Perhaps the coolest standard finish that was used on the late 1960's Flying V guitars was Sparkling Burgundy. This is my favorite of the four standard factory finishes. All of the Sparkling Burgundy Flying V's were produced in Batches #3 and #4. I estimate that 30 to 35 were made with this finish. Most of the Sparkling Burgundy Vs (except for four of them) have Natural finishes on the back of their necks and black stingers on the back of their head stocks. This combination can also be seen on many of the Gibson Melody Makers from the same era. Two of them have all natural necks with no black stingers. Two others left the factory with the entire back of the neck finished in sparkling burgundy with no stinger.
When exposed to lots of light over long periods of time, many guitars with this finish will permanently fade to a salmon color or an orangish color, or copper color, or rusty root beer color, or gold. When photographed, and depending on the amount of light, the finish seems to change color. Most of the Sparkling Burgundy Vs that I have seen have the dreaded Stop Bar Tailpiece mod or Grover mod. Pictured below are several Sparkling Burgundy examples.
Pictured below, Serial Number: 94015x. This V is pictured on the top of the Home page of this website. I purchased this guitar in June 2011. It took me almost 10 years to acquire it from the previous owner. After I found out that he had it I contacted him once every 9 to 12 months to see if he was willing to sell it. Finally, after almost 10 years, he sold it to me. What a gem ! He originally bought it at a pawn shop in Ohio in the early 1980's for $385. It has only minor fading on the body front and no fading on the back. The only issue is that it had Grover Imperial tuners installed when I bough it. It has its original case.
I sold this fantastic Flying V to Mark Smolen, a fellow V collector, in October 2016. I now own Sparkling Burgundy 955102, which is also featured in this section.
Notice how the finish takes on a peculiar hue in indirect sunlight. Very cool.
Notice the Natural neck finish and black stinger neck combination. This combination was used on most of the Sparkling Burgundy Flying V's. Also notice the V-shaped neck shelf and the Grover Imperial tuners.
It now has its original Kluson tuners re-installed.
Yup.....this is one of the coolest guitars I have ever seen. Here is another really cool one: Click Here.
Serial number: None. Here is a beautiful Sparkling Burgundy V from Batch #4 that has turned a copper-gold color due to heavy exposure to light on the front of the body. This one also has Grover tuners that have been added. According to the owner, this V does not have a serial number. Thanks Steve. Posted: Nov. 2012
This one has also turned a copper-gold color. Notice the filled-in Stop Bar Tailpiece holes. This is another one with the Natural neck and stinger combination.
Serial Number: 005100. Another one with Stop Bar Tailpiece holes. It also has non-original pickup covers. Also has the Natural neck and stinger combination.
Here is another one that has faded to a copper-gold color due to light exposure. It has added pickup rings and Stop Bar Tailpiece holes. This one does not have the natural neck and stinger. Notice the wear on the back of the neck. Posted: Dec. 2011.
This is one of the two with the entire neck finished in sparkling burgundy with no stinger.
Here is another sparkling burgundy V that has faded to a really cool copper color. The pickguard has been changed, pickup rings added and the headstock has been repaired. Posted: March 2012.