The Flying V in House M.D. : The Debate !!

As many people I became a fan of House M.D. when I saw the first episode of the series, and when I saw the first featured guitar I was even more hooked. Recently, I’ve found the picture below in a forum thread, and I immediately posted it on Guitar Fail

But here is the debate (if I may call it a debate)… The setting of this vibrato is a bit weird, right? This doesn’t look like a vibrola but it rather looks like a Fender-ish vibrato behind a stop bar !! In the video below, you will clearly see that this is a stop bar…

So here are the questions :

  • Ain’t that a weird vibrato setting?
  • Have you ever seen such thing before?
  • Does it work?
  • Must be tricky to change the strings, right?
  • Is that a fake designed for this episode? If I remember well, the Flying V is damaged by a colleague of House in this episode !

Here is a short video where you can see a close-up on the guitar…


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About Sem

I am the founder of Muzicosphere (that also exists in a French version). In 2011, I also created Guitar Fail, the Guitar LOL place to be. And before that I created GAS a GoGo, a gear giveaways blog in French.


  1. Low-B 5-String

    (Sorry for the mis-posts, links were corrupt! Sem: Preview submission button, please?)

    Wow. What a puzzle. It could also be the prop department having a joke on us! I think I see open slot on the tailpiece’s treble end, meaning it’s something real and working. The issue is trying to get past the lump that looks like a tune-o-matic tailpiece and see the fine-tuning/intonation parts.

    Please see this . Also at (Better close-up at ). It could be a “Super Tune” version shown .

    Also, does anyone have any 1980’s era Gibson catalogs? It could be a retro-fit.

  2. Low-B 5-String

    Corrected links posted to facebook discussion.

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