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jackson flying v bass

This Flying V bass is an oddity. The headstock bears the Gibson name but it has a bolt-on neck. You’d suspect that someone had applied a Gibson decal to a bass made by another manufacturer, but actually the logo tells no lies. It IS a Gibson. Sort of. But it wasn’t always a Flying V.

The bass started life as a Gibson Grabber and was customised by KGB Musical Instruments for Noz Easterbrook of 60s psychedelic band The Klubs, using as many of the original Grabber parts as possible.

Whether the body was re-styled and re-used, I do not know, but I’d like to think so, otherwise it’s just a Gibson neck and hardware on a new body.

The other thing that strikes me is that it’s not as HUGE as genuine Gibson Flying V basses. Apparently it was styled on a Flying V guitar body which is, I believe, smaller than that of its bass counterpart.


This bass is a dream to look at, to play and to listen to. Just amazing!

randy rhoads flying v guitar

As to the Polka dot flying V, I don’t think it’s necessary to say much about it, almost every fan of Rhoads knows it very well. The polka dot flying V is also known as Sandoval flying V and is most famous custom Randy Rhoads Flying V guitar with a lot of polka dots on it. Just as other great guitarists who always play a cool distinctive instrument, such as Clapton with psychedelic Fool guitar and George Lynch with the Skull N’ Bones, the Karl Sandoval Polka dot flying V is Randy Rhoads distinctive guitar, which was custom built with Randy Rhoads design by Karl Sandoval who is a famous guitar builder, working for Charvel’s Custom guitar shop in CA during the 70s. On July 3rd, 1979, Randy ordered the gutiar from Karl Sandoval, and discussed the design of headstock, the color, the bowtie inlay, the V body with polka dots with him. On Nov 22nd, 1979, the polka dot V guitar, a hybrid of a Fender and a Gibson, was completed and soon followed his master to Ozzy Osbourne band.


The Jackson Randy Rhoads Flying V is an iconic model of electric guitar, which is Rhoads’ first Jackson prototype, white, pinstriped, asymmetrical Flying V built by Grover Jackson, Tim Wilson, and Mike Shannon of Charvel Guitars. The Jackson V featured a maple neck and neck-through body with ebony fretboard of medium frets. This model was the first one of the Charvel works that was labeled with Jackson’s name. It’s said that the guitar was supposed to be called The Original SIN, but Randy Rhoads preferred to call it Concorde. After this Randy Rhoads Flying V guitar, Randy made some modification on the next model with Jackson because he thought the ‘Concorde’ was not outstanding enough from the common flying V. He decided to elongate the top horn so the body could bear more resemblance to a shark fin. The second Jackson Randy Rhoads Flying V flying V featured the modified body shape, black colored with a golden pickguard, and fixed tailpiece with strings anchored in the body. Today, Jackson owns more than 12 different Randy Rhoads models in production, including USA Select Series (RR1), Pro Series (RR3, RR5, RR5FR, RR24…), Pro Series Artist Signature, X series, JS series.


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Long ago when I was a teen jamming in hair bands during the 1980’s, for certain, my favorite guitarist was Michael Schenker. From his early days while in the Scorpions, UFO & The Michael Schenker Group, in my simple estimation, he was definitely the most polished guitarist and naturally, possessed an incredible Gibson Flying V sound! It truly stemmed from Michael Schenker that I wanted to get a flying v of my own 鈥?and I still own it today.

Down below is a brief summary of my favorite players that I spent my youth listening to. These are sorted out from topmost to the bottom with my personal favorite being on the top. Each guitarist either used a Gibson Flying V or a Gibson Flying V copy guitar. I do hope you have fun here!

