Epiphone 1958 Korina Flying V / Explorer

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  1. Cary Chilton

    Cary Chilton Senior Member

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    These RI guitars with mahogany neck look pretty sweet. Anyone have one?????
     
  2. MrMike

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    I've never owned one, but I've played several and the necks always feel really chunky, just like I like 'em.
     
  3. jeffwith1f

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    My Epiphone V is black and a 7-string.
    needless to say it's neck feels like the thick end of a baseball bat.

    it has that annoying rattle that every epi that I pick up seems to have in comparison to it's gibson eqivelent, but they remain an excellent value for money.
     
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    Mattbedrock Silver Supporting Member

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    Epiphone Explorer, Moderne and Flying V.

    I am very pleased with them. Since I play outdoors in Florida, sweat, rain and salt air are a fact of life for me. With these guitars, I have no worries about a little weather - a good thing since I'm playing out at the Cocoa Beach Pier tonight with the winds from Gustav howling off the ocean.

    The pickups are not great, a little weak and slightly microphonic compared to real Gibson hb's, The ones in the Moderne are quite dark sounding as well - have to tweak up the highs with that one. The necks are comfy medium C's - thinner than my R9 but more substantial than a slim taper. The Flying V in particular is an excellent slide guitar, great high access and the tone very much like Duane on an SG.

    I think they are a great value - Korean craftmanship is good!
     
  5. sixty2strat

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    really want one but the fret works sucks and they buzz super bad so never sure if I am getting a one with issues, never felt worth it to check it out make a diagnosis
     
  6. Cary Chilton

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    Matt which model, acoustically sings out more? Which model acoustically and or electrically has more bass or warm throughout the fretted strings?
    Is the fret work bad as the dude after you posted??????
     
  7. frank62

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    They are good guitars and the fretwork is fine. There was a long thread on these guitars a while back. Do a search. I had a 58 V for a few years. A powerful singing axe that is fun to play and gets lots of attention. For me it's not a V if it does not have the string thru body setup.
     
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    Another flying V thread to give me GAS :jo

    :)
     
  9. Alvis

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    Great guitar,wish I had a f~!#$& gig,I'd be playin it

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  10. playon

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    I dig the Moderne shape...
     
  11. gag halfrunt

    gag halfrunt A fellow of infinite jest Supporting Member

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    Sounds like Gibson Custom Shop quality :)
     
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    I don't know what you guys have experienced, but the fret work is fine on mine. The necks are straight as arrows and they play super nice. The Moderne is the nicest of the bunch but they are hard to find and usually expensive ($700ish). The string thru V is great - I played mine at a gig last night and it rocked. Some kid came up after a set and drooled all over it (I let him play it). I don't know about this rattle thing - I'm pretty deaf these days but the only epi I have that rattles is a Zephyr Blues Deluxe (ES-5 copy) with the goofy compensating tailpiece.
     
  13. gag halfrunt

    gag halfrunt A fellow of infinite jest Supporting Member

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    Same here, Matt.

    My Korina Epi Explorer has a great neck and frets. With SD pickups, it's a great player.
     

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