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Richie Faulkner, co-lead guitarist of Judas Priest, collaborates with Gibson on the Richie Faulkner Flying V.

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A classic shape with a mahogany body and a thin "C" profile neck modeled after Richie’s favorite vintage V.

Nashville, TN (November 2, 2017) -- Epiphone proudly presents the new Ltd. Ed. Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit, the premier signature guitar from Judas Priest legend Richie Faulkner. Faulkner’s Flying-V includes EMG active pickups, a Floyd Rose Tremolo and bridge with R2 Locking Nut, Grover Rotomatic machine heads, a custom Thin-C neck profile, and a custom designed gig bag.

“Right out of the box, the quality of the guitar was mind blowing,” said Faulkner. “I used it all over the new Judas Priest record. I’m taking it out on the road next year. It’s an honor to be part of the heritage.”

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Richie Faulkner (far left) joined Judas Priest in 2011, bringing new energy to the long-running band.
Photo by Ken Settle.

The Brit metal pioneers recruited guitarist Richie Faulkner in 2011, refreshing the creative process for the group’s 17th album, Redeemer of Souls.

With a discography that includes iconic albums like British Steel and Screaming for Vengeance, and a penchant for S&M-influenced attire, Judas Priest pioneered the sound and look of heavy metal. After a four-decade reign as one of the greatest metal bands ever, Judas Priest discussed a final farewell tour in late 2010. As speculation grew about the band’s possible retirement, guitarist and founding member K.K. Downing unexpectedly quit. But as is often the case in the music biz, the end was not the end. Richie Faulkner, guitarist for Lauren Harris (daughter of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris), was quickly recruited to fill Downing’s shoes, sharing guitar duties with longtime band member Glenn Tipton.

Replacing a guitarist with a 40-year legacy is a Herculean task requiring both guitar prowess and balls of titanium. Faulkner made his Judas Priest debut on American Idol, and soon after Priest embarked on a yearlong world tour, which spawned the live Epitaph DVD.

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