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!
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!
It is almost Christmas! Few years ago we had Antoine Pütz and Frenk Felix (aka !!Achtung Achtung!!) for a visit at Château PGC. After a good meal and a bottle of exquisite wine the spirits got high. With so many guitars around and a bit of “Merlot” inspiration this Christmas song popped up. “Weihnachtslied” (German for Christmas Song) performed at our kitchen table.
Wow, what do we have here? A custom made guitar from the GMP luthiers in San Dimas, California. In the early nineties they built a guitar for Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper band) and thus introduced the Roxie line of guitars.
In 2010 GMP celebrated their 20th anniversary and the Roxie guitars were still their benchmark guitars. Behold the 2010 Ryan Roxie Standard in green metal flake with the “Ghost Skull” graphic. Nothing standard about this guitar. It has some unusual features.
First of all this guitar is heavy! A solid poplar/maple body, no chambering or weight relief. If you suffer back pain, don’t play this one. Eat your wheaties if you want to chop with this axe. The neck is quarter sawn mahogany with a maple fretboard. Body, neck and headstock have a silver metal flake binding. This guitar looks stunning. All green flake with a cool skull graphic. The fingerboard sports 6100-frets and big diamond green flake inlays.
The scale length is 25,5 “. A set neck, the upper frets are easy to reach due to the contoured neck heel. The headstock has an abalone inlay and is equipped with Sperzel locking tuners. The Roxie features a Graphtec nut and a TonePro bridge with stopbar tailpiece.
Monster tones come from the Rocket Guitar Pickups. An “Old School Classic” in the neck position and a “Satellite” pup in the bridge. Rockets are amazing guitar pickups handmade by Willy Houston.
This instrument comes wit a G&G custom case in green and black tolex. COA and case candy included. There is nothing standard about this Roxie Standard. Luckily I have the perfect amp to match: The Diamond “Phantom” (also part of Ryan Roxie’s rig). The amp will be reviewed in another article and I shall include a vid with this Roxie Standard.
GMP Roxie Standard – Green Metal Flake Skull: €3250,- Diamond Phantom – 100W class A amp head: €2200,-