Gibson Flying V Custom Shop in Ebony finish with Gibson Les Paul Custom “Black Beauty” appointments made in 2002 and limited to only 40 made.
This guitar features a solid ’58 thick one-piece multiply bound mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck and bound ebony fingerboard. Equipped with set of Gibson PAF Stamp Custom Buckers. Controlled by 2-volume, 1-tone knob and a 3-way toggle switch. The 24.75″ scale length neck has mother of pearl block inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets with a thick 50’s neck profile. The hardware is comprised of gold Grover rotomatic tuning machines, a bone nut, a ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge, and black top hat reflector knobs with a 5-ply black/white pick-guard.
From the 2002 Gibson press release: “Sometimes the best ideas take time to become reality. Custom Shop Engineer John McGuire says he first began toying with the idea of a V with Les Paul Custom appointments in late 2000, but it wasn’t until early 2002 that he was able finish the job: “I love Vs and I love the looks of the Les Paul Custom…I thought, ‘Why not try putting them together?’ I used the ’58 V as a template simply because I like the thicker body with the “string through body” bridge set up. We also used one piece of mahogany for the body, instead of the usual two pieces that a ’58 V has.” The result is a striking guitar that drew as much attention as anything at this year’s Pre-NAMM Custom Shop party. And guess who just had to have one of the very first ones? Yep, Mr. Flying V himself, Rudolf Schenker.
Few things raised more eyebrows at the 2002 Custom Shop pre-NAMM party than this guitar–a Flying V with Les Paul Custom appointments. This elegant rocker features all the upscale appointments of its Les Paul counterpart (including multi-ply binding and gold hardware), and will be offered in a Limited Edition of 40.”
This guitar is in very good condition however it has some surface scratches most can only be seen under direct light, minor dings and dents, as well as some gold hardware tarnish and one side of the string through V plate is slightly protruding (see photos)
Guitar is freshly setup and restrung with 10-46 strings and includes original hard shell case, case candy, hang tags, and factory check list.
- Make: Gibson
- Model: Custom Shop Flying V
- Year: 2002
- Serial: CS21899
- Weight: 7lbs 4.7oz.
- Finish: Ebony
- Country: USA
- Condition: Very Good
- Body Type: Solid
- Body Wood: ’58 thick One-Piece Mahogany
- Body Binding: Multi Ply Cream
- Scale Length: 24.75″
- Neck Joint: Set Neck
- Neck Wood: One-Piece Mahogany Neck
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Neck Binding: Cream
- Neck Radius: 12″
- Neck Profile: Thick 50’s Neck Profile
- Inlays: Mother of Pearl Block
- Nut Width: 1 11/16″
- Nut: Bone
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Pickup Config: HH
- Neck Pickup: Gibson Custom Bucker (PAF Stamp)
- Bridge Pickup: Gibson Custom Bucker (PAF Stamp)
- Pickguard: 5-Ply Black/White
- Pots: 2-Volume, 1-Tone
- Switch: 3-Way Toggle Switch
- Hardware: Chrome
- Tuning Machines: Grover Rotomatic with Kidney Bean Heads
- Bridge: ABR-1 With String-Through V Plate
- Knobs: Black Top Hat Reflector
- Case: Original Hard Shell Case