Should I get a Gibson Flying V?

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  1. Fifthstone

    Fifthstone Member

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    Like many of you, I need another guitar like I need a hole in the head. But I've been itching for one for a while now and am putting this out there to see if TGP can tip me one way or the other.

    I play classic rock and blues mostly, but venture into pop now and again. I have Stratocasters, Telecasters, PRS S2 Singlecut, Epiphone Elitist Les Paul, Gibson SG, and had a Gibson Explorer in the past.

    Something about the V appeals to me aesthetically.

    Input appreciated.
     
  2. XKnight

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    Coming here and asking about getting another guitar is like a drunk going into a liquor store and asking about buying another bottle.
     
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  4. Fifthstone

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    True that!
     
  5. Fifthstone

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    Looking for Flying V love or hate. Lay it on me!
     
  6. Deed_Poll

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    I got my first yesterday after years of wanting one in a repressed way. I was actually surprised how comfortable it is to play sitting down in the classical position, with the V's 'crotch' straddling your knee (sounds a bit sexual, but that's a V for you!).

    I definitely think the '67 types look coolest with the Maestro.

    Here's mine:

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  7. conanb

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    Don't hate me but if you want to hear both sides, here goes:
    Always thought flying V's looked ridiculous. Do not understand why they exist or why anyone would want to play one. They look like what I would have dreamed up as a 13 year old metal fan (and I'd have covered it in silver mirror finish). So, there you go. Throw mine on the pile marked hate :)
     
  8. americananalog

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    If it's just the shape, find an '80s Japanese copy on craigslist.

    Or if you've got the bucks, find one of these: Gibson 'The V'
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  9. Deed_Poll

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    I agree with everything you say, and I love mine!

    Would you seriously not rather be driving the car you would have designed as a 13 year old kid? Living in the house you designed as a 13 year old kid?

    It's a 'MURICAN DREAM! Haha
     
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    I think they are one of the best looking guitars ever designed. I love mine. Wish I had a white one with the whammy pictured above.
     
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    Early 80s set neck Ibanez Rocket Roll II for the win.
     
  13. GCDEF

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    The good.

    They sound great
    They are very easy to play.

    The bad.

    I found myself crashing into things with the long body.
    They're kind of awkward to play sitting down.
    They don't fit in a standard case

    I've had several sold them.
     
  14. Yogi_Sizzle

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    I don't own a Gibson V but I do have the 58 Epiphone version:

    1) I don't necessarily like the V enough to justify a greater expense
    2) Im more partial to the 58 style than later styles, Gibson wants to charge out the wazoo for a 58 style V for some reason.


    The good:

    Very light
    Looks awesome one stage

    The Bad:

    Awkward to play sitting down
    not very balanced, neck dive
    Doesn't work with all stands
    Must use a very specific case/gig bag

    Mainly I use mine when I want a little stage presence or I'm in the mood for Jamming to some Albert King around the house. I've owned a couple on and off over the years, but I usually end up selling them after a while just because they are so radically different to the Strats and Minihumbucker Sheratons I typically play.

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    I always have one in the arsenal, along with an SG, LP, and Strat. Nothing sounds like a V, or plays like one with the unimpeded access to the upper frets. My present V is a Hamer Korina Vector which is like the '58 korina V's and the neck heel is fairly large. It does affect upper register access compared to the '67 neck heel but the korina V sings in its own right. And BTW, who needs a guitar stand with a V?

    And as far as looking cool or stupid, I play classic rock and early heavy metal such as ZZ Top, UFO, Priest, Thin Lizzy, BOC, Cult, Sabbath, etc. Does a V look stupid playing that music? I don't know, ask KK Downing, Billy Gibbons, Michael Schenker, Rudolf Schenker, Andy Powell, James Hetfield, .......................
     
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    I've got one that's I think an '06. It has a great mid-focused punch. I don't play it much, mainly because as mentioned above we play some small stages and it can get in the way. It plays great, and of course has an awesome look for live shows. Here's a vid from a few years back. I play the second 1/2 of the lead:

     
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  17. Peteyvee

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    I think they're cool and have a friend who loves them. He's got 2 or 3 Gibson V's and one of those Epiphone 58s and that Epi is a great guitar. I'd get one of those, instead of shelling out big bucks for a Gibson. I can't believe I just wrote that since I'm a Historic/Custom Shop type of guy, but that Epi he's got is a killer.
     
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  18. Fifthstone

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    Deed Poll, that is a hot looking guitar!
     
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    Is the answer to this question EVER "no" ?

    I think not. Get a V.
     
  20. Fifthstone

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    Thanks, conanb. Hate is welcome here. I agree that this is design is a bit over the top / cartoonish. Maybe that's part of the appeal. Reminds me of the late 50's or early 60's.
     

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