With its signature black and white finish, the Gibson Rudolf Schenker Flying V Electric Guitar is a head turning axe that is a true rock machine! Gibson uses a classic combination of select tonewoods, classic hardware, and two classic Gibson humbuckers, all culminating in one magnificent instrument. The Rudolf Schenker Flying V also features Rudolf's own preferred fast custom neck profile and compact headstock shape to nail the feel and look of his own Gibson guitar!
Gibson Rudolf Schenker Flying V Electric Guitar Features
Body and Neck
- Solid Mahogany body with legendary Flying V design
- Mahogany neck carved with Rudolf Schenker’s preferred profile
- Granadillo fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays
- '57 Classic and '57 Plus Classic humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Chrome Grover tuners with 14:1 ratio
Gibson USA designed the Rudolf Schenker Flying V with a solid mahogany body in the seminal Flying V shape, first introduced by Gibson in 1958. In addition to its radical rock styling, the shape yields a light guitar for enhanced playing comfort, yet the perfect weight for superb tone and excellent sustain. The solid-mahogany neck is carved in Rudolf Schenker's preferred profile measuring 0.775 inches at the 1st fret and 0.900 inches at the 12th, and topped with a fingerboard made from dark Grade-A Granadillo.
Pickups and Electronics
More than just a pure metal machine, the Rudolf Schenker Flying V is surprisingly versatile, thanks to its '57 Classic and '57 Plus Classic pickups. Crafted in the image of the original hallowed Gibson PAF humbuckers, these pickups offer plenty of vintage-voiced warmth and depth--yet are updated for contemporary high-gain performance, with loads of crunch and wailing lead tones on tap when you need them. They're routed through the traditional Flying V control section of two independent volume controls, a master tone control, and a three-way selector switch.
The Rudolf Schenker signature Flying V is decked out in the time-tested complement of Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, a hardware set that has proven itself for both sustain and precision intonation for more than five decades. They are accompanied by high-quality Grover tuners and traditional aluminum strap buttons. The double wide pickguard matches the distinctive black-and-white paint scheme; the guitar carries three black Top-Hat knobs with silver inserts, along with a traditional Flying V truss-rod cover in four-ply white plastic with silver hot-stamped logo.
German guitar ace Rudolf Schenker's roots run to the very origins of heavy metal, and there's no finer rock pedigree on the planet. Schenker founded legendary metal outfit the Scorpions in 1965 when he was still in his teens, and the band rose to world domination in one of music's most competitive genres. Through it all, Schenker has been equally known for his blistering licks, incendiary tone, and radical style–so it's not surprising that the most revolutionary guitar ever created, the Gibson Flying V, has remained his main squeeze for more than four decades.