#1
I'm not so enthusiastic about building a V any more. So I want a classic design Flying V or Explorer. (But not by Epiphone)
I want to first make it clear that I do not want a sharpened up version of either shape. I want it to be like Gibson's original design like these:

http://images.gibson.com/Files/0dca9b2a-1f98-48c4-91f2-4aaec5e16d66.jpg
http://images.gibson.com/Files/46cd6b26-91a0-44aa-937b-994df482e8cb.jpg

I have a low budget which goes up to about £600 (Roughly $960)
Has anyone got any recommendations?
Thanks!
#2
Gibson Explorer/Flying V Faded.
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#3
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Gibson Explorer/Flying V Faded.


Agreed. Especially since you want a Gibson style V anyway.
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Agreed. Especially since you want a Gibson style V anyway.

Not a bad idea! It's on the verge of my price range. :L
The only trouble is, I'm not sure how big a fan I am of the paint job. I'm not sure the pickups will be good for Metal asGibson pickups are darn good, but not very high output?
Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Not a bad idea! It's on the verge of my price range. :L
The only trouble is, I'm not sure how big a fan I am of the paint job. I'm not sure the pickups will be good for Metal asGibson pickups are darn good, but not very high output?
Correct me if I'm wrong.


If a paint job is keeping you from buying a good guitar then I don't know what to tell you


As for pickups, I have PAFs and my metal tone is just fine. IIRC the Flying V guitars have a pretty high output ceramic anyway (500t?)
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Used Gibson '68 V.
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Not a bad idea! It's on the verge of my price range. :L
The only trouble is, I'm not sure how big a fan I am of the paint job. I'm not sure the pickups will be good for Metal as Gibson pickups are darn good, but not very high output?
Correct me if I'm wrong.

500T's and Dirtyfingers are the exception. They're similar in output to Duncan Distortions.

But output is not really what you need at all. Amps these days have so much gain you can use pretty much any pickups and get a very heavy metal tone with the right amp. It mattered if you were a metal band from the 70's that pickups were high output because high-gain amps didn't exist back then, but obviously now they do.
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Used Gibson '68 V.

500T's and Dirtyfingers are the exception. They're similar in output to Duncan Distortions.

But output is not really what you need at all. Amps these days have so much gain you can use pretty much any pickups and get a very heavy metal tone with the right amp. It mattered if you were a metal band from the 70's that pickups were high output because high-gain amps didn't exist back then, but obviously now they do.


Ah yeah, you have a point! Thanks guys, I'll probably go for the faded
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#9
Screw it, the paintjob is actually pretty swell!
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Ditto that!

As I recently said to someone else:

If you're still considering other makers, you might want to check out the DBZ Cavallo or the Reverend Volcano. Fernandes makes a couple of Vs, and DBZ has 2 other V-based guitars, but their visual aesthetics are probably more suited to true metalheads. I understand the U.S. Masters Vxtreme is quite nice, and like a Carvin, is customizable. Also like a Carvin, it may be just pricey enough to be out of your price range. Their Draken is another V style guitar, but has a more metalheads aesthetic.


U.S. Masters also makes some stunning "Explorers"- they call 'em Blackhawks- but again, may be too rich for your blood.
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I'll go for the Gibson, but I have 1 question:
Will Dunlop Straplock screws be too deep? If so, which straplocks have Gibson-length screws?
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I'll go for the Gibson, but I have 1 question:
Will Dunlop Straplock screws be too deep? If so, which straplocks have Gibson-length screws?

I use Dunlop straplocks and i've used the screws Dunlop supply. They are a lot longer than the standard screws, so i did need to deepen the hole but other than that they fit on my Gibson V fine.

Also, don't get a faded, get a 68.
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I use Dunlop straplocks and i've used the screws Dunlop supply. They are a lot longer than the standard screws, so i did need to deepen the hole but other than that they fit on my Gibson V fine.

Also, don't get a faded, get a 68.

Thanks dude
But I won't afford the 68! It's about £900, I can afford up to £600 and that'll be a b*tch to save to! Haha
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#15
The 500Ts are actually really awesome pups. I wanna put on in an LP one day.

Anyway yeah, with that budget definitely get a used Gibby Explorer (cause Flying Vs are lame).
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The 500Ts are actually really awesome pups. I wanna put on in an LP one day.

Anyway yeah, with that budget definitely get a used Gibby Explorer (cause Flying Vs are lame).

Goddammit, Offworld. I thought you knew your shit about guitars.
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