I have been seriously toying with the idea of bidding on this guitar. I am truly torn. It'll wind up running me about $140 when all is said and done. That's not much for a guitar. Of course, that might be too much for what would amount to a visual gimmick.
I mean, seriously---no one in their right mind would think a clear lucite Flying V-style guitar from e-bay would sound good (or play well, for that matter).
BUT, I have always wanted a real Flying V; I just can't justify spending that kind of cash when I know in my heart of hearts that it would never be my main guitar (I'm just not comfortable with the odd weight distribution). So this would be a cheap alternative.
As for the obviousness of the gimmick itself: that's OK, it kinda fits in with what my band is all about. We're a straight-out, no- frills, five-chord Rock & Roll band that celebrates beer and girls. Most of our influences are from that period in the 70s when NYC, L.A. and London were converging to lay the foundation of what we commonly think of as "punk rock." The gratuitous visual certainly fits in with the "glam" aspects of where we're coming from. In fact, out of everyone in the band, I think I have longed to pull off a mild glam thing the most. Note I said "mild." I draw the line at make-up and flat-out drag.
On the con side, its still 140 bucks that I'm not sure I wanna say goodbye to (not including the cost of a case or a gig bag), plus whatever cash I'd have to pay a luthier to set it up so that its playable at a show (mind you, I'm not freakin' Andres Segovia). Its also another thing I'd have to lug to a show for the sake of 2-3 songs.
*Sigh* Decisions, decisions. Any thoughts, opinions, suggestions?