With their newfound success with Alive! and a new, hopefully career-altering album to promote, KISS undertook a couple of photo shoots in their new Destroyer costumes. For the full day of mostly outdoor shooting on June 24 Paul is nice enough to show us
the no. 1 Flying V looking much as it did in the pic above and in the many pictures from the European tour. Come the start of the Spirit of '76 Tour it's all about the Flying V. The pic on the right is from Toledo, OH on July 31 and here appears a cinch in the armour, there's a small hairline crack in the pickguard extending from the output jack. Since it's a mirror the crack is most visible when seen at a slight angle, in concert photos that usually means shot from below because of the location of the photo pit, and in head-on shots it is almost impossible to see in most lighting conditions. The consistent placement, orientation and length of this defect, however, eliminates the possibility of it being a reflection of some sort. (This collection
of images show the crack at various times over the course of the tour. I've taken the liberty of circling the defect and also including a pic, farthest on the right, from the Winter Tour in November.)
Paul brought two nearly identical Flying V's with him on tour, the only distinguishing feature between the two being the lack of a pickup ring on the no. 2 as the backstage picture
from Houston, TX on August 13 below shows, and a small hook
on the no. 1. Based on the pictures I've had the fortune of seeing, and the few availble videos from the Spirit of '76 Tour, the backup saw very little action. It didn't really get a chance to shine until the Paul Lynde Halloween Special
taping on October 19 and 20.