Summer NAMM 2012: Gibson Grace Potter Signature Flying V

Published 12 years ago on July 13, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Along with her band the Nocturnals, Grace Potterchannels the best of late '60s and early '70s rock into a hip andoriginal brew. Grace's soulful voice and stellar guitar playing onher favored Flying V tipped her as a classic rocker right from thestart with her band's self-released 2005 debut when she was just 21years old.

Now, Gibson USA proudly presents the Grace Potter SignatureFlying V. Crafted from Grade-A tonewoods and loaded with premiumhardware and two of the finest contemporary recreations oflegendary PAF humbucking pickups, the Grace Potter Signature FlyingV is the hippest tone machine to head down the pike in a longtime.

Its unique look, designed by Grace, includes a hand-sprayedNocturnal Brown gloss nitrocellulose top finish and satin naturalback, sides and neck, and cream-painted Lexan pickguard with customsilkscreened art deco border.

In the image of the classic second wave of '60s Flying Vs, theGrace Potter Signature Flying V from Gibson USA is crafted in solidGrade-A mahogany, a rich, resonant tonewood that has beenresponsible for many of the finest Gibson electric guitars ever tocome off the line.

Its glued-in Grade-A mahogany neck is carved to a "Slim V"profile that measures .800 inches at the 1st fret and .850 inchesat the 12th, and topped with a luxurious dark-brown chechenfingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets.

A PLEK-slotted Corian nut ensures a maximum amount of thatcrucial neck resonance arrives in the guitar's final sonic brew,while vintage-style TonePros tuners with pearloid keystone buttonsmaintain a traditional look at the back-angled headstock.

All this along with Gibson's renowned craftsmanship and theclassic specs of the 24-3/4 inch scale length, a 1-11/16 inch nutwidth, and a 12 inch fingerboard radius ensure legendaryplayability, too.

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To capture the tonal splendor of this well-crafted guitar,Gibson USA loads the Grace Potter Signature Flying V with a pair ofits finest PAF recreations. The BurstBucker Pro Rhythm at the neckand BurstBucker Pro Lead at the bridge are both made with Alnico Vmagnets and wound with 42 AWG enamel-coated wire like many of thebest original PAFs.

They provide output levels in line with vintage humbuckers,although the bridge pickup is given extra turns of wire for alittle more grind in the lead position and an excellent balancebetween the two. Also, in a contemporary twist, both pickups arewax potted to combat microphonic feedback, so you can crank thissweet, soulful tone monster through your amp of choice, achievingeverything from warm, rich, bluesy tones to wailing lead andcrunching rhythm, without fear of howl or squeal.

The classic pairing of Tune-o-matic bridge and stud-mountedstopbar tailpiece keep it all locked down for maximum sustain andeasy intonation adjustment, and a pair of individual volumecontrols, a master tone, and a three-way switch give you all thesonic versatility required.

Each guitar comes protected in a plush-lined Flying V hardshellcase with black exterior, and includes owner's manual andadjustment literature, along with Gibson's Limited LifetimeWarranty and 24/7/365 customer service.


Information taken from official press release, for morevisit Gibson


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