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  • Gibson discontinued the Flying V and Explorer

    Geez. Two guitars I really wanted. I've been saving for a long time to buy both. I went to see what my options were and lo and behold- no has any for sale. Damn.

    Think they'll come back?

    Guess there's always used.

  • #2
    Will they come back? Of course!

    I see them used at Guitar Center often enough.
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    • Ratae Corieltauvorum
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      I understand it was a Health and Safety issue as they had poked qute a few people's eyes out


    • Hazz_69
      Hazz_69 commented
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      I have a 1992 Model of the 1976 Reissue. USA made Gibson Explorer. Have been thinking about selling for a while. I have the original brown Gibson hardshell case and the original booklet. I am not the original owner however. It has a few love marks from being played, but has only been gigged out 3 times in the last 3 years. I have owned it for 5 years. Message me here if interested.


  • #3

    Zzounds still has Explorers for $1050. 

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    • #4

      kadrocker1 wrote:
      Geez. Two guitars I really wanted. I've been saving for a long time to buy both. I went to see what my options were and lo and behold- no has any for sale. Damn.

      Think they'll come back?

      Guess there's always used.

      Where's the link? Gibson are NOT discontinuing these guitars.

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      • jpnyc
        jpnyc commented
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        Visconti wrote:

        kadrocker1 wrote:
        Geez. Two guitars I really wanted. I've been saving for a long time to buy both. I went to see what my options were and lo and behold- no has any for sale. Damn.

        Think they'll come back?

        Guess there's always used.

        Where's the link? Gibson are NOT discontinuing these guitars.


        Good point. Just because a guitar isn


    • #5
      No one has a V in stock. Only place that has a non-signature Explorer in stock is zzounds.

      My local Gibson dealer told me they can't order them anymore. That they've been "discontinued".

      Dang.....I wanted a new V.

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      • 6down1togo
        6down1togo commented
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        They are being re-released under new model names, Dumb and Dumber.


    • #6
      I wouldn't mind an epiphone explorer but

      A) I don't like the gothic one because it doesn't have inlays on the fretboard.

      B) I don't like glittery silver finish

      C) the silverburst one is ok, but not my favorite finish. And I don't know who Brenden Small is, and I'm picky with signature models. And I don't like the fact it says "thunderhorse" on the truss rod cover. Guess that could be changed out.



      I wanted a cherry explorer but zzounds only has white and ebony.

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      • #7
        Another local shop has a used epiphone '67 style Flying V for $375.

        I can't see paying that when for a little bit more I could find a used gibson.

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        • #8

          Stupid decision from them. This will make me buy a Dean.

          Dean V

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          • billybilly
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            They're both quite ugly to me, don't care.


        • #9

          kadrocker1 wrote:
          Geez. Two guitars I really wanted. I've been saving for a long time to buy both. I went to see what my options were and lo and behold- no has any for sale. Damn.

          Think they'll come back?

          Guess there's always used.

           

          Maybe you are confusing Epiphone for Gibson.  Epiphone discontinued their V and the Explorer.  

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          • #10
            Show me a link where I can buy a non signature Gibson Flying V.

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          • #11
            I once played a Hamer Standard (Explorer clone), and I didn't dig the huge body. Some people love the way they balance, though.
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            • kolapsar
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              this will make them long-awaited


          • #12
            I emailed gibson and got this response....

            "Hey Kirk, there are currently no standard Flying V's in production. There is no information on when/if they will be produced in the future. - Alex"

            Damn.

            Oh well, I'm gonna build my own V.

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            • Bucksstudent
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              kadrocker1 wrote:
              I emailed gibson and got this response....

              "Hey Kirk, there are currently no standard Flying V's in production. There is no information on when/if they will be produced in the future. - Alex"

              Damn.

              Oh well, I'm gonna build my own V.

               Or you can buy a used one.


          • #13
            I know I can biy used.

            Just always wanted a NEW Flying V.

            If I buy a used one, it can't have a single scratch/chip/flaw on if.

            I'm weird.

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            • Bucksstudent
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              kadrocker1 wrote:
              I know I can biy used.

              Just always wanted a NEW Flying V.

              If I buy a used one, it can't have a single scratch/chip/flaw on if.

              I'm weird.

              Yes you are.


            • Chad
              Chad commented
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              kadrocker1 wrote:
              I know I can biy used.

              Just always wanted a NEW Flying V.

              If I buy a used one, it can't have a single scratch/chip/flaw on if.

              I'm weird.
              Good luck with that. I guess perceptions/tolerances vary, but I've never seen a 100% flawless guitar. And I've owned lots of guitars and some in the multi-thousands. Nothing is perfect. Especially good luck with Gibson. I'm a Gibson fan, but for the most part their fit and finish is a bit rough compared to other brands. But still nice guitars.

          • #14
            If I'm paying $500-600+ for a used guitar. It better be in freaking good shape.

            I work hard for my money and appreciate things when I buy them.

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          • #15
            I'm set on the Gibson.

            Back in the late 80s my brother brought home a VHS tape of a live Metallica show. I was about six or seven years old but I remember seeing Kirk play a black V and James was using a white V.

            It was a kill em all or ride the lightning era show. Looked like a bootleg- but I don't remember. Cliff em All, maybe?

            Anyway, I saw those two V's in action and never forgot it.

            I got to play a few V's a here and there over the years and freaking loved them.

            I bought a used V copy for $50 about ten years ago. It was a perfect Gibson copy. No brand, just said "made in japan" on the back of the headstock. It unfortunately met its fate at the end of show. I let a friend borrow it and the other guitarist in his band smashed it. I only owned it for a few months.

            Imagine the horror as I watched this all go down.

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            • Danhedonia
              Danhedonia commented
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              This is why you don't loan out your guitars.

               

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