I had a 1990, 1991, 2001 '67 RI Flying V.
Stock pickups were 500T and 496R.
The vintage 1970's Flying V have the fretboard stepped up high where it joins the body. That was the reason many people back in the day added pickup rings, to elevate the pickups closer to the strings.
The new 70's Flying V has the exact same headstock shape as the '67 RI. That's the only pet peeve I have with it, marketing it as a 70's Flying V with the incorrect headstock shape for that era.
2001 Flying V
The 2001 Flying V had an Ebony finish from the factory. I sent it out for a refinish to Natural.
Congrats Mr. D!
I have the 70s Explorer and I have been waiting for my 70s Flying V that I ordered WAY back in February from Sweetwater. I hope to get it soon!
#OLY $#!ZZLE C.B., AWESOME 'V' and EXPLORER's imma sure. Is that a Granadillo Fret-Board on the EXPLORER? the Redish Hue has me figuring it is....U kno, the new 'V' I got has the Pickups mounted to the underside of the Pickguard, like the Batwing SG's started doing in '66-'67..I haven't taken it apart but I'm figuring that to be the case as there is no ontrol Pocket.......The new '70's TRIBUTE, unlike the '67 'V' Re-Issues, has Pick-Up Mounting-Rings as well. I am figuring it is to get the strings parallel to the pickups as much as possible ? or for looks? or both ? IDK....as I do not have a '67 R.I. as a ref point. IDK, but did the '70's Flying 'V's have Mounting Rings as well as the Pickguard attached P-Up's ? Good question ?
Now you can practice up on your Albert King licks.
Yeah Man, I still have it, THE PICKUP's FUCKIN ROCK !All I did to it, out of the box, was adjust the pole pieces to the radius, and it just SCREEMS ! It was ROCKIN enough right out of the box as well, but I did eventually do a set up to my prefs on it anyway.The pickups are like a cross between '57's & '61 R&T, the clarity of the '57's and the heftiness of the '61R....kinda like the best of both of those pickup's all in one. I will be shocked if you are not blown away by the '70's Flying V Tribute, its a step above your every day average GIBSON Standard.
I missed this post last year (had Gibson SG forum tunnel vision and never thought to look at any of the other forums). For what its worth now, glad I could point you in the buy direct from Gibson direction. Sounds like you're enjoying the V. I just had a wild hair and bought the Mexican Fender Hendrix Strat. Super curious about that one.Yeah Man, I still have it, THE PICKUP's FUCKIN ROCK !All I did to it, out of the box, was adjust the pole pieces to the radius, and it just SCREEMS ! It was ROCKIN enough right out of the box as well, but I did eventually do a set up to my prefs on it anyway.The pickups are like a cross between '57's & '61 R&T, the clarity of the '57's and the heftiness of the '61R....kinda like the best of both of those pickup's all in one. I will be shocked if you are not blown away by the '70's Flying V Tribute, its a step above your every day average GIBSON Standard.
THIS 70'S Tribute 'V' 's I think are kinda special, they're just not an every day beatings kinda guitar....and....it takes a lot for me to say that too, coz I will beat the $#!T out of just about any guitar out there....BUT IDK, this Flying V 70's Tribute was/is different. I don't want to beat it up...it seems to, UH?..... Respectable (?) ....If you get a new one you will see what I mean....mine arrived flawless.........its actually too nice for just beating on ! Beautiful Guitar, I named her 'VENUS' (What else could I name a WHITE Flying V ?)
Orianthi does a review of one that GIBSON USA gifted to her, its on-line somewhere, Premiere Guitar I think ?, and she raves about hers, that review was one of the big reason's I bought mine....... along with the 70's Tribute Humbuckers. IMO the '70's Tribute Humbuckers in my Flying V sound better than the CUSTOMBUCKERS in my Lester CUSTOM....Heavier is the word I'd use.
Yeah, thatt was very COOL Dude ! I O U a few drinks next time I'm in Vegas !`U kno, I'm kinda scared of playing the V, and the Lester Custom....I have this talent for fuckin things up really good ! So the really good ones I kinda stay away from, and make sure I'm steady for a day or two before I go near them.....I got 2 or 3 like that....But I make up for it and beat-up the rest of 'em really good.I missed this post last year (had Gibson SG forum tunnel vision and never thought to look at any of the other forums). For what its worth now, glad I could point you in the buy direct from Gibson direction. Sounds like you're enjoying the V. I just had a wild hair and bought the Mexican Fender Hendrix Strat. Super curious about that one.
Actually, Dude The ES-335 is ear-marked for my 1st Grandchild, the CUSTOM Lester is going to get left to one of my Children..... so I'm kinda thinking that to leave 'em as they are so they can either sell 'em and get a pocket full of CA$H or play em and have a newish Top-Of-The-line Guitar. So either way its just a courtesy from the Guy that is a big part of them being here thinking about making their day, one fine day...... and the Flying V is just too pretty to **** IT UP....yet ! The V's turn in the rotation is coming up so maybe I'll just get over it and start blastin' !There's some interesting specs on the Hendrix guitar. The neck is upside down, so the low E stretches the longest to the six-in-a-line tuning peg and the high E to the shortest. They put the pick-ups, "Pure Vintage '65 Gray-Bottom Single-Coil," upside down and the bridge pick up is at a reverse angle. The only thing they didn't do, and its a bit baffling because they do it for the SRV Strat, is install a left-handed trem so that the trem bar is seated at the top of the bridge rather than at the bottom. I'm thinking of modding it with a left-handed trem bloc, but it'll wait until I get out of the box, play it and see how it feels.
It certainly would've been interesting to see if Hendrix would have gravitated to playing Gibsons more often had he lived longer. Notice that his choice of models, the SG and Flying V, are easily flipped over to easily modify into a left handed guitar without having to make radical alterations to where the strap buttons are located. I'm reading Charles Cross' biography of Hendrix, "Room Full of Mirrors," right now which has contributed to my current Jimi focus. Super interesting how many of the great artists come from extremely dysfunctional childhoods and poverty.
The only reason not to play your pretty guitars is if you intend to sell them at some point, which, unless you're a pure collector, defeats the purpose of owning them in the first place as a practicing guitarist. Whenever I put the first chip or ding in a guitar, that's when I have to laugh and say,"Well, it's mine now!" A custom relic job has commenced! My cat has a bad habit of helping me custom relic my guitars, he likes to chew on plastic tuning pegs or pointy tips on the headstock, so I have to be careful how I place them so he has no leverage to get at the headstocks.
Not sure. A question that only ChrisM84 can answer.Dude, that's what I was thinking', yes? Same specs on both, imma pretty sure ! The pickup's are really BRUTAL !