Gibson’s new 80s Flying V and Explorer models party like it’s 1984 with ebony finishes and high output humbuckers

Gibson 80s Flying V (left) and 80s Explorer
(Image credit: Gibson)

Gibson has announced the arrival of the 80s Flying V and 80s Explorer, both of which are designed to channel the looks and sounds of their 1984 predecessors. 

Both the Flying V and Explorer were originally debuted in 1958 and the two electric guitars shared a similar fate, in that they initially flopped before finding favor decades later in the hands of a younger audience. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.