The King of the Flying V Albert King Electric Guitar
The King of the Flying V Albert King Electric Guitar
Whether or not it was under a bad sign, this was indeed the very date in 1923 when Albert King was born. Known as one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with B.B. and Freddie), he was a hero to such titans of the instrument as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and he brought the Flying V to prominence with his beloved “Lucy.” But the circumstances of his early years were hardly regal.
King was born under the name Albert Nelson on a cotton plantation in rural Indianola, Mississippi. Somehow he managed to feed himself well enough, at a table shared with 12 brothers and sisters, to grow to a robust size of 6’4” and 250 pounds. It was a frame built on hard work in the family fields, especially after the Nelsons moved to Forrest City, Arkansas in 1931. But amid the blisters and sweat of everyday life there was music—blues and gospel music. Young Albert learned to sing in the fields and at church, where he performed with a family gospel group. And then there was the music he loved, the guitar-based music of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lonnie Johnson. Piercing slide, powerful bends, single notes that spoke volumes—these were the things that the young man they would later call “King” picked up in the fields and, later, in the juke joints of the South and Midwest.
Young Albert Nelson had taught himself to play on a homemade, cigar-box guitar, upgrading to the real thing around the time the Nelsons moved to Arkansas. Being left-handed, he found it a challenge learning on a right-handed guitar—strung for a right-handed player. But he stuck with it and eventually started sitting in with Yancey’s Band in Forrest City.
As he grew older (and larger), Nelson began to get work on construction sites, where he acquired the nickname, “The Velvet Bulldozer.” Moving around the Midwest in search of work, he played in clubs whenever he could, first in St. Louis and later in South Bend, Indiana, where he sang in a gospel group called The Harmony Boys.
By 1950, he was back in Arkansas playing in the house band at an Osceola nightclub called the T-99. The In the Groove Boys played around the area for three years before Nelson uprooted again, moving to Gary, Indiana. It was in Gary that Nelson hooked up with Jimmy Reed. As the guitar slot in Reed’s band was (clearly) filled, Nelson played drums. It was here that he took the stage name, “King.” It was also during his Gary days that the newly christened Albert King met Willie Dixon, who made introductions to Parrot Records, where King cut his first record. “Be on Your Merry Way”/“Bad Luck Blues” didn’t dent the charts, though, and within a year King made his way back to Arkansas to rejoin the In the Groove Boys. In 1956, he returned to St. Louis where, this time around, his career finally took off.
In 1958, King purchased the guitar that would forever after be associated with him: the Gibson Flying V. The guitar, which he named “Lucy” (inspired by B.B. King’s “Lucille”), was perfect for King’s unorthodox style. He could get full access to higher frets, even with the guitar flipped backward. Likewise, the fire of the guitar’s original humbuckers was perfect for King’s long, searing, heavily bent notes.
That same year, he got his first minor hit with “I’m a Lonely Man” for the local label, Bobbin. From there, King’s course was set. He followed with a series of Bobbin singles, culminating with the 1961 hit, “Don’t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong.” In the mid ’60s, King made the momentous move to Stax, where he recorded what would become his signature tune, “Born Under a Bad Sign,” as well as such noteworthy hits as “Laundromat Blues,” “Crosscut Saw” and “Cold Feet.” King’s decade with Stax was the most successful of his career. By the time he left the Memphis label in the mid ’70s, King was an elder statesman of the blues. He continued to record on a variety of labels, mostly notably earning Grammy nominations for 1983’s San Francisco ’83 and 1984’s I’m in a Phone Booth, Baby albums. King claimed he was retiring in 1985, but continued to play a vigorous road schedule. He died of a heart attack on December 21, 1992, just as he was about to embark on a European tour.
Though he’s been gone for nearly 20 years, King is remembered by blues artists and fans everywhere for the fire and emotion of his playing. Even if it was under a bad sign, the world of blues guitar is richer for his birth.
Custom The King of the Flying V Albert King Electric Guitar
Good news for Albert King guitars' fans and collectors! We supply custom service of the The King of the Flying V Albert King Electric Guitar. Compared with other guitar custom shops, our custom shop has the following advantages!
