Flying V Hall Of Fame: Saluting One Rockin' Guitar

Today is the 53rd birthday of the Gibson Flying V, which since its debut has become synonymous with metal and hard rock of all stripes. The image of that V-shape is as iconic as the power chords it generates. Rocks Off has seen reverse V's and even bass V's in our time, and has always wanted to touch one, but we would probably get chocolate on it and get kicked out of Guitar Center.

Here's a few rock idols who have played a Gibson Flying V. This was hard, since so many imitators came in the wake of the original Gibson. We don't too much about guitars, we just like to write about how the sounds that come out of them make our pants hurt.

Albert King
Jimi Hendrix
Marc Bolan (T.Rex)
Billy Gibbons
Lonnie Mack
Randy Rhoads
Michael Schenker
KK Downing (Judas Priest)
Kirk Hammett
Chad Kroeger

Sorry guys, it's true.

Zakk Wylde

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