Gibson Flying V2 (Layered Walnut, 1981)

Here a Gibson V2, an experimental design V model, loosely based in the original 1967 V reissues. One of the Tim Shaw inspired designers after her arrived at Gibson in 1978, one of the designs along the then newly designed E2 Explorer Guitar and aptly named V2. The general shape of previous Flying V’s was retained by Gibson, but this V2 sported a new 5-layered sculptured walnut and maple body. Initially these guitars came in either Maple or Walnut for the top & bottom layer known at Gibson as the “Sandwich”. The Vol/Tone Knobs were placed off the pickguard, and a Pearl Gibson logo was put on the black headstock. Two solid brass 5/8 studs known as the “Sustain Sisters” were fitted into the body to anchor the “Tune-o-matic” Bridge along with a brass nut and brass “V” shaped tailpiece for sustain. Like this 1981, from 1979-1981 these models used the “boomerang” humbucker pickups that were designed to sound like single coils with lower noise whereas later in 1982, the pickups were changed to the “Dirty finger” pickups. The V2 with case retailed for US$1,199 in 1979, Gibson’s 3rd most expensive guitar. Allegedly only 157 V2’s were shipped in 1979. Besides the high price, some players complained about the non-traditional sounding humbucker pickups and the weight of the guitar. Despite all the non -popularity this guitar sounds cool and can do either grungy and smooth clean etc, the neck is quite slim with Ebony fretboard. Rock and blues are the diet for this beast in clean or overdrive over my Hughes and a Kettner.