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JSV Flying V

Modern set-neck Flying V. Designed for two humbuckers and a Tune-O-Matic style bridge. Visit the support thread for information on build specifics and for further information on this design.



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Hi everyone - I uploaded this plan however I guess it does require a little description in order to clarify it as a build.

The "JSV" is a set-neck Flying V however there is nothing to stop one from making it into a neck-through design of course. As per the plan, the body consists of two halves which are cut oversize from one piece of wood and glued up at an angle. This makes the grain parallel to the sides of the body rather than the centreline. The only reason for this is that it is the most economical use of timber for a two-piece body. This also makes it easier to find timber of an appropriate width.

Two examples of the bevelling procedure. One after the bevelling and re-sizing and one immediately after the bevel had been applied:


One of the specific features of the plan is how to cut the tapered body bevels. Quite simply, the body is cut oversize and a consistent 45° chamfer added along the perimeter. The body is then sized down to the final shape leaving perfectly tapered bevels. Alternatively it is possible to cut the body to the initial size off the bat and plane/sand the bevels manually, but this is a lot more work.

The angled headstock requires a scarf joint, so the plan includes an example of economical stock usage to recover the scarf piece from underneath the neck taper.

A suggested shopping list for this build would be:

  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with big M8 studs such as a Gotoh, ABM 2506 or similar
  • Flying V tailpiece plate or string-through ferrules
  • Rear string-through ferrules
  • Recessed Strat-style jackplate
  • Open-chassis Switchcraft jack
  • Pair of angled pickup rings
  • 430mm Gotoh U-channel truss rod
  • Set of six non-staggered lefty tuners such as Schaller M6s, Sperzels, Hipshots, etc.
  • Graph Tech nut blank, Earvana compensated nut, etc.
  • Jumbo fretwire....this is a metal guitar after all!
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