Gibson's various Korina Flying V reissues

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  1. Bluesdaddy

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    I have approximately $2500 into mine but that's Canadian .
    So probably 5 bucks American with the exchange rate.
    There are a couple sitting on reverb for quite a bit more.....but they're sitting.
     
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    Has anyone played both Amos as well as the Epiphone V? I would really like to know how the necks compare (thickness).
     
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    Big money for a modern Hamer. Well North of $3K
     
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    Not a Gibson, but here's a black limba 58 styled V.
     
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    I have, it was a very recent Epi '58 V right before the new "Amos" hit the shelves. I was surprised that the neck didn't seem any bigger (if not a hair slimmer) on the Amos.

    Construction wise they appear to be the same guitar beyond the appointments, color, and under the veneer is 2 piece center matched body for the Amos.
     
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    MY 1997 HAMER KORINA LIMITED SERIES #52. LOL WHITE LIMBA ALL THE WAY! JUST INSTALLED WIZZ A4 PICKUPS.....VERY HAPPY WITH THE NEW TONE. I HAVE A 1995 HAMER KORINA STANDARD WITH THROBAKS SLE101 PLUS INSTALLED AND ITS A NICE COMPARISON
    TO GET BACK TO GIBSONS MY 1983 HERITAGE WITH SHAW'S ARE SWEET TOO.
     
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    Now that’s funny!
     
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  8. Axe Arsenal

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    I've never encountered a 50's V in my whole life and I am almost 52 years old and I have seen quite a few vintage collections.
    And you PLAYED "2" ORIGINAL LATE 50's V's?
    Edit : bare in mind that there are only 98 made in the fifties (81 in 1958 and 17 in 1959). And some prototypes in'57..
     
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  9. highrise

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    Yep.
    One at Dallas Guitar show about 10-15 years ago and another in a private collection of a very well known musician that a buddy/luthier was hired to clone.

    The one at DGS was immaculate.
    The other had multiple neck breaks but was the better guitar.
     
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    Ditto.
     
  11. Daka3

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    I went the custom route. My good friend Andreas Borne, who is a luthier, built me a limba 58-style in pelham blue. Two bookmatched pieces, braz rosewood fingerboard. (Don't ask), Lundgren PAF's and all the trimmings. Sings like a bird and gets better every day. One of my definite main squeezes. I recommend this approach. But it has to be limba. Just something about it.
     
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    Great discussion on one of my favorite topics. I'm lucky enough to own one of the '82 Gibson Korinas - but it's a Moderne, not a V. It is one of my best sounding guitars. The combination of Korina and the T-top pickups of that era is killer.

    When the Epiphone Korinas came out, I bought both a V and an Explorer. They are Korean made and decent guitars, but they are multi piece bodies with veneer tops and non Korina necks (looks like maple to me).

    I have been tempted through the years to go for either a recent custom shop or one of the '82/3 Korina V's but the prices just don't seem to be reasonable. Maybe I should just get over it and buy one anyway.
     
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    This is how I feel about every Epi V i've played. I even bought one of the "korina" ones back in the mid 2000s thinking it might satisfy GAS. They all feel dead to me, plugged and unplugged. I did an electronics and pickup swap in mine and it just never did anything for me, in terms of sound or feel. I would have enjoyed it more if I just stuck it on the wall and looked at it.
     
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    Talk to Brian Monty for his Albert Model
    www.montyguitars.com

     
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    I just wish they made a mahogany 58 V in the price range of the USA natural explorer.
     
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  17. highrise

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    Inorite!
     
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    That would be perfect really. Those explorers are pretty nice.
     
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    Here it is on the left. Best playing & sounding solidbody I own - that Page on the right is a contender tho'.
     
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