Poll: Opinion on V's
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Playing Benefits Outway Looks
2 6%
Looks Even To Playing Benefits
7 21%
Looks Outway Playing Benefits
8 24%
Has Neither Playing Benefits Or Looks
16 48%
Voters: 33.
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#1
Hi there, I was wondering what you guys think aboot the shape of the V guitar, be it Flying, King or RR V.

I know a lot of people think they are outdated from the hair metal age, and that today are impractical and dorkish.

What do you think?
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#2
Uncomfortable to play sitting down is my only problem with them really.
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#3
Don't like them, some have a wicked look, but to me they are godly uncomfortable
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#5
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I know a lot of people think they are outdated from the hair metal age, and that today are impractical and dorkish.


V guitars predate hair metal by decades. Hair metal bands played ugly superstrats that look just like all the ugly superstrats Ibanez still sells today, but in uglier colors.
#6
The flying V is just TOTALLY impractical. A guitar where it's uncomfortable to practice sitting down with is just dumb, cause where do you really spend most of your time playing? At home practicing, and i don't want to be standing up for all those hours of practice.

Then they're weighted retardedly... man the construction errors just keep coming.

But definatly not worth it.

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#7
Well, I personally love flying V's, it's my favourite guitar shape, however, they are a freakin pain to play sit down, but I don't really care, 'cuz they look awesome
#8
yeah they might be uncomfortable and look silly on small guys, but they're totally kick-ass :P
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#9
Easiest guitars to play sitting down
I'll never buy another guitar that is not a v


they are freaking awesome, wonderful instruments

all of those who are saying they're uncomfortable to play...i think you guys are seriously missing out
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#10
Im not a fan...they are uncomfortable to play unless you sue the classical position., and Ive never liked the V shape

I play in classical as well as conventional just like to switch back and forth occasionally so If one was given to me I would totally play it...but i wouldn't purchase one for myself.
#11
I love Vs, even though i dont own them because i like 24 frets and king V or rhoads type bodies, not traditional Vs, and unfortunatly the only Vs ive found when i was buying guitars were either made of agathis or low grade basswood (a tonewood i dont like even in high quality) or a schecter V that was not only traditionally shaped, but with a finish that didn't work with the shape (and EMGs) but i love Vs
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#12
I think they are generally attractive and cool...but I'll never own one because I find them uncomfortable. Others find them to be just fine to play, but not me.
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#14
i recently wanted a white epiphone flying V, they look great shape wise

when i first saw a gibson flying v in person, i was alarmed at how large they appeared compared to my tiny H-50, but i never actually played a flying V
#15
I love V's, Super easy to Sit down and play, great access to the 24th, and yeah... V's For the wizzle, but the RR24's are a bit harder to sit down and play with as the fin is shorter and its harder to pinch the guitar with your legs.. still I think V's are amazing
#16
They have their purpose, generally ugly ass hell to me.
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#17
Beautiful guitars. I find them extremely comfortable.
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#18
Great looking and incredibly comfortable, even sitting down - unless you don't realize to play classical position.

I detest heavily-offset Vs though. RRs, etc.

EDIT:
Quote by julzius
The flying V is just TOTALLY impractical. A guitar where it's uncomfortable to practice sitting down with is just dumb, cause where do you really spend most of your time playing? At home practicing, and i don't want to be standing up for all those hours of practice.



Try it like that.

Quote by julzius
Then they're weighted retardedly... man the construction errors just keep coming.

This is more of a problem with particular guitars, not V shapes as a whole. I've played many LP clones with terrible weight issues.
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#19
It's definately a stage guitar (play standing up), but as far as outdated, I'm not sure there is such a thing. If the guitar is your style, you make the guitar, not the other way around.

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#20
I think they make great looking guitars and are much more comfortable to play sitting down that a strat shape guitar though they take a little getting use too. Also its like the tips of the guitar seem to have some sort of magnetic pull to any corner that could break the wings off.
#21
i ****ing love V's. Damn I kinda regret buying my schecter.

P.S. It's really nice to play V while sitting down (in the classical position - i play my omen extreme in classical position anyway).
#22
love 'em. to me, they're super comfortable to play sitting down, crazy access to 24th, awesome shape.
well, V guitars have too much variations to be considered outdated imho. It's a unique form in that area, every brand can put it's new spin on it and make it fresh.

it all boils down to if you're comfortable sitting down, by which I can understand why some people would despise.
#23
Flying V's aren't impratical to play sitting down, you just have to put it in the correct position, which is the thing most people fail at. Also they look neat (I'm not saying they look better than strats or teles, it depends on people's tastes in looks) for me.

For people who say that V guitars were meant for the 80's metal, and that they are outdated, , now really they aren't. Metal is rising again, from it's downfall in the mid 90's. Sooner or later everyone will hear metal once again
#24
Flying V (as in the type Gibson and Schecter produce) is indeed easy to play seated. King V doesn't work that well but, nevertheless, it's manageable.

