The first Gibson Flying V models were released in small numbers in 1958, and have become something of a holy grail among guitar collectors. The Flying V has been reissued by Gibson in a variety of styles from the late 1960's onwards. When Tim Shaw joined Gibson in the early '80s, one of his first projects was a redesign of both the Explorer and Flying V models. These Flying V2 guitars put a more modern spin on the design, with a reshaped body and alternately voiced pickups.
This 1982 Flying V2 is a great example of the first run of these guitars, finished in the custom colour Silverburst option. The body features a Maple top sandwich design with added contours to the top. The Mahogany neck features an Ebony fret board and has a comfortable modern tapered Gibson neck profile. This guitar is fitted with the original 'boomerang' pickups found on the initial run of these guitars, before the switch to a more traditional humbucker. These pickups are essentially humbuckers, but voiced to sound much more like single coils but with lower noise. The unique design of the 'boomerang' pickup ring meant a rout was required to the bottom of the neck, therefore increasing production time and costs. Other features include all gold hardware and the 'V2' logo truss rod cover. This guitar also includes its original fitted hard case.