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What’s so great about the Flying V?

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by Yaralag, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    I’m proud to be indirectly responsible for getting you excited. :whistling:
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  2. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    It came through so nicely though!
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  3. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    I have one but I don't play it all that often.
    One of my early guitar heroes, Johnny Winter, had one in the early '70s.
    It came in handy later on in my "metal years".
    Red sunburst 1974 model I think (it has the volute).
    I got it used for an attractive price that I couldn't pass up.

    As for "what's so great" I'm not even sure.
    It plays differently than an SG, at least my SG.
    Nearly impossible to play when sitting down.
    The guitar is certainly cooler than I am.
  4. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    It only took a second to find the V Straddle.

    oh, but really, when it gets down to anyone as cool as a V?
  5. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 16, 2011
    Richmond Annex, CA
    I forgot to add, my Epi Flying V is my tribute to Albert, but Abnormaltoy’s V is an actual Gibson from the mid-70s.
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  6. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    It probably sits in a very classical position when you do the V straddle.
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  7. gibsonsmu

    gibsonsmu Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 16, 2015
    IMG_0626.JPG I find it easy to play- upper fret access is awesome. I actually got one of the jimi Isle of Wight signatures and swapped the guard for a non signed one and out some patent numbers in it. Cool guitar. Very unique tone
  8. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
  9. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013

    If not the Ocarina, I can't imagine what it might be?

    Last edited: Nov 29, 2017
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  10. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Dec 27, 2016
    For me it's the ability to reach the higher frets effortlessly as well as they just look really cool. Though I have always leaned more toward the offset V bodies than the Gibson style.
    I like sharp pointy guitars.
  11. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    Willie D not only quoted himself, but he did it in 2 different accents.

    This place is a hoot ! :)
  12. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 16, 2011
    Super light, easy to play, versatile sounding guitar.......and you instantly look 10 times cooler when you strap one on.
  13. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    See, this is what I meant. I used to play a V quite often, a friend had one. I liked it, but I'd never buy one.
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  14. Borgatomic

    Borgatomic Strat-Talker

    Sep 30, 2017
    I'm clumsy, pointy guitars scare me.

    Anyone ever get hurt with a pointy guitar?

    If so, how does that go over with your health-ins?
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  15. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 24, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    O yeah :0)

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  16. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    My white Gibson Flying V is the best playing and sounding guitar I ever had in my hands in 53 years.
    The best things of the V are:
    1. feather weight
    2. Playability - whoever said it doesn´t never played one
    3. sound - yes, I know but a V sounds just right
    4. Cut through any mix like a blade - perfect balanced sound, that´s why
    5. on stage it looks badass
    6. on stage you don´t even need a strap and you can always use your right leg to reduce the weight on your shoulders
    7. Flying V and a great amp - you know it will sound great no matter where you are playing.
    8. It sounds absolutely great no matter if you play Jazz, Country, Blues, Hardrock, Metal, Black Metal - even during the same show
    9. Character, character, character - there are so many guitars on the market but the V has the most outstanding character (and the SG I have to admit)
    10. I like other guitars but I really love the Flying V

    Life is good,
  17. ToneRanger

    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 8, 2009
    Area 51
    My first electric was a Guild ultra V - never could sit and practice with it, the Kahler trem was problematic on it, and it kind of left me with a bad taste in my mouth towards V's - until I got the chance to play an actual Gibson V.
    As Robins said, the playability was excellent, and the tone - good gracious, it was HUGE. I don't know if it's because all of the wood in concentrated back behind the bridge or what, but it was just an absolute wall of thick, massive sound.
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  18. T Guitar Floyd

    T Guitar Floyd Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 27, 2014
    Although I pretty much have narrowed my guitar choice to Stratocasters, I've had 5 Gibson Vs in my past. Played them in rock bands in the '70s and '80s. They are the coolest on stage . . . especially the Korinas and the only Gibson electric I could see buying again. (The only other Gibsons being the Everly Brothers acoustic guitars that I used to have). :cool: :)

    Actually someday could maybe afford an Epiphone '50s V RI.
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  19. Willie D

    Willie D Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    That's kind of how I am in real life when I know you well.
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  20. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Strat-Talker

    May 27, 2011
    Gainesville FL
    What is so great about them?

    What is not?

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