A unique and innovative 7-string in a familiar package. The Gibson Flying V 7 String Electric Guitar
is the ultimate statement for today’s metal guitarist. Add to the innovative Flying V design the gut-rumbling menace of a low-B, a pair of EMG active pickups, and the unparalleled playability of an instrument crafted by Gibson USA, and you've got the Flying V 7-String.
Gibson Flying V 7 String Electric Guitar Features
Body and Neck
- Solid mahogany body with high-gloss finish
- Slim, comfortable 7-string neck profile
- Powerful EMG 707 neck and EMG 81-7 bridge pickups
- Gold ‘V’ string-thru tailplate and tune-o-matic bridge
- Gold Steinberger gearless tuners
As radical a tone monster as the Flying V 7-String surely is, it all starts with a mammoth dose of Gibson tradition. A body crafted from solid mahogany offers all the depth, richness and musicality of that long-revered tonewood, while a glued-in neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany further enhances resonance and sustain.
A slim yet comfortable neck profile that goes from .800 inches at the 1st fret to .900 inches at the 12th makes the Flying V 7-String an easy ride despite the added width required. The rosewood fingerboard's 12-degree radius provides all the choke-free bending room players have come to expect from a Gibson electric guitar. Dress it all in a high-gloss finish with gold hardware and no fingerboard markers to spoil the flow, and the Flying V 7-String looks every bit as mean as it sounds.
Pickups and Electronics
While the Gibson Flying V 7-String guitar is already a pretty fierce beast just as it sits, a pair of EMG active humbuckers really put paid to the deal. Crafted by the top name in rock and heavy metal pickups, an EMG 707 in the neck position gives unparalleled warmth and thickness with the outstanding clarity that only high-quality actives can provide, while an EMG 81-7 in the bridge position cranks up the grind, crunch and wail like nothing you've heard before.
The traditional Flying V trio of an independent volume control for each pickup and a master tone control with three-way selector switch maintains an appealing blend of simplicity and versatility. To keep it all singing and solid, Gibson USA uses a 7-string take on the traditional Flying V through-body ‘V’ tail plate and Tune-o-matic bridge, with a PLEK-cut Corian nut at the other end. Finally, gearless Steinberger tuners give a deceptively tunerless look to the ‘V’ headstock, topping off a look that is every bit as eviscerating as this beast's tone.
When first introduced in 1958 as part of Gibson's groundbreaking Modernist Series, the Flying V was so far ahead of its time that most players just couldn't handle it. A decade later, it was the ultimate statement in rock.