The imitated cracks in the finish are usually done with razor blades. In the detail pix it can be seen that the maker has been really busy.Right. I just didn't understand the razor blade thing further up.
Thanks. I'm not ate up with every minute detail of a fifties being present. I'm a player. From what another TGP'r told me, his is a monster.Hey Shark, being a Flying V nut myself I spoke with Paolo a few times and got the chance to play one of his Vs last November in Milan. I didn't like all the specs but I found it to be a fine guitar with nice looking relicing and would order one from him myself if not for the fact that I'm already in talks for another V build (the process got slowed down a lot due to covid and all that).
Looking forward to see how you like it!
Congrats, brother. Play it in the best of health and enjoy. Make some great music with that beautiful V!Okay, so the guitar arrived. It was wrapped like a mummy in tape and plastic. I think Paolo must have been worried they were going to submerge it! Biggest pain in the ass to unbox ever, but God works that way with me! I know. I know. No religion or politics...
The guitar is very, very nice. The Korina is beautiful. There's no lacquer smell (for those so critically sure it would be uncured). The finish is hard and the aging is really good. I've owned tons of relic'd guitars and it's as nice as any I've had. It doesn't look like it was dragged behind a vehicle, but it looks really old and really played. The knobs and switch tip will be switched out with Creme Tone stuff as I really like their aged parts. The truss rod cover is a wide bell, but I want one of the aged ones from Creme Tone as well. Pickguard is three ply and aged really nicely. Pickup covers are a bit too new looking for now, but I have a set of old gold covers from a Les Paul Custom somewhere in the mountain of crap I've accumulated over the years. An easy revision to be sure.
Neck is what I'd describe as a "C", but with a little more front to back thickness than a '59, but not as robust as a '58. Sorry fellas, but I'm not a stickler about necks unless they are just too huge, wide or skinny. It's a great neck profile. The board is beautiful. Inlays are great. Not sure if there's a holly veneer on the headstock, but it does have a side border and appears to have a veneer on the headstock.
Guitar plays excellent. I'm not a low action fan and this one is just right. I have not plugged it in yet, but will report back when I do. Case is a run of the mill case with black tolex. I bought a brown Historic case for it, so it's not an issue.
Is it worth 3K? Oh, hell yeah. Am I satisfied? Fully. Would I recommend Paolo to my friends. No. I don't want him to raise his prices before I can get the matching Explorer!
Just my initial ramblings, so fire away with any questions.
Okay, so tonight I took the Vee to practice. First, we played "Big Shot" by Billy Joel. I won't lie. I use a Headrush Pedalboard and as many FRFR (full range flat response) cabs as I need. For practice, I just use a Line 6 PowerCab 1x12. It has some really good IR's in it that work well in tailoring the sound to the room. I don't have to change anything in the Headrush.