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Lenny Kravitz Gets “Everything” In Signature Gibson Flying V

January 11th, 2002 — Rock superstar Lenny Kravitz and Gibson’s Custom, Art & Historic division have created a limited-run signature model that combines the flash and showmanship of Kravitz’s performances with the vintage qualities of his personal 1967 Gibson Flying V. The new Gibson Lenny Kravitz “67 Flying V features a black-sparkle finish, gold-mirrored pickguard and gold-plated hardware on a 1960s-style mahogany body.

“From top to bottom, this represents everything I could ask for in a guitar,” Kravitz said. The new model also sports a gold-mirrored truss rod cover, Maestro vibrola with Lenny engraved on the base and custom-shaped neck, and it comes in a white-lined guitar case with his signature silkscreened on the inner shroud.

“In addition to being one of the most talented and versatile rock performers, Lenny knows guitars,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp. “A Gibson Flying V has always been a vital part his artistic identity, and we’re proud to offer a V that reflects Lenny’s inimitable personal touch.”

Throughout Kravitz’s career - from his debut album Let Love Rule in 1989 through his latest release Lenny - his guitars of choice have been Gibson Les Pauls and Flying V’s. His 1967 Flying V has typically been featured in concert encore performances of his hit single “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”

Gibson’s Custom, Art, Historic division will produce a limited run of 125 Lenny Kravitz “67 Flying Vs. A regular-production model will then be introduced by Gibson USA. For now go here to find your nearest authorized Gibson Custom dealer.

Kravitz is nominated again this year for a Grammy for his performance of the song ”Dig In" from Lenny. He has won three previous Grammys for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. This week Kravitz won the American Music Awards’ Favorite Male Artist - Pop or Rock “n” Roll.

The Flying V’s modernistic body shape was too radical for the guitar market when Gibson unveiled it in 1958. After its reintroduction in the “60s, it became a statement of individualism and creativity in the hands of such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Billy Gibbons, J. Geils and Andy Powell.
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