Book Chronicles How Flying V, Explorer & Firebird Turned the Guitar World Upside Down
Date: Friday, June 24, 2011 @ 00:48:25 UTC

Until the launch of the Flying V and Explorer in 1958, electric guitars were supposed to look like... guitars. Suddenly, Gibson turned conventional design upside down, almost literally, by using straight lines and angular body shapes, changing the way electrics could look and, in the process, creating a set of rare future collectables. Flying V, Explorer, Firebird (Beatbeat Books, $24.99) tells the story of those first peculiar instruments and goes on to describe Gibson's second attempt at nonstandard designs with the Firebird of the early '60s. The book shows how most of these were a commercial failure at first and goes on to detail the influence of the designs on guitar-makers such as Hamer, Jackson, Dean, Ibanez, and BC Rich, all of whom embraced Gibson's original weird-is-good design ethic. Website

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