Aluminum Flying V

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A sheet of diamond-plate aluminum found at a scrap yard where I sometimes searched for materials made the notion of the ultimate heavy-metal guitar seem unavoidable.

This aluminum guitar is based on the design of Gibson’s Flying V.

The polepiece screws of the neck pickup extend into the actual neck heel to produce some lively harmonics up the scale.

The Specimen Flying V was featured in Guitar School magazine.

  • Neck

    Bolt-on black maple neck

  • Scale length


  • Fretboard


  • Truss Rod

    Non-adjustable steel reinforcement

  • Headstock

    Ebony headstock veneer with mother-of-pearl target inlay

  • Body

    Bolt-together hollow aluminum body with diamond-tread top and socket-cap bolts

  • Pickups

    Two humbucking pickups

  • Controls

    One tone and two volume controls, three-way toggle-style selector switch

  • Bridge

    Schaller roller bridge and stud tailpiece with fine tuners

  • Shipping

    Free Shipping within the continental U.S.

“Aside from the slightly alien appearance – and I mean that with great affection – its greatest asset is its treatment of sound. For me, a guitar player who relies little on chords and more on the ability to pull out strange noises and caustic repetitions that resemble riffs, it really is an incredible instrument. I have yet to find the limit to its ability to manipulate strums and taps into something unique.”
— Arista Strungys, Loraxx

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