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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 Jackson Flying V

Randy Rhoads Jackson Guitar.On September 28th, 2005 @ CSUN in Northridge, Ca. Ms. Rhoads made available to the public a viewing of Randy’s Pinstripe V. I rolled down there with my video camera. Randy’s guitar was there on display behind glass for about 2 weeks. This was to coincide with CSUN opening a new muscial wing which also included a museum type setting that has old instruments of all sorts dating back to the 1700′s. This was also the day the names for that years RR musical classical guitar scholarships were announced. After the formal ceremonies were done outisde on the lawn,an Ozzy band played Crazy Train in honor of Randy Rhoads. Then everyone moved into the new wing devoted for music in the huge Cal State library. This was the first Jackson guitar made, 1980-81. Randy Rhoads was the guitar player for Ozzy Osbourne’s “BLIZZARD OF OZZ” band & founder/former member of LA rock band Quiet Riot. Randy Rhoads – One of the best musical/metal guitarists to ever live. Gd Bless Randy & The Rhoads family. Filmed by Jeff Brent – RHOADS TO OZZ