Guitar Center, Inc. (website) announces that in the span of just seven days, it has completely sold out of its limited edition stock of Gibson Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V guitars.
March 24th was the official launch date for these unique, historic instruments, and within one minute of sales, eager customers scooped up 70 of the 150 available Flying V guitars (photo1, photo2, photo3). Designed by the legendary Gibson Guitar Custom Shop, and authorized by the Hendrix Estate, as an exact reproduction of Hendrixs famous hand-painted 1967 Flying V, the new Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V offers unsurpassed playability and classic tone. In addition, the instrument features detailed artwork recreated by master luthier and artist Bruce Kunkel.
Purchased by Hendrix in 1967 and used on tour throughout Europe in 1967 and 1968, Hendrixs original Gibson Flying V has the distinguishing feature of having Jimis own psychedelic hand-painted artwork adorning the top and sides creating a truly unique appearance reminiscent of the late 1960s. Originally painted with what appears to be nail polish, the Gibson Custom Shop has sourced and used materials which reproduce the same sense of depth and texture to the guitar's one-of-a-kind artwork, while maintaining the strictest standards in creating faithful reproductions of all of the original Flying Vs materials and hardware.
Paying tribute to Hendrixs role as musical innovator and guitar visionary, Gibson produced a limited run of 300 of these Custom Shop instruments. Guitar Center stores offered 150 of the Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V guitars, which sold out completely within 7 days of the March 24th launch date. The guitars were each accompanied by a Gibson Custom Shop case, certificate of authenticity, and custom care kit.
Keith Brawley, Vice President of Merchandising for Guitar Centers Guitar Division, commented on the new Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V, "The Flying V has always been a prominent instrument in Hendrix's musical legacy, and working closely with Gibson, we were very excited to offer this piece of musical history to our customers. This guitar just has such a great vibe to it, and we know that players and collectors will be thrilled with these once-in-a-lifetime instruments. Brawley concludes, Thats just another testament to the tremendous impact that Hendrix still has, and Guitar Center is proud to be involved with continuing the Hendrix experience."