An outtake from the “Flying V” documentary wherein JUDAS PRIEST touring guitarist Andy Sneap talks about his early curiosity within the Flying V guitar may be seen beneath.
In keeping with Sneap, he first turned fascinated by the Flying V guitar after seeing ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann holding a Flying V on the quilt of U.Ok.’s Kerrang! journal in late 1982. “I feel they’d simply carried out ‘Balls To The Wall’, and he was there with the Flying V,” he stated. “And I used to be, like, ‘That is so cool.'”
Elaborating on the Flying V’s attraction inside the heavy steel neighborhood, Sneap stated: “I feel a V is rock; it is established itself as a rock guitar now. You would not actually see it in another types of music.
“I feel it simply type of units you apart somewhat bit,” he added. “I do not know why. I simply assume it makes you strike a really optimistic pose on stage. You seem like you are in management with it on stage. You are not sat within the again with a Flying V; you make a press release with it.”
The “Flying V” DVD was launched final September as a part of the favored “Inside Metallic” collection. “Flying V” was directed by Peter Hansen and produced by Hansen and Michael Denner, and options in-depth interviews with numerous famend steel guitarists who’ve helped make this make/mannequin one of the vital immediately identifiable devices in all of rock.
“Flying V” chronicles the origin of probably the most distinctive guitar on earth and its unimaginable affect on the historical past of rock and roll and heavy steel. Hear from the rock stars themselves as they describe how, when, and why the Flying V endlessly modified their careers and altered their complete strategy to guitar taking part in.
Journey contained in the minds of the largest icons of our period as they inform their riveting tales of discovery and keenness for his or her beloved Flying Vs. Included are unique interviews with members of METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST, MERCYFUL FATE, SCORPIONS, ACCEPT, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and extra. This musical journey is one it would be best to take again and again as secrets and techniques of the Flying V guitar are revealed like by no means earlier than.
Among the many musicians showing within the documentary are Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Kerry King, Michael Schenker, Michael Denner, Hank Shermann, Wolf Hoffmann, Ok.Ok. Downing, Mathias Jabs, Richie Faulkner, Andy Sneap, Brian Tatler, Andy La Rocque and Michael Amott.
And the rave opinions that this 67-minute documentary has collected are spectacular, together with famend rock photographer Mark “Weiss Man” Weiss saying: “Each time I noticed the Flying V on stage, I knew it was going to be a killer present. I like photographing the V. How may you not? It screams rock ‘n’ roll! It has a presence all to its personal. If I had been to charge the Flying V, within the phrases of the TAP, I might give it an eleven one louder!”
Moreover, Bob Nalbandian (director of the “Inside Metallic” collection) declared it as an “superior doc on the Flying V! Very informative and intimate interviews with a number of the best guitarists in rock and steel. An absolute should for the guitar fanatic!”
In a 2018 interview, Hetfield acknowledged about his love of Flying V guitars: “As most children who love sure bands, you simply wanna get the identical guitar that man is taking part in. I imply, actually! I needed a white Flying V endlessly — that was it. I imply, c’mon! The SCORPIONS, JUDAS PRIEST… It was a heavy steel guitar. You already know, Michael Schenker — white V. It was my dream to have a white V. After I lastly received a V, it was sort of bizarre to play. Whenever you’re standing with it, generally it rolls off you. And you’ve got seen photos of THE KINKS with a Flying V, and he is taking part in by means of the center, holding it this fashion. It is, like, ‘Wow! That is bizarre.’ However truly, once you’re sitting down with it, you have received the V down there, it is tremendous simple. I beloved the V form as soon as I received used to it.”
Hetfield‘s major guitar for recording and touring behind METALLICA‘s debut album, “Kill ‘Em All” was a white Flying V copy by Electra. James used this within the studio and reside till the neck snapped and it was retired.
“I received my white V in 1980,” James advised Guitar World. “It was the second guitar I ever owned, and I most likely purchased it for $200. I knew it was a replica, however we handled it as an actual Gibson. I needed a white one as a result of Michael Schenker of UFO had one, so I wanted one too. The neck snapped on it twice on tour. It has been glued fairly a couple of occasions. It is received Seymour Duncan pickups in it, with somewhat extra output for the crunch than the originals had. The one different factor that is custom-made is the art work. That was the primary guitar I began scratching stuff into.”
SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker advised JAM Journal about his trademark Gibson Flying V guitar: “I performed quite a lot of guitars earlier than I used to be operating into the Flying V. [I] truly began with Framus, a German firm, [before] going into Vox guitars. From Vox, I received [my] first Gibson guitar from my father. It is a Trini Lopez [ES-]175, I feel, however this one was, particularly once we begin taking part in with the large Marshall amplifiers, very troublesome to play due to the suggestions ground. Then I received, consider it or not, a Fender, which I did not like — it is not my means — however then I noticed one image of Johnny Winter with the Flying V. I stated to my brother [Michael], ‘That is my guitar. You assume me, for a rhythm guitar participant, it is not an excessive amount of?’ He stated, ‘No.’ I [got] this guitar and began taking part in it with a fifty-watt Marshall [amplifier]. The sound was improbable, so from this second on, I performed a Flying V. However there was one factor in between — my brother. He truly had a girlfriend and he took his Les Paul to his girlfriend’s home. Someway he forgot the guitar in the home of the girlfriend, and the girlfriend went along with her dad and mom over the weekend someplace. We had an enormous pageant to do, and… my brother got here to me and stated, ‘Hey, I’ve no guitar. What can we do?’ In the long run… [I said,] ‘Strive my Flying V with the fifty-watt Marshall.’ He tried it and he stated, ‘Sure, that is working.’ After the live performance, he got here to me and stated, ‘Rudolf, I am unable to provide you with again the Flying V. The sound is so good.’ That is the purpose when my brother went to UFO… I stated to myself, ‘I need to have again the Flying V,’ as a result of I attempted Firebirds, I attempted Explorers, all these items, and none made the sound… just like the Flying V. I play [a] Flying V since then completely.”