Gibson Flying V
Designed by Gibson president Ted McCarty, the Flying V was the
firm's first boldly shaped electric guitar, introduced in 1958.
It was developed as part of a modernistic line of guitars which
included the Explorer and the never-manufactured Moderne. But
the design proved too extreme—sales lagged and production ended
within two years.
Then in the late 1960s, musicians like Albert King and Jimi
Hendrix helped revive the popularity of the Flying V, and this
induced guitar makers to develop other adventurous designs.