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MASTER ARTISAN COLLECTION

THE LEO SCALA SUPER '58 FLYING Vs

EXPLORE THE GUITARS

GIBSON’S NEW MASTER ARTISAN COLLECTION OPENS WITH THESE TEN INDIVIDUAL INSTRUMENTS BY THE ICONOCLASTIC LUTHIER LEO SCALA. CUSTOM DESIGNED AND BUILT TO BE FULLY FUNCTIONAL, AUTHENTICALLY GIBSON, AND UTTERLY ONE OF A KIND.

GIBSON’S NEW MASTER ARTISAN COLLECTION OPENS WITH THESE TEN INDIVIDUAL INSTRUMENTS BY THE ICONOCLASTIC LUTHIER LEO SCALA. CUSTOM DESIGNED AND BUILT TO BE FULLY FUNCTIONAL, AUTHENTICALLY GIBSON, AND UTTERLY ONE OF A KIND.

MEET THE MASTER

LEO SCALA, THE MASTER ARTISAN

Leo started out studying chemical engineering and playing classical music on the clarinet, in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, a world he describes as full of relics, elements, and patinas. But by the mid-90s, his passions led him to rock and roll, electric guitars, and a new home in Southern California. In a small workshop there, for the last 25 years, he’s been obsessively crafting extraordinary guitars which are collected and played by discerning artists such as Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses, Phil X of Bon Jovi, Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake, and Warren Cuccurullo.

MEET THE MASTER

LEO SCALA, THE MASTER ARTISAN

Leo started out studying chemical engineering and playing classical music on the clarinet, in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, a world he describes as full of relics, elements, and patinas. But by the mid-90s, his passions led him to rock and roll, electric guitars, and a new home in Southern California. In a small workshop there, for the last 25 years, he’s been obsessively crafting extraordinary guitars which are collected and played by discerning artists such as Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses, Phil X of Bon Jovi, Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake, and Warren Cuccurullo.

A COLLABORATION ACROSS TIME

The idea was hatched when Gibson Brand President Cesar Gueikian first met Leo Scala at his small workshop in Los Angeles, along with Gary Kramer, the founder of Kramer Guitars. Their shared passion for guitars — and for Gibson — sparked the concept for Scala to put his own spin on the story of the ‘58 Korina Flying V.

Working, in spirit, alongside the bold inventors who originally pioneered the V, Scala turned his focus to period materials and techniques and began to tinker and iterate as though the now-iconic design was brand new.

A COLLABORATION ACROSS TIME

The idea was hatched when Gibson Brand President Cesar Gueikian first met Leo Scala at his small workshop in Los Angeles, along with Gary Kramer, the founder of Kramer Guitars. Their shared passion for guitars — and for Gibson — sparked the concept for Scala to put his own spin on the story of the ‘58 Korina Flying V.

Working, in spirit, alongside the bold inventors who originally pioneered the V, Scala turned his focus to period materials and techniques and began to tinker and iterate as though the now-iconic design was brand new.

EVERY DETAIL OBSESSIVELY CONCEIVED, CUSTOMIZED, AND HAND WROUGHT. INCLUDING THE SOUND.

“When I build a guitar, I am not building a guitar,” says Scala. “I’m first building a knob. Then I’m winding the pickup. I’m 100% dialed into each and every one of those details. I build a whole lot of different little things. The guitar is just a place where everything comes together.”

Though his guitars have the visual impact of sculpture, the looks are never the most important thing to Scala. “It’s always the sound,” he says. “It can be extremely flashy, but if you pick it up and it doesn’t do its own thing, then you just missed the whole point. It’s not art that should be hanging on a wall; it’s a performing piece of art.”

EVERY DETAIL OBSESSIVELY CONCEIVED, CUSTOMIZED, AND HAND WROUGHT. INCLUDING THE SOUND.

“When I build a guitar, I am not building a guitar,” says Scala. “I’m first building a knob. Then I’m winding the pickup. I’m 100% dialed into each and every one of those details. I build a whole lot of different little things. The guitar is just a place where everything comes together.”

Though his guitars have the visual impact of sculpture, the looks are never the most important thing to Scala. “It’s always the sound,” he says. “It can be extremely flashy, but if you pick it up and it doesn’t do its own thing, then you just missed the whole point. It’s not art that should be hanging on a wall; it’s a performing piece of art.”

THE EXTRAS

CUSTOM G&G HARD CASES INCLUDED WITH EACH GUITAR

PLUS A HANDMADE CASE-CANDY BOX

Each custom, form-fit suede case started as a standard V case that Leo stripped at his Los Angeles shop and hand modified with the addition of plush ruby interiors. All ten guitars also ship with a matching handmade Certificate of Authenticity in the form of a specially-designed case candy box bearing Leo’s signature.

THE EXTRAS

CUSTOM G&G HARD CASES INCLUDED WITH EACH GUITAR

PLUS A HANDMADE CASE-CANDY BOX

Each custom, form-fit suede case started as a standard V case that Leo stripped at his Los Angeles shop and hand modified with the addition of plush ruby interiors. All ten guitars also ship with a matching handmade Certificate of Authenticity in the form of a specially-designed case candy box bearing Leo’s signature.