Ugly guitars (part 1)

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?   Foto op 12-06-20 om 21.31 #2

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!

 

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Gibson LP Standard CS Splatter

Gibson Les Paul Splatter

Another beauty from the Gibson Custom Shop! A 2011 Gibson Les Paul Standard one-off guitar in a striking “Splatter” finish.

I don’t have much information on this one. It resembles most a ’57 ebony but with a slightly thinner neck. The headstock has the vintage style Kluson tuners and a pearloid logo inlay. Rosewood fingerboard and 22 frets. Not sure what pups are in this but to my ears it sound like 57 Humbuckers.

Gibson Les Paul Standard CS Splatter

If you want to get noticed on stage, this is your guitar! Look at the striking color of the top. It is an ebony guitar splattered with a sort of “watered down” green ink and covered with a gloss finish. The weight of this Pauly is very comfortable, it might have some sort of chambering or not… I can’t “hear” any cavity when tapping the top or back. The action is low and the playability is superb.

But who cares about the specs? This is a guitar you play to get noticed and to look cool. Plug it into a Marshall and you are ready to rock! Under a stage light it will make you shine like a Chevy on snow chains in a tunnel! It will turn heads, even by those who don’t like… how Rock’n’Roll is that!

Would you rock this guitar? Let me know!