Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by DonM, May 18, 2019.
I hadn't seen a Goldtop; nice.
of course, this Hendrix style V with Bigsby is very tempting!
Maybe I should just install my Bigsby on my custom styled V, plug up the jacked up string through holes, and call it a day.
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I took a good look around at the Chibsuns and Feneders on Aliexpress for the first time last night.
Jeez, what a rabbit hole.
I was actually a little disappointed that I didn't see more of the unorthodox, at least as far as colors are concerned. Japan gets amazing LP color options from Gibson the we don't see for some reason - I was hoping to see more of that type of thing. There were a few, but maybe I didn't look deep enough?
Yeah, something looks off in this area. That is a pretty broad shouldered neck area for a V & I've never seen a PG so square.
I think what is throwing it off is that typically a Flying V has the pickup ring touching the end of the fretboard like a Les Paul or Explorer would as well. (Both on the narrower later version or the wider shouldered '58 style.)
Also my Chibson Flying V has the same overly large radius on the shoulders. The real '58 body has a much sharper radius in the corners of the neck pocket I wonder if they do it to make the neck joint easier to build. It leaves a lot more meat on each side of the neck.
Yeah good point on the pickup positioning.
The shoulders may actually be broad though. I'm only eyeballing it from a phone, but it looks like the widest part of the shoulder is almost the same size as the neck on the import. Whereas on the Gibson, the shoulders are much smaller than the neck. (Referencing pics above)
edited mine while you were replying, but yes I agree the shoulders seem to be too wide on Chibson Flying Vs using the '58 body style (as opposed to the '67 style body).
Gibson does V's without rings & their pg doesn't look like that. It's the shoulders with a pg to compensate, imo.
I forgot about the '67 style with the smaller body having a larger pickguard and no rings.
FWIW, this is what the pickguard on the old style Harley Benton Flying Vs looked like:
I know this is almost raising the dead, but a few questions:
Would they have charged you extra if youd asked them to leave the brand name off?
It sounds as though you did a good amount of research before you bought, so let me ask this:
DO you see an upward trend in prices on the ALI market sites?
I ask because 10 years ago almost no guitar was over $100, but then shipping was $150-$185 each
I stopped looking for a while when I started making my own than this past weekend I got ht w/ some ads that had pricses between 125 - 175 and free shipping. I follow that specific link and its there at that price. BUT I look around, and even more simple to make guitars were $300+ just wondering if they have started using 'loss leaders ' like walmart taught them?
That’s good to hear that there is no fret buzz. A lot of times I find many Chinese guitars seem to have a lot of uneven frets. You clearly got a good one!
I am lusting after that V.
No, they don't charge. However, I've had several Chibsons where they agreed to leave it off and then when I received it, it was still there. The pic in the description had a blank head and I just mistakenly assumed they succumbed to the pressure and were making them that way now. But, it came with Gibson on it. I just gave up on that. The guitar is great and that's the important thing to me. They never leave my house and I've often thought of burning into the back of the head "this is a replica" or something of that nature. Everyone snipped so much about the pickguard that it bugs me now, so I'm going to have a little less "boxy" one made. I have noticed that the prices have been gradually going up, but I think that's just the global economic as of things. things have been going up on rondo too the past several years.
Was just looking at a chibson Angus SG this weekend. It looked beautiful. It played competently. I didnt get to plug it in. The guy bought it as a 70% off Gibson. It wasnt setup yet but the tech who looked it over certified it wasn't a gibson, Duh But with an official decree and gibson on the head the guy want back to paypal and said he wasn't going to pay for a fake. He got most all his money back. The company said they want the guitar, he demanded a prepaid ticket for it and they dropped it. Basically free SG.
Great deal. This isn't an Angus model, but looks great and sounds and plays above average. I have no complaints.
I wonder if I can get something like this Dean Checkmate at a decent price. Id settle for an ebony board with maple inserts to simplify. Offset maple blocks ftw.
Anyone seen a custom like this ?
Maybe for 350 I can get a base retro schenker v and maybe mill off 3/8 of the top and put my own wood on. Then mill out the neck inserts for maple.
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