Epiphone partnered with the Gibson Custom Shop to create the Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V, a solidbody electric guitar inspired by the Metallica lead guitarist's prized original.
This Epiphone model delivers a tone comparable to its limited-edition Custom Shop cousin.
Metallica fans worldwide are familiar with Kirk Hammett's 1979 Flying V. It was Kirk's first Gibson and established his passion for Gibson guitars. Its purchase was inspired by famous Flying V players Kirk admired and because he was looking for a fuller sound. And what a sound! Kirk still plays the original guitar to this day, and used it on all the early Metallica albums, including Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, ... And Justice for All, and The Black Album, making it one of the most important heavy metal guitars of all time. Now Epiphone is partnering with the Gibson Custom Shop to release the Epiphone Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V, a meticulous recreation of Kirk's prized original. It features a mahogany body, a one-piece mahogany neck with volute, Grover Rotomatic machine heads with "spade" buttons, and a custom bridge. The electronics are also top-notch, with a pair of Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type humbucker pickups wired to CTS potentiometers and an Orange Drop capacitor, and a Switchcraft 3-way pickup selector toggle switch and a 1/4" output jack. A Kirk Hammett logo adorns the rear of the headstock, and a black hardshell case with a red plush interior is also included.
- Body Shape: Flying V
- Material: Mahogany
- Neck: 1-Piece Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Rounded "C" with Volute
- Nut width: 43mm
- Fingerboard: Indian Laurel
- Scale length: 628.65mm
- Number of frets: 22
- Nut: Grah Tech
- Inlay: Mother of Pearl Dot
- Bridge: Custom Bridge
- Tailpiece: LockTone Stop Bar
- Tuners: Grover Rotomatic with Spade Button
- Plating: Nickel
- Neck pickup: Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type
- Bridge pickup: Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type
- Controls: 2 Volume, Master Tone, CTS Potentiometers, Orange Drop Capacitor
- Case: Black Hardshell with Red Plush Interior