Epiphone has been a favorite of heavy metal artists for over decade not only for their great technical advances but also for their artist collaborations that have often pushed the envelope in guitar design with groundbreaking results. Now, Epiphone has done it again with the Epiphone Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying-V, designed in cooperation with Robb to be Epiphone's heaviest guitar (and we don't mean weight-wise) ever.
The Love/Death Baritone Story: Robb Flynn, founder, guitarist and vocalist of Machine Head, worked with Epiphone engineers to create the Epiphone Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying-V, the first of its kind not only for Epiphone but for the Gibson family of brands as well. Robb has won countless awards including the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award presented in 2007, and that same year received a Grammy nomination for the song "Aesthetics Of Hate". And just like his music, Robb's baritone design brings a totally original sound to metal and hard rock. "The main reason for having the 27.0" baritone scale is when you tune down to B, it just makes the low definition really tight, especially for palm muting and chunking," remarks Flynn. "It opens up the spectrum of the tone a lot." The guitar comes equipped with string gauges (low to high) .58, .42, .32, unwound .18, .13, and .10--the same that Robb uses on stage-- but can also accept heavier gauges.
Original Premium Electronics: The Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying-V features a Mahogany body with an EMG-HA neck pickup and an EMG-81 bridge pickup. The EMG-HA neck pickup is a uniquely designed single-coil pickup inside a humbucking housing which keeps the classic look of a Flying V guitar but with something special under the hood. The EMG-HA debuted in 1974 as the first noiseless single coil pickup and features Alnico magnets for warmth and the widest possible frequency response for great definition and harmonics. It's also a perfect choice for rhythm when matched with the low tuning of a baritone guitar, providing glassy cleans and sweeping Blackmore-esque lead tones while showing off all the complex harmonics that are part of the baritone experience. The EMG-81 bridge pickup is one of EMG's most requested pickups and utilizes powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils for incredible amounts of low end cut and fluid sustain. The EMG-81, combined with the unique intervals of baritone tuning, provide the devastating "chunking" bedrock that are part of the baritone experience and will cut through dense mixes and make your baritone leads sound thunderous.
Other Features Include: The Mahogany SlimTaper™ "D"-profile neck features a 27" scale with a 1.68" graphite nut for precision tuning, an Ebony fingerboard with "Love/Death" inlays and 24 medium jumbo frets. Controls are straightforward with a master volume and a 3-way toggle switch, chrome knobs, a standard 1/4" metal jack plate and Epiphone strap locks. Grover™ locking tuners ensure on-stage precision and like most Epiphone guitars, the bridge is our industry standard LockTone™ Tune-o-matic/Stopbar.
The Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying-V includes a Custom Hard Case with original artwork by Robb Flynn and Strephon Taylor. The first 250 produced will also receive a hand-signed certificate by Robb. "This guitar isn't for blues players or jazz players," says Flynn, "it's a metal guitar designed specifically for young or modern metal players who want to drop-tune or tune down." And as with every Epiphone, it also comes with the peace of mind you get from a Limited Lifetime Warranty backed by Gibson Musical Instruments' famous 24/7/365 day Customer Service. Go low and get heavy with the one-of-a-kind Epiphone Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying-V.
||Master Volume, Epiphone All-metal 3-way Toggle
||Ebony with "Love/Deat" Inlays
||Grover(TM) Locking; 14:1 Ratio
||Epiphone Strap Locks
||58, 42, 32, Unwound 18, 13, 10
||1/4" with metal jack plate
||Custom Hard Case. First 250pcs receive hand-signed certficate
||Epiphone Limited Lifetime
Available at retailers beginning in December 2011.