Burnin' down the house... which guitar would you rescue?

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Col Mustard, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    Well, I thought everyone already knew how i feel about my '07
    Gibson SG faded special... that one can't be replaced by just any SG.
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    so this one in my right hand, and maybe this one in my left:
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    with these two, I can play any gig. Not just play any gig, but play it
    with PANACHE... which is crucial.

    If I got a chance to go back in, I'd grab these:
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    ah but insuance might pay something for any of these, so I could replace
    them if I got paid enough MONEY... OR I could earn more MONEY by
    doing useful work, and replace my losses if nobody else would help me.

    I only posted the ones above because they are unique combinations of soul and grace, and I might
    never see their like again. Save the people first, then save the instruments that can't be replaced, and that have their own voice.

    But BB King himself warns agains becoming so attached to an instrument
    that you'd risk your life for it. When you have talent at the level of Mr. BB
    King, any guitar is replaceable. Your life is NOT.

    But musicians like me risk our lives every time we go driving
    down the road... don't we. It's only the most dangerous thing any of us
    might ever do. (with the exceptions of course: of our Military Veterans who laid their lives on the line for us, against a foe who was fairly well
    armed and highly motivated). For civilians, the open road is likely the
    most deadly danger we ever face. For musicians, we do it every day.
    (or every few days, depending on the skills of our agents & managers.)

    Maybe it seems funny to you, but I came to terms with the danger
    many years ago, and made my mind up that it was worth it. I've risked
    my life for my music literally hundreds of times. or more than that.
    We've been performing for decades. My greatest fear is to be so crushed
    that I can't just blink out, and/or so tough that I can't just die after sustaining horrendous road injuries.

    Is a guitar worth it? Maybe, and maybe not.
    Speak up, colleagues. There's lots of wisdom on this thread so far,
    in between the lines of the patriarch (s).
     
  2. Steve D

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    I don't know how that faded sounds but you somehow managed to turn the stock "faded" finish into something spectacular. Add that pickguard and that is one amazing and unique looking guitar!
     
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  3. Layne Matz

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    I dont think it is crucial to save an instrument if there are more irreplacable things at stake, once your gone you can't come back. Even if the guitar is gone the music remains. Thats not to say there isn't legitimate sentimental value in our instruments but is it the same that we feel for our loved ones? Not quite. Someone on here once said they were more concerned about their fancy vehicle than their guitar, that I cannot empathize with.
     
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  4. Colnago

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    I'd like it to be my '06 Les Paul Standard, but in reality it would probably be my '18 Billie Joe Armstrong Sig LP Jr as it was such a limited run and can't be replaced.
     
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    I'd grab one in each hand. I really need to train my cat to drag a couple Les Pauls out of a burning house.
     
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    What model is that left one? 1973 Standard with an ABR-1 bridge?
     
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    1974 Standard that had the harmonica bridge swapped out for an ABR 1 at some point.

    Edited to add- to me it's slim compared to the other Nasville bridges I have so even though the adjusting screws are facing the bridge instead of the bridge pickup, I'm calling it an ABR 1. I'm embarrassed to admit I can't always tell the difference.
     
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    They'd suffer a few dents, but technically, I can easily hold 2 guitars face to face in each hand. Enough room for the new SG Standard, my Gibson LP Studio, my precious SGJ and my trusty old black Fender Strat.
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  9. Col Mustard

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    Thanks for the good word... I fell hard for my '07 SG faded special...
    it was my first SG and my gift to myself for making 60, AND she was the
    first electric guitar I'd owned since about 1978. So a lot was going on
    in my pore old head when I started playing that guitar at home.

    I came on board here just like so many others have, saying:
    "Hello ETSG, I've just brought home my first SG and I am over the
    moon about it. I always knew SGs existed, but never thought of
    myself playing one until just last week! Where, oh where has this
    guitar been all my life?"

    I learned a lot from the guys on this forum, and decided that I just had
    to mod my SG special... Because I liked it so much, not because there was
    anything wrong with it. I wanted all the best of everything I could buy
    or make for my baby. I named her Luna, because the curves made me
    mindful of the phases of the moon.

    I was "SG whipped..." *laughs
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    And I still am. That humble faded special sounds like a million.
    She sounds like the million I never made. She did right from the first
    time I touched her. Rang like a bell unamplified.

    Mods include a high-falutin wiring harness from Martin SixString,
    0-11 volume knobs, hand carved ebony switch washer, hand carved
    walnut P/G, Gibson '57 Classic and Classic plus pickups, Buzz Feiten
    Shelf nut, and Tone Pros Tuners. SGs and '57s are made for each other
    IMHO.

