At first glance it may appear to be a toy guitar or one of those horrible computer game controllers (which I refuse EVER to blog about), but no, it a Robin Octave Guitar made in Houston, Texas. These little babies had some degree of popularity in the 1980s and were used by the likes of Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics and Charlie Burchill of Simple Minds, often to double track guitar parts in a higher octave.
I'm reminded of this famous shot of Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan playing a Robin doubleneck, the top neck that SRV is playing being the octave guitar neck.
Thank you for this info....
i want one baddd
Wow! It's fifty years since Gibson Guitars launched this radical design upon the world, and it's still one of the freshest and most instantly recognisable designs in the guitar universe.
I've read that it was originally designed as a triangular guitar - like a large Russian balalaika - but the shape was thought to be too unwieldy, so a section was cut out of the base of the triangle thus forming the fins of the now legendary Flying V shape.
Granted, it's not a guitar that's really suited to playing whilst seated (although this is possible if you position the lower wing between your legs and hold the guitar in a classical guitar-playing pose), but it's certainly a great-sounding guitar that's bound to get you noticed.
For many years it was a guitar that I loathed (I thought Accept had the right idea with their Restless & Wild album cover), mainly because it was such a popular choice of axe for many a dodgy metal band. It took the likes of Marc Bolan, Jimi Hendrix, and Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals to convince me that it was quite a cool guitar after all.
See also: Gibson Guitar Celebrates 50 Years of the Flying V from Modern Guitars Magazine.
(Pictured above: my own faded cherry Gibson Flying V).
haha funny. got a link from the company? i mean robin
Erm are you trying to tell us the history of guitars?