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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

    Age:
    46
    Aug 28, 2014
    Colorado
    So I have always loved Gibson’s. I don’t currently own one because I got a sweet trade for my Les Paul but that’s another story. I am always on the lookout to put another one back in my arsenal but instead of the usual Les Paul drooling I find myself looking at the Flying V. This has never happened before! It May have had a little to do with watching some Albert King videos. So I know there are some big fans of the venerable V on this forum, (namely @heltershelton @Stark and @abnormaltoy ) and I want to hear about what makes them so great since I have never played one.
     
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  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    They're comfortable to play, don't slide off your knee if you're sitting down. They don't need a guitar stand either. :p
     
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  3. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Strat-Talker

    417
    Jun 15, 2007
    CHARLOTTE, NC
    They are actually just an SG with a really bad body scoop. I never got into them, and I was there when they were first introduced.
    What's so great is the case. If you can find one.
     
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  4. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    46
    Aug 28, 2014
    Colorado
    You really know how to sell it!
     
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  5. Rudi

    Rudi Strat-O-Master

    924
    Apr 19, 2016
    Brisvegas
    A good V simply refuses to do Country & Western.:thumb:
    I get 1, or an Explorer IF they really build them left handed next year. (can't wait)
     
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  6. Stratoholic

    Stratoholic Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 30, 2010
    somewhere
    Albert collins played a tele. Albert King however played flying v's
     

  7. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    48
    Jul 16, 2011
    Richmond Annex, CA
    Mine is a made-in-Unsung ‘58 korina reissue from 1998, NOT an original Gibson from 1958, but she just fits my hands perfectly, she’s perfectly balanced and most importantly, she can play sweet and low or she can roar and howl.

    You should also consult with my #1 Strat-Talk Flying V soul brother, the great @Robins!
     

  8. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter


  9. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    48
    Jul 16, 2011
    Richmond Annex, CA
    “The WHAM of that Memphis Man!”

     

  10. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Victoria TX

  11. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    largo,fl
    The first unbelievably great playing guitar I ever experienced was an early 80's white Flying V sometime back in the mid 80's.

    I have only bonded with 3 Gibson's in my life, but they were sooo sweeet.
     
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  12. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    46
    Aug 28, 2014
    Colorado
    You’re right. I got my Alberts mixed up!
     
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  13. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    61
    May 30, 2013
    SE England
    I had a really great 58-style Tokai Flying V with a solid Korina body back in the 1980s, and it sounded a lot like the original Gibson Johnny Winter used to play. It sounded 'Gibson', but with a tone that really cut through. I loved the sound, and the way it played, but I found it a really bulky instrument, especially if you tried to play sitting down.

    At the time, I paid £75 for the Tokai in a shop that was closing down. A Gibson from '58 was probably worth £10,000 by then.

    I've played a couple of Gibson Vs with thinner mahogany bodies and didn't like them as much. Alas, even the Gibson reissues of the original model are more than I have to spend.
     

  14. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Thread derailer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tucson
    Tone and playability.

    Mine would come alive, I could feel the vibration...maybe because they're so light (mine weighed about 6.5 lbs) and long. The originals had PAFs (duh), mine (2nd generation) had T Tops...from the time T Tops went away and now they have had a variety of pickups. I'm partial to the T Tops... today there are several winders making very credible clones, I could even retrofit a newer release with a set of clones and be happy...someday I will. I liked the neck on my 76, except for the width at the nut and first fret...it was almost like a banjo (The Kirk Hammit has the same measurements) the width only came into play in the cowboy chord area...and V's aren't meant for cowboy chords :). I like the control layout as much as I love Les Pauls I would prefer a V. I would trade a testicle to have my old one back...provided it was taken gently (and not by an ex).

    Edit: after I wrote the above...I'm sitting here thinking and getting excited. Maybe it was a Pavlovian response, but like a dog when it sees it's owner getting the leash...when I strapped on the V, I knew I was going for a walk ;) ...time to play!
     

  15. 1980

    1980 Strat-Talker

    378
    Dec 18, 2016
    United States
    quoted this so I could like it again.
     

  16. velvet_man

    velvet_man Strat-Talker

    333
    Sep 7, 2016
    Vancouver
    I didn't think it would ever happen, but I think you've just convinced me!
     

  17. Willie D

    Willie D Senior Stratmaster

    I even hear tell of a tale of some feller name of Joe who went out and bought plum near every 1959 Les Paul in tarnation, and his favorite fiddle is a Flyin' V.
     

  18. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday Fa-ra-ra-ra-raaa, ra ra ra raa! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    red barn, USA
    me with a 1959 Flying V at Songbirds Museum

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  19. Willie D

    Willie D Senior Stratmaster

    I honestly have no idea why I posted in that accent.
     

  20. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 21, 2014
    Santa Maria, CA
    V’s....
    What other instrument looks just as at home playing the blues as well as thrash metal?