Metallica man gets a limited edition signature guitar – only 150 will be made 21-Mar-12
Gibson Custom has introduced the Kirk Hammett Flying V, a meticulous recreation of Kirk's own Flying V and trusted companion throughout his playing career with Metallica, the biggest metal band in music history. This tribute to Kirk Hammett's achievements will be produced in strictly limited numbers: 50 guitars will be aged and signed by the artist himself, with a further 100 guitars aged only. Here's what Gibson has to say about the new guitar...
To recreate the Kirk Hammett Flying V in intricate detail, the acclaimed luthiers at Gibson Custom digitally scanned Kirk's original 1979 Flying V and precisely measured every significant specification, sparing no effort in the task of reproducing this iconic guitar's tone, feel and mojo for a limited number of players. The body is crafted from a single piece of resonant mahogany, with a glued-in, three-piece, quarter-sawn mahogany neck. The rosewood fingerboard carries 22 jumbo Jescar frets, as used on Kirk's own guitar, and pearloid dot inlays. In a similar nod to absolute accuracy, it is topped with a rounded '70s V headstock with no headstock veneer, and the Gibson logo is engraved on the enlarged, white truss rod cover. The neck profile is carved to the fast but comfortable shape of Kirk's own guitar, and like many Flying Vs from the '70s, it has a relatively narrow width of 1.562" at the nut, widening to 1.975" at the 12th fret. A luscious black Ebony finish is hand-sprayed in genuine nitrocellulose lacquer, then hand-aged to mirror the appearance of this legendary guitarist's own instrument.
The Kirk Hammett Flying V is powered by Kirk's choice of an EMG™ 81® in the bridge position and an EMG™ H® in the neck position. These scorching active pickups yield sizzling lead tones and thick, rich, bluesy tones, respectively, all with unprecedented sustain and clarity. They are routed through the '70s Flying V's complement of two independent volume controls and a single master tone, with traditional three-way switch for pickup selection. The chromed hardware is all aged to match the wear of Kirk's own treasured Flying V, and includes a modified tune-o-matic-style bridge (using Stars Guitars engineering, with permission) with stopbar tailpiece, and Schaller™ M6® tuners. Each guitar comes protected in a red fur-lined Custom Shop case and includes a leather-bound Certificate of Authenticity, an owner's manual and related care and adjustment literature, and is covered by Gibson Custom's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. Features
One-piece Mahogany body with nitrocellulouse finish
Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays
Crushing EMG 81 and EMG H active pickups in the neck and bridge
Modified Tune-O-Matic Stars Guitar style bridge with stopbar tailpiece
Schaller M6 with #2 button tuners and 14:1 tuning ratio
Pricing and Availability:
Ebony Aged/Signed: $9,880msrp
Ebony Aged: $7,527msrp