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Old 03-08-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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Is this an upgrade or downgrade?

I currently own a Gibson Flying V. I haven't had it for very long, but the longer I've played it, the more I've found myself not enjoying the balance it has, nor how one must hold it in order to not strain.

At the same shop where I purchased said guitar, there is a Gretsch CVT that I play every time I'm in there. Honestly, it's about the only guitar I play when I'm there. So I've decided to trade-in the V for the CVT. Thing is, I don't know whether or not the trade is a good'un, hence the thread. Personally, I like the way it plays, plus I've played it through all the effects I'd want to run and it sounds pretty killer. But I'd figure I'd ask for opinions before shipping off on this endeavor.


tl;dr- Gibson Flying V for a Gretsch CVT. Yay or nay?
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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I hate to be this guy, but this is definitely a case of, "If you like it, do it." So I'd do the trade.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:49 PM   #3
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If you like it better, do it. Also, what is the Gretsch worth?
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:53 PM   #4
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If you like it better, do it. Also, what is the Gretsch worth?


I figured this would be the general response

The Gretsch's MSRP is $900, but they're selling it (new) for $650
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:53 PM   #5
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gretsch CVT = phwoar
gibson flying V = meh, overrated

^ my opinion on both the guitars

i say do it!
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:57 PM   #6
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I hate to be this guy, but this is definitely a case of, "If you like it, do it." So I'd do the trade.


SaxMachine124 is right.
If you like it, play it. Ok, everyone knows that Gibson is Gibson, but hey... I know a few fellas that just don't like Gibsons guitars, but Ibanez. It's a question of 'what do you want most?', got it?

I.e., I HATE Fenders, but I love my Condor Stratocaster (a brazilian guitar). It's almost the same thing, except that I don't have a Fender.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:59 PM   #7
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Totally subjective. You said you like to play it and love the sound. What else are you looking for in a guitar?
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:02 PM   #8
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engineno9 has a point... yeah the guitar has the monetary value, but i don't think a guitar's price tag has anything to do with it being "worth" the trade. if you have a guitar that you love, the value of it increases to you. if they will trade straight up and you're more comfortable with the gretsch and you like the way it sounds over the v, the answer is pretty obvious.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:03 PM   #9
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Totally subjective. You said you like to play it and love the sound. What else are you looking for in a guitar?


Just wanted the public's opinion on the two guitars.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:15 PM   #10
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Well, we can give you our opinion, but only you can decide. You're the owner
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:32 PM   #11
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Flying V is overrated. Looks cool when played by other people, but are a complete pain to sit with. Not really a players guitar.

On the other hand the Gretsch CVT also looks great, but is light and easy to play.

I think it's what you might call a "no brainer"...

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Old 11-15-2011, 03:59 PM   #12
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I find my Flying V to be really comfortable to play both sitting down and standing up . Personally I think they're underrated since every V you see anymore (on the chance you actually see one) is of the offset variety (Rhoads, Alexi, etc). I acquired mine with the intentions of reselling it because I didn't care for V's too much at the time, but it slowly grew into my workhorse and now I can't imagine being without it.

TS, if you like the Gretsch better then get the Gretsch. Who cares if it's an upgrade or downgrade, it'll be an upgrade to you since you like it better. May I ask which V you have, out of curiosity?
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:13 PM   #13
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well i had the Gibson Faded V that i traded for a Schecter C-7 Hellraiser. It just fit better. I didn't enjoy the Gibson. No shame in that. Personally, Gretsch aren't my thing but if you enjoy playing it more than you do the V, go for it. Even when i had my V i still used my Schecter Damien 6 more because it was more comfortable.
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:50 PM   #14
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I can see why you'd ask the question. My take on it is beyond the joy you get from playing them, there is a monetary value that needs to be considered. I might find a sweet MIM Strat that I absolutely bond with, but I'd be a fool to swap it for one of my PRS.

If there's a significant difference in value, sell your V and then buy the Gretsch. If it's not overly significant, make the swap.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:03 PM   #15
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well youve been playing it and love it so i dont see why not?gonna pay money for a new guitar at some point plus your trading a used for a new so not like you're gonna lose too much money, got your worth out of it and found something thats what you were looking for, dont see a problem since passion shouldnt really have a value but hey if money is a problem see how much you can get out of the gibson, if cant get enough to cover the cost then could always do the trade in but dont see why you couldnt get 650 for a used gibson since thats what a good amount of people aspire to have but all up to you dude just telling you what i think, good luck hope it all goes well
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:36 PM   #16
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:55 PM   #17
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I just now realized the original post was from march
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:52 AM   #18
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The Flying V looks silly and is out dated. I just got a Gretsch CVT and it is the best guitar I have,
it was$700.00. I spent more on guitars but did not get more. This guitar is so well built and not like the new hot noise machines. It is a new class, with a sound only a Gretsch can put out. You can pick it out on a recording or in a live show. The Tron Pups do it. The II is the last one to come with Trons and the Bigsby. A classic just happened.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:07 AM   #19
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^ Holy necro bump!

You can snag a minty Gretsch CVT all day long for ~$250.
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