    I just love this Gibson tone. Every time I put this guitar down after
    playing her, it's with the spoken or unspoken comment:
    "What a great guitar..." And that my friends is priceless, just like the
    lady of the house and rotten kids and the faithful dog and the fearless
    cat... get them safe first, and then grab the instrument that can't be
    replaced. I own another SG now, and she's like a handmaiden to the
    Queen. She's elegant or trashy at a flick of a switch, but Luna is the Queen of my music room.

    The Queen gets escorted to safety first.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    If you tried to escape the burning house with two guitars in each
    fist, you'd have to try an open the door with yer Strat.

    Fortunately, that would be no problem. It might harm or dent
    one of the other fine instruments, but not the Fender.
     
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    This is a very overlooked aspect of Fenders for many guitarists who are used to the fragility of a set neck impeccable Gibson, PRS or whatever. These things can take the most absurd careless abuse imaginable and still play efficiently, I just cant say the same for my SG. Thats not to say that set necks fdont have their place, durability isnt everything- neither is versitality.

    Watch SRV play Third Stone From the Sun live, if that were an SG the neck would have been off WAY before the song was over.
     
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  12. Colnago

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    Can I chuck them out the window onto the grass? I bet I could get 7 or 8 out in the same time as 1 out the front door. Please?
     
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    I think there's some cheating going on here.

    We started with "save" one guitar yikes.

    Then it sort of became two guitars. Now it has turned to 4 guitars ... yikes ...

    Geez louis unless you are some kind of eccentric extra armed creature most of us have to pick one at a time to play. I unfortunately do not have the copy of the fool that I posted on the first page of this thread.

    ( I am eyeballing it on reverb but ... well ... I kind of think my wife may notice that guitar looks a bit dit different than the other guitars ... plus its a bit out of my price range ).

    So I guess I will go with the guitar I am playing this morning. The evil twin to my SG ...

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    My no. 1 white strat and I have bonded very well over the decades, but probably...

    My new Harley Benton SC 450 plus LD. It's a cheap Les Paul copy. It was set up in Germany and is the easiest playing guitar I own. It has coil splitting, stays in tune, and has no retaining wire on the bridge. The bound neck is straight as a board, not a hint of string buzz... (the protective plastic was still on the pickups, also the paper rings were around the knobs)
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    Exactly. I've had that guitar for almost 25 years now. It's been played in the rain, had beer and wine spilled over the electronics countless times, was dropped multiple times, stepped on, beaten, smashed against a tombstone. It was kept in a room where I smoked 2 packs a day for years.

    It started its life in humid, freezing Canada, travelled all over the world and is sitting here with me in the arid Nevada desert since 2012.

    And the only maintenance it ever required in all those years was to have the pots and switch cleaned up and lubed. That's it. Never had any intonation issue. The frets would now need some TLC, but that's only normal.

    So I could probably use this thing as an axe (pun intended) to break through windows...
     
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    Definately these two 2016 Gibson SG Standard & 2010 Fender Jaguar. EDIT: Excuse the mess it was temporary. img_20190218_133758.jpg Optimized-IMG_20161219_013344.jpg
     
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    I've heard lots of good things about those Harley Bentons. Interesting to see someone here list one as "the one to save". That one has a very nice top to it, good looking guitar. They are so cheap that I've been toying with trying to sneak one more new guitar past my ever vigilant wife. I mean, at like $200 how can you go wrong? If nothing else it could be used as the frame for mad scientist style guitar modding experiments. But again, all I hear from people who have them is "I thought I'd change the pickups but I actually like it the way it is".
     
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    I heard the same things. The feel of the neck is awesome: bound with inlays. I wanted to try it. I'm glad I did. It's set up in Germany, and has a 3 year warranty. Returning it would be a PIA. I look at it as a better alternative to an Epiphone.

    https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_sc_450plus_ld_vintage_series.htm?ref=mobile
     
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  19. GrumpyOldDBA

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    Crap ... clickety click ...

    Dang its going to take a while to get here!
     
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  20. Col Mustard

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    you can chuck any property you own out the window... but not the baby
    please. get the kids out first...

    AND HELL, THERE ARE NO RULES ON THIS THREAD. I just got it started
    to see what everyone might say. And because we are sometimes stuck in a rut on a guitar forum, with some topics coming up over and over.

    This topic is no exception, except I haven't seen it for a while. Besides,
    we all like an excuse to post our besties...
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