Be sure and click here: "Medallion Link" to be re-directed to the 1971 Gibson Flying V Medallion Website. My personal Medallions are below. To view my vintage guitar collection start at the "Home & 1967 Vs" link above.
I started collecting Flying V's back in 1975. My first V was a '75 Gibson Flying V with Natural finish. In 1976 I bought my first 1971 Gibson Flying V Medallion and I have been hooked on Medallion Vs ever since. It was coin #110 and it had already been Groverized. But, as many of us did, I went two steps further and removed the pickup covers and added pickup rings so it would look like Michael Schenker's Medallion V. And, as many of us did, I broke off the corner of the pickguard when I was re-installing the pickguard. But, of course, back in 1976 they were just used guitars. Now, they are treasures, especially if you can find one that is all original and unmolested. Gibson only made 350 Medallion Flying Vs in 1971. All of them were cherry.
Since #110, I have also owned, #235, #197, #28, #223 and one that was coinless. All of them had "issues." I have also owned, or currently own, four totally original and unmolested Medallion Vs. They are, #151, #156, #130, #267 and 254. 254 has an added strap button. Some are featured below. Be sure and click on Medallion link web link above to see the list and pictures of all the Medallion Flying Vs (103 of them) that have surfaced on planet earth over the past 20 years. _____________________________________________________________________________
Pictured below: Group shot of my three all original Medallion Flying Vs.
Close up view of the Medallion coins.
Pictured below: 1971 Gibson Flying V Medallion #130, Near Mint.
I purchased this uncirculated Medallion in December 2002 from the original owner who lived in Detroit. He played it for a year in a garage band then put it in its case and shoved it under the bed for 30 years. This guitars is all original and totally unmolested. It is the cleanest Medallion I have ever seen.
Pictured below: 1971 Gibson Flying V Medallion #267 I purchased this uncirculated Flying V in July 2014 from a friend of the daughter of the original owner who passed away two years ago and left the guitar to his daughter. This guitar is totally original and unmolested and came out of Switzerland. It's a beauty.
Pictured Below: 1971 Gibson Flying V Medallion #156.
I bought this uncirculated Medallion V from a private collector who got it from the son of the original owner who lived in Colorado. All original and totally unmolested. The pickguard is heavily yellowed. I sold it in December, 2013.
1972 Gibson Firebird V Medallion #324.
I am not a big Firebird fan but I also wanted to have the cleanest Firebird Medallion I could find, just so I could say I have the set. Other than one little ding, this guitar is mint. This is 1 of only 366 Firebird Medallions that were made in 1972 and 1973. All were sunburst. Numbers #351 - #366 were probably made in 1973. I am the third owner of this cool guitar. This is the cleanest one I have evere seen.
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