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.
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.
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.
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?!