It is estimated there were about 60 to 65 Cherry finish Flying V's produced in 1967. All of them came from Batches #1 and #2. The rest of the Batch #1 and #2 Vs were Sunburst. The earliest Cherry Vs have Top Hat Knobs while the later ones have Witch Hat knobs. The earliest Flying V guitars from Batch #1 have the short neck shelf which was common on most Gibson guitars made in 1966 and early 1967. The later Cherry Vs from Batch #1 and all of the Cherry Vs from Batch #2 have the longer U-shaped neck shelf. Some Cherry Vs from Batch #1 and Batch #2 have the elongated Truss Rod Cover. Cherry is the most common finish used on the 1960's Gibson Flying V. A group of 22 Cherry Flying V's from Batch #1 with serial numbers 000923, 000925 - 000945 shipped in January and February of 1967. They all had black Top Hat knobs. With the exception of the two Flying Vs that shipped in 1966, one of which was Sunburst, the 0009xx serial number series is the earliest for the Batch #1 guitars. Of the 16 or so factory original and unmolested 1960's Flying V examples that have surfaced, most of them are Cherry. Pictured below are several Cherry examples.
Pictured below. Serial Number: 000xxx. This is without-a-doubt one of the cleanest Cherry Flying Vs that I have ever seen. I only know of one other that is cleaner and it is also featured on this website. This one is an early Batch #1 guitar with the small neck shelf tenon. It is owned by a gentleman in the midwest. He bought it brand new in 1967 and still owns it. Posted: Nov. 2014.
Serial Number: 001xxx. Here it is. This is the cleanest 66-69 Flying V on the planet. This Batch #2 Cherry Flying V surfaced in Japan in Dec 2014. It was sold to a dealer by the original owner. It was then put on the market and sold to a very lucky person. The guitar and case are in absolute mint condition. This one is a time machine museum piece. Posted: Dec. 2014.
Serial number 00xxxx. This is another cherry finish example that surfaced in Japan and was sold in 2011. This same guitar surfaced at a dealership in Florida back in 2000 and was instantly sold. This is another really clean 1967 Flying V. It is a factory original, unmolested example but has a cracked corner on the pickguard.
Pictured below: Serial number: 000932. This Cherry Flying V use to be owned by Norm Harris and was featured in his guitar collection book. It changed hands once and was then sold to James Hetfield of Metallica in 2010. Notice the short neck shelf tenon indicating it is another early Batch #1 guitar. It is an all original, unmolested example.
Serial Number: 000931, short neck shelf. All original and unmolested. Lots of wear around the edges. This guitar was recently on the market and was sold in July of 2012. It does not have its original case.
Short neck shelf, indicating an early Batch #1 guitar.
Serial Number: 000936. Here is another cherry Flying V from Batch #1 with the small neck tenon. Other than a re-fret, new nut and added strap locks this one is all original. Thanks Richard. Posted: Dec. 2014.
Serial Number: 000285. This one had the Stop Bar Tailpiece mod. Notice the filled-in holes. The shorter nickel Vibrola Tremelo unit is not original.
Notice the correct style longer Vibrola Tremelo base plate was installed on this same guitar in place of the incorrect shorter nickel Vibrola tremelo base plate shown above.
Notice the longer U-shaped neck shelf, indicating later Batch #1 or Batch #2.
Serial Nmber: 0009xx. This one sold in 2001 from Chicago Music Exchange in Chicago. Notice the enlarged washer at the input jack. Other than the washer, this is a factory original example. It also has the early Batch #1 short neck shelf.
Serial Number: 000245. This one is owned by a collector in Switzerland. It had Grover tuners at one time.
Serial Number: 001758. This one appears all original. Looks like the pickguard corner by the input jack broke off and was later trimmed and rounded. You can see the original screw hole.
Notice the sideways serial number impression on 001758. This is the only 1960's Flying V that I have ever seen with the sideways serial number.
Serial Number 90705x: This Cherry Flying V has been clear coated with a very thick over spray. It has a peculiar serial number for a Cherry V, especially since all other 907xxx series Vs are walnut. If the finish is original as the owner says, it is the only Cherry V that I have ever seen with a 9xxxxx series serial number.....very strange indeed. Notice the 1975 era Pickguard. I am inclined to say that this guitar is a refin and that the original finish use to be walnut. Thanks Alf.
One piece neck. This is the only 907xxx series serial number that is not walnut and does not have a three piece neck.
Pictured Below: This guitar was once owned by Albert King. He was more commonly seen playing a '58 Korina V. After the headstock was repaired it was stamped with the serial number 380460. If that was truly the original serial number, which dates the guitar to 1966, then perhaps this is one of the two that shipped in late 1966. But this is probably not the original 1966 serial number for this guitar since no other 1960's Flying V has a 3xxxxx series number. Plus, it appears to have the longer U-shaped neck shelf which places it in the late Batch #1 or Batch #2 range. It is also missing its original case.
Serial number 001681. Even though this V is walnut, the factory finish was cherry. It was refinished decades ago by the original owner. The serial number was sanded off during the refin job. It was left in the trunk during cold weather and the entire guitar checked, so he had it refinished. Needless to say all Flying Vs from this era have checking. The original owner still owns the guitar and still has the original receipt. The serial number is noted on the receipt. Thanks Larry. Posted: Oct. 2013
Serial number: 001764. This is a Batch #2 Cherry Flying V that has seen a lot of use over the years. However, it is totally original and unmolested. This one was recently sold at auction on E-bay. Posted: Dec. 2014