1984 Gibson Flying V

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  1. bandintheclouds

    bandintheclouds Supporting Member

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    So I found a guy selling his 1984 Gibson Flying V on craigslist and we've been talking about a trade. The V has some noticeable wear, especially on the back, so it's definitely a players guitar. It has a Kahler and Dirty Fingers pickups.

    The owner will trade the V for my Marshall DSL 50 head. What are some expert opinions here? If the guitar plays well and the neck is good, is that a decent trade? If I don't end up using this guitar, could I sell it for $500 to $600 like I probably could with the DSL?

    Here is a link with photos and seller description:

    http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/msg/2794420944.html
     
  2. tonecontrol

    tonecontrol Supporting Member

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    wow, I have a black one just like it, `84 as well..my only dislike is the tone robbing Kahler cool guitar with a nice wide though
     
  3. straightblues

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    I would do that trade. Those V are really nice. That one looks in decent played condition. It doesn't look abused.
     
  4. bandintheclouds

    bandintheclouds Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I did this trade, and it is pretty sweet! I honestly have no idea what I'm doing with it because I usually play a Strat or an SG Classic. A whole new world of fun here. Either I'll fall in love with it, or put it up for trade on the emporium. We'll see how it goes. Thanks for the advice.
     
  5. mesa/kramer

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    How's the fret wear?
     
  6. bandintheclouds

    bandintheclouds Supporting Member

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    The frets are in really nice shape actually. I'm not sure if it had a re-fret job at some point or not, but they certainly don't look brand new either. They look aged, but not a lot of physical wear.
     
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    sounds like a fair trade
     
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    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    The Craigslist post is gone.

    Post pics of the guitar. I'd like to see it.
    I think you got a more than fair trade.
     
  9. bandintheclouds

    bandintheclouds Supporting Member

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    For some reason, I can't embed photos here...can anyone help?

    Anyway, here is a photo of the V being cleansed...

    ...yes, I'm a real dork. Now you know.

    Awesome guitar though!


    http://imageshack.us/f/12/img1277qi.jpg/
     
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    Congrats ngd, looks fun!
     
  12. dspellman

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    Couple of Kahler comments. You can actually trade that thing in (at Wammi World dot com, home of all things Kahler) for a new hybrid version that will lock into a hardtail or unlock into the same full-on trem. Depends on the model, but the 7300 is around $100 with trade-in. There are also several choice of saddle material available these days, including steel, brass and (I believe) teflon. Tone Control calls the Kahler "tone robbing", but my opinion (based on owning several) is that "tain't so." And while I like Floyds, I like the fact that you don't have to dig a swimming pool out of the back of your guitar for springs in order to mount a Kahler.
     
  13. bandintheclouds

    bandintheclouds Supporting Member

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    Good to know about the hybrid Kahler option. So far, I like the Kahler pretty well. It would be interesting to comp!re the same guitar without it, but the tone here is definitely not lacking.

    To be honest, the only things I'm not crazy about on this V are the dirty finger pickups. They're just way too abrasive when using any dirt pedals. I may have to consider my options for a substitute. Something alnico...
     
  14. Gorgar

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    I have an 83 V with those pickups and I really like them. Have been sort of looking for another set, so pm me if you want to get rid of them.
     

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