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  • On the bench - Banker Flying V

    Had to glue every fret end down and then level the frets. Lowed the action a bunch, and now it plays like it looks - zoomy. Also, the binding nibs were vertical on the fret ends - like railroad ties. I beveled the binding so your thumb and fingers don't catch while playing. Just over a year old, and the nut had already been replaced by another guy here in town (he did a good job). Also, the truss rod cover was so thick it interfered with the strings. It's going back in the case. Shipping it this afternoon...

    https://i.imgur.com/pIKMH2a.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/Fptxn70.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/8jbOc8v.jpg

    aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

  • #2
    Sounds like an expensive repair!
    Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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    • #3
      I'm a bit confused. It doesn't look like a cheaply made guitar so why were so many things wrong with it? If it was a homebuilt guitar where they were fabricating most things from scratch you could understand it. But if a luthier actually built this their QC is crap.

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      • #4
        I've always hankered after a Flying V (and a long blonde wig).

        But right now I can neither afford nor justify an Epiphone, let alone the $5000 string through body Gibson I really want.

        People are asking crazy prices even for beat up examples too.

        There's an Epiphone on GC for $400 that needs a repspray, at least, and a husk on eBay for $400 with a (badly) repaired headstock crack.

        For that kind of money, I'd just buy the Epiphone one new, which is string-through and has a proper set neck (unlike previous years bolt-ons). Spend $650 on the Epi and another $200 on SD pickups and you've easily got as good an instrument as the $5000 Gibson, or just spend $1500 on the basic Gibson with the standard stop tail bridge.

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        • #5
          For those who don't remember, Banker is the first authorized Gibson custom shop maker.
          And so far, I'm not impressed. The maker is a novice, but not an idiot. There are cosmetic glitches, and some lazy workmanship - but overall, it's not a horrible instrument. It plays nice now and sounds pretty good. The pickups are some boutique maker I never heard of.
          aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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          • #6
            Man next time dim the lights when making pics, will ya? Those frets shine so bright on the 2nd pic it hurt my eyes!

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            • #7
              Hate to hear that, That looks like a pretty old Banker -maybe it sat at CME for a while before purchase, Matt's guitar's coming out now are much better.

              I've played a lot of the new ones before he sells distributes or sells them.
              Last edited by NegativeEase; 10-06-2021, 11:28 AM.
              “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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              • #8
                Oh. I thought banker was a reference to the owners occupation.
                Nobody knows, dude. Nobody knows.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ThreeChordWonder View Post
                  I've always hankered after a Flying V (and a long blonde wig).

                  But right now I can neither afford nor justify an Epiphone, let alone the $5000 string through body Gibson I really want.

                  People are asking crazy prices even for beat up examples too.

                  There's an Epiphone on GC for $400 that needs a repspray, at least, and a husk on eBay for $400 with a (badly) repaired headstock crack.

                  For that kind of money, I'd just buy the Epiphone one new, which is string-through and has a proper set neck (unlike previous years bolt-ons). Spend $650 on the Epi and another $200 on SD pickups and you've easily got as good an instrument as the $5000 Gibson, or just spend $1500 on the basic Gibson with the standard stop tail bridge.
                  If you could spend $650 on an Epi + $200 on
                  pickups and easily get an instrument as good as the $5,000 Gibson, why would you consider the $1,500 Gibson an option?
                  Nobody knows, dude. Nobody knows.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post

                    If you could spend $650 on an Epi + $200 on
                    pickups and easily get an instrument as good as the $5,000 Gibson, why would you consider the $1,500 Gibson an option?
                    Why would anyone consider a $1500 Gibson an option?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Masta' C View Post

                      Why would anyone consider a $1500 Gibson an option?
                      I bought an Explorer for $1,260 on model-year clearance a few years ago. It is a brilliant guitar.
                      Nobody knows, dude. Nobody knows.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post

                        If you could spend $650 on an Epi + $200 on
                        pickups and easily get an instrument as good as the $5,000 Gibson, why would you consider the $1,500 Gibson an option?
                        For the tuners are hum canceling puckguard screws, obviously...

                        Nah, just badge snobbery.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ThreeChordWonder View Post

                          For the tuners are hum canceling puckguard screws, obviously...

                          Nah, just badge snobbery.
                          Call it badge snobbery or whatever you want, but I have really liked a lot of Gibsons in that price range.
                          Nobody knows, dude. Nobody knows.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post

                            Call it badge snobbery or whatever you want, but I have really liked a lot of Gibsons in that price range.
                            I think the 1k to 1500 range is where the most Gibson are worth it honestly.
                            “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Masta' C View Post

                              Why would anyone consider a $1500 Gibson an option?
                              Before getting any discussion on functional guitar details,

                              I'd say here are 3 common reasons before even talking about the actual guitar
                              • resale/investment value considerations.
                              • a prestige purchase (see worship player thread.... I kid I kid)
                              • fulfilling a daydream of one day owning a Gibson instead of an approximation or alternate.
                              “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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