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2006 Gibson Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V #165
We are so stoked to have this legendary guitar faithfully recreated by the Gibson Custom shop with us. Not only do we have the guitar and all the associated signed (including Jimi’s step sister Janie Hendrix) certificates and case candy. But also the Gibson supplied dealer glass display cabinet with original shipping carton making for a hugely collectible opportunity. This is guitar 161 of just 300 made in 2006 and has been kept as a display item since, firstly in a Gibson dealer outlet and then privately owned. Due to the nature of this package please contact the shop to discuss shipping options. The pictures tell the story and we have collected some background info which is reproduced below.
Jimi Hendrix’s hand-painted 1967 Flying V is a mythical instrument. Purchased in 1967 and used on tour in Europe during 1967 and 1968, the guitar – with its swirling psychedelic designs – highlights the spirit of the times and showcases Jimi’s unique artistic expression. Meticulously recreating Jimi’s guitar for the “Inspired By” Series has been a labor of love for Gibson’s Custom Shop. Originally painted with what appears to be nail polish, Gibson has used materials which reproduce the same sense of depth and texture. But this is a Gibson Custom guitar, so the materials and hardware are faithful reproductions of the original. The result is an instrument with unsurpassed playability and classic tone. The Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V is an original work of art that you can beautifully display or proudly play.
Gibson Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V Features:
Solid mahogany body
Late 60’s ABR-1 bridge, Maestro tailpiece
1-piece mahogany neck
22-fret rosewood fingerboard
Pearloid dot inlays
Rounded neck profile
24 3/4″ scale length
Double band vintage tulip tuners
’57 Classic pickups
Two volume, one tone, 3-way selector switch
Vintage Reissue .010 strings
Custom Shop case
Includes certificate of authenticity
Meticulously recreating Jimi’s guitar has been a labor of love for us as well. Originally painted with what appears to be nail polish, we have used materials which reproduce the same sense of depth and texture. But this is a Gibson Custom guitar, so the materials and hardware are faithful reproductions of the original. The result is an instrument with unsurpassed playability and classic tone. The Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V is an original work of art that you can beautifully display or proudly play.
Come feel the love.
Letter From The Artist
In brainstorming sessions with the folks at the Custom Shop, we tried to imagine the conditions under which Hendrix created this artwork. He was probably on the road, using whatever was at hand for paint. It could have been poster paint, nail polish, acrylics, or hobby enamels. We will never know.
It was done quickly and with confidence — a direct, immediate expression of what he was feeling at the moment. I remember thinking that if someone handed me a guitar to paint I would never have come up with the images that Jimi painted. They were totally personal and came directly from his spirit: hearts, flowers, leaves, kissing lips, and of course, “love drops.”
There’s no question that you can feel Jimi’s personal expression in the work. When he played this guitar, it must have dropped jaws twice — sonically and visually!
Fifty years after the death Jimi Hendrix, a former North East guitarist revealed how he found the music legend’s famous hand painted Gibson Flying V in a Newcastle shop.
Dave Brewis, former guitarist with 1980’s North East band Kane Gang, walked into a guitar shop in Newcastle, the location and identity of which he prefers to keep anonymous.
“I saw a Flying V hanging on the wall and the guy said ‘I’ve got a Jimi Hendrix Flying V’ and I thought well I never,” he said.
“What he meant was one that looks like Jimmy Hendrix’s.
But tellingly the guitar had a strap button both sides of the V and the nut had been grooved for left handed stringing indicating it had been used by a left-handed player.
The next time Dave went into the shop he brought books with pictures of Hendrix and the guitar to try and match up any similarities between the two instruments.
Dave says the shop owner was happy with the explanation from the Brighton collector he’d bought it from, namely the guitar had belonged to an old left-handed Blues player.
At this point the famous psychedelic guitar, hand painted by Hendrix himself, hadn’t been seen for more than 20 years.
And this Flying V had been resprayed black.
Eventually Dave bought the guitar and began to delve deeper into its past.
What convinced him it was the Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V was when he took close-up pictures of the plastic inlays on the neck and compared them to photographs of the original guitar.
As well as this the wood grain on both fingerboards was identical.
“Wood grain is like a fingerprint no two are the same, ” he added.
What swung it for him was when he took it to a Sotheby’s open day in Jesmond and showed it to valuer Stephen Maycock who took the pickguard off the guitar and discovered coloured paint had slipped under when it had been hand painted in 1966.
“He said ‘you’ve got white paint and a little bit of grey, this is obviously Jimi’s guitar’ “, said Dave.
The guitar was put up for auction but didn’t sell and Dave began to use the guitar in the studio with his then band Prefab Sprout.
“I had it out on the road believe it or not, this kind of priceless relic!” said Dave.
Eventually Dave had the guitar restored to its original finish and hand painted it himself in the way Hendrix had.
“I decided to recreate the paintwork myself based on some giant life sized blow ups that I’d done from some quality photographs.
“It took ages and ages but I got it done,” he said.
As well making this amazing discovery Dave also revealed it was this guitar which Hendrix played on the track ‘All Along the Watchtower’.
This was confirmed by Noel Redding, bassist in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, who said Jimi recorded it straight to the mixing board when Dave went to visit Noel in Ireland.
“There’s a note which he reaches at the end which is too high to do on a Stratocaster.
“The big sonorous first few lines on on the record on All Along the Watchtower and the play out at the end are definitely this guitar.
“In the middle it gets funkier and Stratocaster appears in the mix, but the start and the end are the Flying V.”
The guitar attracted the attention of the Gibson Custom Shop over in America in Nashville and Memphis and they ended up producing a 350 limited edition of the guitar, each one hand painted
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