Lower Custom Price---With just several hundred dollars, you can own one The King of the Flying V Albert King Electric Guitar completely like the original(But in other custom shops, the custom price for one The King of the Flying V Albert King Electric Guitar reaches thounds of dollars).
Shorter Building Time---Unlike other custom shops with at least 2 months building time, we can usually finish one guitar around 25 working days.
Real Zero-Risk---To show our sincerity, when customizing The King of the Flying V Albert King Electric Guitar. After we complete your guitar, we will take some HD pictures and send them for your inference. And if you are not satisfied, you can demand us to make progress again and again untill the guitar is perfect for you, or demand us to refund you.
Higher Quality----Since years ago, our Custom Shop has been a "dream factory" producing all kinds of guitar copies from top players of each time. We dare not say our copies are as good as originals, but they are more attractive in price.
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 for your dream guitar, why not give it a shot?----Zero-Risk!!!
Aiming to build your dream guitar!
Except the copies of guitars from famous players, most of the guitars that we build are custom-made based on the customers’ needs. There are so many different options and variables that it doesn’t make sense to have a standardized order form. The best way to go about obtaining this information is for you to contact us and let us know what it is that you’re looking for. We can discuss these options and figure out what is 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 shy if have any questions about our guitar. And don't be afraid to bring us troubles. Our customer service staff and other workers are pleasant to exchange with our customers, as they can learn new knowledge and get some exercise from the process.
How we guarantee the quality
We are a small but professional guitar custom shop,and we have established a set of controllable processing system to ensure the quality.
1. About the the wood quality
First, we can guarantee the wood nature similar to the original, and more important, all our woods are carefully selected, we never use woods with scars or those muti-pieces with different colors, we control the timber water strictly before building the guitar, and we have professional water test to check the moisture of wood we will use.
2. About abrading and polishing quality
Paint performance depends on the smoothness of the abrading and polishing, the more smooth you abrade and polish, the more smooth the paint surface will be, There are two polishing methods: polished by machine and polished by hand, If you want to get a perfectly smooth finish, you have to spend much more time on polishing by hand. Some manufacturers wouldn’t like to spend time to do the abrading and polishing carefully and patiently, and you will find the surface are particularly uneven, especially the back of the guitar. We promise our guitar will have no such issues.
3. About the painting
Generally, the varnish is sprayed up to 3 times ar the most, but we usually spray at least five times, although it will take more costs and time, we can guarantee the paint surface will be exceptionally bright.
4. Fret End Beveling
We particularly pay attention to the the details of the fretwire, especially the fretwire ends, never let the customers feel uncomfortable.
Typically the ends of the frets where they meet the edge of the fretboard a very sharp when the frets are first installed. Most players at least once have played a guitar that had sharp fret ends. It is really uncomfortable to say the least and in extreme cases can actually cut your hand. Very skilled builders will take a great deal of time to round the edges of the fret as well as make sure that the fret end itself is in line with the edge of the fretboard and not protruding where it catches a players hand. This makes a world of difference in how the guitar feels. Master builders will spend a great deal of time to round off sharp edges, blending the fret into the edge of the fretboard.
During this step, handworking can not be replaced by the machine, a skilled luthier have to spend at least 4-8 hours to make sure of the perfectness of the Fret End Beveling, so the manpower cost here is very high. Some low-end guitar sellers usually spend only serval minutes on this point, just want to reduce the cost, We here can promise that we will try our best to do a careful job on this point at any cost, we know this is very important to our customers's satisfaction!
5. Special carbon fiber nut and bone nut
The nut we use is carbon fiber nut and bone nut, not the low-quality plastic nut. As we all know, the guitar sound is not only related with the materials, the craftsmanship, the string quality, the playing skill, but also with nut quality, which is always neglected by many factories, the common plastic nut make the sound week, muffled, as well as short after sound, but the carbon fiber nut and bone nut give us powerful and bright sound, also with long after sound.
Many upscale guitars are built with animal bones, and facts also prove that animal bones can remarkably improve the volume and the tone, carbon fiber nut will be better than plastic, although can not be compared with the bones, but also has great positive impact on the volume and the tone. The common color is black!
