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Flying V Custom Ebony Specs


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I just got one of these after the Custom Shop made a "limited run" in March. It's been my "aspirational guitar" ever since the initial run in 2002. Whilst this version is slightly different from the original, I still am very, very happy with it and now maybe my Flying V Custom desires have been quelled for a while (I have a VW and Oxblood FVC too). I've been looking for information on this run, but there's very little info to go on and nothing at all on the Gibson website. The only other run of these guitars was in 2002 when 40 were made.


Does any one know how many were produced in the 2013 run?


My serial number ends in 390, but with CS guitars that probably doesn't mean much other than the sequence from the factory. It looks like each retailer only got two or three each, Dave's, Rainbow, Music Zoo, Wildwood, the usual upper echelon dealers. The CoA is specific for each dealer, mine says "made for Music Zoo".


The pickups are CS "underwound" humbuckers. I've seen these referred to as "Custom Buckers", but I don't think that means anything. My Guitar Center exclusive '68 RI LPC from 2011 used the same terminology and they are definitely not the same pickups.


Does anybody know the spec on these CS pickups? I'm wondering if they are potted, the type of alnico magnet used, output values, etc.


Thanks for any solid information, not speculation, on this beautiful guitar.


Before someone asks, here are the pics, so it did happen:









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They are not that rare, they´ve been making them through the years, but indeed in very limited numbers, especially the black one.. CONGRATS [thumbup]


At the moment, there is one most likely from the same run as yours in Germany:




- their specs say it has rosewood fretboard instead of ebony..

Your pics (and their too) look like ebony to me.. ? Is it ?



Then there´s one from 2011 I believe - again in Germany:





- third from bottom


this one definitely has the ebony fretboard..



(I contacted the dealer but gave up buying her - because she wasn´t BLACK :))

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These should be the specs:



Ebony Finish

Mahogany Body

Mahogany Neck

Richlite Fretboard

22 Frets

Pearl Block Inlays

Under-Wound Custom Bucker Pickups

Dual Volume, Single Tone Controls

ABR-1 Bridge

"V" Tailpiece

Grover Tuners

Gold Hardware


I've been looking for a black Custom V for years without luck, then I found a white one, used. I bought It.

About 3 months later Gibson release a run of black Flying-V Custom [cursing]


My 2008 Custom V. Same spec as above but mine has an Ebony board and 2 Classic '57 pickups.


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