Gibson flying v bass guitar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CRONOS, Jul 1, 2008.



    Jun 30, 2008
    Does any one have or have seen a Gibson flying v bass guitar?
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I've seen tons of them. Well OK, not tons, but I've seen at least ten or twelve. They show up on Ebay now and then.


    Jun 30, 2008
    Dude I've always wanted to have a green Gibson flying v bass guitar.:bassist:
  4. icantaffordawal


    May 28, 2008
    i tried finding one the other day

    no luck
  5. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    A friend of mine has one that was modified with a Precision pickup.

    Neck dive city. :p
  6. VinnieClem


    Apr 26, 2008
  7. FireArm


    May 17, 2007
    Very nice, i always thought the V bass would look a bit clumsy - but looks solid here.
  8. lowend1


    Feb 15, 2005
    I had one - 1981, I think. Ripper pickups, black - looked great. Worst-sounding bass I ever owned.
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  9. aquateen


    Apr 14, 2005
    I've read on several forums that they don't sound very good at all. most reports have come from Gibson enthusiasts.
  10. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Worst sounding Gibson bass, by those who played them.

    The Epi actually sounds better from I have heard from players that tried both.

    Hamer and USA Washburn actually made some very cool V basses.
  11. lowend1


    Feb 15, 2005
    Yep - I certainly classify as a Gibson fan, and the V-Bass was a DOG!
  12. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
  13. The Hammer

    The Hammer

    Jul 13, 2004
    I was just about to recommend the Edwards:)

    The Gibson V and Explorer basses from the 80's by and large suck. The 80's were a period when Gibson company was bought and sold several times and the quality of the instruments shows it.
  14. Although I can not comment on flying V's, I've heard completely the opposite for Gibson explorer basses.
  15. CRONOS


    Jun 30, 2008
    Murdock from Gorillaz plays the flying v.:bassist:
  16. pjmuck


    Feb 8, 2006
    New Joisey
    They're definitely not a good sounding bass, but they are rare and pretty valuable.

    I bought one of these cheapos on ebay for $150 with every intention of doing some serious mods. The bass out of the box is pretty mediocre (thoguh still better sounding than a Gibson), but I had every intention of doing an upgrade in PUPs, tuners, etc. and you really wouldn't want to butcher a real Gibson V just to get it sounding better.
  17. MHensleyJr

    MHensleyJr Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Redlands, CA
    This would be awesome to use live for my band's cover of Spinal Tap's Big Bottom:bassist:
  18. JamesTheBassBoy


    Oct 12, 2007
    i have an epiphone flying V i got for £100, its pretty good, tone is still crap, but alot better then the gibson from what i heard, and also its light as a feather and the neck is great! for the price, i aint complaining!
  19. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    Epi-Vee with a MM Pup! No dive here though!:bassist: