Gibson Flying V and ES-335TD

1958 Gibson Electric Guitars and Amplifiers Catalogue Page 36

Gibson 1958 electric guitars and amplifiers catalogue, page 36. 1958 was an inovative year for Gibson, with several new models - two shown here are the Flying V and the thinline semi acoustic ES-335TD. Initial sales were less than amazing; in the period 1958-59 just 98 Flying Vs were shipped; although the 335 did a little better with 909 instruments. ES-335 sales stayed steady then improved into the mid 1960s. The Flying V was naturally discontinued. Despite several reissues in the mid 1960s and early 1970s, the Flying V never made it into an official Gibson catalogue (although it was shown in a few distributor publications) until the Gibson V-II in the 1980 Gibson catalogue.

1958 zone 1 US prices: Flying V $247.50; ES-335T $267.50 ($282.50 natural finish).

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lionel hutz Comment left 3rd March 2011 11:11:51 reply
Nice old paper, thanks for posting. Question: did the explorer never get listed? I guess the Moderne never did either.