OMG, a Flying V Bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pacojas, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. Sixgunn


    Jun 6, 2012
    Colorado Springs
    I don't wait 30 minutes after eating, to go swimming.
    Have you tried it?
  2. Mechayoshi


    Dec 7, 2015
    What? The bass or guitar? I tried the guitar, didn't like it. Ive never actually seen the V bass in person.
  3. Sixgunn


    Jun 6, 2012
    Colorado Springs
    I don't wait 30 minutes after eating, to go swimming.
    Tried playing one sitting down like that is what I meant. They're not for everyone but most people that try it like that are surprised at how easy to play and comfortable they are.
  4. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    thanks ya'll,.. lots of great info & pics! i am now very infatuated, lol.
    Flying V bass in a reggae band, ftw! :D

    more pics,.. please! :bassist:
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  5. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Danny Klein, J.Geils Band bassist, has been a bass V guy for a long time...


    check out the one in the top left pic...
    Pictures And Photos | Getty Images

    Anyone remember the Travis Bean Wedge Bass from the early 80's?

    Or The 'me-too' Kramer right after that?
    Kramer XKB-10 Wedge Bass
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  6. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
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  7. Ahem...

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  8. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I saw a black '58 Flying V in a museum show about post-modern iconic design. (furniture/industrial design etc) It was on the wall w/no display case - just vertically hanging there. A guitarist was drooling inches in front of it and I quietly walked over to him and softly said "don't touch it - alarms will go off!" We both cracked up. :laugh:
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  9. njones89


    Mar 27, 2015
    Sioux Falls
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  10. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Some of the more non-traditional offerings:

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    6 String fretless.

    Chandler 12.

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    1981 Ken Smith Stanley Clarke Flying V.
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  11. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
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  12. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
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  13. Ok ya got me on that one...
  14. GigantorTX


    Sep 10, 2012
    My Dean is cheap and fun. I don't feel bad about trying weird string gauges or mucking around with the setup. It's nice and thumpy and looks great in my office. It is a full 34 inch scale as far as I know.

    Besides the MetalMan and MetalMan 2A (same bass with skull knobs/ red saw blade inlays, and a 2nd pickup) they also make the V Stealth. It's a 35 inch scale with dual EMGs and a 3 band EQ, also has a set neck and MOP inlays. Looks like a lot of fun.
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  15. This thread gets me all hot & GAS'd for a V build...

    Speaking of those kit versions, looks like as long as the basics
    are applied, toss the cheapo electronics and put in Good Stuff,
    and do a good fret job, should work just fine!

    I just wish those kits were for a 5-string V :)
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  16. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    ha. i would love a 5 string V!
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  17. etherealme

    etherealme Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    I know! I really want to do a 35" scale 4 stringer version with a little alembic inspired whale tail in the middle for extended bridge. I have just the neck for it.... :woot:
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  18. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    South Bend, Indiana
    Eastwood Flying BV.jpg I got one last month - after many years of trying to find one. Eastwood's version is a very close copy of a Gibson. This is a pre-production picture; mine has a 3-point bridge and clover-leaf tuners, like the Gibsons did. Sounds/looks great; well made; and (IMO) a good value for the money. Lefty Flying V's are just about impossible to find; the last lefty I saw (a Gibson), had a starting bid price of $6500 :wideyed:, and from what I've read, they weren't all that great, anyway. As to it's ergonomics; no, it's just about impossible to play sitting down - even with a strap. Yes, it's noticeably... biased toward the headstock, shall we say? And, the shape makes that hard/impossible to fix. But, the "cool" factor makes up for a lot of it; it's filled one of the last two empty spots in my herd; and I never intended a V to be my go-to bass, anyway...:whistle:
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  19. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

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  20. They aren't THAT hard to play sitting down, as long as you are on a stool ;)

    When you place the V on your right leg, notice where the proper playing position
    between the pickups ends up??
    Yep, if you can scratch inappropriately, you can play a Flying V :D

    See, even this guy has the correct hand position...
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