Gibson Flying V: the futuristic electric guitar that was ahead of its time

(Image credit: Songbirds Guitar Museum)

By the late 50s, it was clear to Gibson that solidbodies might be more than just a passing fad. 

Electric guitars overtook acoustic guitar production at its Kalamazoo factory for the first time in 1954 – the same year Fender released its ultramodern Stratocaster – and the total number of instruments shipped in its Les Paul range had been increasing year upon year since 1952. 

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.