Up for sale, a 2004 Gibson Flying V '58 vintage reissue in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork. This Flying V was only available in small quantities (especially comparative to the much more widely seen '67 reissues), with the control layout and jack placement of a V circa 1958, originally distributed in Japan by Gibson USA's distributor, Yamano. The Yamano instruments are often considered among Gibson's best, featuring the highest quality woods hand-picked for Gibson's discerning Japanese audience.
Tonewoods include a mahogany body and neck capped by a slab rosewood fretboard, and this construction yields a smooth growl and fundamental warmth, channeled through the stock pair of 496R and 500T humbuckers. The 496R produces incredible sustain and cutting power with its ceramic magnet construction, offering searing trebles and increased definition, ensuring no muddiness in high gain scenarios. The 500T is one of Gibson’s most powerful pickups, containing a three ceramic magnet structure, which enables a no-holds-barred rock and roll crunch that never loses its rich combination of enhanced lows and crystal clear highs.This V weighs 7lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender '60s-style C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The dark rosewood fretboard has dot inlay and flawless medium jumbo fretwire that retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns. This Flying V plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the original set of Grover Rotomatic tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the 496R and 500T humbuckers wired to the stock harness and governed by a three-way selector switch and Volume/Volume/Tone controls. The gold-plated bridge and stopbar exhibit only moderate surface patina, and plastics comprise the one-ply white pickguard which still retains its original clear protective factory film, underscoring the sparingly little use this guitar as seen since new. The jack surround and original trio of black reflector cap knobs round things out. The gloss Natural nitro lacquer finish exhibits just a few finish scratches in the clear coat, largely relegated to the back, and the neck profile gloss is equally well-kept.
The original black Gibson USA form-fit hardshell case is included, along with the Gibson/Yamano paperwork.