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Albert King’s 1967 Gibson Flying V is Up for Auction

Albert King's 1967 Gibson Flying V
(Image credit: Julien's Auctions)

A 1967 Gibson Flying V played extensively by Albert King is going up for auction.

The first guitar of King's to ever come up for auction, the Flying V was the blues guitar legend's go-to instrument both onstage and in the studio from 1967-1972. Consequently, the guitar powered some of King's best-known recordings, such as “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “I’ll Play the Blues for You.”

Inscribed with the words “Love / you / Albert King,” the guitar was gifted (opens in new tab) to King by Gibson after his first Flying V, "Lucy," was lost. It is said to be the Flying V that inspired none other than Jimi Hendrix – after he watched King give a particularly ferocious performance – to purchase a V of his own.

Albert King's 1967 Gibson Flying V

(Image credit: Julien's Auctions)

King's Flying V will go under the hammer as part of Julien's Auctions' Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ’N’ Roll auction, which is scheduled to take place on December 1 and 2.

It's expected to fetch between $300,000 – $500,000.

For more info on the auction, stop by juliensauctions.com (opens in new tab).

Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.