Richie Faulkner “sets the record straight” on his new Gibson signature Flying V

Richie Faulkner
(Image credit: Richie Faulkner / Instagram)

After a new Gibson revival of his Epiphone Flying V signature model was revealed by CMO Cesar Gueikian earlier this week, Richie Faulkner has taken to social media to “set the record straight.”

While the initial photo – shared to Instagram by Gueikian – appeared to show a dark blue-finished, dual-humbucker design with a Floyd Rose-style tremolo and locking nut, this is – apparently – not the case at all.

In a short video posted by Faulkner in response to Gueikian's reported reveal, he says, “There's been some rumors lately about a supposed signature-edition Flying V from Gibson, so I just thought I'd set the record straight here. 

Holding up two bright pink mini Flying Vs, he continues, “I've got a couple of examples here. Here we have two examples. This is the Starfish Pink, and the Faded Starfish Pink, after Patrick from SpongeBob [SquarePants]'. One's got an EMG, and one's got a Gibson pickup here.

Explaining the guitars' small-scale design, the Judas Priest guitarist reasons, “Most heavy bands these days, they tune down – drop B and drop A. I've actually tuned up to A, 'cause I think that's a lot heavier.

“So I just wanted to dispel some of the myths out there. These are the ones that I will be pushing through, and these are the most metal-sounding guitars I've ever heard. So watch this space.”

Check out Cesar Gueikian's Instagram post below for the real Richie Faulkner Flying V signature model prototype...

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.