Gibson Announces '70s Flying V and Explorer | NAMM 2020

When setting up its post-bankruptcy return to form, Gibson split its guitar offerings in half—on one side, the Modern Collection of more contemporary players, and on the other, the Original Collection of '50s and '60s classics. For NAMM 2020, the company is broadening its vintage purview by launching a pair of '70s-styled rockers: the Flying V and Explorer.

For those readers that know their Gibson history, you might be thinking, Didn't the original Flying V and Explorer come out in the '50s? And yes, you'd be correct: Gibson showed off the first Explorer prototype at NAMM 1957 and the Seth Lover–designed Flying V arrived in 1958. With neither selling well at first, they both found a wider audience when hard rock guitarists in the late '60s and '70s began riffing on what had been ahead-of-their-time designs. Gibson then rebooted the lines.

It's the '70s models—like the Flying Vs produced between 1975–1979, and the Explorers produced during the same period—that serve as the inspiration for the new guitars.

Gibson '70s Flying V
Gibson '70s Explorer

The Flying V and Explorer will both be available in a classic white finish (and the Flying V will sport a matching headstock). '70s Tribute Burstbuckers on both are hand-wired, and each guitar includes Orange Drop capacitors. Bound rosewood fretboards and chrome hardware creating a striking image against the white bodies.

Pricing information and ship dates are still unknown. Click the "Follow" buttons above to add each guitar to your Reverb Feed and be notified as soon as they're available. Explore all vintage, used, and new Gibsons on Reverb here.

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