Albert King Flying V Guitars
Albert King was an American blues guitarist and singer, and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing. King was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May 2013. Probably the most respected bluesman, Albert has been a huge influence. He used to play an original Flying V. Later he was given a custom built model, see below.
ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons had this guitar made for the late Albert King as a surprise present for the bluesman's 65 th birthday, in 1988. It was crafted by Tom Holmes, a Nashville luthier who has made over 25 guitars for Gibbons, as well as many of Bo Diddley's odd shaped instruments. "It's built like a Les Paul," says Holmes. "It's an archtop with a maple top and a mohogany body and neck. I had (Cheap Trick guitarist) Rick Nielsens' Flying V here at the time, which I used as a model to sketch the body and check the headstock and neck joint, so its body shape is exactly like a GibsonV's.
King, who played Flying V's - all of them dubbed "LUCY" - throughout his lengthy and influential career, immediately made Holmes's creation his number one guitar. In December 1992, just eight days before the great guitarist died of a heart attack, he presented it to its present owner, his adopted "cousin" Lee King. Lee and his brother, Sam, both former members of Albert's band, went to see King play at a Los Angeles club. It was destined to be his final performance.
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"We were hanging around in the dressing room when Albert came off stage," Lee King recalls. He told me he wasn't feeling well and said he might have to go to the hospital to have some bypass work done. Then he gave me the guitar and said, "Here, take this thing and play it." I was shocked. I grabbed him and hugged him but he kind of turned away because he wasn't the hugging type. Then they called him out to do an encore, and he took the guitar back and told me and Sam to come with him. We stood back in the wings and then he motioned for us to come out. He gave me the guitar again, infront of everyone."Again I was shocked. I didn't know how to thank him enough, but he told me that he just wanted me to carry on the blues. And that's what I'm doing."
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King's first instrument was a diddley bow. Next, he built himself a cigar box guitar, before buying a Guild acoustic. But in King's career, the instrument he is usually associated with is a 1958 Gibson Flying V. In 1974 he began using a Flying V built by Dan Erlewine, and after 1980 also one built by Bradley Prokopow.King was left-handed, but usually played right-handed guitars flipped over upside-down. He used a dropped minor tuning, reportedly C♯-G♯-B-E-G♯-C♯. King never used the sixth string.
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Good news for guitars' fans and collectors! We supply custom service of Albert King Flying V. Compared with other guitar custom shops, our custom shop has the following advantages!Similarity--- We can guarantee that the guitar we make for you is almost the same as you want.please click here for the details.Lower Custom Price---With just several hundred dollars, you can own one Albert King Flying V guitar,( But in other custom shops, the custom price for one custom-made guitar reaches thousands of dollars, or even you have money, you don’t know where to buy).
Shorter Building Time---Unlike other custom shops with at least 2 months building time, we can usually finish this Albert King Flying V guitar around 25 working days.Higher Quality----Since many years ago, our Custom Shop has been a "dream factory" producing all kinds of guitar replicas from top players of each time. We dare not say our replicas are as good as originals, but they are more attractive in price.Real Zero-Risk--- After we finish your Albert King Flying V guitar. We will take HD photos for you. If you are not satisfied, you can ask us to modify until the guitar is perfect to you, or you can ask a full refund.Facing such a guitar custom shop with Lower Custom Price, Shorter Building Time and Higher Quality... If you are just looking for a custom shop to make you a dream guitar, why not give it a shot?----Zero-Risk!!!About PickupsIt is worth mentioning that the hardware and pickups we select are Wilkinson(Wilkinson Hardware and Pickups instead of the original ones are included in the price $425.00). We have to admit that Wilkinson hardware and pickups are not as good as the original ones. But they are more attractive in quality and price, saving much money for our customers. Most of our customers reflected the Wilkinson are beyond their imagination- stable and reliable enough!Of course! If you insist on the original pickups, and we also can find them on the market, and can afford it. We are pleasant to install the original pickups for your guitars. But the price will be much higher than guitars with Willinson pickups. Be prepared!!!Aiming to build your dream guitar!If you don’t like the guitar above and you want a guitar dreamed for so long,what to do? It’s so easy,please send the picture and the parameters of the guitar you want.We only need Pics and specs, and we can make the guitar same with your original guitar. You wonder learn Why? Pls click here to find the answer. Send your dream guitar pics and specs to us, let us make it come true together.All the guitars we built are based on our customers’ requests. There are so many different options for you to choose if you don’t want a standard one, you can check our custom shop for the details. The best way to go about obtaining this information for you is to contact us and let us know what you’re looking for. We can discuss these options and figure out what is the best for you. Your business is important to us and we want to provide you with the best customer service we are capable of. We want this to be the best guitar-buying experience you’ve ever had.And please, don’t be hesitate to contact us if you have any question.
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