1) Michael Schenker – Born 1955 in Germany, this unique guitarist was previously a founding member of the Scorpions during the early 70’s. Michael rose to fame soon after he became a member of the rock band UFO during the mid ’70s; this is when he ended up being recognized as one of the topmost rock and roll guitarists of that time (check-out UFO’s Strangers in the Night Live Compact disc – impressive guitar work!). Michael eventually left UFO in 1978 and formed his well-known rock band, The Michael Schenker Group (MSG) & for the most part, has kept this group intact to this day (which included different artists throughout the years). Michael’s classic sounds throughout his career were produced with his tailor-made Gibson Flying V guitars.

2) Randy Rhoads – Rhoads was brought into this world back in nineteen fifty-six. He helped establish the rock band Quiet Riot when he was 16 years of age. Randy combined forces along with Ozzy Osbourne through 1979 and recorded debatably some of the finest heavy rock music guitar work of the time. Randy’s neo-classical guitar method had been creative and also refreshing and was considered an instantaneous blockbuster among rock music admirers. Amongst Randy’s classic electric guitars he used was his tailor made Karl Sandoval polka dot Flying V. Rhoads was recorded live for an unbelievable lp named Tribute where the Karl Sandoval flying v is pictured on the cover. The sad thing, Randy was killed in a plane accident in nineteen eighty-two. Imagine what sort of electric guitar work we might appreciate if he was still alive.

3) Eddie Van Halen – Born in 55′, Eddie is considered among the most influential Eighties rock guitarists with his clever performing/sound recording ideas in blues-structured hard rock and roll. He is considered very well-regarded to guitar players as being the creator linked with tapping (using your picking fingers to actually tap on guitar strings). Look into the song “Eruption” located on Van Halen’s first lp to get a bit of music. While Eddie is certainly most renowned playing strat-style guitars, he is acknowledged to have used an authentic ’58 Gibson Flying V on the recordings on “Hot for Teacher” & “Top of the World.” Consider the heavy deep Gibson Flying V overall tone on those song titles.

4) Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix was born in nineteen forty two & by a great many would be deemed the most significant guitar performer in musical history. He was among the most influential musicians of his era spanning a broad-range of music genres. Hendrix attained fame and fortune around nineteen sixty-seven with his group The Jimi Hendrix Experience and is most recognized in headlining the iconic Woodstock celebration in nineteen sixty nine. Regrettably, just like Randy Rhoads, Jimi passed on much too young in ’70, before the age of thirty. Jimi made use of at least 3 individual Gibson Flying V instruments on his recordings and on tour.

5) Billy Gibbons – Born in nineteen forty-nine, Gibbons, is most referred to as the blazing guitarist in the Texas blues-rock and roll group ZZ Top. Billie also sings lead on quite a few ZZ Top tracks. Gibbons was actually a pal with Jimi Hendrix, and as a consequence Jimi once mentioned on the popular Tonight Show that Billy would be the next hottest guitar player. Billy used a classic nineteen fifty-eight korina Gibson Flying V in several of ZZ Tops initial tracks through the 70s. Billy is in fact using this excellent axe on the cover of the live recording called Fandango!

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Gibsons Reverse Flying V Guitars – A True Work of Art

Gibson is known in the musical world for making quality musical instruments. They manufacture many different types of musical instruments that are used by many professionals. One of their greatest achievements is the Guitar.  They have several different models of guitars and each one has been crafted with pride.

The Flying V style guitar which looks like a V when you look at it was first made in the 50s and was a huge success then. They were limited editions created back in the 1950s and they were very popular at that time just as they are now.

The Reverse Flying V guitar is based on the original 1950s edition but is upside down model of the original one. These limited edition guitars are to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Gibsons original release of this model. The Reverse Flying V is crafted with their bodies made out of mahogany they will last a long time.   These unique shaped guitars are not easy to find. Since there was a limited edition made of them they were sold out quickly. These crafted instruments are collectors items already, while they have been out a few years they have gone fast. You can still find them in stores that sell used instruments or on line auctions. There are some still out there that people are selling that you can get a hold of, and to own one gives you the feeling that you are owning a piece of history that can be handed down for many generations with pride.

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