6. Real Construction
We can make sure of the authenticity of the guitar construction, especially the the construction of neck thru guitars, which has great stability.
Neck-thru construction allows easier access to upper frets, because there is no need for a heel — the thickened area where a neck would "bolt-on" (although technically, 3-6 large screws are used) to the body. Many musicians assert that neck-through construction provides greater sustain and allows the instrument to stay in tune longer.
Just because of the advantages above, the cost of neck thru guitar is rather high, unless it’s a transparent guitar, you can not tell any differences between the neck thru and the set in construction just from the appearance, So some other factories will take the set in guitar to deceive the customers, so that they can lower the cost, but you needn’t worry about anything if you choose us, we will keep you updated all the time during the building and take pictures for you before the building to show the authenticity of the construction, you can also remove the pickups to check this through the cavity.
6. About delivery date
Really sorry that we cannot deliver the guitar so fast , we will start building the guitar as soon we receive your payment. we are just a small professional and personalized guitar custom shop, not a big factory, And only in this way, can we build a unique special guitar which just belongs to you, and also, in this way, can we make sure of the good quality!
7. Custom service
If you are not satisfied with any part of the guitar and you have you particular idea, we can also Provide professional guitar custom service, especially in changing the guitar shape. We have professional designers to do the custom drawing using professional softwares and other design tools to design the exact guitar you want, And we can provide personalized custom services on this, because we like different neck profile and thickness because of our different palms. Besides, we also have the special customer service center in America, if you don’t want the guitar to be delivered from overseas, we can also send the guitar from our American warehouse,and you just need pay some extra cost. If you are from other countries, thanks for your patience in advance here, we will set custom service center in other countries one by one to perfect our service system.
8. About delivery safety
In order to make sure of the delivery safety and avoid the breakage, extrusion or crack, we use professional package and we have different bubble wrap corresponding with different guitar body shape, this will also cost much, since September, our damage rate has dropped to 0%, before our damage rate was around 2% -3 % due to the transport company's rough handling, which caused serious. Besides, to ensure our customers' interest, we have the shipping insurance for each guitar, and we will make compensation for you if any damage happens again in transit.About delivery safety.
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Why buy a custom made replica guitar
Most Of The Time An Original Is Simply Not Available At Any Price !
An Original Is Out Of Your Price Range !!
An Original Could Possibly Be Of Low Quality !!! Just Because It's Original Doesn't Mean It's Any Good
An Original Could Have Been A One Of A Kind Design.
An Original May Not Be Available In A Seven (7) String Version.
An Original Has Too Thin A Neck & Cannot Be Played Effectively. (Rickenbacker For Example)
An Original Might Not Be Available In Lefthanded. (Extremely Common)
An Original May Not Hold Up Under The Rigors Of Professional Usage. (Rickenbacker For Example)
An Original May Not Be Available With A Floyd Rose Tremolo.
An Original Might Be Made Using Cheaper Wood Or Lower Cost Components. (Corporate Guitars)
The Company Who Made The Original Is No Longer In Existence.
The Original Is So Valuable That You Need A Decoy Or A Usable Guitar To Take On The Road.
The Original Is So Incredibly Heavy That You Cannot Stand To Hold It Up For Long.
The Original Comes In An Uncomfortable Scale For You.
The Neck Shape On The Original Is Uncomfortable To You.
The Original Comes In 22 Frets & You Require 24 Or Even 27 Frets.
You May Have Had Problems With The Company Who Made The Original & You Don't Want To Spend Your Money With Them Again. (Very Common)
Possibly You Simply Want An Exhibition Guitar To Display In A Shadowbox Or You Have An Establishment Like The Hard Rock Cafe
Notice For All Buyers:Thank you for your attention. Here are something you might want to know about this guitar.
1. This guitar is available in both right handed and left handed version. Even it is not showing in lefty version, we still able to customize this guitar in left handed for you. You just have to tell us when you place the order.
2. If you want to place the order, just send us email, we will help you to place your customize order.
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