#1
I really like flying Vs and explorers but are they to heavy metal for me?

I play rock/blues with slightly folky/progressive melodies (essentially classic rock with out the classic-ness yet) i have an american strat which is a lovely guitar but im looknig for a gibson sounding guitar next and I wonder weather i should go for a V or explorer ( sp? ) or just get a les paul jnr or SG?

What are your guys opinions on the stranger gibson shapes ( please no comments on the reverse v )
#4
If you need us to tell you if it is too heavy metal, you probably don't want one.
#5
Who wouldn't want an explorer??

btw, I'm not into heavy metal..
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#7
That depends on what kind of heavy metal you mean. When GnR came they were heavy metal as well as AC/DC and so on. That is now considered (more or less) classic rock and they used Gibson. On the other hand, metal bands like Judas Priest, Black Label Society, Metallica, Ozzy and such use Gibson and they apear very heavy metal in that.... combination.

I say if you wanna play the blues on an Explorer or a V, do it.
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#11
Precisily.

Though both the Explorer and Flying V comes with "metal" pups stock, the 496R and 500T, which are pretty bad IMO.
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#12
I suppose you guys are right, i have seen a nice champain (sp) pink flying v with slightly aged pickguard and pickup mounting rings which is SEX with strings attatched and the edges Explorer is nice also.


Any compainies that make a copy of either that compares to gibson for a lower price?
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Precisily.

Though both the Explorer and Flying V comes with "metal" pups stock, the 496R and 500T, which are pretty bad IMO.


pretty much, most people who use gibson v's or x's don't use it mainly for metal, if you have an amp with a bluesy tone, you can use any guitar with it and still get a bluesy tone
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Precisily.

Though both the Explorer and Flying V comes with "metal" pups stock, the 496R and 500T, which are pretty bad IMO.


yep. they aren't too metal if you're willing to swap pickups, basically.
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pretty much, most people who use gibson v's or x's don't use it mainly for metal, if you have an amp with a bluesy tone, you can use any guitar with it and still get a bluesy tone


Actually those pickups are HORRIBLE for blues in every way.

But put in some PAFs and they're very un- metal.
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#16
they arent too metal Its not like they had metal in the late 50's when it first came out
or in the 70's when they were more embraced
#17
I Moser bastard V thing isnt too metal, sure it looks metal but you could be playing it for BB King providing the pickups are right, shape does not make a guitar anything it's the pickups and the amp that decides how gainy something is.
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#18
I have Dimarzio PAFs in both my 96 V and my 84 Explorer. Wayyyyyyyy different animal now. I can play any style of music and the pickup covers look badass on those Gibsons.
#19
no, don't go for those guitars if you want blues/Rock, get a Telecaster, they are Blues and Graham Coxon of Blur plays one, so you know it is Rock. The same goes for the Epiphone Dot Archtops, very blusey, but Rock if you want it to be, why, Pete Doherty plays one I believe.
#21
Any guitar can be as metal as what you want it to be, really. It's all about the pickups and what you plug into. While you CAN play blues or classic rock with the stock pickups, they won't give you the idea tone for the job. A pickup swap will fix that right up.
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#22
I played in a jazz band for 3 years with only my RG Prestige and I made that work really well.

Don't always judge a guitar by its main use in the media, I bet Explorers can have the blues just was well as any ES-335. It's all in the player.
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#23
Any gibson is generally intended for a nice warm rock sound, unless stated otherwise.
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they arent too metal Its not like they had metal in the late 50's when it first came out
or in the 70's when they were more embraced


true, but the ones in the 50's didn't have high-output ceramic magnet humbuckers either... but yeah, pickup swap to something paf-y and you should be fine.

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#25
perfect example


allen collins from skynyrd used a natural explorer


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