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Gibson Custom Shop Flying V Vs. Replica Korina Flying V

thin sissy

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Thanks for answering CBRMatt! Those guitars are really drool inducing :XRE

frogcircus: I sent you a PM :)
 

Nick-O

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If you are going to play it I would go Banker all the way. Please at least look into his work.
 

rtogs

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I have been bitten by the Korina or otherwise the Flying V bug, and I am debating getting a CS one or a replica. These days Gibson only has mahogany at the moment. What would you guys pick if you could? Just curious to see the opinions. The first image is flipped because I am lefty.
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I have a Banker korina 58 spec flying v i just listed for sale on TGP. unfortunately, i'm righty so you'd have to flip it. if you're interested, lmk.
 

jrgtr42

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Personally, I think I'd go a Korina route - be it replica or maybe search out a used Gibson, or even a Hamer version.
I've played those and they have a slightly brighter, almost hollow tone to the wood that the mahogany just doesn't have. Mahogany is greta, don't get me wrong, but |I would want the different tonality. YMMV.
 

Tommy Tourbus

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I'd also recommend Korina. Like others have said, noting wrong with mahogany but if you don't already have a korina guitar this is a perfect opportunity to go that route, especially if you already have other mahogany Gibsons. I have a Hamer Korina Vector Flying V with Wolfetone Legend pickups, and it sounds soooo good.
 

straightblues

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Has anyone played a Korina V or Explorer with an Ebony board? Any tone reports? I am contemplating using Ebony on my build.
 

Bobby Marshall

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Sure, here are pics of each. Both are korina with Brazilian fingerboards. The Explorer is a Veschenko, refinished by Protocaster Guitars before I bought it. LOVE IT...only downside to me is the two-piece body, but honestly I couldn't imagine a better playing Explorer...love everything else about it. Previous owner put in Wizz pickups and had stainless frets added when refinished. The guy I bought it from advised me that a run of Vs were also made by Vaschenko and finished by Protocaster...would buy one of those in a heartbeat.

The V was built by Sonicguitars who sells on Reverb. When I got it I couldn't believe the neck joint....looks terrible, like a Fender/Gibson hybrid, cut it like a Fender and glued it like Gibson. Was honestly going to return it until I played it..sounds great with the custom pickups it came with, has a really nice neck with c or very soft v, and plays like a dream despite that godawful neck joint...a joy to play and couldn't bring myself to return it. Might eventually do something to visually correct that neck joint though.

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The neck joint on the V is actually original 1958 v style and not shoddy work.
 

amorrow

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The neck joint on the V is actually original 1958 v style and not shoddy work.
Oh really? I didn’t realize ‘58 neck joints were any different from ‘59. Thought there was a step (neck narrower) just underneath the fretboard where it extends into body…similar to LPs.
 

Bobby Marshall

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Oh really? I didn’t realize ‘58 neck joints were any different from ‘59. Thought there was a step (neck narrower) just underneath the fretboard where it extends into body…similar to LPs.
Not claiming to be an expert but I have observed this aspect when pouring over photos of supposed original 1958 Gibson Flying V guitars.
 
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