Gibson Flying V Publicity

Vintage catalogue appearances and adverts for the Gibson Flying V electric guitar

PART 1 Flying V | PART 2 Flying V2 | PART 3 adverts and catalogues

The Flying V, was first publicised in the 1958 Gibson catalogue, but despite being briefly available on many occasions throughout the 1960s and 1970s, was not included in a US Gibson catalogue again until 1980!

1958 Gibson electric guitar and amplifier catalogue

The earliest appearance of the Flying V in a Gibson catalogue was on the back page of the 1958 catalogue.

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1966 publicity flyer for the newly relaunched Flying V guitar

1966 publicity flyer for the newly relaunched Flying V guitar, having missed inclusion in the 1966 Gibson catalogue. The image and text shown here were ultimately included in some music store re-makes of the '66 catalogue, for example American music dealer, LD Heater's 1969 catalogue, printed in October 1968.

1980 Gibson guitar and bass catalogue

The 1980 Gibson catalogue includes the Flying V II. Once again, this model just missed the 1978 Gibson catalogue, but was included in some addendum pages published shortly afterwards.

1983 Gibson guitar and bass catalogue

The 1983 Gibson catalogue includes the standard mahogany-bodied Flying V, (i.e. not the V2) listed in price lists of the time as the Flying V 83.

Two 1980s advertisements for the Flying V (1982) and V2 (1980)

Gibson Flying V - Airborne Again. The original Flying V

Gibson Flying V - Airborne Again. The original Flying V

The Flying V was issued and deleted numerous times since it's inception in 1958, but this was the first really accurate reissue, made from the original African Limba (Korina) wood. Gibson actually ...

Gibson Flying V II - A New Look for a New Decade

Gibson Flying V II - A New Look for a New Decade

This advert announces the second generation Explorer and Flying V guitars, showing the two different 'finishes'. Both guitars were available as five-piece laminate maple and walnut, either m/w/m/w/...

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