Up for sale, a 2006 Gibson Custom Shop Historic '67 Flying V in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original COA and a Custom Shop hardshell case. An extremely rare model custom ordered by Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, this Flying V matches '67 cosmetics, with the notable exception of genuine korina tonewood construction.
A reissue of Gibson's late '60s attempt at resurrecting the Flying V design first pioneered in the previous decade, this '67 Historic V has more upper midrange and incredible detail than a typical mahogany-bodied V thanks to the korina (known in some Gibson circles as "super mahogany") construction, while retaining an underlying warmth and liveliness. These qualities translate faithfully via the pair of 57 Classic PAF humbuckers. With Alnico II magnet construction, the tonal profile of this V is firmly in the 1957-58 camp, offering sweet, spongy lows, detailed, slightly scooped midrange, and ripping treble frequency growl and cut. The guitar weighs a mere 5lbs 13oz, professionally dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The medium jumbo frets are flawless on the rosewood fretboard, and the guitar plays effortlessly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock is fitted with a replacement set of Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines with aged keystone buttons, both matching vintage spec and the factory tuner set. The guitar was once fitted with a different tuner set, as evidenced by the faint ghosting of larger washers on the headstock face (there were no additional mounting holes added or modification to the tuner ferrule size).
All of the electronics function as intended, with the '57 Classic PAF PAFs wired to the stock harness with untouched solder joints and Gibson-branded Alpha pots. The gold hardware has plenty of shine, with light surface patina on the tailpiece and some scuffing across the pickup covers. Plastics include the black multi-ply pickguard and witch hat knobs, with a set of optional reflector cap knobs included in the case.
The very vibrant Cherry gloss finish has great transparency, highlighting the grain of the korina. There is a small spot of very minor buckle wear on the back bass-side edge, and just a few additional minor marks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole.
The original Custom, Art & Historic COA is included, along with a more recent Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case and a number of Gibson hangtags that are more recent than this particular instrument. An extra set of gold reflector cap knobs is also included, along with an aftermarket black Gibson-branded truss rod cover (the currently fitted white truss rod cover is original to the guitar).