Annonces Gibson 1959 Korina Flying V
Reissue of the original Flying V designPublished on 06/30/11 at 08:16
The V design naturally has better fret access than a Les Paul. The set neck design means there is a bit of a heel at the neck joint but on this model it is not bad. Since this is a 58 model the upper fret access is even better than on a 67 flying V. The neck attaches to the body higher on the neck than on the 67 models so the neck joint heel is less intrusive. The V shape might be hard for some people to play sitting down. You may have to play in a classical position with the guitar in your lap if you are playing while sitting down. This model has a strip of rubber to add more traction to the bottom of the guitar, making it easier to play while sitting down. Standing up the shape gives the guitar perfect balance. The input jack is kind of in a bad place if you are use to wrapping it through your guitar strap but this is something they didnt do back in the 50s.
Think of any Albert King song and you will know what a good 50s V should sound like. This guitar is made out of korina. Korina is a cousin to mahogany and has a yellowish color. It produces all the thick tones of mahogany but with less weight. With the 50s style PAF pickups this guitar is a blues and rock machine. The PAF's have just the right amount of sag in the tone so you can really work the dynamics. The neck pickup is super smooth and when you throw in some tone knob you can get that sour tone like you have a parked wah on. The bridge pickup has a little more bite and spank to it. With some gain you can get good classic rock tones from the bridge pickup. If you do not like the old style PAF pickups you can sell them and get some hotter Seymour Duncans and still make money.
The Flying V was a strange design at one time but now it is an old classic like most other guitar designs. This is one of the first attempts at a non traditional guitar design. I think the 50s Flying V design is better than the 67 reissue design. The upper fret access is better and the design has more class overall. If you are looking for a classic design that is not so classic the original Flying V design is a good option.
- Manufacturer: Gibson
- Model: 1959 Korina Flying V
- Series: Custom Shop Flying V
- Category: V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitars
- Added in our database on: 08/04/2004
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