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1983 Gibson Heritage Flying V Korina 1958 Vintage Reissue, Mint w/ Hangtags & Case


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Up for sale, a 1983 Gibson Heritage '58 Flying V in collector-grade condition, complete with the original hardshell case, all original paperwork, and a receipt from when this guitar changed hands at Gruhns Guitars in '92. Gibson's first proper reissue of the storied 1958 Flying V, the Heritage '58 model was crafted at Gibson's Kalamazoo, MI factory and is faithful to the original with solid korina construction, vintage-spec hardware and plastics, and a pair of Tim Shaw PAF humbuckers.

Korina, colloquially known as "super mahogany," has great fundamental warmth and note detail with dense harmonics and a particularly lively quality. This particular V is featherweight at 6lbs 14oz, and the natural acoustic qualities of the instrument are channeled faithfully through the Tim Shaw PAFs. Offered for only a few short years in the '80s, the Shaws are designed with unoriented, rough cast Alnico V magnets, plastic spacers, and poly-coated wire, achieving the harmonic complexity, power, and tonal clarity of the original PAF. This Heritage '58 Flying V benefits from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation:

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Korina, three-piece
-Shape: Moderately chunky C, full shoulders, measuring .865” 1st fret, .970” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, dot inlay, 12” radius
-Frets: Medium Jumbo, no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4“
-Nut: 1 11/16”
-Tuners: Kluson-style double ring
-Serialization: F-prefix, inked

Body Specs:

-Pickups: Tim Shaw PAF x2, ink-stamped baseplates date to January, 1983
-Harness: Untouched solder, CTS pots, visible source date codes from '82
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone, three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: ABR-1 bridge, V tailpiece
-Plastics: Black reflector cap knobs, amber switch tip, three-ply black pickguard

A true time capsule, the gold plating on the hardware is nigh flawless, save for a touch of patina on the strap buttons and tuner bushings. The plastics are practically perfect as well, and the gloss nitro lacquer Antique Natural finish has a like-new sheen. Exceedingly minimal cosmetic wear is limited to  a few small dings on the tips of the V and back body edge, as well as light lacquer checking on the back of the headstock. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original form-fit brown tolex hardshell case is included, along with all original hangtags and paperwork, and a receipt from Gruhns Guitars from 1992.