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NAMM 2020: Gibson goes back to the 70s with Original Series Classic V and Explorer

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NAMM 2020: (opens in new tab) If it ain't broke… redesign it a little. That seems to be Gibson's approach with its newly expanded Original Collection and we're not complaining. A '70s-style Flying V and and Explorer have joined the core range. And both are getting some tweaks.

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The ‘70s Flying V has been redesigned with a bound rosewood fingerboard, slim taper neck, and a pair of uncovered ‘70s tribute hand-wired Burstbuckers all with the orange drop capacitors Slash (opens in new tab) seems so keen on in his signature models. 

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Gibson are going all white with the single finish option (a standard Original series model is available in the range with a natural finish) with matching headstock the silver reflector knobs and chrome hardware are the perfect pairing with that too. 

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The ‘70s Explorer makes us think of a young James Hetfield laying down the benchmark for thrash metal (and actually he had a white V-shape Electra guitar in the early years too and he still uses it (opens in new tab)). This also features a pair of hand-wired ‘70s tribute Burstbuckers with orange drop capacitors.

It's got a bound rosewood fingerboard but this time the controls are black speed knobs with the chrome hardware. How do we choose between them?!

Prices are TBC. Check back for more Gibson (opens in new tab) news here (opens in new tab)as it breaks.

Rob Laing
Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.