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Gibson USA’s Shred-V Flying V

Gibson USA’s new Shred-V Flying V—the Guitar of the Month for August 2008—takes the style and attitude of the fearsome Flying V a step further. Two EMG 85 pickups deliver high-ouput, screaming tone, perfect for aggressive hard rock and metal, and a new Kahler 2215K tremolo system allows stable tuning and dive bombs. The Shred-V is outfitted with black chrome hardware, and an Ebony finish that captures every detail and sharp style of the classic Flying V. The neck is one-piece mahogany with Gibson’s traditional Flying V profile—a hybrid between the standard ’50s rounded contour and the ’60s slim-taper profile—and an ebony fingerboard with black acrylic dot inlays unique only to the Shred-V. Locking Grover tuners keep the guitar in tune when pushing the Kahler tremolo system to its limits. Gibson’s new Shred-V Flying V—offered with a custom Guitar of the Month case—combines classic Flying V style with sonic intensity and a sleek look. Production is limited to just 1,000 guitars.

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Angled Headstock with Locking Grover Tuners

Angled Headstock with Locking Grover Tuners
The headstock on the new Shred-V Flying V is carved out of the same piece of mahogany as the neck, then carefully sloped to 17 degrees. The angle maintains pressure on the strings and keeps them firmly in the nut slots. This also enhances string vibration between the nut and the tuners and contributes to the guitar’s ability to boost sustain. The Shred-V Flying V headstock also comes with a set of locking Grover tuners, which hold tune even when using and abusing the Kahler 2215K tremolo system.



The Shred-V Flying V Neck Profile

The Shred-V Flying V Neck Profile
The neck on the new Shred-V Flying V is the best of both worlds; it is a hybrid between Gibson’s two iconic neck profiles—the ’50s rounded contour and the ’60s slim-taper profile. It is machined in Gibson’s rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. Once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest—including the final sanding—is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions—each one will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.



22-Fret Ebony Fingerboard

22-Fret Ebony Fingerboard
The fingerboard on Gibson USA’s new Shred-V Flying V is constructed from the highest grade ebony on the planet. The resilience of this dense and durable wood makes the fingerboard balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note clarity and bite. The 12-inch radius of the fingerboard provides smooth note-bending capabilities and eliminates “dead” or “choked out” notes, which can occur on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.



New Black Dot Acrylic Inlays

New Black Dot Acrylic Inlays
The black dot inlays on the new Shred-V Flying V are a new inlay design from Gibson. They are a variation of Gibson’s more traditional dot inlays, giving the Shred-V Flying V’s fingerboard a sleek look. They are made of acrylic and inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require the use of fillers.



Set-Neck Construction

Set-Neck Construction
Like all classic Gibson guitars, the neck on the new Shred-V is glued into the body of the guitar using a process known as “set-neck construction.” Gluing the neck to the body of the guitar insures a “wood-to-wood” contact, no air space in the neck cavity, and maximum contact between the neck and body, allowing the neck and body to function as a single unit. The result? Better tone, better sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks.



Mahogany Body with Ebony Finish

Mahogany Body with Ebony Finish
The original Flying V body is already a striking example of Gibson design, but the body of the new Shred-V Flying V takes it up a notch, while still providing players a well-balanced and comfortable guitar, with absolutely no compromises in tone, sustain, or performance. It is glossed in a smooth Ebony finish for a dark, sleek look. The mahogany itself goes through the same rigorous selection process as all of Gibson’s woods, in addition to the same drying method to ensure a level of “equilibrium,” where the moisture content does not change during the manufacturing process. This guarantees tight-fitting joints and no expansion, controls the shrinkage and warping of the woods, and reduces weight. It also improves the woods’ machinability and finishing properties. Consistent moisture content means that a Gibson Shred-V will respond evenly to temperature and humidity changes long after it leaves the factory.



EMG 85 Pickups

EMG 85 Pickups
The EMG 85 is one of most popular active humbuckers in the world, and rightfully so. Equipped with a bar-shaped Alnico V magnet and coils with separate outputs, the EMG 85 yields a warmer and more natural tone, and delivers balanced and uniform string response. The wide aperture of the coils produces a beefier low end and fatter top end, with loads of output that doesn’t get muddy. They can be used to play everything from classic rhythm and blues to heavy metal.



Kahler 2215K Tremolo System in Black Chrome

Kahler 2215K Tremolo System in Black Chrome
For those wanting the ultimate in tremolo systems, look no further than the Kahler 2215K from Kahler USA. This black chrome stud mount tremolo system features individual fine tuners, and a 360HH brass cam. It also has stainless steel saddles that can be adjusted six different ways: side to side for string spacing, front to back for intonation, and up and down to adjust action and match the radius of the fingerboard. The brass cam and stainless steel saddles also deliver enhanced sustain and harmonics and a warm, rich tone.



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