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  1. Corporal Scratchy

    Corporal Scratchy Member

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    Greetings fellow SG lovers!

    I've been lurking here for a couple of years but recently posted a response to someones question which I was actually able to answer so I decided it would be good manners and appropriate to formally say hello and thanks for all the information, advice and good humour I've been able to pick up on from the forum.

    I've been an SG devotee since the 1970's and over the years I've owned 18 of them (not at the same time). I'm not rich, but over the years have gradually traded up and in so doing have been able to get my hands on and play both vintage and current models.

    My current family consists of:

    2016 SG Standard T
    2016 SG '61 Reissue (limited run)
    2016 SG Junior (limited run)

    2016 was a great year for SGs!

    I know you'd like to see pictures but I've tried putting some up using the "Upload a file" button below but I keep getting "Security error occured try again" but it's having none of it! The search facility has me going around in circles so if anyone could kindly tell me what to do, I'll do it and you'll get to see fine SGs.

    All the best
    Corporal Scratchy
     
  2. Chubbles

    Chubbles Active Member

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    Welcome aboard. Thanks for joining us.
     
  3. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    18 SGs and you just now speak ? Well ... welcome then monsieur Scratchy.

    You probably can't upload images because you don't have enough posts yet. Has to do with avoiding SPAM or something. You could upload them to Imgur or another site like it and post the IMG link, via the image button at the top of your post window.
     
  4. SG standard

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    Welcome aboard, glad you've found your voice :)

    I agree, 2016 was a great year for SGs two of my current three are 2016s.
     
  5. Corporal Scratchy

    Corporal Scratchy Member

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    Thanks! :smile:
     
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    Thanks! I will try some resizing in a moment and see if this works. Otherwise I'll go for your 3rd party hosting idea or maybe get posting like fury!
     
  7. Worblehat

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    Welcome! For an SG devotee who owned 18 SGs (wow!) this is the right place to be :D

    I don't thing the problem with image uploads is related to restrictions for new members. I uploaded images in my first post. Looks more like a technical issue with the software of the forum. If it persists maybe contact the admin. We really need to see those pictures!!!
     
  8. Corporal Scratchy

    Corporal Scratchy Member

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    Thank you. Yes, your SGs are most excellent. I've also appreciated and learned from your numerous detailed posts here. There are some really knowledgeable people on this forum.
     
  9. Corporal Scratchy

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    Thanks! I think the photo problem is down to me at the moment, I need to have a play around. There WILL be photos!
     
  10. Corporal Scratchy

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    Photo attempt No 1:
     

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    :thumb:
    Nice collection. You seem to like the cherry finisch:smile:

    By the way: You can embed the uploaded picture directly in your post via the "image"-button above the editor.
     
  12. Corporal Scratchy

    Corporal Scratchy Member

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    It worked!

    Have another one:

    2018 01 13_2404.jpg

    Good stuff! So, let me introduce the current family, from L to R:

    A) 2016 SG Junior limited run.
    I think it was a post here last year from Logan that first drew my attention to these beauties. Then a month or two later my weekly watch of eBay revealed a few of these had somehow arrived in the UK. I bought one online and have been delighted with it ever since. Mods limited to a plain unmarked TRC and older style strap buttons.

    B) 2016 SG 1961 Reissue limited run
    I understand that by 2016 the '61 RI had been discontinued. Then these ltd run guitars started appearing, coming on to my rader via the eBay watch. It was as a result of wanting to know more about these SGs I searched the web and found ETSG for the first time. Sure enough I found out enough to decide to go for one. My first ever online guitar purchase. I got really lucky, when it arrived it was well set up, perfectly intoned and the action where I like it. In fact it was perfectly in tune, apart from the D string. Slightly flat, but I decided not to send it back (!). My mods include adding a Bigsby B5 (mounted on a Vibramate) and a Creamtone wide bevel pickguard. On this guitar and the Junior above, the workmanship and QC were faultless.

    C) 2016 SG Standard T
    By the time I bought this in Nov. 2015, I'd been SG-less since 2013, when I got rid of a CS SG Standard RI which I'd had for 6 years but never really bonded with (reason: it weighed in at over 10lbs! Too heavy for an SG to my mind). I was after a 2013 Standard but was too slow; they seemed to sell out overnight! I didn'treally go for the 2014/15 offerings and was mighty pleased when the Standard Ts became available. I bonded with this one in the shop. The workmanship/QC was great...... at first.

