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Flying V (serial no. 9 1694)

Gibson American
Neil Young

Not on view

Neil Young used this Gibson Flying V on tour with the Stray Gators in 1972 and 1973 in support of Harvest, which resulted in the live album Time Fades Away. The instrument also appeared with him onstage throughout the 1970s and until the 2000s, hung as a stage prop when not played. Young’s furious and melodic sound is most often created with another Gibson guitar, his highly modified 1953 Les Paul.

Technical Description:
Two-piece korina (Limba wood) body and neck, rosewood fingerboard; 24¾ in. scale; natural finish; set neck with pearloid dot inlays; rounded arrow-shaped headstock with raised gold plastic Gibson logo missing; two PAF humbucking pickups, three-way selector switch, two volume controls and one tone control; gold-plated ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge with nickel V-shaped anchor plate, gold-plated Kluson tuners, black and clear plastic knobs, four-ply white and black plastic pickguard; replacement anchor plate

Flying V (serial no. 9 1694), Gibson (American, founded Kalamazoo, Michigan 1902), Korina (Limba wood), rosewood, nickel, plastic

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Courtesy of Perry A. Margouleff