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Gibson Flying V 7-String
7 string Flying VPublished on 06/22/11 at 14:33
The V shape naturally gives you good high fret access. The neck is slim but not as slim as I would like on a 7 string. A 7 string with a big neck is so much harder to play than a 6 string with a big neck because of the extra width. When playing standing up the guitar will naturally come to rest in the perfect position for playing. I like fretboards with no inlays but it might be a problem for some people who have not been playing guitar as long. There are always markers on the side of the neck. Speaking of the fretboard without any inlays the rosewood really stands out against the rest of the black guitar. Would it have been so much harder to give this guitar an ebony fretboard. The rest of the guitar is black and having the huge brown fretboard really stands out. The only problem with the EMG 7 string pickups is that they are so big they require a proprietary route. You would need major modifications to your guitar to change these pickups to another brand of 7 string pickups. The low B string on the stock set of strings is only a 59. I do not think this is enough for a low B on a 24.75 inch scale guitar. I have used a 60 low E string on 24.75 inch 6 strings before.
It would have been easy for Gibson to throw in some generic pickups in this and have it sound terrible but they didnt. Thanks to the EMG pickups this guitar sounds great. The 707 in the neck is great. The 707 tonally is like a mix between the 85 and 81. It is nice and thick like the 85 but still has the top end attack of the 81. The 81 in the bridge is a grind machine. It brings the clarity. This helps make up for the short scale of the neck. With this short 24.75 inch scale on a 7 string the low B will be pretty loose and flubby. This would produce a muddy sound with anything but the tightest pickups. The 81 is really tight and has lots of high end bite. These good pickups and the large body of the Flying V makes this guitar sound huge. If you want even more tone you can do the 18v mod to the EMG pickups to get even more tone. The 18v mod helps give you more head room and will help the EMG sound more natural. This especially helps warm up the clean tones which are generally the weakest part of the EMG's sound.
There are not many 7 string V's on the market and this is a Gibson. Gibsons quality is generally good on the mid to high end models so you know you will be getting a solid guitar. The fact that they gave this guitar after market EMG pickups means they were not messing around with this guitar and they wanted it to sound good. No generic first try 7 string Gibson pickups here these are the real deal time test EMG 7 string pickups. If this guitar had a 25.5 scale and an ebony fretboard I would call it the perfect 7 string.
- Manufacturer: Gibson
- Model: Flying V 7-String
- Series: Flying V
- Category: Electric solidbody baritone or 7/8 string guitars
- Added in our database on: 04/28/2011
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