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    Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    As I mentioned in the Warren Haynes thread, my buddy Ronny Proler, at the last Dallas Guitar Show, got his original 58 Flying V that he had originally bought back in the early 70's. Needless to say...he is one happy man!



























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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Coolest guitars on the planet. Thanks for posting those pics.


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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Great photos, Charles! Thanks for sharing! And congratulations to Ronnie for getting her back!
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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Thanks Charlie. BTW, does RP have another V? I remember speaking to you and him in front of the hotel just before leaving Dallas '07, or was it '06. He was loading a V case into the back of his SUV.
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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Quote Originally Posted by lpnv59 View Post
    Thanks Charlie. BTW, does RP have another V? I remember speaking to you and him in front of the hotel just before leaving Dallas '07, or was it '06. He was loading a V case into the back of his SUV.

    Yes he does......

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Also, a huge thanks to the owner for sharing. This thread should be locked before someone ruins it by questioning the guitar or freaks out about how a quirky software firewall program interprets the links to the photos

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Great pics as usual Thanks for sharing

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    [/IMG[/IMG][/QUOTE]

    Amazing! I didn't know fingerboards looked like this on '50s guitars.

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Awesome example of Gibson history!

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Thanks again for another great thread, Charlie!

    Ron and Warren were playing the two V's at the same time, comparing them. Can you describe the difference in tone between the two? How do they compare tone wise and playability?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    thanks for sharing it looks amazing!

    +1 with AndyC, I'd love to have your feedback on how it compares to the '67

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Quote Originally Posted by CDaughtry View Post
    Yes he does......
    The bastid

    Hey CD, are old V's usually light weight? I picked up one at Gruhns a few years ago that was a tank. A friend of mine played Albert Kings original V and said he recalled it wasn't particularly light either. Most Korina guitars these days seem to be feathers.
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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyC View Post
    Thanks again for another great thread, Charlie!

    Ron and Wayne were playing the two V's at the same time, comparing them. Can you describe the difference in tone between the two? How do they compare tone wise and playability?

    Thanks!

    Both of them sound great...but they also sound very different. I'm so bad with trying to describe tones. The 58 is more aggressive sounding. Wayne said it had more "umph."
    To answer Billy's question, the 58 is significantly heavier than the 67. I haven't weighed it....it's not a boat anchor by any stretch of the imagination, but the 67 is really light.
    The 59 is probably in the low to mid 8's. The 67 has to be a least a pound lighter.

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty Elmo View Post
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    Amazing! I didn't know fingerboards looked like this on '50s guitars. [/QUOTE]


    Brazilian RW isn't always dark. It is what people(LPF) seem to prefer these days on Indian & Madagascar RW. I think thats partially due to the fact people think BRW is suppose to be almost black.
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    Thanks CD REALY FANTASTIC Shots ...!!!

    Let me ask you this did that V have a Hedstock Vener on it???
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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Really cool, closest I have ever been to a real one thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDaughtry View Post
    Both of them sound great...but they also sound very different. I'm so bad with trying to describe tones. The 58 is more aggressive sounding. Wayne said it had more "umph."
    To answer Billy's question, the 58 is significantly heavier than the 67. I haven't weighed it....it's not a boat anchor by any stretch of the imagination, but the 67 is really light.
    The 59 is probably in the low to mid 8's. The 67 has to be a least a pound lighter.
    Hey CD,

    How would you describe the neck profile on the 58? The few I've
    played were huge with a slight V (no pun intended) to them.

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Beautiful guitar and great pics--so sharp that I can almost smell it from here.

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    i love this place..

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    WOW! Great pics of a sweet V!!!!!!!! What did Warren play on it?

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Very cool. I don't think I have seen V pics up that close. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Beautiful shots; thanks, Charlie and Ronny! Very cool checking!

    Did it have the relocated brads when Ronny first owned it? Is the gold logo original to the guitar?

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Cody View Post
    Beautiful shots; thanks, Charlie and Ronny! Very cool checking!

    Did it have the relocated brads when Ronny first owned it? Is the gold logo original to the guitar?


    Yes and yes......

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Always appreciated when someone is gracious enough to show photos of any of these great vintage Gibson guitars.

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    Thanks CD. That is a thing of beauty. Mr Proler must be the coolest man on the planet. Think you could talk him into doing a coffee table book of his fine collection?

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Quote Originally Posted by The Boz 56 View Post
    Thanks CD. That is a thing of beauty. Mr Proler must be the coolest man on the planet. Think you could talk him into doing a coffee table book of his fine collection?

    It's funny....we've talked about combining our stuff and doing just that.

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Wonderful photos, saved them full-sized for future reference - thank you Charlie and Ronnie!

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    Everytime I see a photo like this of those old V´s, I wonder that the ball ends didn`t move into the wood and get stuck there. Or is there a protection inside?

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    Beautiful V and certainly has the look of a workingmans guitar. Makes me harder than pennitentiary steel with a head like a housecat!!
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    That bi-color fretboard is wild. People complain about boards like that on Historics. Who'd have guessed '50's boards really looked like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDaughtry View Post
    It's funny....we've talked about combining our stuff and doing just that.
    I'm ready to buy the first 10 copies!
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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Thanks a lot for sharing these amazing pics, the checking is simply beautiful.

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Quote Originally Posted by tripleo View Post


    Everytime I see a photo like this of those old V´s, I wonder that the ball ends didn`t move into the wood and get stuck there. Or is there a protection inside?
    There are metal grommets in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.WillieVK View Post
    Wonderful photos, saved them full-sized for future reference - thank you Charlie and Ronnie!
    For anybody that isn't aware of this, Lilypix automatically downsizes large photos for display in a post. There are a couple of ways to view the photo in its original size. The easiest I found is to:

    1. Open a second explorer window
    2. Left-click and hold over the picture you want, then drag it into the new window
    3. In the URL address bar, edit out the text "normal_" that preceeds the name of the photo and press the enter key. Now the photo is displayed in it's original size. (note: this only works on photos that have automatically been downsized by Lilypix)

    For instance, here's the downsized photo:
    http://images.lilypix.com/albums/use...ying_V_049.JPG


    Here's the original sized photo:
    http://images.lilypix.com/albums/use...ying_V_049.JPG


    Much better, eh? Now its apparent that the finish on the guitar is old and cracked and that it really should be stripped and given a fresh coat of paint.


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    Great pics CD....Thanks for sharing.....

    I would like to see Tom Murphy mimic that checking.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DANELECTRO View Post
    Now its apparent that the finish on the guitar is old and cracked and that it really should be stripped and given a fresh coat of paint.

    That's too much work. Haven't you heard of Krylon? Just spray over the annoying cracked finish with a nice thick coat of paint.
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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    Those close up pics are incredible! Thanks a lot for sharing!

    Any pics of the '67?

    I'd love to see some in the same resolution as these!

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    Re: Anatomy of a 1958 Gibson Flying V.......

    This picture is really, REALLY cool. It's a picture of Proler, a guy named Byron Goad, and Billy Gibbons, all holding their Flying Vs, in a picture taken in 1973. The guitar Proler is holding in the picture is THIS guitar!



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    Wow!

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