Allow myself to introduce... myself. PLUS! Gratuitous SG porn!

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  1. Kabrijj

    Kabrijj Well-Known Member

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    Before I get off on the wrong foot, lemme clarify that there is no such thing as "gratuitous" SG porn... but I know how people on forums are when it comes to pics, so I came prepared :-)

    Let's start off with the money shot, then we'll move into the nitty gritty (if you care to keep reading, that is).

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    Hi. My name is Nate. I currently live in Denver, Colorado.

    I started playing guitar in 1998, and it wasn't until 2013 I got my first SG: a 2005 Faded.

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    This one I've kept totally stock (sort of... The only thing I did was replace the G string tuner, as the previous owner evidently dropped it [lucky no headstock break!], and replaced it with a gold tuner).

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    I love this guitar. It's seen me through countless gigs, I've recorded an album with it... without a doubt it become one of my favorites the moment I got my hands on it.

    (For what it's worth, here's a little studio outtake from said album:)


    EDIT: Forgot to add: that Faded's not as stock as I thought! I added a Pau Ferro truss rod cover, made by yours truly, to spruce up the headstock a bit (and replace the drab single ply black cover)

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    After a while, I came across a little guit from DBZ (also known as Diamond Guitars). It's like an SG, but I'll hold off on the pics of it until later (as it's not, technically, an SG).

    I found an Epiphone G-310 for $75 at a pawn shop... it only had one pickup (a Seymour Duncan Invader), and I did a few things with it, but never really bonded with it, so it got sold.

    Then... I found THIS one.

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    This is a 1971 SG Special. Totally original, as far as I can tell. And as luck would have it, I had just gotten my tax return a few days prior... :naughty:

    Needless to say, my SG Junkie status was in full force by this point in time, and it came home with me.

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    It played... ok. It looks great: a few dings here and there, but no major issues.

    And, here's the coolest part: I bought this '71 guitar on Feb 13, 2016. It wasn't until after I bought it that I learned the first Black Sabbath album was released on Feb 13, 1970.

    (And two days later, on Feb 15th, I saw Black Sabbath in Denver)

    How cool is that? It's like the SG gods wanted me to have this guitar. Tony Iommi was smiling on me that day, my friends... and I was smiling, cranking out some Sabbath riffs!

    But, I wasn't done with this one... it could be better.

    (more after the break)
     
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    Welcome!!!!

    Nice axes!

    One of my Sons lives in Denver ......Awesome place!!!
     
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    Welcome to ESG! Nice group of guitars!
     
  4. Kabrijj

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    The 1971 was a bitchin' guitar, for sure.

    But it could be better. For one thing, the action was kinda high, and the bridge was as low as it would go. Added to that, the strings would slip about on the wrap-around, especially when bending. So, it had to go.

    Of course, any and all future mods I had in mind for this guit have to be reversible. Anything I want to do to this guitar to make it a better player need to be reversible, in the (unlikely) event I ever sell it.

    So, first, I found this bridge.

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    This is a Schaller Signum bridge. It's honestly pretty badass. A little pricey... but well worth it. There's a lot of intonation room, and it's got a fairly low profile, so now the action is nice and low.

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    I did have to take off the vibrato tailpiece. Ultimately, as cool as it looks, it just wasn't doing it for me. The break angle it created wouldn't let me get very low action, and I want this guitar to play as good as it looks and sounds. So there's three holes showing? Big deal. I'm ok with it.

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    Next up: tuners. I got some replacement Klusons that, again, drop right in with no mods. The old tuners were a little bent, and didn't have the greatest response.

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    These new ones look the part, and they work great. Again, I'm trying to get this guitar in top playing shape... gig worthy, not just a collector's piece.

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    After a bit of work, a nice setup (and a shot or two of whiskey), this guitar plays wonderfully.

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    And, while I was tinkering around, took a few gut shots as well:

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    I left the pickups and wiring intact, although I did spray out the pots to clean 'em up a bit. It's neat (to me, anyway) seeing how large the cavity on this '71 is... especially compared to modern SGs (as we'll see in later episodes -- stay tuned)

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    Kabrijj Well-Known Member

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    Like many of us (un)fortunate enough to have a moderate to severe case of GAS, I'm always cruising craigslist... and in April, stumbled across another Faded SG, this one a 2009 in black. The price was right, I had the funds, and it was added to the arsenal.

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    I don't have any stock pics of this one handy, but you probably already know what a Faded SG looks like, stock. This one I did a fair amount of mods on...

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    For starters, the knobs were replaced with some of these neat looking ones with red trim.

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    I also had some Seymour Duncan SH1n and SH4 humbuckers lying around, with a cool black powder coated finish.

    This got me to thinking... I need a black & red pickguard! Unfortunately I didn't find anyone who makes such a thing until after I ordered a blank pickguard stock from Warmoth... so out comes the dremel, and I made a mess.

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    But I did make a pretty nice 'guard and truss rod cover, if I do say so myself.

