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On the bench - Banker Flying V

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  • #16
    Plus, my Explorer is freakin sweet and is Megadeth and Metallica all day long.
    I believe I have a small, dim ember of musical talent glowing within me. I catch a glimpse of it now and then; it is enough to keep me going.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post

      I bought an Explorer for $1,260 on model-year clearance a few years ago. It is a brilliant guitar.
      I was just jesting. I'd do an Explorer or Flying V any day. To be honest, the lower end of the Gibson range is where the value is. It's when you spend $3K+ only to realize that you got the same quality as a $1500 guitar that drives me nuts with Gibson.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Masta' C View Post

        I was just jesting. I'd do an Explorer or Flying V any day. To be honest, the lower end of the Gibson range is where the value is. It's when you spend $3K+ only to realize that you got the same quality as a $1500 guitar that drives me nuts with Gibson.
        Agreed 100%. with regards to most Gibson Solid Body guitars, you are gaining vestigial style appointments and prestige (not sound or core functionality) with Gibsons once you cross 1500.00 in their line, with semis and hollows that number is a bit higher.
        “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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        • #19
          Oh. I thought banker was a reference to the owners occupation.
          If you go to the guys website you'd find that's what he used to be....

          aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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          • #20
            Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post

            If you go to the guys website you'd find that's what he used to be....
            Yeah, Matt's been full time Guitar making only for maybe almost 1.5 years (can't remember but we celebrated that night) -so the quality and focus has been improved greatly with his guitars
            “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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            • #21
              Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post

              If you go to the guys website you'd find that's what he used to be....
              Loves it.
              I believe I have a small, dim ember of musical talent glowing within me. I catch a glimpse of it now and then; it is enough to keep me going.

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              • #22
                The owner is going to hit the builder up for a single ply truss rod cover.....Should be an improvement.
                aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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                • #23
                  Cool top on that.
                  Originally posted by dominus
                  Your rant would sound better with an A8 magnet, it'll beef it up some without sacrificing some of the whine.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Ashurbanipal View Post
                    Cool top on that.
                    Aside from some creative appointments, Wood is Banker's thing -sourcing exotic and interesting wood specimens is the main value add for their business.
                    “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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                    • #25
                      It's flamed maple that has spalted.

                      Back in the 80's when spalted woods were first used by guitar makers, I didn't get it. What was so special about what is essentially mildewed wood? Took me about 25 years to realize the patterns were more interesting than the actual species of wood. Of course - it should be stabilized for best performance over time. This wasn't. It has voids that caused the lacquer finish to crack.
                      aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Masta' C View Post

                        I was just jesting. I'd do an Explorer or Flying V any day. To be honest, the lower end of the Gibson range is where the value is. It's when you spend $3K+ only to realize that you got the same quality as a $1500 guitar that drives me nuts with Gibson.
                        Oh, okay. Im not a player at $3k, so I dont worry about it. $1k to $2k is where I tend to land when I splurge.
                        I believe I have a small, dim ember of musical talent glowing within me. I catch a glimpse of it now and then; it is enough to keep me going.

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                        • #27
                          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.
                          Why not a Dean V?

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by idsnowdog View Post
                            Why not a Dean V?
                            Headstock

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by JOLLY View Post

                              Headstock
                              Thank god I'm no alone.

                              I do need to get over my first impressions of Deans being those crapping import ones in the 90s that were in Pawn Shops in sort order, I know they are a quality instrument again for years and years....

                              “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by idsnowdog View Post
                                Why not a Dean V?
                                Like the man said, headstock.

                                If I ever get allowed to buy a V, winning the lottery and being allowed to do whatever the #### I like aside, I expect it'll be an Epiphone with added SD open faced (not covered) pickups.

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