Gibson Flying V Faded
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Gibson Flying V Faded

Flying V Faded, V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Flying V series.

MGR/Eric Moers 06/12/2004

Gibson Flying V Faded : MGR/Eric Moers's user review

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I purchased this guitar at a local music shop for about $550 (Lists for $630). Not too bad.

Let me start with the pick-ups... It comes with a 496R(neck) and a 500T(bridge), Gibson's highest output pickups. They have such a broad range of tones from accoustic clean, to a raw hard shredd mode with great harmonics. The elegant ebony fingerboard (Much better than cheap rosewood in my opinion) gives it a sweet look. Tuning stability is pretty impressive. The standard pearloid tuners hold down their own quite well. Plays great, and the action is as low as it gets.

I personally can't stand the tune-o-matic bridges. They are not locked in place, and can easily fall off, or mess with the intonation, which in then lessens sustain. When I first got it, the intonation was a bit whacky and I was experiencing some fret-buzz. The Flying V electronics configuration has that annoying input jack that sticks out like a D*CK from the front of the pickguard and is SUPER uncomfortable!
Also, Gibson puts the rear strap button in a HORRIBLE location (right at the tip) which makes the weight of the guitar pull the neck down!


The quality is descent, but not superb. It gets great tones at any volume, just plug into a good tube or solid state amp. Overall the hardware is good but not the best out there. The guitar would be perfect with some modifications to electronics, and location of components.

This guitar is a good starter guitar for getting into bigger brand names. BUT BEWARE, A NAME ON A HEADSTOCK DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING! The sound is great with all sorts tones. If I lost it, I wouldn't get another one. I like guitars with finishes as well. If you're looking for a perfect backup guitar, this will do the trick.

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