Gibson Flying V – U.S.A. – 1958


Electric Solid Body Guitar


Limba body, limba / mahogany neck

Rosewood or ebony fretboard

Two humbucker pickups


The Flying V, with its space-like appearance, was the first of McCarty’s range of instruments. He did manage to produce a striking futuristic guitar. The Flying V prototype’s body was made of mahogany. This instrument was not only very heavy and unbalanced, but also expensive to produce. After this it was decided to use the lighter and more readily available limba wood.
The demand for the first Flying V’s was small. In 1958 just over a hundred were ordered and the model was taken out of production. Nevertheless, the Flying V experienced a revival in the 1960s. Production was resumed in 1967.

Last updated on 12 May 2020
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