#1
Guitar: 2003 Gibson Flying V, factory moon inlays and ebony fretboard


***To see the interesting story behind the acquisition of this guitar for $5, check out the original thread https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1048616 ***


I finally finished the upgrades to my Flying V. It started out completely stock when I got it and I was never quite satisfied with how it looked and sounded. I modded the factory wiring for the 50's style wiring and added independent volume controls for the middle position, but you can't see this in pictures. Except for the neck pickup I added, here's the the guitar stock.



Then I replaced the white pickguard with a black/white/black one.



This is how it looks now, I replaced the mediocre Gibson Deluxe tuners for Grover 18:1's, replaced the truss rod cover with a black/chrome logo one.



Here's the original headstock...



And the way I have it now



Cool shot of the moon inlays



Oh, I forgot to mention the position indicators I added



Here's the upgrades summary:
-Black/white/black pickguard and truss rod cover
-Seymour Duncan '59 Zebra-Coil in the neck
-Grover 18:1 Chrome Rotomatics
-Chrome Position Indicators
-50's style wiring with independent volume controls
Endorsed by Dean Guitars 07-10
2003 Gibson Flying V w/ Moon Inlay
2006 Fender All-American Partscaster
SVK ELP-C500 Custom

1964 Fender Vibro Champ
1989 Peavey VTM60

[thread="1166208"]Gibsons Historic Designs[/thread]
Last edited by Flux'D at Jul 12, 2011,
#3
that's AMAZING. great work there! the black pickguard matches the color of the wood perfectly. congrats on that beautiful guitar
#4
Sweet guitar man! And that story was really interesting on how you got it! Keep it, honour the original owner...
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#5
Nicely done! My builds/customs never work out that way...
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Adam S3A monitors
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#6
I think I already told you how in love I am with your V. xD Cheers!
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#7
I'm thinking I should've gotten nickel tuners instead of chrome, but either way it was an improvement over the original green ones. I can't imagine anything else I'd want to do to this guitar, I'm completely in love with it as it sits
Endorsed by Dean Guitars 07-10
2003 Gibson Flying V w/ Moon Inlay
2006 Fender All-American Partscaster
SVK ELP-C500 Custom

1964 Fender Vibro Champ
1989 Peavey VTM60

[thread="1166208"]Gibsons Historic Designs[/thread]