It's not the 1959 Les Paul that was the rarest Gibson: it was the 1958 Korina Flying V and Explorer!
There's no doubt that the Explorer and Flying V are two of the most iconic electric guitar designs ever made, and it's incredible to think that they were designed in 1958 when Gibson president Ted McCarty pushed for futuristic designs to compete with the recently released Fender Stratocaster. Using the lightweight wood of the limba tree and marketed by Gibson as "korina" wood - the V and Explorer were put into a short lived production. Only 19 1958 Explorers and 98 Flying Vs were made. Compared to 643 1959 Les Paul Standards that were made, it's easy to see that the rarity of the V and Explorer have made them an almost unobtainable legend, with the exception of the 2022 Gibson Custom Shop run of Korina V's and Explorers. But now, we are so excited to be introducing the Epiphone Inspired by Gibson 1958 Korina Flying V and Explorer guitars!
The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson 1958 Korina Flying V Explorer Specs and Details
The wood used on these Epiphone reissues is authentic Korina! Given a light tint and left natural, they have that unique light brown color just like the originals. Epiphone is building the guitars with a long neck tenon, Indian laurel fretboards with dot inlays and gold hardware. The electronics are Gibson USA Burstbucker 2 and 3 humbuckers wired with CTS pots and a quality Mallory capacitor. The cherry on top is that each one includes a very cool Lifton-inspired hardshell case with a brown tolex exterior and that famous pink interior.
- Korina Body
- 1958 Profile Korina Neck
- Indian Laurel Fingerboard
- Dot Inlays
- 24-3/4" Scale Length
- 12" Radius
- 1.693" Neck Width at Nut
- Graphtech Nut
- 22 Frets
- Burstbucker 2 and 3 Humbucker Pickups
- Individual Volume Controls and Master Tone Control
- CTS Pots, Mallory Capacitor
- Three-Way Selector Switch
- LockTone ABR Bridge and Stopbar Tailpiece
- Epiphone Deluxe Tuners
- Gold Hardware
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