Epiphone Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V in Purple Metallic Finish with Hardcase


Inlcudes fitted Hard Case

This is a collaboration between Epiphone and the Gibson Custom Shop – providing affordability, quality and attention to detail.

  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Laurel Fingerboard
  • 2 x Gibson USA Pickups
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Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V

If you were asked to name a quintessential metal band, chances are you’d think of Metallica.

And one of the main guitars used in Metallica was Kirk Hammet’s purple Flying V.

Now you can get in on the act with your very own recreation of his classic axe!

Honouring One of the Most Important Heavy Metal Guitars of All Time

Metallica fans worldwide are familiar with Kirk Hammett’s 1979 Flying V.

It was Kirk’s first Gibson and established his passion for Gibson guitars.

Its purchase was inspired by famous Flying V™ players Kirk admired and because he was looking for a fuller sound.

And what a sound! Kirk still plays the original guitar to this day, and used it on all the early Metallica albums, including Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, …And Justice for All, and The Black Album, making it one of the most important heavy metal guitars of all time.

Now, Epiphone is partnering with the Gibson Custom Shop to release the Epiphone Kirk Hammett 1979 Flying V, a meticulous recreation of Kirk’s prized original. It features a mahogany body, a one-piece mahogany neck with volute, Grover® Rotomatic® machine heads with “spade” buttons, and a custom bridge.

The electronics are also top-notch, with a pair of Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type humbucker™ pickups wired to CTS® potentiometers and an Orange Drop® capacitor, and a Switchcraft® 3-way pickup selector toggle switch and a 1/4” output jack. A Kirk Hammett logo adorns the rear of the headstock, and a black hardshell case with a red plush interior is also included.


Body Style
Flying V

Body Shape
Flying V

Body Material

Body Finish


Rounded “C” with Volute

Scale Length
628.65 mm / 24.75 in

Fingerboard Material
Indian Laurel

Fingerboard Radius
304.8 mm / 12 in

Neck Material
One-piece Mahogany

Fret Count

Medium Jumbo

Nut Material
Graph Tech

Nut Width
43.0 mm / 1.692 in

Mother of Pearl Dot

Glued In, Set Neck


Nickel (Except for Strap Buttons)

Custom Bridge

LockTone Stop Bar

Tuning Machines
Grover Rotomatic with Spade Button

White 70s Flying V, 3-ply

Truss Rod
Dual Action

Truss Rod Cover
White 70s Flying V, 3-ply, with Epiphone Logo in Gold Hotstamp

Control Knobs
Black Speed

Switch Tip

Jack Plate Cover
Black Toggle Washer (No Text)

Strap Buttons
2 – Neck Heel and End of Upper Wing (Black)

Mounting Rings

Pickup Covers


Neck Pickup
Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type

Bridge Pickup
Gibson USA Calibrated T-Type

2 Volume, Master Tone, CTS Potentiometers, Orange Drop Capacitor

Pickup Selector
Switchcraft 3-way Toggle

Output Jack
Switchcraft 1/4″

Strings Gauge
.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046

Black Hardshell with Red Plush Interior