RR models, though, are annoying because you must put your left foot on your right knee. And then there's this back pain you get from doing that.
#25
I love pretty much any V shape, TBH(aside from maybe the ES SAW, but all their guitars are pretty damn fugly IMO...and that Dean signature from the guy from Trivium with those two random holes in it and the Washburn WVs look sorta stupid IMO too). I find them really comfortable to play sitting down, I love the look of them(particularly the Jackson King Vs...*drooooool*), and they tend to be made for shredding so the neck's usually nice and fast too. =D
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#26
Quote by julzius
The flying V is just TOTALLY impractical. A guitar where it's uncomfortable to practice sitting down with is just dumb, cause where do you really spend most of your time playing? At home practicing, and i don't want to be standing up for all those hours of practice.

Then they're weighted retardedly... man the construction errors just keep coming.

But definatly not worth it.

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The V I have plays exceptionally well sitting down and is weighted better than any other guitar I've owned. The difference is it's a reverse RR so the long wing is on the botton - it fixes all the problems.


Also its like the tips of the guitar seem to have some sort of magnetic pull to any corner that could break the wings off.


The reverse RR shape fixes this problem too because the long wing hides behind your leg, it's pretty neat how it works.
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#27
If you like a guitar, you should buy it no matter what anyone else thinks. I just got a BC Rich Mockingbird, probably will get some crap for it being a 'dorky' shape. Hell I think it looks and sounds awesome. so get what you want. (And yeah, I'd have to agree, Vs are awesome.)
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#28
I'm trained in classical guitar, so I've never had a problem sitting properly with Vs. I use mine for all metal purposes, but Vs are certainly not exclusively metal guitars. There's a lot of ignorance in this thread.
#29
A lot of people will say they are uncomfortable but I have never played one V that wasn't a pleasure to play. I myself prefer the original V shape Gibson designed the shape seems to give the guitar a good tone when it made from mahogany. So A gibson V would be my firat choice and all the others would be picked on how well they sound and how well they are built. I have a couple RR Vs, BC Rich Vs etc I still prefer my Epis and Gibsons over them.
#30
I love them. The feel really good to me. If I tried to play any other guitar other then a V standing up it feels really odd to me. And anyone who tells you that you can't play them sitting down is an idiot, and has never played one sitting down or is just assuming.
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#31
Quote by julzius
The flying V is just TOTALLY impractical. A guitar where it's uncomfortable to practice sitting down with is just dumb, cause where do you really spend most of your time playing? At home practicing, and i don't want to be standing up for all those hours of practice.

Then they're weighted retardedly... man the construction errors just keep coming.

But definatly not worth it.

Toodles!


got to disagree with you on this one. firstly, its not any harder to play sitting, you just the put your knee in the split of the v, (if you look at the "proper" posture for playing classical guitar, this is actually closer to that than laying your strat over your thigh) secondly on my gibson there is no balance issue, i can literally put the head at any angle and it will stay there on is own.
#32
It all depends you know,some people might find playing V's sitting down comfortable,while others(like me) find it uncomfortable

same with the Looks..It all depends on taste..I dont like pointy looking guitars that much and to me they dont look sexy at all

as to why I find it uncomfortable is because it keeps slipping through my legs,and thats annoying.I also should note that I played a RR5FR,not a the original V shape so the I dont know if it is a problem with the weight distribution of the two wings,they might have a difference in weight as the top one is larger and longer... that explains why the top horn kept sliding down my abdomen and the smaller horn slipping through my legs..
#33
V's are badass. If you say they're uncomfortable, but you haven't tried putting your leg in between the wings, urdoingitwrong.
V's are typically made with metal in mind, but they can do any style really. However, a V will usually have a thin neck, a radical shape, and high output pickups, and that's not exactly your typical set up for blues or jazz
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#34
There are no problems with the V weight distribution, you just aren't accustomed to them. That style of body is not inferior in any way.
#35
Re: comfort

If you say they're uncomfortable, but you haven't tried putting your leg in between the wings, urdoingitwrong.


Comfort, like anything else, is personal.

I'm classically trained. I have no problem playing seated. In fact, I'd say I play seated 50% of the time, if not more.

I STILL find them uncomfortable to play.

I also still think they look cool.
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#36
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There are no problems with the V weight distribution, you just aren't accustomed to them. That style of body is not inferior in any way.


might be..and I never said that they are inferior in anyway,I just said that I prefer the strat,super strat shape

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V's are badass. If you say they're uncomfortable, but you haven't tried putting your leg in between the wings, urdoingitwrong.


how else can you play a V without putting it between your legs?without any accessories of course

comfort really changes from person to person,it is stupid to say that I'm doing it wrong if it isn't comfortable to me
#37
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Re: comfort


Comfort, like anything else, is personal.

I'm classically trained. I have no problem playing seated. In fact, I'd say I play seated 50% of the time, if not more.

I STILL find them uncomfortable to play.

I also still think they look cool.

I said they're doing it wrong if they haven't put their leg inbetween the wings. If they have, and it's still uncomfortable for them, then it's personal
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#38
A lot of people try sticking it between their legs without propping up their foot, which isn't really what is meant by putting it between your legs. Without a foot prop then it's just really stressful for your legs.
#40
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OT: I had a Jackson RR3 for awhile, hated it. I can't play V's at all, I primarily play standing up, but I couldn't get use to the shape.
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