#1
Hey guys, im a bit stuck on which guitar i should get sometime in the future. Either the Gibson Flying V or Gibson Explorer. Can you guys help me out a bit? Which is better sounding, more features, playing difficulty etc. If not these two guitars, which would you suggest? Any posts will be apprieciated to do with this subject. Thanks.
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#2
you cant play the v sitting down but the explorer is really heavy
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#3
You can easily play a V sitting down, and the Explorer is no heavier than a real LP.
#4
The V is by far one of the most comfortable instruments to play sitting down. The Explorer has more mass, and therefore should have a bigger sound. I love my Explorer Pro.

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#5
The explorer is just as hard to play sitting down as a LP. If your standing up performing it's amazing. It's so well balanced and has a really great tone. I love it! Never tried out a V though so I don't know how they compare.
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you cant play the v sitting down but the explorer is really heavy


I hate when people say this. It's inaccurate, false, untrue, and also wrong. People who say that are the people who play with their guitars resting on their leg which is dumb. You put the V between your legs and it's not going anywhere.
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I hate when people say this. It's inaccurate, false, untrue, and also wrong. People who say that are the people who play with their guitars resting on their leg which is dumb. You put the V between your legs and it's not going anywhere.

WUT lol.

I think it would be dumb to play a strat with the body between your legs.

If you're going to play a V make sure you don't wear baggy pants. The lower crotch part will make it impossible to play comfortably..
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WUT lol.

I think it would be dumb to play a strat with the body between your legs.

If you're going to play a V make sure you don't wear baggy pants. The lower crotch part will make it impossible to play comfortably..

as in classical position?

what's wrong with that?
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#9
they both sound roughly the same. It's just a matter of preference whether you like the Explorer more than the V or the other way around.

Personally, I hate the V, but that's just me.
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#10
I recently bought an explorer along with my V, both are easy to play. Yes, with the V use the clasiical position.
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I hate when people say this. It's inaccurate, false, untrue, and also wrong. People who say that are the people who play with their guitars resting on their leg which is dumb. You put the V between your legs and it's not going anywhere.


They all mean the same thing.

I prefer the looks of the explorer and also the feel as well.
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#12
Somebody around here obviously doesn't know how to properly play a V while sitting.

U|/U - in between the legs, lol.
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explorer
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#17
I've no experience with the V, I played an Explorer last year for a bit, and it was nice, weighed cloese to the same as a Les Paul (Gibson). The V based on it's looks is fugly compared to a jackson RR V!
#18
I'd have the Explorer over the V any day. Not only does the Explorer look far cooler than the V, it's got a lovely tone and is almost perfectly weighted. I don't really like the V. I don't like the shape of it and it's not as good as the Explorer played sitting down.
#19
I prefer the sound of Vs, I don't know why, but they just sound amazing, I mean, listen to some Michael Schenker when he was in UFO, that tone is gorgeous.

But then again, it makes you look like a retarded poser. So yeah.
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#20
Vs and Explorers both rock, there's no question about that.

That being said, both are totally fine to play sitting down, I actually like the way a V sits in on your leg, it really locks in nice.

Here's what I realized, the Explorer is a pretty dang large guitar, you do kinda feel like you're playing the state of Nebraska. It has a great sound, but it's almost to overpowering, to me it suits heavier playing better, the V feels more dynamic to me.

I'd choose the V simply because it isn't as crazy large, and it's a bit lighter.

Now, if you could find an Explorer 90...
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#21
the V is by far more comfortable once you get used to it, its just most people start with a strat and mentally block out any other way holding a guitar. as for tone, iv never tried an xplorer so i cant say anything other than i love my v
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#22
tnx guys, atm i think im leaning towards explorer since after some more thought i kinda prefer the looks of it over the V. I tend to play alot of heavy metal also so going by the comments here it would suit it more than the V. Im a fairly small person though which could make the explorer too heavy for me to use constantly... Tnx for all the comments. If anybody else has anything to say then feel free
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#23
Definately try both of them both standing and sitting, before you buy!
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tnx guys, atm i think im leaning towards explorer since after some more thought i kinda prefer the looks of it over the V. I tend to play alot of heavy metal also so going by the comments here it would suit it more than the V. Im a fairly small person though which could make the explorer too heavy for me to use constantly... Tnx for all the comments. If anybody else has anything to say then feel free


Try and find an Explorer Pro. The body is 10% smaller then the regular Explorer. I'm also a small guy(5'8" abouts) and the Pro suits me fine. The normal Explorers are too big for me, and they make me look ridiculous.

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#25
So who was it wanted an Explorer 90? I have four I want to sell, but I am in the UK?
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Somebody around here obviously doesn't know how to properly play a V while sitting.

U|/U - in between the legs, lol.



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#27
I have one of each. My Epiphone Explorer is heavy but all Gibson Explorers I've played have been much lighter. The Explorer is easier to play sitting down but the V isn't bad. With the same pickups through the same amp they sound almost the same. Play both and see what you think. I say buy one of each.