Need Advice On A Flying V Project

Discussion in 'Plans, Designs & Software' started by sklur, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. sklur

    sklur New Member

    Jul 25, 2017
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    I've recently come into a handmade flying V that plays like an absolute dream, only problem is that it is in fact a V so ergonomics is out the window. My plan is to cut off the points of the V and then add wood to the body to create a stratocaster sort of shape. This is a picture of the instrument and an incredibly rough draft of the idea (just a strat body traced over it). I'm wondering if anyone here has any advice or suggestions about how to do this without compromising the structure of the guitar. Can't find too much about it online since this is a pretty specific job. Also the work is going to be done by a professional luthier if I can get this figured out properly, don't trust my woodworking skills on this instrument.

    Hope to hear from somebody!
  2. Chris Pile

    Chris Pile Member

    Jan 10, 2016
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    Wichita, KS
    Lots easier to convert into an Explorer if all you want is a guitar that sits in your lap.
    Plus, they are quite comfortable to play - and they look bitchin.
  3. GuitarBuilder

    GuitarBuilder Member

    May 16, 2013
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    Ergonomics should only be a problem sitting down - get a pillow and leave that beautiful guitar intact.
  4. bruce bennett

    bruce bennett Active Member

    Apr 14, 2013
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    Chattanooga TN
    I don't recommend doing radical mods like that to any guitar that already " plays like an absolute dream," as it is possible to screw up the instrument to where it never plays that way again..

    but, that said. I have gone to a bandsaw and lopped off the outer body "wings" about 1/2" wider than the neck is wide, all the way down the center of the guitar, and then joined new wing blocks on and reshaped/routed/sculpted to the new look. and its worked out fine.

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