The Gibson Custom division have launched the ‘Inspired
By’ series limited-edition collection of
guitars inspired by and built to the exact specifications of some of the
most innovative guitarists of all time. The Jimi Hendrix, Peter Frampton, John
Sykes and Kiefer Sutherland (No! Really ?!?) models are among the offerings.
The ‘Inspired By’ guitars are all handmade instruments crafted by Gibson’s
famous Custom Shop, featuring one-of-a-kind looks, style, and tone. The Jimi
Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V will be on display throughout NAMM at the Gibson
Guitar Booth. In addition to the guitar, guests will have a chance to view
rare Hendrix memorabilia on loan from Experience
Music Project. The mythical Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying V, purchased in
1967 and used on tour in Europe during 1967 and 1968 with its swirling,
psychedelic designs, highlights the spirit of the times and showcases Jimi’s
unique artistic expression.
Originally painted by Hendrix with what appears to be nail polish, the Custom
Shop has used materials which reproduce the same sense of depth and texture.
The new Peter Frampton Inspired By model has a two-piece body unlike standard
Les Paul Junior and Special models. It features three single-coil P-90 pickups,
each of which has a dedicated volume control. The middle pickup can be blended
in with (or isolated from) the rhythm and treble pickups as desired and a master
toggle switch functions as it would on a two-pickup guitar.
The Gibson Custom Shop say that meticulously recreating Jimi’s guitar and
designing the new Peter Frampton model has been a labor of love for them. All of
the materials and hardware are faithful reproductions of the original on each
model. From initial wood selection to final assembly the Gibson Custom Shop
exceeds every expectation and remains faithful the history of the finest guitars
in the world.