Another warehouse find at Château PGC. A Gibson Modern Flying V in Ebony Prism color AKA the Star Trek Guitar. This is a 2018 take on the legendary Gibson Flying V. However there is nothing “modern” about this instrument. The modern Flying V has a mahogany body and neck with a contoured top. It is what the Gibson website says but the contour is hardly noticeable, if at all. This guitar has a C-shaped neck (medium size) and an apex headstock. In 2018 it came in 3 colours: Gold, Silver and Ebony Prism. The ebony prism is more a kind of purple flake in daylight. The metal scratch plate and all hardware have a blacked-out mirror-like finish and it saves every fingerprint of whoever touches it.
Electronics are straight forward: an 496R in the neck and a 500T in the bridge. No split coil; out of fase or direct output here… So where is the “Modern” on this Flying V Modern?
Only 99 instruments were made, 33 in each color. Probably some pilot- or test runs are also out there. The fretboard is richlite with small pearloid block inlays. The output jack is placed on the bottom inside of the “V”. So far for ergonomics plug it in and try to balance it on your knee!
Gibson QC was asleep when this one was passing the test bench. The pickup selector switch is placed upside down; upward position is the bridge pickup and flick the switch downward for the bridge pup.
Despite all these flaws it is a great player. The action is low, intonation and setup are perfect! It is a Sci-Fi shredder and a future collectors item. Two years ago they were offered at a whopping $4500,-. Nowadays they catch a $5500,- on the used market.
I like this guitar! It is strange but scarcity comes with an intrest and a price. One of the last oddball instruments from the Henri J era. Ugly things deserve some love too!
This one is for sale!
I started the my third week in confinement. No gigs, no concerts, … but Rock’n’Roll will never die! Play, practice and keep the brains moist! Stay safe!
It has been three weeks of quarantine now since a semi-lockdown was imposed by the government. How to cope with it? Easy! I have my own survival room. My well isolated sound bunker with toys for tone. The only virus here is GAS!
But dark clouds arise over my shelter. I am running out of stogies! My stash of cigars is running low and online sales of tobacco products is prohibited in Belgium. I’ll be playing the blues soon!
My Honey got me a new guitar. “One of a kind – Custom Shop!” she says! I was always afraid she would not agree with my “Gear Acquisition Syndrome”. I bought quite some guitars lately and it left a deep cut in the family budget. But hey! She loves me and obviously she likes guitars too. I am a lucky guy!
I am happy with my new custom shop guitar. “It’s a working man’s guitar” she said. Strange model though… I gotta figure out how to string it. Not sure, maybe it is a bass? My Honey is very anxious to see me playing it. Can’t disappoint my Babe… Love is in the air!