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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pacojas, Dec 17, 2015.
Have you tried it?
What? The bass or guitar? I tried the guitar, didn't like it. Ive never actually seen the V bass in person.
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.
thanks ya'll,.. lots of great info & pics! i am now very infatuated, lol.
Flying V bass in a reggae band, ftw!
more pics,.. please!
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...
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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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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.
Since I am seriously considering getting a Flying V, and I see other people here are, too, I thought I would share this link. I haven't found a lot of V bass models currently in production, and most of the DIY kits I found really suck. Too bad Warmoth doesn't have one anymore.
BargainMusician.com - Warehouse Direct DIY Guitar & Bass Kits, Finished Guitars and Basses - FV Bass Body Style
Some of the more non-traditional offerings:
6 String fretless.
1981 Ken Smith Stanley Clarke Flying V.
This one has been on the local (Bay Area) CL for some time.
Bass guitar Gibson Flying V Bass collectors
Ok ya got me on that one...
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.
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
ha. i would love a 5 string V!
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....
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 , 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...
That's modelled after Randy Rhoads guitar:
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
See, even this guy has the correct hand position...
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