The futuristic Flying V guitar was first introduced by Gibson in 1958. Initially the guitar did not sell well, and production was halted in 1959. Interest in the distinct form of the Flying V came in the mid-1960s and Gibson updated the design and reissued it 1967. The Flying V has become widely associated with the Heavy Metal genre, and despite it being a staple in the Gibson line, production has been discontinued variously over the last decade.
Notable musicians who have played the Flying V include:
Eddie Van Halen