    After about a month, static began to build, manifesting itself initially by mountains of dust all around the guitar which could be pushed around but not actually removed. This was followed by ever increasing crackling/popping whenever any part of the instrument was touched. There was much ranting and raving from other owners on various forums including Gibsons regarding this. I gave it back to my dealer. They could not sort it (they emailed Gibson Support, who apparently replied along the lines that the player (me) should wear natural non-manmade fibre clothing when playing! In retrospect, I think this might have been a wind-up on the part of the guys in the dealership). Anyhow, they sent it to a luthier specialising in screening guitars. He sorted it, the dealer sent his invoice to Gibson and returned the guitar to me and it's been perfect ever since.

    I've modded it by adding a Vibramate mounted Bigsby B5, plain TRC, a Creamtone wide bevel pickguard and old style strap buttons.

    As far as modding goes, I limit this to aesthetic/cosmetic changes in line with what appeared on the 1960's versions of these guitars; I'm an old fashioned traditionalist. I leave the electrics alone, I've always found the stock sounds absolutely fine for my music and do any tweaking via the guitar controls, EQ on the amp and occasionally effects pedals.
     
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    Did he tell you what he did ?
    And did you win the lottery in 2016 ? :h5:
     
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    Welcome to ETSG... :cheers:

    Tis a very sweet harem of SG's you have there. A 10lb SG is mind boggling... :hmm:.

    What two Marshalls do I see?
     
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    Welcome! That is a great collection, glad to know I helped someone find the SG for them... :D

    Now I just need to get a Gary Clark Jr, a SG Jr, a '67 Reissue GOTW, etc...
    It's a sickness, which you clearly have, after having 18 (and I thought having two was too much)! I'm not even that old yet! Welcome to the madhouse :D
     
  17. Corporal Scratchy

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    Yes, he sent me a detailed report. Here are the relevant bits:

    We shielded the pickup cavities, cable channels, scratch plate and electrics cavity using high quality copper shielding which has a special conductive adhesive so that it can be layered. We also swapped out the unshielded output wires going to the jack for shielded cable. Unshielded wires coming from the pickups are twisted, this is called “twisted pair” which offer a degree of immunity against noise.


    All the modifications that we carried out will have no effect on the overall tone of your guitar.


    BEFORE:

    Pickup
    Free-standing Body mounted


    Neck 59db 68db


    Bridge 58db 67db


    AFTER:


    Neck 43db 44db


    Bridge 42db 43db


    IMPROVEMENT


    Neck 16db (6.31xtimes) 24db (15.85xtimes)


    Db = Decibel. The decibel is a logarithmic unit of measurement to express the ratio of two values.


    xtimes – shows the improvement in value in a linear format. Indicates how many the noise has been reduced by. (e.g. 2.00xtimes = twice as good).

    Body mounted means the guitar being held against the body of the player

    The finished result looked like this:

    2017 05 05_1956.jpg

    The work cost £100 (USD 139) but the dealer and/or Gibson paid.

    Sadly, I did not win the lottery :( (maybe this year?). All three SGs were obtained by part exchange deals: I traded a Les Paul, Strat and P Bass. And there was a little bit of credit card action along the way
     
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    Thanks.

    A 10lb SG is back-breaking as well as mind boggling! I bought it at my local store in 2007 and when I mentioned the weight, the seller said that Gibsons traditional supply of mahogany had run out and they were sourcing an alternative, heavier mahogany. I swallowed this, it followed something I'd read in a guitar mag and I'd also recently played an SG Standard which also seemed significantly heavier than the models I'd had before. It was OK playing it sitting but standing it felt wrong, wrong, wrong. Neck dive was not a problem with this bad boy!

    Then in 2013, I went to my store and tried out one they had in stock. It was exactly the same guitar, but a fraction of the weight. I then tried an SG Original. Fabulous guitar and again, a fraction of the weight. This convinced me my guitar was a freakshow and I grew away from it and I traded it on.

    The current harem weigh in as follows: Standard T - 6.7lbs, @61 RI - 6.9lbs, Junior - 5.5lbs.

    The top Marshall is a Class 5 Combo and the bottom one is a JCM 2000 DSL 401.
     
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    Thanks for your kind welcome. Thanks also for the heads up on the Junior last year! When I saw it I wanted one but didn't expect to get the opportunity to get my hands on one....

    I hear what you say about all this being a sickness. I prefer to regard it as a "calling"! Two SGs is not too much, it's not enough! Get more!

    By the way, your latest 3 pickup ebony SG is stunning, a real corker. Enjoy it!
     
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    Wow ! That is some report !
     
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