1980 Gibson Flying V2
1980 Gibson Flying V2

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Another rare model, the Flying V2 model (only made between 1979 and 1982). The early ones, like this, had the very unusual ‘boomerang’ shaped epoxy sealed pickups. Later V2s tended to be painted and had traditional humbucking pickups and tailpieces, which lessened the eccentric appeal. The body is also unusual in being constructed of alternate layers of mahogany and maple, with contoured edges to show up the contrasting woods. Considered by many purist collectors as an ‘ugly abomination’ justified (in their view) by claims of weak pickups (humbuckers that sound like single coils) with a thin sound and poor sales at the time. Whatever! Make up your own mind. This V is certainly cool, noteworthy and stands out from the crowd. Completely original.

  • Natural finish
  • Mahogany set neck
  • Ebony unbound fingerboard with 22 frets and dot markers
  • Scale length 24¾”
  • Gold hardware
  • Original Kluson tulip tuners
  • Layered mahogany/maple body
  • Original scratchplate
  • Original ‘boomerang’ ‘v’-shaped humbucking pickups
  • Original switch, knobs, strap buttons, jack plate and socket
  • Original bridge tailpiece
  • Original hardshell case
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