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Flying V basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rocknrolljunkie, May 4, 2006.

  1. Rocknrolljunkie


    Jan 29, 2006
    hi guys,

    lately i was thinking about flying v basses. i think they're cool looking but.. i dont know who makes them or how they play.

    i know epiphone had a short scale v bass but its discontinued. dean guitars now has a new model i think but i'm not gonna buy a dean i think.

    somebody else knows more about them or has experience with them? who uses them? who makes them and where can i find them?

    thanks for all responses :)
  2. TL5


    Jun 27, 2005
    I made one back in 1979-80 when nobody was building one.

    It was OK, but I ended up stripping the parts off it and literally throwing it in the trash about 10 years ago.
  3. I love Flying V guitars and own 2 of them. To me they just don't feel right as a bass. The wings balance out the neck but I just can't warm up to the overall look or feel but thats just me. Many people love them! If I was going to buy one it would be from Neal Moser!! They have a great import line in addition to his incredible customs. You might have to Email them for info on the basses, I don't think they are up on the site yet.

  4. scuba steve

    scuba steve

    Dec 28, 2005
    Hillsboro, Tx
    vintage gibson
  5. I played one for a while. I loved it. I would've prefered a full scale instead of the short though. Personally, if I'm going with a Flying V, I want it from the company that made it famous, I want the real thing. If I were you, I would check out ebay for a used epiphone one. You can pick them up pretty cheap, and you will feel like a freakin' rock star on stage playing one, haha.
  6. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA
  7. Christian Waiau

    Christian Waiau

    Jun 16, 2005
    las vegas/maui, nevada/hawaii
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, Aguilar, Darkglass
    Dean makes them... they had a small line out before... i think like 25made? theeeen recently they came out with a series and are selling them again... but way lower quality... checkout the dean website. the original are made of alder and have a different bridge and.. have a bridge AND neck emg pups..
  8. Rocknrolljunkie


    Jan 29, 2006
    yeah i saw the deans.. dont really like the looks.. didnt played on tho. i'll try to find an epiphone on ebay.
    never played a short scale before so dont know if i'll like it. i'm gonna take that risk.
  9. I wanted one for the longest time, and if money was no object, I'd be down for a custom...

    But those things just seem to always be neckdive city :bawl::scowl:.
  10. psi


    Mar 11, 2005
    New Jersey
    Kramer made an aluminum neck flying V that turn up on ebay once in a while. More often you see the wedge-shaped Kramer (also aluminum) listed.
  11. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    How about an 80's Kramer:


  12. Sexy to be sure...but Kramer always had construction issues or somesuch, and I hear those aluminum necks still dive on the V's.

    Sadly. Gawd, I'm a sucker for those shapes...

    I also dig the XL series.
  13. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    Speesey Giesler from Kreator has a Jackson Custom Shop RRV Bass, balck w/ green bevels & reverse headstock... sweet!

    That + the conklin 7 string V are the only V basses I really dig.
  14. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Got some extra $$$? How about Entwistle's Alembic:

  15. Here's a link to a PDF of the Moser Import Line. I have the BVi-T 6 string guitar and the build quality,neck and overall sound is incredible. As soon as a standard body bass is available, I'm all over it :) I love the V bass but I'm wating for a more traditional body style.

  16. Stingrayz


    Jan 15, 2006
    Entwistle had a flying V alembic ?

    I thought he had a spyder
  17. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    The Ox owned more than one Alembic:
  18. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    And play the Flying V

  19. HAHA! The Ox's commentary on the Alembic V in "Bass Culture" was something along the lines of "Too heavy to lift off the ground, but handy for catching snakes." :D:smug:
  20. leading*the*rat


    Oct 3, 2005
    You could check Bassline from Germany: www.bassline-bass.de
    They just added Speesy from Kreator to their endorser-list and built a v-bass for him.

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