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1989 Gibson V90 Flying V Vintage Electric Guitar, Ebony w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1989 Gibson V90 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. An extremely rare Flying V variant, the single pickup V90 was only offered from 1988-89 and is unique in every respect, with a slightly scaled down mahogany body, maple neck, bound slab ebony fingerboard, and pearl split diamond inlay. A no-nonsense shred machine, the V90 delivers thick crunch and muscle, lightweight at 7lbs 3oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .865" at the 12th. While the V90 was offered in both single and double pickup variants, strangely, only the single pickup version featured binding on the fingerboard. The ambered binding frames the ebony fretboard which has a full 24 fret range, and the original frets have good meat and crown, just shy of medium jumbo and showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 25 1/2" and the graphite nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features an inlaid Gibson logo, original truss rod cover, and set of stock black Grover Rotomatic tuning machines.

The simple electronics function as intended, with an era correct Gibson humbucker with Gibson USA-embossed baseplate (while this pickup could conceivably date to the latter half of '89, conventional spec sheets for this model show a Bill Lawrence "circuit board" pickup as the only pickup outfitted on the V90 model). Hardware includes a single black knurled Volume knob, black Nashville bridge, and the original Steinberger flip-out leg rest.

The gloss nitro lacquer Ebony finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the mahogany body has a unique diamond-shaped belly carve, exhibiting one decent ding in this area. There is buckle rash at the edge of the belly carve, pick wear across the strum path, and some small scattered nicks on the back and to a lesser extent on top. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, free of palm wear with only a few tiny shallow marks on the profile length.

The original brown Gibson USA hardshell case with form-fit pink plush interior is included.