Unlike the two 'close out' Flying V models in this folder (Flying V, Flying V II), The V represented one of the limited production / test marketing Gibson Specials (see the inner cover for an explanation of what constituted a 'Special'). Like the Standard Flying V, it had a mahogany body and neck, with a 24 3/4" scale, but whilst that guitar in many ways represented the 1960s Flying V, this was certainly a step into the 1980s metal scene. Firstly the chrome covered patent number pickups were replaced by exposed-coil Dirty Fingers, and the rosewood fretboard changed to ebony. But the whole look changed, with no scratchplate, and a highly figured maple veneer top with bound edges (a feature also of the RD Artist CMT, Firebird II and The Explorer).
This short lived model was only included in 1982 and 1983 price lists, with a tag of $999 (the same as the Firebird II and The Explorer). Only Antique Sunburst and Antique Cherry Sunburst finishes are listed here, but in price lists this was expanded to include Antique Natural.