Gibson custom shop Kirk Hammett '79 Flying V at The Music Zoo

An exact replica of the '79 V used on the first five Metallica records, expertly aged by the Murphy Lab!

It's hard to imagine a time in which one of the biggest bands in the world wasn't at the point there were at now - but in the early '80s Metallica was still a band earning their place in Metal royalty. Fueling Kirk Hammetts early leads and riffs was his 1979 Gibson Flying V- his first Gibson that led him down the path of owning many more in the future. Kirk uses the original guitar to this day. While it's currently loaded with his signature EMG pickups; this is the guitar as it originally was with two uncovered T-Type humbuckers.

Each guitar was hand-aged by the talented folks at the Murphy Lab to recreate every ding and dent on the guitar, as well as the black tape on the sides and back of the body that are just like on the original. A unique feature on this V is the recreated custom aftermarket bridge just like the guitar had in 1979.

Watch the '79 Kirk Hammett Flying V demo video!

How many Kirk Hammett '79 Flying V's are there and what does it come with?

The Gibson Custom Shop has produced only 200 Kirk Hammett V's worldwide. Each one comes as a really great package with a molded Flying V case adorned with identifiers as the original guitar is currently kept in at the Metallica HQ & Museum. There's bright gaffers tape and photo ID hang tags on the case. In each case, the guitar includes Gibson Custom Shop swag, a special Kirk Hammett enamel pin set, and every certificate of authenticity is hand-signed by Kirk.

Kirk Hammett '79 Flying V Close Up - The Music Zoo

Gibson Custom Shop 1979 Kirk Hammett Flying V Specs

  • Solidbody Electric Guitar
  • Mahogany Body
  • 3-Piece Mahogany Neck with Volute
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • Kirk Hammett "V" Neck Profile
  • 24-3/4" Scale Length
  • 22 Frets
  • Pearloid Dot Inlays
  • T-Type Humbucker Pickups
  • 2 Volume, 1 Tone, CTS Pots
  • Custom Replica Bridge and Stopbar Tailpiece
  • Schaller M6 Tuners
  • Nickel Hardware

Kirk Hammett '79 Flying V Close Up Back of Body - The Music Zoo

Kirk Hammett '79 Flying V Close Up Bridge - The Music Zoo

Kirk Hammett '79 Flying V Close Up Headstock - The Music Zoo

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