Medaillon Flying V
In 1971, Gibson introduced
this special edition supposedly to commemorate the upcoming 1972 Olympic
350 guitars where built
The only finish available
was Cherry Red. 2 Medallions in tobacco
sunburst finish have surfaced but both show signs of refinishes.
The early medallions bare
a regular Gibson 6 digit stamped serial number
at the back of the headstock, this feature dissapeared lated when Gibson
supposedly noticed the doubling between the s/n and the medallion limited
number. My guitar has the number 155 and has a s/n while my friend Steve's
Medallion has the number 150 without having a s/n. This tends to point
to the fact that Gibson didn't issue bodies and medallions as continuous
Another particularity is
that earlier medallion guitars came with plastic
perloid button type (Gibson Deluxe) kluson tuners while the later ones
were fitted with metallic tupil type Klusons as on the 1975 - 1978 Flying
joint is a distinctive identification part of the Medallion (the same
as the 68-70 short headstock version).
The tuss rod cover is a w/b/w/b
4 ply vinyl while the pickguard is w/b/w 3 ply.
is quite distinctive due to it's fitted medallion and it's more rounded
#210 / #235 / #257
Mint example fully original
Serial number & limited coin number
Please note the Kluson Deluxe double
ring perloid tulip buttons
Similarily to the 67 - 69 long and
short headstock, the neck joint presents either side
a slight step.
Non original tuners, gold tune-o-matic
and added LP "Lead/rhythm" ring
Medallion # 235
Medallion distinctive case
Here's an example what not to do when
one own a scarce Medallion : refinish it !