New White Flying "V" Electric Guitar Stunning Design Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Sunday, November 14, 2010

New White Flying 'V' Electric Guitar Stunning Design
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First, I would say I ordered this guitar despite the SUSPECT one star review the other guy left for it.He left no detailed information about the guitar calling it only "garbage" and seemed more upset with the fact that this is a copy of the Randy Rhodes and not a licensed Gibson.

The guitar arrived today in a box that left me kind of worried.It didn't look like the box would withstand much abuse and I was a little worried about what condition the guitar might be in.I opened the box to find the guitar had basically been dropped into it with VERY LITTLE packing material.A small bit of bubble wrap at the bottom and a tiny bit at the top.The bottom of the guitar body was ok, but because they didn't tape the bubble wrap to the headstock, the headstock hit the top of the box and a small chip came off.Annoying, but for the price, it's not worth sending back until I inspect the rest of the guitar.

After a quick once over, everything looked ok.The white finish on the body was fine.No blemishes or imperfections.The body is probably plywood.What do you expect for the asking price?One thing to note, this guitar has 24 frets, not 22 as in the description.If you look at the picture, that guitar has 24 frets and that is the guitar you get when you place your order.

WARNING:This guitar is not playable out of the box.I needs a set up, bad.Fortunately, I am experienced enough to do that, but if you have no experience setting up a guitar with a Floyd Rose trem, either get it done professionally, or read a book on it.

Before I took any plastic off the guitar, I needed to put it through a set up to see if it was worth keeping.The trem was not level with the body, and the strings were way out of tune.Also, the action was way high out of the box.In order to get the string tension equal to the spring tension, I had to add a spring to the trem.Curiously, this guitar only came with 2 springs installed.I've never seen a Floyd Rose arrive with less than 3.No biggy.I have springs lying around, so I popped another in and set the trem level, and got the strings in tune.Then I lowered the action using my hand Stew Mac string action guage as a guide.Now the big test.I played up and down the neck to see if the guitar had any buzzing.NONE.WHEW.Checked the neck relief next, and it was fine out of the box.Having got it in tune, with the action set and the trem set, I plugged it into my amp (a Line 6 Spider III 75).Sounded GREAT.Actually pretty impressed with the stock pickups.They are high output and harmonics up and down the neck are pretty easy.

The hardware seems ok.Floyd Rose is your typical licensed model.The nut is at the correct height and is locking, and it does its job.The tuning keys are mediocre, but since this guitar has a locking nut, I don't really care about them.Volume and Tone knobs work well.

One thing that I'm not CRAZY about, but I'm just not used to it.The neck is kind of fat.The description says it's tapered but IDK.For the money, I will get used to it.I have 10 guitars right now and this one probably has the fattest neck of any of them.Might make it tough to play for those with small hands.I would consider myself to have medium sized hands.The neck has nice sharkfin inlays that look good.It also has a nice binding on the sides that has dots showing where the frets are (3, 5, 7, etc).However, the dots look like they did them with ink and then a couple of them got smudged.Looks a little ghetto, but again, no biggie for the money.

Bottom line, the asking price for this guitar is more than fair, and I am quite happy with my purchase and will be keeping this axe and adding it to my collection.The neck arrived straight, the fretwork is good (no sharp edges), no buzzing, nice hardware, nice pickups, nice tone/metal sound.But the caveats are that the guitar WILL need a professional setup if you don't know how to do it yourself.The guitar also comes with a junky cord, a strap, and 3 or 4 allen wrenches.I plan to change the strings to 10's (9s currently and feel too sloppy/loose), and the fretboard needs conditioning, but you need to do that with every guitar!

I'm giving this axe FOUR SOLID stars.I would have given FIVE STARS, but the loser that packed it caused the headstock to chip and I'm not happy about that.Hope you enjoyed my review.

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The guitar is a musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. It is most recognized in popular culture as the primary instrument in blues, country, flamenco, pop, and rock music. The guitar usually has six strings, but guitars with four, seven, eight, ten, and twelve strings also exist. Guitars are made and repaired by luthiers.

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