Intending to buy an Explorer, a PG reader came upon a Flying V that fit him like a glove. So, he modified it into a perfect-for-him instrument.
I never wanted to be “that guy playing the Flying V.”
I went into my local music store fully intending to buy an Explorer. I spent some time, tried one out, liked it, and thought that it was possibly “the one.” Next to it was a Flying V. I saw that no one was watching, so I figured, what the heck, I’ll try one out. Instantly I knew it was mine. It fit me like a glove, and it sounded like I’d been playing it my whole life. Always a mod man, it wasn’t long before I started personalizing this Flying V. I love the sound and tone of Allen Collins from Lynyrd Skynyrd and am a fan of classic rock, so I modified the stock V into my own personal guitar. It took over a year, but here’s what I did:
I stripped off all the original polyurethane. It took a lot of sandpaper and a heat gun. I found out the body isn’t solid Korina—it was only a veneer. So, I peeled off the veneer and started the process of dying the body. I wanted to be as authentic to vintage guitars as it could be. I sourced an aniline dye like was used in the 1950s. This color is yellow marigold. I did several treatments to get it to the honey yellow that you see. Instead of paint, I used charcoal to color the edges and the tail piece. Next, it was time for the finish. No poly, no nitro: This is eight very thin coats of Tung oil. It took six months for it to off-gas and completely harden. Now it buffs out to a beautiful semi-gloss/matte finish.
The pickguard and jack plate are handmade by me, out of a thin 1/8" sliced piece of solid maple. You can see around the knobs that it transitions from a beautiful bird’s-eye maple to an amazing flame as you look towards the neck. It was a very slow and delicate process. Because the maple pickguard is so thin and brittle, I had to go very slowly using a hacksaw and sanding block to get it to the right shape and sand it smooth. I made a thin black outline with a paint pen. My own little nod to the Randy Rhoads Concorde.
The hardware and electronics were gutted. The only remaining original parts are the tuning pegs and frets. All pots have been upgraded to CTS. The tone pot is equipped with a paper-in-oil capacitor, just like from the ’50s. The bridge pickup is a Seymour Duncan Antiquity P-90, and the neck pickup is a mysterious DiMarzio that I’ve been carrying around in a toolbox for 35 years. The center knob was changed to a gold one simply because I lost the original. I think it adds a bit of flair and uniqueness. The bridge is a gold-plated roller bridge, giving it incredible sustain and tone.
Once assembled, it’s now my beautiful Marigold Yellow Flying V. It rocks just as hard as anything from the classic ’70s and is as smooth as any blues guitar player could ever want. Now I have my perfect guitar, and am proud to be “that guy playing the Flying V.”
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Outlaw Effects introduces their next generation of NOMAD rechargeable battery-powered pedal boards.
Available in two sizes, NOMAD ISO is a compact, versatile tool that offers the convenience of a fully powered board plus the additional freedom of not having to plug into an outlet. NOMAD ISO is ideal for stages with limited outlet availability, quick changeovers, busking outdoors, temporary rehearsal locations, and more!
NOMAD ISO builds upon the legacy of the ultra-convenient and reliable NOMAD rechargeable pedalboard line originally launched in 2018. The brand new NOMAD ISO editions feature eight isolated outputs (1 x 9V DC, and 1 switchable 9V/12V DC) for even more versatility and clean, quiet power. With an integrated lithium-ion battery pack boasting 12800mAh capacity, NOMAD ISO can fuel a wide array of pedals, and will last over 10 hours* on a single charge.
Each NOMAD ISO pedal board includes adhesive hook & loop pedal-mounting tape, eight (8) standard DC connector cables, and one (1) reverse polarity DC cable, giving you everything you need to build your ultimate "off-the-grid" rig. A rugged, road-ready padded gig bag with shoulder strap is also included, to safely protect your gear while you're on the move.
NOMAD ISO S: MSRP $309 / MAP: $249
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 5 ¼"
NOMAD ISO M: MSRP $349 / MAP $279
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 11"
More info: https://www.outlawguitareffects.com.
Dunable announce new Minotaur model featuring Grover Rotomatic Keystone tuners.
The Minotaur's DNA is rooted in their classic Moonflower model, which Dunable discontinued in 2017. However, they have long since wanted to create a fresh take on a carved top guitar design, and various attempts to rework the Moonflower led them to a brand new concept with the Minotuar.
Dunable's goal is to give the player a guitar that plays fast and smooth, sounds amazing, and gives maximum physical ergonomic comfort. The Minotaur's soft and meticulous contours, simple and effective control layout, and 25.5" scale length are designed to easily meet this criteria.
- 25.5" scale length
- Dual Humbucker
- one volume, one tone, push pull for coil splitting
- Grover Rotomatic Keystone tuners
- Grover Tune O Matic bridge with brass Kluson top-mount tailpiece
- jumbo nickel frets
- 12" fretboard radius
This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
Adding to the company’s line of premium-quality effects pedals, Missing Link Audio has unleashed the new AC/Overdrive pedal. This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal – the only Angus & Malcom all-in-one stompbox on the market – brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
The AC/OD layout has three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone. That user-friendly format is perfect for quickly getting your ideal tone, and it also offers a ton of versatility. MLA’s new AC/OD absolutely nails the Angus tone from the days of “High Voltage” to "Back in Black”. You can also easily dial inMalcom with the turn of a knob. The pedal covers a broad range of sonic terrain, from boost to hot overdrive to complete tube-like saturation. The pedal is designed to leave on all the time and is very touch responsive. You can get everything from fat rhythm tones to a perfect lead tone just by using your guitar’s volume knob and your right-hand attack.
- Three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone
- Die-cast aluminum cases for gig-worthy durability
- Limited lifetime warranty
- True bypass on/off switch
- 9-volt DC input
- Made in the USA