On this day in 1958, which I find staggering, the first Gibson Flying V was shipped from a factory in the wonderfully-named Kalamazoo, Michigan.
A recognisable design, often copied, it’s been favoured mostly by shredders – such as Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker – and was the guitar of choice for many a thrash metal act in the Eighties.
That said, Jimi played one at the Isle of Wight festival, and blues legend Albert King, perhaps its most famous player, even has a Flying V on his gravestone.
Here he is, playing ‘The Grass Ain’t No Greener’.
Although obviously a fan of Gibsons, having used a 1956 Les Paul Goldtop for much of the ‘On an Island’ project, I’m told that David doesn’t have a Flying V in his collection.
I wonder which are your favourite, and least favourite, guitars; the best and worst, if you will, both to play and look at. Which is most sought-after? If money were no object, and you wouldn’t get arrested for trying to steal anyone else’s prized possession, which would you choose?
If you’ve got snaps of your guitar online, include a link so that we can have a look.
Not knowing the first two things about guitars, I’ll just say that red ones are best and presumptuously file this post under ‘Signature Strat/Strings’ to be blindly supportive (although Jimi Hendrix’s hand-painted ‘Psychedelic’ V is quite a sight).
It’s hard to believe that such a modern design could be over 50 years old, don’t you think? It seems well ahead of its time to me.
Happy Birthday to Pete for tomorrow, and enjoy the weekend, everyone.