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'Loved one' buried with Gibson SG as Skynyrd's 'Freebird' plays on Print E-mail

by Reno Kling

You know, of course, there's a great, rockin' band in heaven just waiting for you. So a Dayton, OH, man's final request was to be buried with his favorite Gibson SG. As the family filed past the casket, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" was played in his honor.

Funeral directors recognize a movement to nontraditional burial including cremation. Indeed, golfers who have played their last earthly round can rest eternally in an urn in the shape of a golf bag. "We like to think families are like a snowflake or fingerprint; no two are alike," says Tommy Routsong of Dayton's Routsong Funeral Homes. "We try to customize each funeral to meet the family's need." Not only that, it's plain good business. "We've been around for fifty years and we want to comply with the wishes of our customers," Ralph Blye, funeral director at Smith Funeral Home says. "Everything is changing and we have to change with the time."

Can't you see and hear it now? "Dearly departed, we are gathered here together . . . ."


Why Did Les Paul want his name off the SG? Print E-mail

Les PaulA friend of mine saw Les Paul play at the Iridium in New York and asked him that very question.
There where 3 technical factors.. and 1 funny one.

  1. When he did fast runs up the neck, the bottom horn always got in his way.
  2. He hated the neck.  He thought they were flimsy and not as stable from a tuning stand point.
  3. He liked the Mahogany body - maple cap construction of the les Paul better from a tone standpoint. In fact that's the same thing he didn't like about the old Les Paul Customs.
  4. He didn't want to do anything until Mary was out of the picture ( so she couldn't get part of the contract money).

And now you know !

The Best-Selling Gibson of All Time: The SG Standard Print E-mail

Dave Hunter | 04.14.2009

sg_on_its_side_02With its streamlined mahogany body and sharply pointed offset double cutaways, the SG Standard is still a radical-looking instrument today. So just imagine how it must have appeared back in 1961 when it rolled out of the factory, originally as the entirely revised Les Paul model. The new instrument was a bold design for Gibson back in the day, and it’s a bold performer 48 years later.

Known today and forever after as the SG Standard, the guitar that replaced Gibson’s biggest endorsement model in 1961 was a complete redrawing of the blueprint. The original Les Paul Standard of 1958 - ’60 — with two humbucking pickups, a single cutaway and a sunburst finish on its carved maple top — is recognized as one of the all-time classic solidbody electrics today, but its sales were flagging in the late ’50s, and in fact the instrument wouldn’t be fully appreciated until a handful of British blues-rockers picked it up in the mid 1960s.

In order to revive the Les Paul, Gibson undertook a radical departure from the original form, and the new SG landed with a major splash. In each of its first three years of availability, the model (officially renamed the SG Standard in 1963) sold more than 6,000 units — swamping the total of approximately 1,700 Les Paul Standards sold between 1958 and ’60.

Given that the majority of their electronics, hardware, materials and design parameters are the same — two humbucking pickups, mahogany neck and body, tune-o-matic bridge, 24 3/4” scale length — you might expect an SG and a single-cutaway Les Paul Standard to sound pretty darn similar. Sit down with each for a while,  however, and a surprising number of differences emerge.
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