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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:40 am 

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Location: Matlock, Derbyshire
Hi there everyone,

For my first ever post here I need some help with a mystery Flying V I've been restoring that is very similar to the Electra Vee.
When I bought the guitar it was in a really bad state, the pickguard was covered in black fablon and the body in stickers. I've been fixing it up very slowly but am not sure what it is.

There was clearly once a full size Flying V truss rod cover fitted originally, but this has been missing all the time I've owned it.

The body is made "pancake" style with multi blocked mahogany front and back and a thin layer of maple between and then two layers of mahogany veneer on front and back. The case pictured with it is the original to the best of my knowledge.

It's probably Matsumoku, as it has a neckplate that reads "STEEL ADJUSTABLE NECK, MADE IN JAPAN, 1055720" like some of the old Aria's and the Univox Mosrite copies, the mark of Matsumoko.

I have seen several sites that feature very similar guitars by Ibanez, Burny, Greco etc, and it looks like they could all basically be the same guitar, any ideas or info?

I attach some photographs of the guitar, but the pickups, machineheads and knobs are not original, it came without any. I apologise for the quality, I had to take them with my phone as I haven't got a good digital camera.

Any help anyone can give on this would be great.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:29 am 
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I've been comparing Vees by Matsumoku and Fujigen, and the rout on yours looks like Matsumoku. It looks very much like an Aria Vee I have. The rout is simpler than Fujigen's, a simpler contour and it's routed all the way to the bottom of the cavity, instead of having additional channels for the pickup adjsutment screws.

I think everybody was doing that pancake body construction method, I see that in a number of different manufacturers.

Compare this pickup rout, which I think is by Fujigen:


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