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Epiphone Kirk Hammet 1979 Flying V Purple Metallic W/ Hard Case


One of the most important heavy metal guitars of all time.

Epiphone has partnered with the Gibson Custom Shop to release the Epiphone Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V—a meticulous recreation of Hammett’s prized original. It features a mahogany body, 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.

Metallica fans worldwide are familiar with Kirk Hammett’s 1979 Flying V. It was Hammett’s first Gibson and established his passion for Gibson guitars. Its purchase was inspired by famous Flying V players he admired and because he was looking for a fuller sound. Hammett 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.
Weighs 7lb 10oz


  • Mahogany body
  • Rounded C one-piece mahogany neck with Volute, Indian laurel fingerboard
  • Custom bridge, LockTone Stopbar tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic tuners with spade button
  • Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type pickups

Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body type: Flying V
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Rounded C with Volute
  • Neck wood: One-piece Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Fingerboard
  • Material: Indian Laurel
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl Dot
  • Nut width/material: 1.69"/Graph Tech
  • Electronics
  • Neck: Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type
  • Bridge: Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type
  • Control layout: 2 Volume, Master Tone, CTS Potentiometers, Orange Drop Capacitor
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Hardware
  • Bridge design: Custom
  • Tailpiece: LockTone Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Grover Rotomatic With Spade Button
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Case: Hardshell Case
  • Orientation: Right-Handed

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