In 1979, Gibson produced
a very small batch of pearl bloc inlay Flying V's.
The number of guitars is estimated to be fewer than 50 although a production number is not available.
All guitars were finished white.
A whole bacth of 25 instruments was sold to a single shop in Cleveland Ohio. Most of the guiatrs has sequential serial numbers.
This model has noticably been made famous by Michael Schenker. Graham OIliver (Saxon), Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) have been playing them as well.
Some distinctive features include :
- SG custome size pealr bloc inlays
- Bound fretboard
Typical 1975 pickguard shape
Typical 1975 headstock shape
Michael Schanker's # 3 distinctively has the 1975 headstock shape while it has the 80's pickguard shape.
This example seems to have the 80's headstock shape with the 1975 pickguard shape.
Picture courtesy Larry Meiners.
Both guitars have the 80's headstock and pickguard shapes.
The guitar on the left has had a Bigsby tremolo unit added subsequently.
Picture courtesy Jeff.