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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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karl about building me a flying v polka dot 7 string identical to randy’s……..

do you guys think this would be tacky to have it a 7?? I was also considering maybe just haveing the jackson custom shop build one simlar in a string version but having trouble deciding which one would be the better choice…

Any insight you guys may have for me on this or am I just crazy for wanting this kind of guitar built ha

yeah I want a tribute guitar for randy but as a 7 string..I wanted karl to make the concorde ltd but I guess there is a copyright issue with jackson..

I think I’ve seen a thread where someone asked that exact question about the very same guitar…

Randy Rhoads Flying V

One of the most unique guitars designs ever is Randy Rhoads’ Polka Dot flying V. So inquiring minds want to know: Where did this guitar come from? Who made it? Well, we decided we’d dig around and see what we could find out. Most of the info is from this great article from someone who interviewed Karl and spoke with Kevin Dubrow, lead singer of quiet Riot,

Flying V Faded

The faded finish gives it the look of a seasoned performer.

The Gibson Flying V Faded was born to rock. When the original V came out in ’58, it was ahead of its time. When it was reissued 9 years later, it became a favorite of progressive rockers and still is to this day. This Flying V Faded has all the features and specs of the ’67 model and the look of a guitar that has been loved and cared for since those early days.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Mahogany body
    Mahogany neck
    Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
    24-3/4″ scale length
    1-11/16″ nut width
    Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
    Chrome hardware
    496R and 500T ceramic magnet pickups
    Controls: 2 volume, one tone, 3-way switch

Flying V Gibson

A certain aura of mystique surrounds the Flying V Gibson. A guitar well ahead of its time when it was introduced in 1958, the Flying V’s intense magnetic appeal, powerful sound, and unusually familiar shape have made it one of the most instantly recognizable guitars in the world. Legendary Gibson President Ted McCarty was looking to add a futuristic aspect to the company’s image when he introduced the Flying V Gibson, and he nailed it. And while some of the greatest guitar players of all-time—including Lonnie Mack and Albert King—immediately embraced the Flying V, it wasn’t until Gibson reintroduced the guitar in 1967 that the rest of the world caught on. Guitar Gods like Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons, Michael Schenker, and Lenny Kravitz have all succumbed to the Flying V’s fascinating allure.