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Flying V bass kits

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by b-bottom, Jun 25, 2016.


  1. b-bottom

    b-bottom

    Dec 18, 2006
    Knoxville TN
    Has anyone bought one of these? And if so what do you think about the quality?

    I can't find a reasonably priced "classic" looking flying v bass so I've been looking a little more closely at these as a base to build something decent.

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. Whippet

    Whippet

    Aug 30, 2014
    I know a guy who got one of them cheap kits. It wasn't bad but In the end he had to pay someone to built it correctly. If you don't care about octave tuning, a little noise, fit, build, quality, etc, these are good projects.

    If you can do all the work, all the better, you could have a kick ass bass.

    But if you are like me and just have very little to none working knowledge but play decent instruments, you will end up paying someone lots of money to get it right. Personally I would pass and just buy a nicer, already made, ready to play out the box instrument. but that's just me, I hate fighting with my instruments.
     
  3. b-bottom

    b-bottom

    Dec 18, 2006
    Knoxville TN
    I'm in the same boat as you. So that's what I'll probably end up doing.

    I'm having a hell of a time finding a decent V for under a grand though
     
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Dean Metalman?
    Too metal?
     
  5. b-bottom

    b-bottom

    Dec 18, 2006
    Knoxville TN
    They're terrible looking.

    I'm interested in a V with a more classic look
     
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  6. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I bought one, decent quality. Be prepared to sand the body....... a lot. I have yet to wire mine up though it is complete otherwise. I would like it a lot more if there were wood choices for the body, Id definitely pay a premium for mahogany. I'll post a pic when I get home. One other thing I wish it was short or medium scale instead of 34".
     
  7. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Here's mine! 20180702_204721.jpg 20180702_204712.jpg
     
  8. Big Shrek

    Big Shrek Suspended

    Apr 18, 2017
    Gulf Breeze, Florida
    Anyone else in the last two years done one??
    What did you think of the included electronics??
    Or did you end up upgrading those to better p'ups??
     
  9. IF it were me, I'd find one of those medium-scale Epiphone Korina V's from several years back: It's already built, got a brand name on it (for resale), and it would be a lot less work to get to a V bass from what some would think is an 'iffy' kit quality-wise. And probably cheaper by the time the kit is built and gig-ready.
    And BTW, a V in 34" scale can be a l-o-n-g axe.

    Your opinion may certainly differ.
     
  10. Big Shrek

    Big Shrek Suspended

    Apr 18, 2017
    Gulf Breeze, Florida
    I have gorilla arms so long is cool :)
    Built kind of like a shaved Bigfoot...
     
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  11. Recon1342

    Recon1342

    May 18, 2020
    Southern Idaho
    Yup. I’ve got a nearly 7’ wingspan. A standard 34” bass scale looks like a normal guitar.
     
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