Gibson's various Korina Flying V reissues

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  1. Darl

    Darl Supporting Member

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    There's the 1981, the 1984, the 2008 (maybe the 1967?). They all are pricey. I can grab an Epiphone korina, but is there something special about any of the reissues?
     
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    I would love to know this as well.
     
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    I just want the original ‘58 silhouette. And would greatly prefer 2 pieces of wood centerjoined with grain running at an angle. Gibson, Epiphone, Fender, Burny, Ford. I don’t care what brand as long as the body is two piece and 58 shape.
     
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    Or I could just get 2 Gibson ‘58 V’s for the same money.
     
  6. Darl

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    Is there a Gibson reissue that's most accurate?
     
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    Not that I know. But probably one had a better neck carve and more accurate headstock or something.

    I don’t care if it’s mahogany or korina...but Nato or Agathis or some other cheap SE Asian “tonewood” isn’t interesting I don’t care if it’s a 1-piece body.

    I’ve played 2 original late 50’s V’s...they felt right. I’ve played a single Epi since then and it didn’t feel the same.
     
  8. Darl

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    I bought the Epiphone Bonamassa V. Look out for it in the emporium in a couple months...
     
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    I was talking to Dave Rogers about this (Dave's Guitar Shop). The 81 and 83 "reissues" are not accurate for shape and appointments. They sound REALLY good and are light and resonant (I've got an 83). The late 90s reissues are pretty good, and anything after that is accurate. OF course, the only Gibson Korina Vs after the 90s are Custom Shop and they're selling for $7-10k. The Epiphone versions are mostly slabs with a veneer on top, and also not necessarily accurate for build. I've seen pics of one two-piece Epiphone, but it's been confirmed that the Bonamassa version is veneer as well, so I wouldn't be hopeful that I'll ever find one. It all comes down to money I guess:
    $500? Epiphone
    $850? Epiphone Bonamassa with a closer to original neck and weird color
    $2k? Burny, Greco etc. copies that are more or less accurate
    $5k? 81/83 Reissue
    $7-10k Custom Shop Reissue, or one off, hand made version
    $150-500k Original, if you can ever find one that's got some kind of provenance?
     
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    I don't see a whole lotta color difference between the Bona and the real Amos. At least not that it'd be a factor for me.

     
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    I have no idea on the new ones, but I got an older MIK Epi in a trade deal and it was made from veener covered stale bread
     
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    I remember reading about that issue years ago on HC. Both the Epi Flying V and Explorer...Stop bars were tilting forward etc...
     
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    So I'm to take it you already dislike it?
     
  15. Darl

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    Nope - that would be the wrong take.
     
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    But you just bought it and are already planning to sell it?o_O
     
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    The Bonamassa Flying V I played was "fine", but nothing special beyond the standard Epi run, unless a brown case and brass truss rod cover wins you over, lol. Felt more Indonesian than they are capable of. Not resonant, as if all of the adhesive used to glue the veneer panels onto the underwood was preventing the vibration you usually get from a solid guitar. It was kind of like the feel of a butcher block. Didn't ring. Somehow, "koreana" reissues and last year's "Ltd Ed." run feel (and look?) better.
    I have had an '83 since '93, and dig the feel and tone but no reissues G or E have the chunky neck which would see me play it more.
    The Joe B might go up when flipped 'just because', but definitely not because they're an in-demand sleeper. (Like the JB Firebird Treasure... which was great surprise feeling and sounding player to those who have them)
    If you can get a Bacchus Mango or Korina, you'll find some magic there, IMHO.
     
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    Just sorta kidding as most of the gear I buy I wind up selling. I won't be able to try out the Bonamassa V until next week.
     
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    If it does not say Gibson, it cannot be any grade of 'accurate.' In fact, it would be 'inaccurate' by definition. Or is 'fake' the new 'real?'
     
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    It is for sure a 100% accurate reproduction, that I can guarantee. :)
     

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