Scorpions Man and Gibson Unveil Rudolf Schenker Flying
Gibson has unveiled the Rudolf Schenker Flying
V, a new signature model for German rock
export Rudolf Schenker founding
guitarist of The Scorpions.
German guitar ace Rudolf Schenker's
roots run to the very origins of heavy metal, and there's no finer
rock pedigree on the planet. Schenker founded legendary metal
outfit the Scorpions in 1965 when he was still in his teens, and
the band rose to world domination in one of music's most
competitive genres. Through it all, Schenker has been equally known
for his blistering licks, incendiary tone, and radical style-so
it's not surprising that the most revolutionary guitar ever
created, the Gibson Flying V, has remained his main squeeze for
more than four decades.
Now Gibson USA introduces the Rudolf Schenker Flying V, a guitar
fully loaded with the look, feel, and tone that took the Scorpions
to the pinnacle of rock achievement.
The Rudolf Schenker Flying V is immediately distinctive, with
its timelessly innovative body styling and signature
black-and-white finish in genuine nitrocellulose lacquer, but the
appeal of this artist guitar runs far more than skin deep. Select
tonewoods, classic hardware, and two of Gibson's most successful
humbucking pickups prime it for optimum performance. The guitar
even nails the feel of Rudolf's preferred Flying Vs, with his own
fast custom neck profile and compact headstock shape. Experience
the Rudolf Schenker Flying V for yourself at your authorized Gibson
USA dealer, and get ready to get heavy.
Body and Neck
The Rudolf Schenker Flying V's body is crafted from solid
mahogany in the seminal Flying V shape, first introduced by Gibson
in 1958. In addition to its radical rock styling, the shape yields
a light guitar for enhanced playing comfort, yet superb tonal
weight and body, with excellent sustain. The solid-mahogany neck is
carved in Rudolf Schenker's preferred profile measuring 0.775" at
the 1st fret and 0.900" at the 12th, and topped with a fingerboard
made from rich, dark Grade-A Granadillo hardwood.
Pickups and Electronics
More than just a pure metal machine, the Rudolf Schenker Flying
V is surprisingly versatile, thanks to its '57 Classic and '57 Plus
Classic pickups (neck and bridge respectively). Crafted in the
image of the original hallowed PAF humbuckers, these pickups offer
plenty of vintage-voiced warmth and depth--yet are updated for
contemporary high-gain performance, with loads of crunch and
wailing lead tones on tap when you need them. They're routed
through the traditional Flying V control section of two independent
volume controls, a master tone control, and a three-way selector
The Rudolf Schenker Flying V is decked out in the time-tested
complement of Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, a hardware
set that has proven itself for both sustain and precision
intonation for more than five decades. They are accompanied by
high-quality Grover™ tuners and traditional aluminum strap buttons.
The "double wide" pickguard matches the distinctive black-and-white
paint scheme; the guitar carries three black Top-Hat knobs with
silver inserts, along with a traditional Flying V truss-rod cover
in four-ply white plastic with silver hot-stamped logo.
The Schenker Flying V has a recommended retail price of $2498
For more information, visit the official Gibson website.
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