Flying V, Explorer, Firebird: An Odd-Shaped History of Gibson's Weird Electric Guitars

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird: An Odd-Shaped History of Gibson's Weird Electric Guitars

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by Tony Bacon
     
 

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(Guitar Reference). Until the launch of the Flying V and Explorer in 1958, electric guitars were supposed to look like...guitars. Suddenly, Gibson turned conventional design upside down, almost literally, by using straight lines and angular body shapes, changing the way electrics could look and, in the process, creating a set of rare future collectables. Flying V,

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(Guitar Reference). Until the launch of the Flying V and Explorer in 1958, electric guitars were supposed to look like...guitars. Suddenly, Gibson turned conventional design upside down, almost literally, by using straight lines and angular body shapes, changing the way electrics could look and, in the process, creating a set of rare future collectables. Flying V, Explorer, Firebird tells the story of those first peculiar instruments and goes on to describe Gibson's second attempt at nonstandard designs with the Firebird of the early '60s. The book shows how most of these were a commercial failure at first and goes on to detail the influence of the designs on guitar-makers such as Hamer, Jackson, Dean, Ibanez, and BC Rich, all of whom embraced Gibson's original weird-is-good design ethic. In parallel with the story of the makers is an absorbing account of the players who discovered these odd-shaped instruments, including Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Edge (U2), and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick). Interviews with players and makers illuminate the story of this fascinating assortment of electric guitar innovations, alongside specially commissioned images of every key model and brand and an enviable collection of guitar memorabilia, plus a gallery of leading guitarists photographed in action with their instruments. If it's weird and has strings, it's in Flying V, Explorer, Firebird .

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ISBN-13:
9781617130083
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
978,432
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Flying V, Explorer, Firebird: An Odd-Shaped History of Gibson's Weird Electric Guitars 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
22JAER More than 1 year ago
Great history lesson, like all the photos and reference tools. It helped put the ideas driving the vintage market in perspective – more that X style looks cool.