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post Dec 16 2009, 07:30 PM
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I love Flying V guitars, especially by my favourite company Gibson, but I have always disliked the Vintage looks of this modern shape guitar:

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Common guys, Flying V shape and cluson type vintage tuners? White pickguard and Trussrod cover? Passive pickups? Chrome Hardware?

NO! I want a sleak looking Metal axe! And that's how my project started...
I found a stripped down Gibson Flying V body with neck, but nothing else, on ebay and bought it. Right now I am gathering the parts to build this baby from the ground up, after my own specs!!

Here is the current status quo of my project:

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Unfortunately I ordered the wrong bridge (metric winds won't fit in a US guitar! Doh!) and they also were more gray than black, and I want everything black on this one! The pickguard is currently being spraypainted by a friend who is selling cars. Guess the color: Black!
I will install Sperzel locking tuners for quick string changes, a Tonepros bridge that locks in the perfect setup height, an active set of EMG pickups (81/85), some strap locks and the newly colored pickguard. I will do everything by myself so I hope I won't screw this up laugh.gif

I will make this my building journal and keep you updated on the progress!


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post Dec 16 2009, 08:06 PM
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Cool!

Make sure to take lots of pics, and I shall convert this into a tasty "Build your Flying V" wiki entry cool.gif


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post Dec 16 2009, 08:22 PM
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Cool Zakk, we're looking forward to the progress!!! smile.gif


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post Dec 16 2009, 09:39 PM
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Cool man =) keep us informed ..


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post Dec 16 2009, 10:25 PM
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Definitely a cool project man! smile.gif I will one day build the strat too, just have to be lucky enough to find a good platform.


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post Dec 16 2009, 11:43 PM
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hey zakk! i'm doing the same thing! ohmy.gif
mine is a black flying v im putting the same locking tuners, the same straplocks, gold hardware and gold mirror pickguard and matching headstock, also will put a mo joe and paf joe, love v's too!


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post Dec 16 2009, 11:54 PM
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Ohhhh yeah! very nice laugh.gif ... I've thought about the same "Project V" but I thought I would like to put a tremelo system (Floyd Rose maybe) on. I love the (Gibson) V And I really love the vintage vibe, but want just some of the modern amenities...(locking tuners/ modern tremolo...) How much did you pay for the V, if you don't mind me asking?

I'm torn between a strat "build-up", and a V "build-up". I'm gonna need a project this summer to keep me out of trouble!!! cool.gif

I'm looking forward to your progress wink.gif


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post Dec 16 2009, 11:57 PM
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Great man! I love flyings V!


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post Dec 17 2009, 12:03 AM
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QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Dec 16 2009, 11:54 PM) *
Ohhhh yeah! very nice laugh.gif ... I've thought about the same "Project V" but I thought I would like to put a tremelo system (Floyd Rose maybe) on. I love the (Gibson) V And I really love the vintage vibe, but want just some of the modern amenities...(locking tuners/ modern tremolo...) How much did you pay for the V, if you don't mind me asking?

I'm torn between a strat "build-up", and a V "build-up". I'm gonna need a project this summer to keep me out of trouble!!! cool.gif

I'm looking forward to your progress wink.gif



All in all this guitar build will cost me arround 700 Euros. I payd way to much for the body on ebay but I wanted it really bad!


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post Dec 17 2009, 01:07 AM
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Awesome project man. I know many people who do similar thing and I just love looking at the final product. I have never tried anything harder than replacing strings and floyd rose smile.gif All above that is a science for me.


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post Dec 17 2009, 01:08 AM
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Can I ask about the tremolo system... why doesn't Gibson use it more. It only comes with a couple of their guitars? I don't see many flying V's with a modern tremolo system.

I like your project, and might try something similar, but I'm not sure I want to try to rout out the body for the new bridge, and I have asked myself why doesn't Gibson do more in this area. I wont spend $7,000 for the Zakk wylde V dry.gif

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post Dec 17 2009, 12:16 PM
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Maybe it's against their old fashioned way to look on guitars, maybe Gibson thinks there is no market for them with all the Floyded Vees by Jackson and ESP...

In fact:

-They do Les Pauls with Floyds but no Flying Vs!
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-There are Vs with trems (Kahler) like the shred V or the Tribal V
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http://www.musik-schmidt.de/Gibson-Tribal-V.html


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post Dec 17 2009, 01:44 PM
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THanks... "Maybe it's against their old fashioned way to look on guitars," I had the same thought. cool.gif


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post Dec 17 2009, 01:48 PM
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I don't think it's a wise idea to try to install a floyd into a gutiar that was not built for it fro the ground up...

You have to rout out a lot of wood, it is not going to look pretty since the old mounting holes are not covered, the neck angle might not match the bridge angle of the floyd and the risk of damaging your guitar permanently is way too high.

Even some skilled luthiers refuse to aftermarket equip floyds because the outcome is too vague.


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post Dec 17 2009, 02:07 PM
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Thanks,

"I don't think it's a wise idea to try to install a floyd into a gutiar that was not built for it fro the ground up..."

I think that is good advice.I'm not much of a wood worker, and sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. I could see modding a guitar with wiring and new pickups, a paint job and what not... but once you start to cut the wood ohmy.gif there is no real going back! I just wish that the vintage looking V had more options! That shred V is looking hot though cool.gif


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post Dec 17 2009, 04:13 PM
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QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Dec 17 2009, 01:07 PM) *
Thanks,

"I don't think it's a wise idea to try to install a floyd into a gutiar that was not built for it fro the ground up..."

I think that is good advice.I'm not much of a wood worker, and sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. I could see modding a guitar with wiring and new pickups, a paint job and what not... but once you start to cut the wood ohmy.gif there is no real going back! I just wish that the vintage looking V had more options! That shred V is looking hot though cool.gif

Vintage Style V Body...........with........
whatever Tremolo Rout you require!!!!
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post Dec 17 2009, 05:05 PM
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Mr. S Jones... cool.gif

Vintage Style V Body...........with........
whatever Tremolo Rout you require!!!!
biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

Thank you for that! I do love the vintage V!

I was hoping to grab a Gibson some day, but this might work... wink.gif


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post Dec 17 2009, 05:58 PM
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So here is an update:

I managed to install the Sperzel locking tuners! They fitted in the original holes, all I had to to was drill a second hole for each of them to fit the adjusting pin... I think they look great on there!

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In case you wonder why the truss rod cover is matte - It's a fake replacement part. It's impossible to find a Black Gibson Flying V trussrodcover with Silver Logo and Gibson is not selling them seperatley!!! If anyone knows where I can get one, please tell me!

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post Dec 17 2009, 06:17 PM
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Dec 17 2009, 04:58 PM) *
If anyone knows where I can get one, please tell me!

I can only get Black with White lettering too.

QUOTE (Hammerhead @ Dec 17 2009, 04:05 PM) *
Mr. S Jones... cool.gif

Thank you for that! I do love the vintage V!

I was hoping to grab a Gibson some day, but this might work... wink.gif

No worries!! biggrin.gif


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post Dec 17 2009, 07:17 PM
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Those Sperzels do look sweet on that. smile.gif I like that shape, I've always had the oval ones.


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