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How does the weight of a Flying V compare to those of other Gibsons?


Jericho-79

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Hey everyone. My girlfriend is thinking about getting a Gibson Flying V for her first Gibson. Normally, when you see a female guitarist in the pop/rock genre, she's playing an SG or one of those weight-relieved LP's (i.e. Goddess, Vixen, and Studio). But my gf wants to be different, and play something that most girls aren't usually seen with. So I need some input from all you Gibson experts here.

 

I did some research on the internet, and I came across the following article:

 

http://www1.epinions.com/review/pr-Gibson_Flying_V_67_Electric_Guitar_White/content_23899115140

 

Towards the end of the article, there is this blurb:

 

One significant advantage the Flying V has over the Les Paul is the lighter weight. The Les Pauls weigh a ton while the V weighs about the same as a Fender Stratocaster. The lighter weight makes a difference when you play hour after hour.

 

Is all of that true?

 

Is the Flying V relatively lighter than a traditional LP? Is the Flying V truly as light as a Fender Strat?

 

As a matter of fact-

 

Does the Flying V weigh as much as an SG? Does the V weigh as much as a Goddess/Vixen? Does the V weigh as much as one of the chambered LP's?

 

What do you guys think?

 

FYI- My gf is 23-years-old, and has a slim (but fit) figure. Yet I'm not too positive that her back muscles could handle something noticeably heavy like an LP Custom after an hour or two.

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The V is light, but not lighter than an SG. I play both. It also depends on the V.

I have had some V's that were heavier than others, such as my current 1981 V, I put on a stainless steel pickguard

which added what feels like 3-4 pounds to the guitar but the mass really added to the tone. I did the same thing with my SG STD.

I think your girl will be fine with a V. I've seen many chicks rock the V, such as L7.

 

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The V is light, but not lighter than an SG. I play both. It also depends on the V.

I have had some V's that were heavier than others

 

Right now, we're interested in the regular V:

 

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Flying-V/Gibson-USA/Flying-V.aspx

 

We're going to try one out this weekend.

 

Only thing I would be cautious of is that the V and Explorers are physically huge compared to the SG and LP... if your girl has a small frame this might look unintentionally comical... just to keep in mind ;)

 

My gf isn't rail-thin, but she isn't all that muscular either.

 

She has just about the same frame as this girl: [tongue]

 

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Right now, we're interested in the regular V:

 

http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Flying-V/Gibson-USA/Flying-V.aspx

 

We're going to try one out this weekend.

 

 

 

My gf isn't rail-thin, but she isn't all that muscular either.

 

She has just about the same frame as this girl:

 

That V and most V's are heavier than an SG.

I don't think your GF is any smaller than Randy Rhodes and his Jackson polk-a-dot V is similar in size if not larger.

I think she'll be fine.

 

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That V and most V's are heavier than an SG.

I don't think your GF is any smaller than Randy Rhodes and his Jackson polk-a-dot V is similar in size if not larger.

I think she'll be fine.

 

rhoads.jpg

 

Not to nitpick too much but that's a Karl Sandoval flying V that Randy is playing there. He made the original polka-dot V's for Randy. You're right about it being about the same size as a Gibson V.

 

http://www.karlsandoval.com/about%20karl.htm

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