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 Catalog again until 1980!
The earliest appearance of the Flying V in a Gibson Catalog was on the back page of the 1958 catalogue.
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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.
The 1980 Gibson Catalog 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.
The 1981 Gibson (Rosetti) catalog included the Flying V II
In June 1981 Gibson announced a series of pre-owners manuals, including one full of limited edition, experimental and close out models, named Gibson Specials. The Flying V was well represented with two close outs (Flying V and Flying VII), and two limited edition special (The V, Flying V bass).
Two 1980s advertisements for the Flying V (1982) and V2 (1980)
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 ...
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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