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Birth Of The Gibson Flying V Guitar

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On February 21, 1958, the first Gibson Flying V guitar was shipped from a factory in 1958. Although the Flying V eventually became  a staple with many  rock n roll bands, things didn’t start out all that well. Sales in 1958 were rare, and Gibson discontinued the line by 1959.

Jimmy Hendrix, always on the prowl for a unique looking guitar with a powerful sound, used a Flying V at the Isle Of Wright Concert (pictured above) which led to renewed interest, and Gibson reissued the Flying V in 1967 after updating it’s design. The 67 model is now the standard for the Flying V.

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