“A meticulous recreation of Kirk’s prized original”: Epiphone has launched a Kirk Hammett signature 1979 Flying V – and it’s a lot more affordable than the Gibson Custom Shop version

Epiphone Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V
(Image credit: Epiphone)

After teaming up with the Gibson Custom Shop to produce a 1979 Flying V signature guitar earlier this year, Kirk Hammett has now linked up with Epiphone to produce a more affordable take on his prized electric guitar.

Now, it seems a given that an Epiphone would be more affordable than a Gibson, but the price difference here is quite considerable. Owing to its Custom Shop provenance, the flagship Flying V weighed in with a whopping $15k price tag. 

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.