Epiphone Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V Ebony -Secondhand

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Honoring One of the Most Important Heavy Metal Guitars of All Time

Metallica fans worldwide are familiar with Kirk Hammett’s 1979 Flying V. It was Kirk’s first Gibson and established his passion for Gibson guitars. Its purchase was inspired by famous Flying V™ players Kirk admired and because he was looking for a fuller sound. And what a sound! Kirk still plays the original guitar to this day, and used it on all the early Metallica albums, including Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, …And Justice for All, and The Black Album, making it one of the most important heavy metal guitars of all time. Now, Epiphone is partnering with the Gibson Custom Shop to release the Epiphone Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V, a meticulous recreation of Kirk’s prized original. It features a mahogany body, a one-piece mahogany neck with volute, Grover® Rotomatic® machine heads with “spade” buttons, and a custom bridge. The electronics are also top-notch, with a pair of Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type humbucker™ pickups wired to CTS® potentiometers and an Orange Drop® capacitor, and a Switchcraft® 3-way pickup selector toggle switch and a 1/4” output jack. A Kirk Hammett logo adorns the rear of the headstock, and a black hardshell case with a red plush interior is also included.

Body Style

Flying V

Body Shape

Flying V

Body Material


Body Finish



Rounded "C" with Volute

Scale Length

628.65 mm / 24.75 in

Fingerboard Material

Indian Laurel

Fingerboard Radius

304.8 mm / 12 in

Fret Count



Medium Jumbo

Nut Material

Graph Tech

Nut Width

43.0 mm / 1.692 in


Mother of Pearl Dot


Glued In, Set Neck


Nickel (Except for Strap Buttons)


Custom Bridge


LockTone Stop Bar

Tuning Machines

Grover Rotomatic with Spade Button


White 70s Flying V, 3-ply

Truss Rod

Dual Action

Truss Rod Cover

White 70s Flying V, 3-ply, with Epiphone Logo in Gold Hotstamp

Control Knobs

Black Speed

Switch Tip


Jack Plate Cover

Black Toggle Washer (No Text)

Strap Buttons

2 - Neck Heel and End of Upper Wing (Black)

Mounting Rings


Pickup Covers


Neck Pickup

Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type

Bridge Pickup

Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type


2 Volume, Master Tone, CTS Potentiometers, Orange Drop Capacitor

Pickup Selector

Switchcraft 3-way Toggle

Output Jack

Switchcraft 1/4"

Strings Gauge

.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046


Black Hardshell with Red Plush Interior

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