Monday, March 12, 2012

Vtails

This blew me away:
Weird guitar shapes were also instrumental in heavy metal's visual lexicon. The Gibson Flying V symbolized the ultramodern styles of players like Michael Schenker, K.K. Dowling of Judas Priest, and later Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica. Though its spacecraft shape seemed very timely, the Flying V dated to 1957, when, in response to taunts from rival Leo Fender that his guitar designs were stale, Gibson president Ted McCarty crafted the unconventional instrument along with the equally metal-ready Gibson Explorer. Though middle-aged by 1983, the angular axes became weapons of choice for heavy metal, aerodynamic props for a new range of choreographed onstage moves, like magic wands for unlocking the power of a mighty wall of Marshall Amps.
-- Ian Christe, Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

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