2008 SG Special

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  1. PhoenixFear

    PhoenixFear Active Member

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    I decided to get this SG. It’s a 2008 Mist Blue Special, ebony board I believe. I guess from playing Strats exclusively for a while I forgot the neck angle on these is a lot. At least I figured out the neck is what I want for now, since I’m now used to the thick Strat shapes this neck doesn’t seem like such a different shape.
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    It does have some paint chips where the hanger would go but other than that I doubt it was played much. I don’t know what the chipping is near the dots. I hope it wasn’t somehow painted that way.
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    The tuners look a bit off but seem to do their job. Also the stamping is pretty faint but still legible.


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    It feels almost like a brand new guitar which is pretty cool. I’m really liking the neck on it. Now I can get some heavier sounds out of this and keep the Strat as a Strat.
     
  2. Colnago

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    The cracking in the lacquer is from humidity/temperature changes as plastic(side dots) and metal(frets) expand at a different rate than wood(the rest of the guitar) which results in the lacquer cracking.
     
  3. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Congrats!
    Nice ebony board.
    The entire guitar looks to be in great shape.
    SG Specials and Juniors are my favorite.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    that's a lovely instrument!
    I have a satin finish SG special in Silverburst, and I like it so much
    that I decided to buff it by hand. I got some Meguiar's Ultimate Compound from the auto parts store, stripped off all the hardware
    and got to work.

    The Meguiar's does no harm to a painted finish like yours and mine.
    You can't use a power buffer on these, because it's too much, and
    could burn right through. There's nothing wrong with the Satin finish
    of course. I was curious, so performed a labor of love.

    It's a slow go. When I was good and tired of buffing, I went and
    did something else. I came back the next day and did some more.
    When I was good and tired of that, I declared the project finished.
    Mine's a little more shiny, but the orange peel surface is still there
    if you look closely. Nobody does.
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    Now we want to know how you are getting on with your new Gibbie.
    Sometimes the shorter scale throws Fender players off, but I seem to
    be able to go back and forth between an SG and a Telecaster without
    fuss.

    Some of the painted finish SGs seem to fill in the serial number more
    than the plain varnish necks. I believe thats because of grain filler and
    undercoats. The white ones are the hardest to read. Your blue one seems
    more legible than a white one, and my Silverburst is pretty clear.
    Maybe the darker colors need fewer coats.
     
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  5. PhoenixFear

    PhoenixFear Active Member

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    I actually started playing guitar with an SG, but I decided to restore it and in the meantime I used a Strat and got used to that guitar. When I got that SG back it just wasn’t the same. I decided that I must’ve been a Strat guy somehow. Anyway I really wanted another SG, so this does the job. I haven’t noticed scale length yet but I’m sure I’ll find out.
     
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  6. Lunacy the Faded

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    That is one fine SG... my 1996 Gibson Les Paul Studio has the same thing happening on the dots and a little bubbling like that on the side of the neck up near the nut and then all around the headstock's veneer edge-- just real nitro finish showing it's been around a few years..

    The fretboard radius on strats makes it more complicated to get a perfect set up and offers a different feel, personally not a fan.. the sound I love..

    Are the dot inlays only on the 5th and 12th fret?

    It has a beautiful smooth ebony fretboard, those tuners are my personal favorite aswell but you could get away with nickel or chrome replacements if you don't like to use those as much as I do
     
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    i am perplexed... why the sparse inlays? And an ebony fingerboard? Thought those were only on the Faded 2002 -2003. Is it (was it) a Faded before?
     
  8. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Those 2008 Mist Blue were a special run for one of the retailers.

    Ebony boards can be found on SG from other years outside 2002-2003. I have been hoarding a few of them myself. The necks on these are a treat to play.

    Pictured below...

    2000 SG Special (Cream)
    2003 SG Special Faded (Worn Brown)
    2003 SG Special Faded (Worn Brown)
    2004 SG Special Faded (Worn Yellow)

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  9. PhoenixFear

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    I’m usually playing a vintage 7.25 radius but it doesn’t seem like a big jump to the SG yet.

    Yes, only fret markers on 5th and 12th frets. At first I thought it would be strange to look at but honestly since the side markers are there I barely look to the board anyway. I originally had hoped to get a crescent moon version but this seemed to be a good deal and I kinda like the Blue Mist color. From looking at a couple other SG Specials and Fadeds it does look like the tuners on the treble side are a bit offset toward the outside of the headstock. I thought whoever drilled the headstock had the template way off. It’s cosmetic anyway.
     
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    I didn’t know they did a white version, I love that combo. The walnut and crescent inlay is my favorite, I find a lot of red versions but few regular walnut versions.
     
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    I really dig the collection, I don't think my specials have a pickup ring for the bridge did you add them?




     
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  12. Lunacy the Faded

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    Yeah I like the flatter feel

    Unique inlay that's cool, I have a 2002

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  13. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I added the pickup ring to the bridge position only to level the pickup with the strings.
     
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    Nice score!!
    I've read every post in this thread twice to make sure I didn't miss what I'm going to ask.
    Does anyone else think the chips at the frets are from a refret?
    Can you take a pic of the other side of the neck, or can you just say if it is the same way as that side?
     
  15. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Probably not from a re-fret since it is only 10 years old and as the OP stated it doesn't look like it has much play time on it.

    I play mostly unbound necks and have never seen chips like that before, but had to double-check mine and 6 out of 7 look fine. Pictured below is my 2000 SG Special. I think what you see below is the clear coat failing rather than what appears to be chips of wood missing as pictured above in the OP post.

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  16. PhoenixFear

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    I don’t think it was refretted but who knows. I took more pics, the first one is hard to tell but with the flash on it is noticeable.

    Does ebony get affected by humidity like rosewood does? I just looked at my Squier and I remember like typical the frets were sharp when I got it. I took some extra fine steel wool and 3M pads and polished them as well as oiling the rosewood, so now it has returned back to normal and I can’t even feel the fret edges. The SG may be doing the same thing? The frets aren’t sharp but they are definitely not as blended in as well as my Squier.

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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Maybe just a bad case of fret sprout. The fact that it hasn't been played much in the past indicates that the board may not have been conditioned when needed if it was located in a very dry climate.
     
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    Congrats, she sure is purty! ..Happy NGD! :smile:
     
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    Wow that’s cool. I never knew there was a Wikia for the SG, or any guitar for that matter. I usually just go to my old books for info but this one is too new for that. I wonder what retailer or occasion led Gibson to make these. Of course it’s probably just like the flip flop, Platinum etc.
     

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