Epiphone Flying V Korina ’58 Reissue
The Epiphone Flying V Korina ’58 Reissue is a guitar model that pays tribute to the classic Flying V design of the late 1950s, known for its unique V-shaped body and distinctive style. The term “Korina” refers to the wood used in the original Flying V guitars produced by Gibson in the late ’50s, which was actually African limba wood, sometimes called “korina.” This reissue by Epiphone aims to capture the essence of the original Flying V while providing an affordable option for players.
Most people think of Gibson when they think of the Flying V, which may make this Epiphone version confusing. Here’s how this guitar came to be. Epiphone was officially acquired by Gibson in 1957. The acquisition marked a significant moment in the history of both companies. Before the acquisition, Epiphone was an independent company known for producing high-quality instruments, including guitars and other stringed instruments. Over time, Epiphone became Gibson’s “budget brand,” producing similar guitar styles at a lower price point. Some players will buy Epiphone instruments and replace pickups or other components to make them nearly indistinguishable from their Gibson counterparts.
Features & Specs for the Epiphone Flying V Korina ’58 Reissue
- Body Material: Korina (African limba) wood for that classic look and tone.
- Neck Material: Mahogany, which offers stability and sustain.
- Neck Profile: Typically a comfortable “Slim Taper” profile.
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood for smooth playing feel.
- Pickups: Two humbucking pickups, often designed to replicate the vintage PAF-style humbuckers of the late ’50s.
- Controls: Volume and Tone controls for each pickup, 3-way pickup selector switch.
- Bridge: Fixed bridge with adjustable saddles.
- Hardware: Usually chrome or nickel-plated hardware.
- Finish: The Flying V Korina ’58 Reissue often features a natural or vintage sunburst finish to showcase the wood’s beauty.