UPDATE: After publishing this article about my search for a white 1981 Gibson Flying V, I found a white 1982 Gibson Flying V from a local seller here in Los Angeles. (Visit the Review Gear page for more info.) I may still be interested in a perfect mint condition white 1981 Gibson Flying V if it’s reasonably priced. Thanks to everyone who’s messaged me leads on the ’81 V. Cheers! ~ Gabriel
Every Guitarist Has A “Dream Guitar”… What’s Yours?
Maybe your dream guitar is a 1959 Gibson Les Paul with a maple sunburst like Billy Gibbons’ Pearly Gates. Maybe it’s a 1968 Fender Stratocaster, a twin of the famed guitar Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock. Maybe it’s a guitar like Eric Clapton’s Blackie, Zakk Wylde’s “The Grail”, or Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Number One.
My dream guitar is a 1981 Gibson Flying V in classic white.
And I want YOU to help me find it!
If you have one you’d be willing to part with, contact me. If you know someone who does, I will reward the person who directly helps me acquire a 1981 Gibson Flying V with any guitar pedal in my personal collection (up to $500 street value).
I’d prefer all original parts (although I will most likely change the pickups myself) and an original finish in excellent/near-mint/mint condition.
There is, however, ONE exception…
I might consider a custom Flying V replica made to my specifications by a skilled guitar luthier. This guitar would essentially capture the feel and playability of my favorite Gibson SG but resemble a 1981 Gibson Flying V.
I’ve decided to find my dream guitar once and for all, the “Holy Grail” that I will use in my musical endeavors and to review gear here on BestGuitarEffects.com.
Please contact me with any information that may lead to the acquisition of this guitar. Put “1981 Gibson Flying V” in the subject line. I’ll personally reply to serious inquiries.
Below are several images I’ve collected over the years of various white 1981 Gibson Flying V guitars. Some of these are what I’m looking for. Some are not.
Here’s a perfect example of the Gibson 1981 Flying V I’m looking for.
Here’s one currently listed on GBase.com (as of this writing) that I’m NOT interested in. The color is a little too creamy/yellowish/faded. Yes, I’m very determined to get the exact color I want.
Here’s another excellent white 1981 Gibson Flying V signed by The Scorpions. While this guitar is pretty epic and I do love both V-wielding brothers, Rudoph and Michael Schenker, I’d prefer an unsigned guitar.
Here’s some guitars from the era, 2 of which might be 1981 models. The one in the middle is supposedly an ’81. Notice that it has pickup mounting rings. The one on the left is a 1976 V which also has pickup mounting rings. The guitar on the right is supposedly an ’81 but has an extra logo on the top of the headstock. These are examples of guitars I’m not interested in.
The 1981 Gibson Flying V That Was ALMOST Mine!
I missed the perfect 1981 Gibson Flying V in 2012. It was in 9+/10 condition and sold for only $1,995 at a shop called Guitar Showcase south of San Francisco, CA. Yes, I’ve already contacted the shop, and they’re unable to track down the buyer. If anyone knows the current owner of that guitar or if it’s YOU, please contact me.
Apparently James Hetfield of Metallica loves the same guitar. Below is a 1981 Gibson Flying V he picked up in 2009. I never cited James as the reason for me wanting this guitar, but perhaps all those years I spent listening to “Lightning”, “Puppets”, and “Justice” on repeat incepted me. ;)
“You wish you had this guitar, don’tcha, Gabe?”
Yes, James. Yes I do.
So again, if you have an original white 1981 Gibson Flying V or know someone who does, let me know.
Thank you, and may you, too, find your “dream guitar” if you don’t already have it! And now back to our usual coverage of pedals.
So what’s your “Dream Guitar”?
Tell us about your ultimate axe below in the comments!