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A distinctive body shape with arena-ready colors and sounds.
The Gibson Rudolf Schenker Flying V Electric Guitar is a signature model by the Scorpions' founding member and is sure to please any enthusiast of classic guitars. Rudolf is known for his love of the Flying V's distinctive shape and sound and this model is packed with his favorite features. It has a mahogany body with a set mahogany neck and the fingerboard is granadillo for smooth feel and a sustainful touch. Dual '57 Classic humbucking pickups put out enough power to fill any room or arena. Grover tuners with oval pegs and a tune-o-matic bridge keep intonation locked tight for performance. Includes a Gibson hardshell case.
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Comments about Gibson Rudolf Schenker Flying V Electric Guitar:
Musician's Friend has been GREAT !! They allowed me to return this awful product, not once but 3 times. Yes, 3 times. When you spend over $1200, you expect a DECENT guitar. I could not ignore the issues this model had, and pretend to just be happy with it. I work too hard for my money. Believe me, I WANTED this guitar. If not, I would have stopped after guitar 1. To save the reader time, I'll just get to the point:
Guitar # 1 - Serial # 122530392 -
This guitar's neck had a fret board that looked 2 toned. Made it look cheap. Was not use to seeing this on a 'Gibson' that was suppose to be top quality. Just couldn't deal with it. Did not reflect the pictures you see on multiple websites.
Guitar # 2 - Serial # 121930474 -
This guitar had a divet hole, or just plain hole, that looked like it had gray filler (?) on fret # 16. Also on fret #5 it had a random 'splot' pattern or tic tac toe pattern. Need proof? Here's the link that shows the pictures.
Also posted this on the Gibson forum.
Guitar # 3 - Serial # 120530392 -
This guitar had a perfect neck, and was all one uniform color, even though it had a light colored fret board, I was still happy, because the ENTIRE fret board was light. It was ALL one color. It was not 2 toned or striped like guitar # 1's fret board. I was really happy with the wood grain and uniform color of guitar # 3's fret board. I was so excited, but then it was a total let down when I saw the chip on the pick guard by the TONE knob. When I was about to take a picture of the chip to send to Gibson, the light caught the top side of the guitar, where I noticed 3 cracks in the finish or lacquer. There was one long crack that extended from the fret board to the back of the heel, as well as 2 smaller cracks below the initial long crack.
I'm not here to try to convince you to not buy this guitar. Maybe you will have some luck and get the 1 out of 10 that is NORMAL, but after 3 tries, I stopped. I could not keep going through Musician's Friend's stock due to poor quality control at Gibson.
Comments about Gibson Rudolf Schenker Flying V Electric Guitar:
The release of this guitar plus a 20% off coupon made me pull the trigger on this beauty. I would always have regretted not getting in on this production run. This guitar takes me back to the formative years of my playing...Rudolf as well as Michael Schenker...Scorpions, UFO, MSG.
This is the first time I have ordered a guitar sight-unseen, and my first Gibson as well. A YouTube video review (at the end of the Zappa SG review) made the decision much easier, but of course I couldn't be sure of how I would like the actual neck profile. The Musician's Friend phone ordering was smooth and friendly. The guitar arrived in a somewhat flimsy box with partially split open taping, but the packing material kept the hardshell case and guitar in perfect condition.
The aesthetics of this guitar are absolutely perfect with all of the classic design elements, most notably the compact headstock, and also including the volute, large pickguard, triangular control layout, and tune-o-matic bridge. The tuners are nice modern sealed all-metal units. Also interesting is the high ring for the bride pickup which hides the pickup taping. The finish is flawless and has that beautiful smell of nitrocelluose lacquer. I actually like the light-colored Granadillo fretboard, even though the pictures may not do it justice.
There are a couple of differences between my guitar and the one in the video review. First, I noticed that the pickup taping in the video was very sloppy with noticeable gaps. However, my pickups are neatly wrapped. Second, the control knobs in the video are all flush with the pickguard, whereas mine are progressively staggered by about 1mm, I assume to improve ergonomics (I was questioning the workmanship when I first noticed this). Speaking of workmanship, the only flaw I could find was one raised screw head on the neck pickup trim ring, which was easily tightened down. A bit of clear lacquer has peeled from the side of the nut but the word online is that this is common to Les Pauls, etc. due to the nut material.
The neck profile turned out to be very much to my liking, with comfortable curvature and a shallow depth especially at the nut end. The biggest adjustment for me has been the slightly narrower string spacing at the bridge when compared with the PRS that has been my main guitar, but I just needed to recalibrate my picking. The spacing at the nut is also narrow, but was easy to get used to.
The factory setup was not to my liking. Although being buzz-free with very low action at the lower frets, the upper register had very high action. I initially spent about 5 hours on putting on my favorite strings (Super Slinky .009-.042), increasing the neck relief, and setting the bridge height and intonation. It now plays exactly to my liking. For those who have never played traditional Gibson with the 24.75" scale length, the string tension is very low with .009s, which enables very wide finger vibrato and large string bend intervals. Unfortunately, this also creates sensitivity to tuning and intonation effects related to nut and bridge roughness as well as finger pressure variations. After a couple weeks of playing, the stability is coming in as the rough edges wear down. However, in order to set the intonation, I had to adjust several of the bridge saddles all the way back against the stops, which, although the intonation is spot-on, is rather disconcerting. I'm also still getting used to the finger pressure needed to intone the G/B strings when playing major 3rd versus 4th intervals. On the picking end, I'm still using a heavy gauge pick despite the lower tension because I need that pick attack and dynamics that I just can't get out of a medium pick – again some recalibration for the right hand.
The pickups are simply WOW. These are my new favorites with a fantastic combination of good output power with excellent articulation and of course the percussive trebly bite and midrange honk needed for a classic hard-rock tone. Even acoustically, this guitar sounds amazing as its lightweight structure is very resonant but also providing a great deal of natural sustain.
There are two design elements I would have selected differently if this were MY signature guitar (haha dream on). First, even though they look nice in a classic sort of way, the strap buttons are way too small for a modern rock instrument. Fortunately, the "rubber washer" trick works very well to mitigate unintended strap detachment issues. Second, the tall bridge pickup trim ring, while aesthetically pleasing, creates a problem with my particular technique for anchoring the ring finger of my picking hand. I am anticipating swapping this out for a low-profile ring (easily restorable to original). Finally, there is one issue endemic to the Flying V design in that it is neck heavy, but I'm willing to sacrifice some ergonomics for coolness, and the ability to access frets using the Michael Schenker method of anchoring the lower "horn" between my thighs with my face buried in the fretboard!
Overall, this has been a great purchase and I do not regret it for a minute, as evidenced by my spending several hours a day playing this fine instrument!