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Gibson Announces Explorer 120, Flying V 120, and Flying V History

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Gibson Explorer 120

Nashville, TN (June 26, 2014) -- Gibson has always been about blending innovation and tradition, so there’s no better addition to the 120th Anniversary celebrations than this creative re-think of the radical Explorer. Combining time-tested tonewoods, versatile pickups, and the full measure of Gibson USA craftsmanship with one of the most revolutionary guitar designs ever to hit the scene, the Explorer 120 delivers show stopping looks, superb playability, and versatile tones to take you center stage in a surprisingly wide variety of musical styles.

The Explorer 120 begins with a Grade-A mahogany body cut to the angular profile of this trend-setting axe. The glued-in Grade-A neck is carved to the fast, slim profile that so many rockers love, with a bound one-piece Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with frets over binding and dot inlays. The traditional “angled” six-a-side headstock has a mother-of-pearl Gibson logo, and there’s a commemorative “120th Anniversary” banner at the 12th fret. Vintage tones with contemporary performance come from Burstbucker Pro Rhythm and Lead pickups, made in the image of the original PAF humbuckers with mismatched coils for characteristic bite and depth. A chrome Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece partner with Mini Grover™ tuners for solid sustain and efficient tune ups. The Explorer 120 comes protected in an elegant brown hardshell case, in Heritage Cherry finished with hand-sprayed high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer.


Gibson Flying V 120

The Flying V is the original rebel-rousing rocker, way ahead of its time in the late ’50s and still a major style statement today. Following in the footsteps of this iconic guitar, the Limited Run Flying V 120 is the perfect candidate to join in Gibson USA’s 120th Anniversary celebrations. Combining time-tested tonewoods, versatile pickups, and unparalleled Gibson USA craftsmanship at an unbeatable price, the Flying V 120 launches your music into the stratosphere, while making the perfect ticket to the party for collector and player alike.

The Flying V 120 takes off with a select mahogany body cut to the legendary space-aged angles of the original. The glued-in mahogany neck is carved to the fast, slim profile that so many rockers love, with a bound one-piece Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with frets over binding and dot inlays. The traditional “arrowhead” headstock has a white plastic truss-rod cover with Gibson logo, and there’s a commemorative “120th Anniversary” banner at the 12th fret. Vintage tones with contemporary performance come from Alnico V Burst Bucker Pro Rhythm and Lead pickups, made in the image of the original PAF humbuckers with mismatched coils for characteristic bite and depth. A chrome Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece partner with Grover™ Kidney Button tuners for smooth, efficient performance. The Flying V 120 comes in a sleek Ebony finish in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, all protected by an elegant brown hardshell case.


Gibson Flying V History

A revolutionary rocker ever since its introduction in the late ’50s, the Flying V still makes a major style statement today. As part of its 120th Anniversary celebrations, Gibson USA introduces the Limited Run Flying V History, with all the iconic looks of the original plus a few clever twists on the form. A thinner body lightens the load, while a slightly smaller “arrowhead” headstock balances out the top end. Add two of Gibson’s most popular humbucking pickups, time-tested tonewoods and unparalleled Gibson USA craftsmanship—all at an unbeatable price—and the Flying V History is ready to launch.

The Flying V History takes off with a Grade-A mahogany body cut to the radical angles of the original, but with thinner dimensions for enhanced playing comfort. The glued-in Grade-A mahogany neck is carved to the fast, slim profile preferred by so many rockers, with a bound one-piece Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with frets over binding and dot inlays. The “arrowhead” headstock is slimmed down, with a white plastic truss-rod cover with Gibson logo, and there’s a commemorative “120th Anniversary” banner at the 12th fret. A ’57 Classic and ’57 Classic Plus humbucker, neck and bridge, provide all the grind and wail you need, with sultry mellow tones too when required, wired through individual volume controls and a master tone with “witch hat” knobs. A chrome Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece partner with Grover™ Kidney Button tuners for smooth, efficient performance. The Flying V History comes in Aged Cherry finish in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, protected by an elegant brown hardshell case.

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