The Flying V is one of the most iconic guitars in music history. It has been played by scores of guitarists, including some of the most influential players of all time. Like Jimi Hendrix, James Hetfield, Michael Schenker and Dave Mustaine. How many times do you think of a band like Scorpions, Judas Priest, Accept, Megadeth, Metallica, Mercyful Fate, Arch Enemy, and instantly think about a Flying V?

Whether it’s the dueling Flying V attack of Accept going “Fast As A Shark”, early Kill Em All Metallica or quintessential 80s videos like “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, if you’re a fan of hard rock, or any form of metal, you’ve most definitely seen a Flying V.

The guitar was developed in the late 50 by Gibson Guitars, and along with the Les Paul, Explorer and SG, changed how music sounded and looked forever. Sure you have players like Hendrix, Dave Davies or Keith Richards that have played a Flying V over the years. Perhaps blues players like Albert King instantly pop into your mind when thinking about the body style. But no genre has taken to this shape like hard rock and metal players.

The aggressive body style instantly grabbed players like Paul Stanley Of Kiss, Michael and Rudolf Schenker, and KK Downing Of Judas Priest. Influencing future generations players to pick up their own Flying V. Thrash metal guitarist like James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Kerry King of Slayer, and Eric Peterson of Testament where part of that next wave that exploded on the scene and helped preserve the Flying V’s importance.

Nowadays, you have Gibson, as well as companies like Jackson, ESP, Dean, Schecter and others that continue to release their version of the Flying V. For a guitar that was one unacceptable, and discontinued, this documentary is proof that the Flying V isn’t going away any time soon.

Here is the information that was sent to us about the documentary:

September 11, 2020 will see the release of the new DVD, ‘Flying V.’ Issued as part of the popular ‘Inside Metal’ series, ‘Flying V’ was directed by Peter Hansen and produced by Hansen and Michael Denner. It features in-depth interviews with countless renowned metal guitarists who have helped make this make/model one of the most instantly identifiable instruments in all of rock.

‘Flying V’ chronicles the origin of the most unique guitar on earth and its incredible influence on the history of rock and roll and heavy metal. Hear from the rock stars themselves as they describe how, when, and why the Flying V forever changed their careers and altered their entire approach to guitar playing.

Journey inside the minds of the biggest icons of our era as they tell their riveting tales of discovery and passion for their beloved Flying V’s. Exclusive interviews with members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Scorpions, Accept, Michael Schenker Group and more. This musical journey is one you will want to take over and over again as secrets of the Flying V guitar are revealed like never before!

The cast includes Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Kerry King, Michael Schenker, Michael Denner, Hank Sherman, Wolf Hoffmann, KK Downing, Mathias Jabs, Richie Faulkner, Andy Sneep, Brian Tatler, Andy La Roque, Andy Powell, and Michael Amott.

And the rave reviews that this 67 minute documentary has already accumulated is impressive, including renowned rock photographer Mark “Weiss Guy” Weiss saying “Whenever I saw the Flying V on stage I knew it was going to be a killer show – I love photographing the V. How could you not – It screams ROCK N’ ROLL! It has a presence all to its own. If I were to rate the Flying V, in the words of the TAP, I would give it an eleven one louder!”

Additionally, Bob Nalbandian (director of the ‘Inside Metal’ series) declared it as an “Awesome doc on the Flying V! Very informative and intimate interviews with some of the greatest guitarists in rock and metal. An absolute must for the guitar enthusiast!”

Check out the trailer for the Flying V documentary here:

Article by Victor M. Ruiz of Mars Attacks Radio & Podcast, and Galaxy Of Geeks Podcast.  Connect with him on Twitter:  @vmr907

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