Gibson introduces a new short-scale bass based on the modernist six-stringer 08-Nov-11
Ever since its introduction in 1958 as part of Gibson's Modernist Series, the Flying V guitar has been an icon of heavy rock tones and alternative looks. Not satisfied with letting the six-stringers have all the fun, Gibson USA has configured this rocket-age styling into what they say is a mean and meaty package for the bassist in search of a scorching low-end alternative: the Flying V Bass. Here's all the details in Gibson's own words...
With its 30-1/2" scale length, which is still somewhat longer than the conventional guitar, this bass is perfect for players with shorter arms and smaller hands, beginners and students, or those who are more familiar with six-string guitar scale lengths. But it's also a fully professional instrument for the highest-flying touring or studio musician. Two of the world's most famous bassists, Paul McCartney and Jack Bruce, played short-scale basses at the most influential points of their careers, and countless others have used them to make legendary rock, pop and blues recordings. The Flying V Bass brings weighty tones and easy playability to a package styled for the most radical rock that the 21st century has to offer, and suitable for every variety of music.
Like several classic Gibson tone machines, the Flying V Bass has a body crafted from solid Grade-A mahogany in the classic Flying V shape, dressed in a high-gloss Cherry nitrocellulose finish, offset by a white, four-ply Flying V pickguard. It has a glued-in neck made from superior quarter-sawn Grade-A mahogany for improved strength and superior resonance, and a 20-fret fingerboard made from Preciosa wood. The neck is carved to a comfortable slim profile and measures .850" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th, with a width of 1.60" across its PLEK-cut Corian nut.
All this tonal goodness is cranked through a pair of contemporary chrome covered Thunderbird Bass pickups with ceramic magnets to take you from gut-rumbling lows to searing highs with enhanced punch and clarity. Individual volume controls and a master tone control allow you to blend pickups as desired for a wide range of tones. Strings are anchored at the body end by a rock-solid, three-point bridge with individually adjustable saddles, and high-quality Grover "shamrock" key tuners grace the traditional Flying V "flying arrow" headstock, all plated in chrome to enhance the elegance of this sleek bass. Pack it all together, and it's a stunning alternative that a lot of bassists will appreciate. Check one out today at your authorized Gibson dealer, and see what that alternative rumble can do for your music.
Each Flying V Bass includes a Gibson hardshell case and owner's manual, and is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service. Features
Classic Flying V Mahogany body with hi-gloss cherry finish
Comfortable, slim neck profile
30 1/5" scale Preciosa wood fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays
Pair of high-output chrome covered ceramic Thunderbird Bass pickups in the neck and bridge
Grover™ "shamrock" key tuners with 20:1 tuning ratio
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