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Impressive looks, shorter-scale neck and versatile pickups.
Epiphone has been a favorite of heavy metal artists for more than a decade, not only for their great technical advances, but also for their innovative artist collaborations. Now, Epiphone does it again with the Epiphone Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying V, designed in cooperation with Robb to be Epiphone's lowest and heaviest (and we don't mean weight-wise) guitar ever.
The Love/Death Baritone Story
Robb Flynn, founder, guitarist and vocalist for Machine Head, worked with Epiphone engineers to create the Epiphone Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying V, the first of its kind not only for Epiphone but for the Gibson family of brands as well. Robb has won countless awards including the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award presented in 2007. And just like his music, Robb's baritone design brings a totally original sound to metal and hard rock. "The main reason for having the slightly shorter 27.0" baritone scale is when you tune down to B, it just makes the low definition really tight, especially for palm muting and chunking," remarks Flynn. "It opens up the sound a lot." The guitar comes equipped with string gauges (low to high) .58, .42, .32, unwound .18, .13, and .10--the same that Robb uses on stage-- but can also accept heavier gauges.
Original Premium Electronics
The Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone Flying V features a mahogany body with an EMG-HA neck pickup and an EMG-81 bridge pickup.
The EMG-HA neck pickup is a uniquely designed single-coil pickup inside a humbucker housing, which keeps the classic look of a Flying V guitar but with something special under the hood. The EMG-HA debuted in 1974 as the first noiseless single coil pickup and features alnico magnets for warmth and the widest possible frequency response for great definition and harmonics. It's also a perfect choice for rhythm when matched with the low tuning of a baritone guitar, providing a solid "chunking" bedrock while still showing off all the complex overtones that are part of the baritone experience.
The EMG-81 is one of EMG's most requested pickups and utilizes powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils for incredible amounts of low-end cut and fluid sustain. The EMG-81, combined with the unique intervals of baritone tuning, will slice through dense mixes and make your baritone leads sound thunderous.
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Comments about Epiphone Robb Flynn Baritone Flying V Electric Guitar:
This guitar is, to put it simply, amazing. I tune it to drop B using D'Addario 14-68 Medium Baritone strings. Through my Randall RG 120 w/ a Digitech Hardware Valve Distortion with the mids scooped, this thing crushes. When I palm mute, it shakes the entire house.
I usually don't use active pickups, but in the EMG's are a necessity and are awesome in this thing with crushing distortion and crisp clean tones. The single coil HA in the neck is cool for solos and pretty clean tones. The 81 bridge pickup is an all killer no filler, balls to the wall metal machine. If you mix the two pickups together with just a tad of overdrive you'll get jangly Hendrixy type tones.
I dig the simplified controls; One volume, one three way switch. That's all I need.
The Grover locking tuners coupled with the locking bridge set up are killer and the V stays in tune better than any guitar I've ever owned, and this includes instruments that cost twice as much.
I dig the longer scale neck. I'm used to 24 fret/ 25.5'' scale guitars, so this wasn't too much of a jump and I actually find the 27'' more comfortable. I may have to buy another. Haha.
The case can get a bit cumbersome and heavy, but it keeps the guitar secure and it has a very cool design. I reccomend the case for storage, but a gig bag will be a must for most gigs. Standard flying v gigbags wont work, you will need a flying v bass gig bag. This is the only con.
Overall, if you're a metal head and need something with more oomf, this is your guitar. I love mine and it has become my main ax. Just get it set up by a pro and you'll be ready to jam.
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