SMG Review: Gibson Limited Run Flying V with Tremolo Electric Guitar

The Gibson Limited Run Flying V with Tremolo allows that classic dive bomb we all know and love!

Gibson was founded by Orville Gibson who made mandolins in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the late 1890s. He invented arch top guitars by using the same type of carved, arched tops found on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars.  In the early 1950s, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar and its most popular guitar to date—the Les Paul.

The Gibson Flying V is an electric guitar recognized for its “V”-shaped body design. Gibson first manufactured prototypes of the guitar in 1957. 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.


This Flying V has a solid mahogany body that has a superb blend of warm rich and smooth tones which are second to none. The neck is classic with a fast yet comfortable fretboard that enhances resonance and sustain. The hybrid neck profile blends the rounded ’50s shape with Gibson’s sleeker SlimTaper profile, starting at .800 of an inch at the 1st fret and rising gradually to .850 of an inch at the 12th fret.

A Floyd Rose tremolo has been outfitted to give you the versatility and stable tuning needed to perform just about any musical style. The perfect tension allows you to perform amazing vibrato and smooth bends along with that classic dive bomb we all know and love.

This axe is outfitted with a 496R pickup in the neck position and a 500T in the bridge. The 496Rr offers rich, creamy tones with amazing clarity, while the 500T, one of Gibson’s hottest humbucking pickups, provides everything from heavy crunch to bright lead tones with endless sustain. They deliver all the variety that modern and classic players need.

The Gibson Limited Run Flying V is well balanced and hangs nicely on the body. This axe is also comfy when sitting down. It has some girth and weight to it which adds to the amazing tone and rich resonance.


  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Blended ’50s and ’60s SlimTaper neck profile
  • Obeche 22-fret fingerboard
  • 12″ radius
  • 496R ceramic magnet neck humbucker
  • 500T bridge ceramic magnet bridge humbucker
  • Floyd Rose Vibrato tailpiece
  • Floyd Rose locking nut
  • Grover kidney button 14:1 tuners


All in all, this is a classic guitar with all the modern components needed to rock the house. The pickups are perfect for all your classic rock, metal and blues needs. The Floyd Rose tremolo keeps its tuning perfectly lending to the amazing tone and sustain. The mahogany body has that warmth you need to make any music fan stop dead in his/her tracks. The neck is thin and fast allowing you to reach all the frets easily and comfortably yet seems slightly wider giving you that grip you need to really work your bends and vibrato. This is truly a classic axe and a must have for any Flying V enthusiast as well as any Gibson player. Check one out for yourself and see if this axe is right for you.


Pros – great tone, Floyd rose tremolo, fast thin neck, matching mahogany neck and body, amazing sustain.

Cons – N/A

Price Range – $1200-$1400

Till next time, thanks for reading and keep on shredding.

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