Gibson Brendon Small Snow Falcon V
After teasing with a prototype, Gibson finally announces the availability of the new Brendon Small Snow Falcon V.
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The guitar is co-designed by Brendon, Adult Swim's Metalocalypse co-creator. It is meant to be the white shred machine for both him and the character Toki Wartooth in his popular cartoon series.
After studying music at Boston's Berklee College of Music, Brendon Small has made a name for himself by combining humor and music to co-create Metalocaplypse, an adult rated TV cartoon show.
His guitar chops and compositional skills were put to the test by writing and performing all the music for the show's star band: DethKlok. Aside from being the man behind the music, he also co-writes the scripts and voices several characters.
It seems that Gibson is very interested in Brendon's talent, producing two new signature guitars for him and his animated series this year. The new Snow Falcon Flying V follows up to the Epiphone Brendon Small Thunderhorse Explorer, which was unveiled some months back.
The most distinctive aspect of the Snow Falcon V is the all-white fretboard. This was achieved by laminating white polymer to a baked-maple board, resulting in a guitar that looked frozen in the snow.
The neck matches the high-gloss "snow burst" finish of the Flying V shaped solid mahogany body. All the plastic parts also follow the same white theme while the other hardware including the stop tail piece, tune-o-matic bridge and Grover tuners come in chrome to remind us that the guitar is in fact usable.
Giving the guitar its classic rock tone is a pair of BurstBucker humbucking pickups. These pickups are said to be based on late '50s era humbuckers that use genuine Alnico II magnets and 42 AWG wire. Controls include master volume, tone and a 3-way Switchcraft pickup selector. Tonal variation is expanded by adding independent push-pull coil-split switching to both pickups.
Check out the Gibson Snow Falcon V Prototype in action:
Rounding up the guitar's features is a Snow Falcon graphic at the back of the headstock. The MSRP for the new Brendon Small Snow Falcon Flying V signature guitar is $1,499. You can head over to Gibson for more information.
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