Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by deMelo, Jan 8, 2017.
Same model/year as mine.
Ever taken a pic of the control cavity?
Btw it has a lovely figured top. Mine is more plain, I actually like it better without the figuring, but yours is a beauty to be appreciated
I swapped the stock pots and caps for Emerson
That sure is a tight cavity there, Chase, not much room in there.
Nope! But the Emerson kit dropped right in with no problems, cover fit over the big capacitors without any trouble!
Details on that Custom?
Year... Mods... Birdy...
Well, not mine, but nothing against posting beautiful brown SGs that don't belong to ourselves here.
This is a 1961 Les Paul Custom, listed on Abalone Vintage:
Classy, ain't she?
Chase, this is why I said your cavity seems tight to work in.
Look at my big ass swimming pool rout.
Did you switch the bridge for an ABR?
2003 Faded Specials Worn Brown with ebony boards.
Welcome n sweet pair, gasket
Yes with a Faber ABRN
Upgraded tuners to vintage style kluson double ring!
What didn't you like about the vintage style Klusons it came with? Mine are just fine
Nice introduction... Welcome to ETSG...
Double ring, double Mojo...
Just going for a certain look, I tried to get as many "period correct" parts as possible.
Can I join? I have a cherry Faded Special and an SG-II which is faded to brown (I think it was cherry when it was new, but it still counts, eh?).
Bought used Feb 1, 1969
Already finish stripped when I got it.
Bigger frets used when refretted
3 of Larrys PAFs purchased in 1977/1978
(Middle pickup not in circuit at this time)
Schaller Tuners with pearl buttons that match split diamond headstock inlay
Rear strap button moved 1 inch towards bass side of guitar for balance
The bird is a faux inlay. I did it a long time ago.
The outline was done by using a template and an empty ballpoint pen.
The inner area was then lowered slightly by much careful hand sanding.
The actual "inlay" was done by carefully filling in the depression with many
coats of flat black verithane, each coat steel wooled before the next one.
Followed by several coats of clear satin. You can actually see down into it.
The "eye" was done by drilling a very small very shallow hole for a countersink
and driving a straight pin cut to 1/2" or so into the recess.
The recess was then filled with clear gloss verithane so the eye would shine.
It came out nice and holds up under close inspection. I was happy.
(Doing an actual inlay probably would have been a lot less work
but I didn't know how to do that.)
Ron Featherston says:"Here is my 1972 Natural SG Standard. I have seen this color described as both natural and walnut by different guitar shops. Which is it?"
Kernel says: I'd call that Walnut stained mahogany. Other '70s SGs were finished
in walnut like that... plus that's what other old ones actually look like, even if they were
ordinary Cherry SGs when new. Some of the old SGs on this thread have turned
this color from time and exposure to bar room atmosphere, with all that grease from the kitchen, cigarette smoke from the clientele, popcorn steam and girl perfume.
That'll turn any guitar's color.
So I think the faded brown finish is something that Gibson nailed and got right.
Mine turned my head from about ten meters away or so, and called me right over:
I don't know if the thin varnish on the faded model affects the tone, but something
does. Mine rang like a bell un amplified, and sounded better right in the store than
several others, including at least one that cost twice as much. I didn't have a prayer,
once I touched that guitar. She said, 'Git out yer mastercard, big boy, and take me
outa here..." So I did.
That was in 2008, and it's eight years later and I'm still bonded with that individual
instrument. I named her Luna, because she was my first SG and the cutaways
made me mindful of the phases of the moon. I have other great guitars, but this
one seems to me to be the best guitar of any kind I have ever played.
Luna is a 2007 Gibson SG special faded brown. I have modded her with all the
best of everything I could buy or make. She rewards me with excellent tone, and
perfect balance. She weighs about 6 3/4 pounds stripped, and
fits me like a lover. Hard to beat. Thanks for inviting me to this club. I love
all these guitar pictures.
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