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:
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