Top 10 Metal Guitarists Who Usually Play Flying V (V-Shaped) GuitarsMetal_Treasure Flying V guitars, with their v-shaped body, look so 'metal' because they look energetic, bold, distinctive, assertive and rebellious. Flying Vs also have an unconventional and avant-garde aesthetic.
Gibson’s president in the 1950s, Ted McCarty, commissioned several artists to sketch energetic guitar designs, of which the V-shaped design looked the most energetic.
Flying Vs were first released in 1958 by Gibson but they looked so unusual and "futuristic" that did not sell and the first Flying Vs were used as guitar-mannequins in music shops, to create a stir and attract customers. Apart from the avant-garde shape, many guitarists found it difficult to play Flying Vs.
Today, an original Flying V from 1958 costs approx. $300,000 (and that's like $100 K per triangle...)
Things changed in the 70s with the emergence of metal and further spread of hard rock - the Flying V found its perfect partners. Besides its rebellious shape, the Flying V sounded powerful.
Some of the first guitarists who bought Flying Vs in the 60s and early 70s were:
K. K. Downing (Judas Priest)
Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, MSG)
Dave Davies (The Kinks)
The Top Ten
He used very often a Flying V (not always but I think most of the time).
He is at #1 because as I said in the list description, he was one of the first guitarists to ever buy a Flying V.
At the beginning of his career he actually bought two - one of just 20 produced for the 1964 Limited Edition. And another one - a 1970 model with a Maestro vibrato bar.
What can I say? When the other guitarists didn't want to buy a Flying V at all, he bought two.
He's the man! - Metal_Treasure
It's so bad ass because 1It's a flying v 2 Randy asked the guy to make it sound like a gibson and feel like a fender 3 POLKA DOTS
Ozzy guitarist had a polka-dot V guitar (not made by Gibson). Randy had a much pointier version made by Jackson Guitars.
His V looked more terrifying than the Gibson models at the time because the points of Randy guitar looked like they could easily impale you.
R.I.P. Randy. - Metal_Treasure
He even had at least 2 Double Neck Flying Vs (one of them was Dean V Double Neck Diadem) - Metal_Treasure
His guitar is usually a Flying V. And it's red (like on the image here).
He has played red V guitars since the early days of Annihilator - you can see him with a red Flying V in 1989, in the Alison Hell video.
He had a black one for a while, V-shaped again (maybe other colors, too, but for a while). - Metal_Treasure
His guitar is usually a very pointy Flying V (look at the image here). They were in different colors.
Actually I never seen him playing a guitar with a differen shape - if he played a different one that was an exception.
Flying V suits him, a guy nicknamed Alexi 'Wildchild' Laiho, who founded a death metal band at 14. - Metal_Treasure
He usually plays a Flying V (different colors). His most recent one looks scary - like a medieval weapon with blood on it. You can see it on YouTube: Arch Enemy - The World Is Yours (by the way, one of the best metal songs of 2017). - Metal_Treasure
He usually plays a Flying V (different colors). He plays a V on the image here. - Metal_Treasure
It's on the image - black, pointy, 7-String, w/eagle graphic and eagle inlay on 12th fret - Metal_Treasure
Not very high on this list because he played Flying Vs but less often than the other guys on this list. - Metal_Treasure
He played Flying Vs but less often than some other guitarists on this list. - Metal_Treasure
Buckethead usually plays les paul. But he has also played jackson V. His cover of Enter the Chicken has one. - zxm
Mostly plays les pauls but sometimes uses flying v
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