Just got a used Gibson faded 3 p'up flying v delivered today. Got it at a price i could'nt ignore with the gig bag and a hard case too! Typical Gib', feels right, but could be better. Faded Satin paint finish is ok and what makes the axe affordable. In two minds as to leave it or refinish it, the 3 p'up is rarer than the faded 2 p'up.Maybe i should leave it alone? The 3 p'ups are alnico -490t and two 490r, look a bit naked without rings fitted. Sound typically classic and classy,great for blues and hard rock. I posted for opinions of the Dirty fingers 16k ceramic p'ups yesterday - no one used 'em? Think i might go down that route as i am looking for that 80's Accept sound, think 'Restless and wild' etc. Wolf Hoffmann (whatta' great rawk name) pretty much invents the term 'speed metal' on that album and that cover art of two v's on fire, awesome !
Axe has a six way rotary chicken head switch which allows all combinations except all three p'ups on together. The switching is not that logical to me so i will rewire it to my own twisted logic when i get around to fitting the D/F's.
Will need to set it up as it is pretty much outta' the box - dont think the previous owner played it,no discernable wear to frets,f'board or scratch plate. Again, typically with Gibbo's the rosewood board has shrunk a little leaving a 'step' at the neck,but the frets dont feel sharp. Board has a nice browny red tint, just wish it had block inlays.
As you can see, its in good company..
Congrats, i've had two of the Red faded V's and loved them. Only sold them because I was low on funds, but I do plan on owning another in the near future. I've always been curious about the 3 pickup ones, but i've never been much of a 3 pickup guy, and these days i'm not much of a humbucker guy either.