Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hook of the Day - Ozzy Osbourne "Crazy Train" + An Appreciation of the Flying V

by Wayne Graham

Recently, before the excellent Clutch show at the Metro, Queensryche Myche and myself were kickin' back, enjoying a Trouble DVD, when we took note of an excellent Gibson Flying V guitar that one of the members of the band was playing. A hearty, mutually appreciative summit on the matter commenced, and here's what we concluded:

If you're going to play guitar, and MEAN IT.....Flying V is the way to go.
Oh sure, everyone loves the Les Paul and the Fender Stratocaster, and they should, they're amazing instruments, of course. But there's something about that V. If you strap one of these bad boys on, you're making a commitment. You can't sit down with the Flying V, at least not without some effort and a daily yoga regiment. It's very structure demands that you hold it a certain way, you stand with your legs a certain length apart, and you MUST rock. I'm sure there have been guitarists who were unmemorable when they played the Flying V, but, guess what, their names have been lost in the sands of time, and that's the way it should be. Those who took the challenge seriously...prevailed. Hendrix, Albert King, Dave Davies, Brent Hinds, Jim James, both Schenker brothers.....all played or currently play the Flying V. Not a slouch in the bunch.
Ya know who else played the Flying V? Perhaps most memorably of all?........

Randy Rhoads, that's who.

R.R. + The Big V = Guitar Xanadu


Myche said...

Indeed. And K.K. Downing successfully simulated cunnilingus on one in a Priest concert DVD I saw. Try that with a Strat or Les Paul!

Wayne said...

How I forgot Mr. Downing is beyond me. There will be no end to the "OH!! I FORGOT TO MENTION ____!"