Gibson's limited-edition Flying V Mirror takes flight

Gibson Flying V Mirror
(Image credit: Gibson)

Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend mean business this Black Friday season, having recently dropped a boatload of store-exclusive electric guitars and acoustic guitars this past week. 

After unveiling its Fender American Ultra Denim models and the Macassar-topped Martin X Series six-strings, Guitar Center was then joined by Musician’s Friend for a special-run line of Gibson Dark SG and Les Paul guitars.

If, after all those releases, you were beginning to think the companies' exclusive-instrument shelf spaces were diminishing, you’d be very wrong indeed.

Now, the retailers have teamed up with Gibson once more for yet another limited-edition model – the Flying V Mirror.

As could probably be surmised from the name, the standout appointment for this particular number is the mirror pickguard, which has been paired with the silver-accented chrome pickup covers and hardware.

Build-wise, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary. A mahogany body is paired with a SlimTaper-profile mahogany neck, which in turn accommodates a 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard.

The 24.75”-scale shredder also comes equipped with 22 medium jumbo frets, dot inlays and a Graph Tech nut, as well as a Stopbar tailpiece and a vintage-style individual saddle bridge – aka, a Tune-O-Matic.

As for pickups, a pair of ceramic Dirty Finger humbuckers – inspired by Gibson’s “super-hot” humbuckers from the 1970s – promise “crunching hefty rhythm” sounds and “blistering lead” tones.

The Dirty Fingers are, as usual, controlled by individual pickup volume knobs, a master tone parameter and three-way selector switch.

There is no word on when the guitars will be available for shipping, though they can be preordered exclusively from Guitar Center and Musician's Friend for $1,999 – the same price as a regular 2021 Flying V.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a 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.