    One other goal, in keeping with the aesthetic theme of this guitar, was to "black it out," as in find all black hardware. That mean a new bridge, tailpiece... I even found a selector switch with a black shaft and nut. The only thing I ended up keeping was the studs from the bridge, as the studs with the new black bridge (TonePros) were too small to drop right in. Never fear! I used some "Sharpie paint" to black out the showing tips. So there's no chrome on this guitar (except maybe the frets...)

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    Rarely one to be content with "just a few" mods, I also replaced the tuners; these ones are Klusons. I believe they're called "Revolutionary," or something relatively clever like that. 19:1 gear ratio, and they dropped right in with no extra holes needing to be drilled. Neat!

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    I'm not sure when Gibson went with the circuit board, but this '09 had one. I figured it was easier, to my line of thinking, do re-wire it from scratch. I'd originally hoped to do some fancy push/pull wiring, but didn't find any push/pull pots that would fit in an SG. This is what I went with; it's your typical configuration on a SG/LP: two volumes, two tones and a switch. I'm pretty proud of this wiring job, to be quite honest.

    For comparison sake, and in keeping with the gratuitous pic-heavy theme, here's the '05 Faded's cavity, stock from Gibson:
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    Finally, we come to the DBZ. As mentioned, here are some pics of it.

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    It's not a "true" SG, but it's a distant cousin, maybe.

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    This one is all stock, except the knobs which I replaced with Q-Parts (again... gotta keep that aesthetic theme going!).

    I actually like the racing stripe, as cheesy as it is.

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    This one is a shredder, too. Very fast (probably cuz of the racing stripe, ha!), nice low action... 24 frets, ebony fretboard, and EMG 81 & 85 pickups.

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    If you've ever seen or played a DBZ, it seems like their "thing" is super thin guitars. This one is almost half as thick as the Gibsons! Well, maybe not quite literally half as thick, but it feels like it... especially on the horn tips. Here it is compared to the '71 Special:

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    Anyway, that's my SG story thus far. I'm sure there will be more down the line...

    I used to be a Strat guy. I'm not completely ashamed to admit that, even here. I still like 'em, but they're being sold off to make room for the new favorite (and vastly superior, obviously) body style: SG! (FWIW, Tele's come in a fairly close second... maybe the next time I feel like typing this much I'll head over to TDPRI, ha!)

    Thanks for reading, if you made it this far. I look forward to posting and sharing more here at ESG!

    -Nate
     
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    Yeah, Denver is a great city in a great state (maybe a little biased: born and raised in Colorado!). Does he play in any bands? We've got a pretty good music scene currently, and I feel like it's pretty tightly knit -- a lot of us are friends with each other, and there's little "competition," ya know? We're all in this together!
     
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    No he plays some keyboard and bass no band though. ;)
     
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    Welcome, very nice guitars, your 1971 SG is a beauty

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    Wow and welcome Kabrijj. Nice arsenal you got yourself.

    About the '61 vibrato screw holes. If it was mine I would make the hole edges smooth with maybe a sliver of sanding paper, just so there's no wood splinter stiking out and then dab the raw wood with some oil, Tung oil or somehing. Some on the scratch above the holes would also make it almost disappear.
     
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    welcome and nice SGs
     
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    Welcome and nice guitars.

    The DBZ is interesting, I like the idea of a string through SG - get more of that tonewood vibrating! :shock::D
     
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    Welcome to ETSG! :smile:
     
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    Greetings and Salutations Kabrijj.
    You will be assimilated.
    Resistance is futile.
    I love all of your guitars, but that DBZ is a real eye catcher :yesway:
     
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    Welcome!

    Now that was one hell of a first post!

    I've got a faded brown too. Definitely my number one. It is setup for C standard.

    Really nice guitars!

    Nice *****, btw.
     
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    What, it censored cat? :D
     
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    Ha, thanks! She's my black metal kitty (kinda has the "Abbath" corpse paint look, if you're familiar at all with black metal...). She loves to investigate guitars, and doesn't mind me playing 'em as long as their not plugged in. Turn on an amp, though, and she's in another room (I refuse to take that as an opinion on my playing!).

    I actually strung my black Faded in C standard, too. Still trying to find the perfect string gauges for it. What are you using to get down low? I've got 12-16-22p-34-46-58 on it right now, but I'm not completely sold on an unwound G string... cfc6c0b47d2498e1919bd8b00c325453.jpg

    But I'll tell ya, putting those 19:1 tuners on really made a big difference in C standard.
     
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    I'm honestly not bothered by 'em at all. And, while it might be kinda cool to hide em... I'd rather keep any mods reversible.

    Looking through some of the others posts here at ESG, I came across a fella you might know as The Col. Possibly inspired me to make a "quasi-pickguard," maybe from some walnut, to cover 'em up... just gotta come up with a good design!
     
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    Yep I play a DBZ or two myself a Royal a Imperial and a Dean Soltero.
    Hard ta beat for the money.
    Welcome
     

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