N 'NYE' G - '58 Korina Flying V

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Just bought this now off ebay so don't actually have it just yet.
Veneered multi block body, heavy maple neck causing neck dive, scarf jointed headstock, generic pickups and cheap harness etc,etc. (or so I've read) - I can't wait!! :fingersx:
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If it plays....been reading it too, but if you can pick it up cheap... Enjoy it.
 

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I have one, it needed some major repairs when I got it but it plays & sounds great now that I fixed it & it cost much less than a Gibson so win win (I do want a Gibson though). I had to fix the body at the ABR post as someone cheesed it pretty bad. I put BB1 & 3, proper 58 wiring & historic tuners from one of my reissues in it & it kicks.
 

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I have one and it's damn nice.
The fretboard is probably blackwood, has a super tight grain, is VERY hard and, for my money, may as well be ebony.
Makes the guitar look/feel very rich.
I replaced the jack and switch and cleaned up the wiring.
I can't handle all that extra wire jammed in there.
Couldn't bring myself to drop big dough on pickups so I bought a Blizzard of '59 set.
When I installed them, I still had a Gibson V with a Duncan 59 and a Pearly, and I think the Blizzards compare very favorably.
Neck dive?
Well....if you put the strap over the front of the guitar, the neck doesn't dive, but it sort of pulls the guitar in a weird way...
It's a bit of a bummer.
It's only a LITTLE, though...I've had SGs and Firebirds that were much more divey.
I guess I have to try a grippier strap, but I really like the old school skinny ones with the pad that slides around.
Bottom line...It's a cool guitar and I look cool playing it, and that's all that matters, dammit!
 

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I have one and it's damn nice.
The fretboard is probably blackwood, has a super tight grain, is VERY hard and, for my money, may as well be ebony.
Makes the guitar look/feel very rich.
I replaced the jack and switch and cleaned up the wiring.
I can't handle all that extra wire jammed in there.
Couldn't bring myself to drop big dough on pickups so I bought a Blizzard of '59 set.
When I installed them, I still had a Gibson V with a Duncan 59 and a Pearly, and I think the Blizzards compare very favorably.
Neck dive?
Well....if you put the strap over the front of the guitar, the neck doesn't dive, but it sort of pulls the guitar in a weird way...
It's a bit of a bummer.
It's only a LITTLE, though...I've had SGs and Firebirds that were much more divey.
I guess I have to try a grippier strap, but I really like the old school skinny ones with the pad that slides around.
Bottom line...It's a cool guitar and I look cool playing it, and that's all that matters, dammit!
Yeah, my main gigging guitar is a 24 fret SGJ 2013 and back up a Tokai Firebird so I'm used to the dive. I hope I can get it to be gig worthy.
 

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I hope it is, thanks.
Very mixed opinions on the net. Undeniably great shape though.
I can only speak from the 2017 one I got pictured here, dug it out for these pictures just now. It’s good stock, great electronicals and the Alnico Classic pickups and Plus in the bridge sound sooooo sweet.

What year is yours?

Mine has synthetic bone nut, Korina (Limba) neck and body.

Post some pictures when you’ve finished revamping yours. They’re great guitars.
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Hopefully this doesn’t happen to yours! I returned this one to Zzounds because it was broken during shipping. They replaced it easily though with the one pictured above.

I’ve had two Vs broken at the headstock in the mail, the pointy ends are easy to absorb shock inefficiently to cause breakage.

I’m flexing it open to show the break in the first photo.

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I can only speak from the 2017 one I got pictured here, dug it out for these pictures just now. It’s good stock, great electronicals and the Alnico Classic pickups and Plus in the bridge sound sooooo sweet.

What year is yours?

Mine has synthetic bone nut, Korina (Limba) neck and body.

Post some pictures when you’ve finished revamping yours. They’re great guitars.
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Mine is Korean from 2000. I've read it probably has a maple neck and a scarf joint for the headstock. So are the newer ones like yours (made in China?) all korina?
 

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Hopefully this doesn’t happen to yours! I returned this one to Zzounds because it was broken during shipping. They replaced it easily though with the one pictured above.

I’ve had two Vs broken at the headstock in the mail, the pointy ends are easy to absorb shock inefficiently to cause breakage.

I’m flexing it open to show the break in the first photo.

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That's worrying. Glad you got yours sorted. Mine is used but I have politely asked the seller to pack it well and he reassured me that he would and is a dab hand at it!!
 

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Yeah, my main gigging guitar is a 24 fret SGJ 2013 and back up a Tokai Firebird so I'm used to the dive. I hope I can get it to be gig worthy.
The stock pickups are pretty damn good, IMO.
Some may cry snake oil, but I melt the wax out of them with a hair dryer.
I think getting it out from between the bobbins and the cover makes them a little more microphonic and sensitive...wakes them up a bit.
Mine has been gigged probably a dozen times.
 

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Mine is Korean from 2000. I've read it probably has a maple neck and a scarf joint for the headstock. So are the newer ones like yours (made in China?) all korina?
Yes, the newer ones are all Korina (limba) with a veneer on the top and back. The neck is a scoff joint.

Mine is made in China yes ... the fret (level) job was correct by the way which is rare for Epiphone. Usually I have to level the frets and do a recrown/polishing.

This one I just did a buffing and was good to go.

Good luck with yours, they really are great guitars and they look super cool too.
 

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Two months ago I got this 1999 Epiphone Korina SG also from the Unsung factory (what a name name for a guitar factory!) so it's closely related to your Flying V.
When I got it I was really surprised by how well it resonates and the superb playability, I'm talking about the chassis as the pickups and hardware were really generic and low quality, so I replaced the tuners with Wilkinson locking ones, Gibson ABR bridge and TP6 tailpiece, DiMarzio pots, and I put an old '93/'94 Gibson "Tom Holmes" Classic 57+ that I had laying around in the bridge position and now, and I'm still amazed by this, I use this guitar just as much as my other Custom Shop ones for gigs and recordings.
I posted a thread here about my experience with this guitar few weeks ago...
Like I said this SG and your Flying V are very closely related so you should be able to enjoy the same results... Enjoy it and long may we all wail!
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