A Futuristic Classic
Inspired by the futuristic classic, the Epiphone Flying V boasts the same radical angular styling and full-throttle tone as its predecessor. Even before you plug it in, this solidbody electric guitar packs amazing sustain and midrange punch, thanks to its resonant mahogany body. Wrap your hand around the Flying V’s comfortable SlimTaper C-shaped neck, and you’ll appreciate how effortlessly you can tear up and down its easy-playing Indian laurel fingerboard. You’ll love how this axe sounds when you plug it into a British-style stack — it’s as arena-ready as a guitar tone can be. Epiphone Vintage Deluxe 18:1-ratio tuners and a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and string-thru tailpiece round out the Epiphone Flying V’s impressive features.
A classic V through and through
The Epiphone Flying V is a classic V through and through. Fans of this iconic design will love the rich midrange character and sustain gotten from its mahogany body. Its set mahogany neck feels great in your hand, thanks to its comfortable SlimTaper C profile, with cutaways on both sides for unfettered fret access. It comes topped with an easy-playing Indian laurel fingerboard that’s sure to inspire. Its symmetrical headstock makes a perfect platform for a set of Epiphone Vintage Deluxe 18:1-ratio tuners. A LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and string-thru tailpiece complete the package.
ProBucker pickups deliver PAF-era clean and crunch tones
Bridge and neck ProBucker humbuckers equip the Epiphone Flying V for sweet cleans and decidedly classic lead and crunch tones. These pickups are made using Alnico II magnets — the same found in sought-after vintage PAF humbuckers — for rich, warm tone with crystalline highs and a tight bottom. The guitarists here at Sweetwater have discovered that with two volume knobs, a master tone, and a toggle switch, the Flying V enables you to dial in a diverse range of tone and attack as you hone your own style.
1958: a year of innovation
Like sleek, space-aged probes sent from a galaxy far, far away to test the tonal waters of planet earth, the Flying V and Explorer landed to reactions that ranged from total awe to out-and-out bafflement. While the Les Paul at least represented a post-modern interpretation of a recognizable blueprint, these two radical members of the Modernistic line were barely perceivable as guitars at all. Their bodies and necks were carved into super-angular shapes with no discernible bouts, wastes, or traditional cutaways of any sort. The Flying V was even verging on impossible to play sitting down — but who could sit for long while playing an instrument like this? These guitars were made for strutting, swaggering, wailing rock — it just seems no one quite realized it at the time. Even more than the groundbreaking Les Paul, the Flying V and Explorer were guitars aimed at a music that had yet to be born. In the late 1960s and '70s when heavy rock would rule stadium stages the world over, these bold guitars became the ultimate incarnations of the music.
Epiphone Flying V Features:
- Solidbody electric guitar inspired by the 1958 classic
- Resonant mahogany body packs sustain and midrange punch
- Set mahogany SlimTaper C neck with dual cutaways for boundless fret access
- Easy-playing 22-fret Indian laurel fingerboard
- ProBucker Alnico II pickups deliver sweet cleans to classic crunch
- Epiphone Vintage Deluxe 18:1-ratio tuners yield rock-solid tuning
- LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and string-thru tailpiece ensure maximum sustain