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I need the dimensions of a flying V...please!

I just need it as a reference for my project axe...thanks in advance!

:D

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Old Thread but I found it so I'm sure other people will happen across it too.

The 58 and 60s have different dimensions in the wings but most of the dimensions are pretty similar.

Note: I don't own either model. The following numbers are the result of internet research and a blueprint I've purchased from EBay, which I believe to be accurate. Don't take any of this as gospel but hopefully this will get people going.

If you're dead set on a historically accurate repro.. buy a template. :D

The neck is standard gibson.

You should pick neck dimensions (width, thickness) that you prefer though IMHO.. unless it's more important to be historically accurate.

These are my notes.. sorry if the formatting is a bit rough here.

I've typed out all my notes and some are a bit jumbled.

1.6875" at nut

12.375" at 12th fret.. width 2.062"

17.805" at 22nd fret.. width 2.226"

60s neck

Peghead Pitch: 17 degrees

Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.800

Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.850

Heel Length: 0.625

Neck Joint Location: 17th fret

Fingerboard Species: Ebony

Scale Length: 24 3/4 in.

Total Length: 18.062

Number of Frets: 22

Nut Width: 1.687 in.

Width at 12th Fret: 2.260 in.

17 5/16" truss rod channel

Fret markers should be at least .05" thick.. 1.3mm

NECK: <-- '58? doh!! didn't make a note!

Headstock

7" tip to nut

Scale length

24.75"

Fretboard length

17.8" from nut to 22nd fret. board should be ~18"

Fretboard Width

1 11/16" at nut

2 1/4" at 22nd fret

BODY: <-- '58 V

Centerline Length

11 1/4" from the crotch of the V to the point where the upper curves end

Width of body at shoulders (by neck).. where the curves turn into the outside strait length of the wings.

4 25/32"

Curve radius for wings and crotch

1" radius (they follow contour of a 2" diameter circle)

Outside Length of wings

19" flat.. from the start of the curves

Height of wing, from centerline to the topmost or bottom most point of wings.

8 11/32"

thickness of body

1 3/4" (I'd verify this if I were you)

The 68 body is more pointy. The radius of the curve at the end of the wings and at the Crotch follow a 1 1/2" DIAMETER circle. I print some up off my computer (Adobe Illustrator) and trace them on the body. I've got my router template on order though so I'll just trace that when I get it.

I hope all of this helps.. at least gets you started.

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Old Thread but I found it so I'm sure other people will happen across it too.

The 58 and 60s have different dimensions in the wings but most of the dimensions are pretty similar.

Note: I don't own either model. The following numbers are the result of internet research and a blueprint I've purchased from EBay, which I believe to be accurate. Don't take any of this as gospel but hopefully this will get people going.

If you're dead set on a historically accurate repro.. buy a template. :D

>>>>>>>>>>>>

Thought I would share some info from a couple of books I have- as I have purchased several plans and templates, and there are differences amoung them all (I love Vs so this thread grabbed my interest).

according to the 1959 Gibson catalog-

Specifications for flying V:

4 1/2" wide at top, tapering to 16 3/4" wide at tail, 19 1/2 inches long, 1 1/2 inches thick, 24 3/4 scale, 22 frets.

None of the books I have list a length of peghead for the 58-59 model v- I measured my template purchased from guitarbuilding templates dot com and it mearsures 7 15/16' from tip to nut. This is 2/16" longer than a set of plans I picked up off amazon dot com. I didnt think the 58-59 V had a longer headstock than the 66-70 model-just an observation- but unfortunately I dont have a reference anywhere in my books on the length of the 58 V headstock.

Ebony didnt show up as a finger board for the V until the 1979 V2 model- according to Larry Meiner's book (flying V the illustrated history) awesome book!.

1958-59 V //\\ 1966-1970 V

rosewood board //\\ rosewood board

24 3/4 scale //\\ 24 3/4 scale

1 11/16" nut //\\ 1 9/16" nut

17 degree angle //\\ 14 degree headstock angle

1.5" thick body //\\ 1 5/16" thick body

? length of headstock //\\ 7 5/8" long headstock

I have been reading up on Vs as I plan on building a (couple) within the next 6 months.

Just thought I would share-

Peace-

Scott

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I've had a Flying V on my bucket list for many many years, and this thread is Google's #2 result. :thumb:

Just hunting for body thickness....1-5/16" sounds nice and light to me. At least, that 3/8" is a good slimming. Collecting the materials for a 70s V....

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