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J Geils 1958 Flying V

Skindakota

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Does anyone have any information on J Geils 1958 Flying V, pickups, builder, etc? I know it has been overseas in a japan for a long time. I'm looking on having a replica built in the future and I'm trying to get as much info as possible.
 

seafood

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from guitar player magazine....february...1974....interview with j.....it's an original 1958 model..customized by ed murray of ...e.u. wurlitzer music in boston......it has 4 knobs instead of 3 ,,,,,mother of pearl binding and all gold plated hardware....guitarist ronnie montrose,,,gave him a preamp,,,built inside the guitar ,,,that increases the pickups gain without,,,altering the sound.it's wired to the treble pickup..and has a bypass switch,,,to change back for rhythm....also he says he uses 9-42 guage strings!!!!.......the great collector Mac Yasuda...has j's v ,,,,in newport beach california......i saw the Geils band many times back in the day!!!!
 

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from guitar player magazine....february...1974....interview with j.....it's an original 1958 model..customized by ed murray of ...e.u. wurlitzer music in boston......it has 4 knobs instead of 3 ,,,,,mother of pearl binding and all gold plated hardware....guitarist ronnie montrose,,,gave him a preamp,,,built inside the guitar ,,,that increases the pickups gain without,,,altering the sound.it's wired to the treble pickup..and has a bypass switch,,,to change back for rhythm....also he says he uses 9-42 guage strings!!!!.......the great collector Mac Yasuda...has j's v ,,,,in newport beach california......i saw the Geils band many times back in the day!!!!
Do you know anyone who can get some detailed photos of the guitar? I spoke with a builder and he would need some detailed photos of the guitar to perform the work as well as quote it.
 

seafood

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i'll look around for you and see what i can do,,,,photo-wise. sounds like a cool project........i have a million old guitar magazines!!!!!!!:)
 

seafood

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hey! i don't know how to put in a link....checkout....www.j-guitar.com........very detailed photos of the''v''
 

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He used it on SNL back in the day. He played Love Stinks on it. I am sure it is on YouTube.
 

Ivan May

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And I am pretty sure the video for Concealed Weapons shows J Geils playing that Gibson Flying V. I wish I owned it.

I miss J. Geils, Not sure about anyone else, but he was an underrated guitarist. Monkey Island and Bloodshot are fantastic records. Was listening to them as I was writing this post. But my copy of Bloodshot is pressed on black vinyl instead of red. Maybe it was a repress?
He also played a blue Fender Telecaster that was featured in the video for Angel In Blue.
J Geils owned a few Gibson Les Paul guitars. A 1959 sunburst Gibson Les Paul was sold in 2012, a black Gibson Les Paul, a 1977 Gibson Les Paul sunburst with strings missing and a broken neck was auctioned off when he died, and he also owned a 1954 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster that was auctioned off when he died in 2017. He also owned an orange 1936 Gibson ES-150 electric guitar, a Gibson L5 owned by Howard Alden, a Gibson ES 345, a Martin D28 acoustic guitar, a Gibson ES350, a Gibson ES5 and a lot of Fender Telecaster electric guitars, most notably in the video for Angel In Blue.
He also played Music Man amps.
J Geils were a great jazz-rock and blues-rock styled band, and even though I love Centerfold and Freeze Frame, they didn't hold a candle to Looking For A Love or Give It To Me.

Most if not all of his guitars were auctioned off after he died in 2017.
 
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