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New Gibson Korina Explorer & Flying V annnounced!

AA00475Bassman

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These posted guitars are fabulous and truly are a cut above Gibsons past attempts the bar has been raised !
 

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Here she is! I think black was definitely the way to go on this one.

Here are my first thoughts right out the gate for anyone curious.

- The aging is very very well done. It's probably the most realistic I've seen to date. The nitro has a really nice amber to it. The checking doesn't look repetitive or distracting.
- VERY loud unplugged. I've never played a korina before and it already sounds different to me unplugged. It's extremely resonant and has a unique tone. I wouldn't even say bright. It's hard to describe. It almost sounds like a hollow body.
- The BRW is pretty much ebony like the rep told me. It's almost black. That's not necessarily good or bad. Just a matter of preference. The edges are rounded off really nicely and it's very easy to play.
- Light! Pretty much all my guitars have a bigsby or vibrola so this is a relief at 6.9 lbs.

If you ever think about picking one of these up, I can pretty safely say that you will be very pleased. I was pretty open expectation-wise and didn't want to build it up to be something that it wasn't. You just never know. Besides some of the small discrepancies others have pointed out, I don't think they could have done a better job. It looks realistic right next to my 55' Les Paul Special. And most importantly, it's a great playing guitar. IMG_6514.jpg
 

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Thanks Cody!

I did have an interesting thought/idea about some of these aged guitars. I think the next big thing to do would be to age the fretboards as well. If they're somehow able to get that oiled in/glassy thing that happens when a guitar has been played for decades, that would be quite cool. That's the one thing that looks obviously new on any of these guitars. For the most part, I prefer non-aged guitars, but I think that would be an improvement for those in that market. (The rubber leg rest probably should have had some aging in this case as well.)
 

GastonG

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Any links to this VOS edition of the Korina's ?

Wich stores is offering the VOS version of the 2021 Korina guitars ?
 
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guitarbob123

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I was quoted a price of €9.5-10k for them, no idea if that was the Murphy ones or normal VOS, I declined to go any further cause I don't care enough about 'limited edition' or who makes it, I just want a really good Korina V.

The dealer I contacted was Max Guitar in the Netherlands, they're great guys and really easy to deal with so if anyone does have any interest then get in touch with them. I bought my 60th anniversary R0 from them and it was a good experience, no difficulties.
 

Icandrive55

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It's not only Europe. Pretty sure they're doing them domestically too at some point. Just with Indian rosewood like they usually do. That's what someone at the Gibson Garage told me.
 

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I can only share the price of the Explorer which is close to 10.000€ in Germany as a VOS version.

I don't know whether an aged version will be available, but I don't think so since this option wasn't presented to me while ordering.
If somebody has further information I'd be thankful for sharing.
 

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Got an answer from a store in USA: They dont have them in stock yet, they are all still on order with Gibson.
"We have them on order right now, they are priced at $9,999" (US dollars).
 
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Got an answer from a store in USA: They dont have them in stock yet, they are all still on order with Gibson.
"We have them on order right now, they are priced at $9,999" (US dollars).

Is that the V price?


And - yes - Gibson Garage reached out to me to see if I wanted one, but I told them I already had a Murphy.
 

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BTW - There are 2 Murphy's already up for sale on Reverb. Maybe one of those people would be willing to deal with non-US shipping. (Of course, it'll cost you since these guys are simply flipping.)
 

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BTW - There are 2 Murphy's already up for sale on Reverb. Maybe one of those people would be willing to deal with non-US shipping. (Of course, it'll cost you since these guys are simply flipping.)
What about this CITES thing. I think, they will be required in this case, at least for Europe…
 
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K_L

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I believe that a renown member here nabbed one of new Murphy Lab Korina Explorers!
 
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