In pictures: Gibson Custom Shop debuts the 1958 Korina Flying V and Explorer at Summer NAMM 2021

The guitars are modelled after several originals from 1958, the year they were introduced.

Gibson's Custom Shop Explorer and V

All images: Eleanor Jane

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Summer NAMM 2021: The Gibson Custom Shop has announced the 1958 Korina Flying V and Explorer, a pair of collector’s edition guitars that feature Murphy Lab ageing and period-accurate features.

The full specifications for both guitars have yet to be unveiled, but we know they will feature Brazilian rosewood fingerboards, korina wood finishes, Murphy Lab ageing and come in a historically accurate brown case with pink plush lining.

Gibson said that the guitars were conceived over a two-year development period and promised them to “100 per cent accurately” recreate the first editions of the Flying V and Explorer, introduced back in 1958.

“We utilised 3D scanning technology to scan multiple Flying V and Explorers (made in 1958) to create the most authentic and identical clones humanly possible,” Cesar Gueikian, Brand President at Gibson, explained in a statement.

The guitars will be available in limited quantities: 19 Explorer and 81 Flying V models. The number of guitars available was chosen to reflect the exact number of each model which shipped in the year of their introduction.

The Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Korina Flying V and Explorer will be available on 27 July. Pricing has yet to be revealed.

Other announcements from Gibson today (15 July) were for a new Original’s Collection Non-Reverse Thunderbird bass guitar, artist models for Jerry Cantrell and Nathaniel Rateliff, as well as the Slash Epiphone collection.

Take a look at some more close-up photos of the new guitars below.


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