The Flying V has a rich history in music of all genres. … When Gibson’s Custom Shop examined “Seven” to create the signature Lonnie Mack … Kirk Hammett explained: “I bought my black V in 1979, and it’s either a ’74 or ’75.
One of the most challenging feats of a major artist release from Gibson Custom is coordinating schedules with busy artists. In order for a few passionate fans and collectors to know that their guitar has been held, tested and signed by the artist, phone calls are made, flights are taken, appointments are held, sometimes cancelled and rescheduled and so on, until the planets align and guitars meet their namesake for a few minutes together to make sure that each passes muster. This critical and final step connects the owner to the artist in a very powerful, physical way; both hero and fan have held the same instrument. It’s a very unique and exclusive value that stays with the guitar for its lifetime. Shown here, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett stands amidst a sea of reproduction ’79 Flying V’s from Gibson Custom, each a recreation of his own instrument right down to the gaffer’s tape and the occasional ding or dent.