explorer and Moderne. The ES-335 was an instant success, but the Flying V would receive the recognition it deserved nearly a decade later, which prompted the reissue. The 1967 was designed with a bigger pickguard and Gibson ditched the original bridge (which had the strings inserted through the back), replacing it with a stopbar tail piece. Some models were shipped with a short Vibrola Maestro Tremolo.

Later Changes & Special Editions

  • 1971 – Gibson introduced the medallion on the body, and a stop tail-piece. The fingerboard was also raised above the body by 3/8 inch.
  • 1979 Gibson V2 – This model features a heavily sculpted body which was actually laminated, and a new humbucking pickup.
  • 1981 – In 1981 Gibson introduced some models that had the switch, knob jack layout in a straight line as opposed to being grouped together in a triangle or diamond shape. This is unique to this model and the V 83.
  • Gibson has more recently issued several limited-edition “signature” versions of the Flying V, including the Jimi Hendrix model and the Lonnie Mack model (which included a Bigsby tailpiece tremolo arm identical to the unit Mack has continuously used on his own Flying V since 1958).
  • According to Wikipedia: (so you know its true) A fully functional, playable, highly enlarged replica of a Gibson Flying V, sizing over 43 feet, was built in June 2000 by Scott Rippetoe and his team from The Academy of Science and Technology (Texas). This world record is registered in Guinness World Records.

The Gibson Flying V guitar was WAY ahead of its time in style and playability. No wonder it is still beloved by so many great players, the guitar has been around for a portion of the past 7 decades!

 

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  • Robb Hindle

    Great article! One correction may be necessary, though. If the Flying V was originally introduced in 1958, it’s not almost 7 decades old. I was “introduced” the same year, and I’m not almost 70! Jeez I’m old enough, don’t make me any older! 🙂

    • Hey Robb, sorry to make you feel older than you are 😉 Since the Flying V began in the 50s (decade one) and continues being produced today (decade ’10s) that is how I got to my crazy 7 decade figure. Maybe not 70 years quite yet, but still a classic for sure and a head of its time to say the least! Rock on! Mick

  • Actually a decade pertains to a period of 10 years. That’s to make everything clear. 🙂 We already know our mathematics then so I guess it’s a bit less than a decade. Anyway, this is my first encounter with knowing its real name them, coz I only see its pictures a couple of times. Anyway, I guess back in the days, it was really considered something very innovative and unique. The design itself has made its impact, s now I think it’s not that anymore an unusual design knowing how old it is.
    Thanks for the information :)Cheers!
    -Floricel

  • Robb Hindle

    Mickey,It’s OK. As my Grandfather used to say, age is all between the ears.
    😉

  • ron

    Awesome write-up. I have SO always wanted a ’67 V. Back in the 70’s I knew a guitarist that got a hold of a beat up 67 and had it restored. That thing SANG. The sound was beyond sweet!

  • Mikey

    I just received a 1974 Gibson Flying V. Had Gibson run the serial number to be certain. Its beautiful! all mahogany with an extremely thin neck. One of the previous owners sanded off the finish and routed the body to fit it with a kaylar tremolo. It also has vintage 1957 humbuckers in it and all brass hardware. Its not all stock but it still rocks!

  • Steven Cooper

    It’s not a Gibson but soon I will be acquiring an ESP LTD V-50. It essentially is the same as my MH50NT but in a V body vs a Strategy body. My MH50NT plays beautifully and sounds amazing. I’m confident the V-50 will be mind blowing. 🙂

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