Gibson is introducing the Tribal V, a contemporary-designed member of their USA 2009 Limited Run Series that hearkens back to the classic Flying V look. Available as of this month, the Tribal V will surely become a hot collector’s item, as a ridiculously scant number will be in production – a limited run of just 350.
Modern rockers will appreciate the uncovered ceramic-magnet humbucking pickups making up the Gibson’s core design. A 496R and 500T in the neck and bridge respectively sustain string definition while boosting output to its fullest. When pumped into a high-gain amp the output is even more powerful, the effect more dazzling. All this is paired with a factory mounted Kahler Tremolo system that, alongside the locking Grover kidney tuners and black graphite nut, provide for quite the range of effects.
The 22 fret, 24-3/4″ scale length neck instrument also features some snazzy looks, with a mahogany body and neck doused with a white finish, and a body bearing the Limited Run’s distinctive tribal art pattern, which will no doubt draw the eyes of all in the room. Black chrome hardware and mounting rings in contrasting white round out the impressive look.
Only die hard musicians or serious collectors need apply – or in other words, those with a fat wallet. Each Gibson Tribal V comes equipped with a hardshell case with white interior and black exterior, but it all comes at quite the cost. Gibson isn’t publishing how much, but those looking to get their hands on a Tribal V should contact their local authorized Gibson dealer. It sure is a beautiful yet fierce instrument, isn’t it?