Ever since its introduction in 1958 as part of Gibson’s Modernist Series, the Flying V guitar has been an icon of heavy rock tones and alternative looks.
Get Your Wings: A failure at the time of its introduction in 1958, Gibson Flying V became one of the most iconic guitars and most recognizable rock and roll era.Fender not design the innovative future Gibson Flying V electric guitar solid body, but the company deserves to inspire its creation. In the mid-fifties, introduced the Fender Stratocaster, the design make Gibson guitars seem pleased t staid.Consequently, sales of Gibson began to suffer then-futuristic.
In 1957, Gibson president Ted McCarty decided that Gibson needed to restore its image as a leading innovator and industry. In typical McCarty “Take No Prisoners” mode, he made a series of bold steps that led to the development of several of the most desirable and valuable electric guitar of all time models, including the sunburst Les Paul Standard, ES-335, Explorer and Flying V, which made their debut in 1958.Only a handful of projects submitted to the prototype stage. Apparently, models were built and three final models were selected among the contenders. Gibson has filed patent applications for these three body styles of guitar in June 1957, with patents being finally granted in January 1958.
The Gibson Flying V Neck Guitar is one of many models “modernist” that Gibson has developed during this period. In the course of 1956, McCarty engaged artists outside the company to find guitar models with futuristic appeal. “I told them what I wanted and I asked them to give me some sketches,” said McCarty André Duchossoir. We chose the ones we liked, and then we called in [foreman be guitar] and Larry Allers John Huis and asked if we could make them. You can design anything on paper, but the construction and production is another matter.