As the 60s swung by the V developed something of a cult following and Gibson were persuaded to reissue the model, with a few tweaks. They were now made of mahogany, no longer strung through the body and came in colours more befitting the decade – Cherry, Sunburst and Sparkling Burgundy. Newly upgraded and with a flashy paint job they attracted the attention of Jimi Hendrix, who owned three, including a custom model (with split diamond inlay on the fretboard to represent native American arrowheads) that he played at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970. None were subjected to the pyrotechnics of his other guitars, and all three survive.
However, despite the ministrations of the left handed voodoo god, the Flying V still had to wait until the mid 70s before progress caught up with the arrow Gibson had fired into the future 20 years earlier. Concorde was in the skies and music had moved away from the thrall of late 60s rock and pop and into altogether different waters, including glam rock and heavy metal.
The V turned out to be surprisingly flexible across these different genres. With its startling look and crunchy-but-clean sound courtesy of some of Gibson's more feisty, spiky pickups (compared to the Les Paul's smoother tones), the guitar was a natural showoff and the perfect companion for Marc Bolan's adventures with T-Rex, working well with his hybrid rhythm/lead sound. But that wasn't all.