(Kerry King V), also known as the Speed V, is an electric guitar
designed by Kerry King
for B.C. Rich
guitars. Its shape is based on the Gibson Flying V
but with sharp points.
B.C. Rich offers different versions of the guitar in four categories; as a signature model from the handcrafted/custom shop division, a high-end signature version, a mid-range version with lower-end pickups, and a low-end Metal Master version without a tremolo. In 2009 B.C. Rich released the Kerry King V2, featuring active pickups, Son Of Beast headstocks and the "generation 2" tribal graphics.
Non-BC Rich Versions
The KKV has not always been exclusive to B.C. Rich. The guitar was briefly made by ESP Guitars
when B.C. Rich closed down their custom shop during a period in the 90s
. When the company changed hands and reopened the custom shop, King returned to B.C. Rich.
The ESP model featured a George Lynch style headstock and was finished in black, and black with a red splatter with eagle inlays. (Pictured right as of Aug. 09)
As of 2009 ESP has re-released their version as the NV, with a reverse ESP headstock.
- Basswood body (Signature has a Canadian Maple Body)
- Gloss Black w/KKV Tribal graphics
- Hard Maple Neck
- Bolt on Construction (Neck thru on signature)
- Rosewood Fingerboard with tribal KK inlay on 12th fret(Ebony on signature and V2 models with full inlay on the signature)
- Widow Headstock......