In 1958, Gibson introduced, and shipped only 19 Explorers and 81 Flying V’s. With their space-age, futuristic designs that were ahead of their time, the instantly recognizable guitars are now highly–collectible cultural icons. After three years in development, the Gibson Custom Shop is proud to release these rare and desirable guitars re-created by the luthiers in same limited-edition numbers for the exclusive Collector’s Edition 1958 Flying V and Explorer.


Made with Korina and Brazilian Rosewood, every one of these Collector’s Edition Flying V and Explorer’s vintage features have been re-created through 3-D scanning technology right down to the historically accurate brown cases which feature a stunning period-correct plush pink inside, and brown leather outside which complement striking golden-brown color of the Korina wood finish. The pink and brown Flying V and Explorer replica cases also include a vintage-style cable, strap, guitar picks, and a historically–legitimate pennant of the era.

The Gibson 1958 Flying V and Explorer

“The Custom Shop Flying V and Explorer project took three years to develop through the magic and artistry of the Gibson Custom Shop teams, including our shop luthiers together with Tom Murphy, Mat Koehler, Mark Agnesi, Cody Higbee, and the rest of our Gibson Lab team,” says Cesar Gueikian, Brand President, Gibson Brands. “We utilized 3D scanning technology to scan multiple museum model Flying V and Explorers (made in 1958) to create the most authentic and identical clones humanly possible.

The Collector’s Edition is limited to 19 Explorers and 81 Flying V’s and feature Murphy Lab aging, Brazilian rosewood fingerboards and historic recreation of the cases, covers and case candy.” The limited-edition Collector’s Edition Flying V and Explorer will only be available in the continental USA; an extended Gibson core run will be coming in September 2021 and will be available worldwide.

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