10 years old but new, old stock. Unplayed…perfect. Gibson’s Guitar of the Month (GOTM) for August ’08. In 2008 Gibson offered a unique collection of monthly limited editions, with production limited to just 1000/each, an idea that was previously used with their Showcase Editions in 1988. Clean examples of Showcases go for significantly higher than their regular production counterparts and these guitars may also prove to be good investment pieces. The original Flying V, first released in 1958, wasn’t well received by the public and production was discontinued within a year. It was later resurrected in 1967 where it has stayed in production since that time, eventually finding its niche as one of the premier rock/metal axes. With this in mind, Gibson has created the definitive metal V with the Shred V, with features such as a pair of EMG 85 pickups, perfect for aggressive hard rock and metal, and a Kahler 2215K tremolo to withstand aggressive playing and dive bombs tricks. In place of a locking nut, Gibson opted for Grover locking tuners, which keep the guitar in tune nicely, without the hassle of locking the strings down. Other features include all-mahogany construction, black chrome hardware, Ebony finish that enhances the futuristic vibe – and metal look, one-piece mahogany with ’50s rounded contour, Ebony fingerboard with black acrylic dot inlays unique only to the Shred-V, wide 1 11/16″ nut, flat 12″ fretboard radius, master volume and tone, and standard 3-way pickup selector. The Shred V carried a list price of $3499, selling at discount for $2299. This one is better than new, totally untouched except for a killer setup by Martin, inevitably better than factory, and nicely priced at just $1599. Trades for Les Pauls would certainly be welcome.