Discussion in 'Epiphone SG' started by DrBGood, Jan 11, 2020.
OK guys and gals, time to take your medecine. I brew this special batch for you.
That looks awesome! Hows the fit/finish, sound etc? I would also like to ask what the neck joint is like.. I seen a pic of a full guard standard and the joint looked bulkier than a Gibson.. can you shed any light on this?
Here's a Special back view at 1:53
Here are some more pics of the classic. Fit and finish seem pretty good although the wood is less than perfectly smooth in a few spots-most notably on the back of the neck around the 1st fret.
814AE6E4-C71B-4695-93D2-45923242E750 by Piper68Special posted Jan 18, 2020 at 5:44 PM
It’s nothing big but I can feel it if I feel for it. Not sure why they bothered beveling the back of the bottom horn if that was all they were going to do!
F9FF7ECE-B8E5-48C7-8ABE-ED530569EA6C by Piper68Special posted Jan 18, 2020 at 5:44 PM
Not CTS pots in this one but they feel smooth and work nicely.
A2F2FECC-1587-460B-95CD-707F5C1082C7 by Piper68Special posted Jan 18, 2020 at 5:44 PM
Tone is nice. Brighter than my ‘69 with Golden Age in it. A bit hotter too but they clean up nicely rolling off the volume. Neck joint seems very like my ‘69.
B3EE4C53-D780-49E0-BFF2-01A254B9A0A9 by Piper68Special posted Jan 18, 2020 at 5:44 PM
C2AE6735-EAEC-492D-9057-5AADE9798F69 by Piper68Special posted Jan 18, 2020 at 5:44 PM
1681EA38-1BEE-43A1-B42B-91F04865DF94 by Piper68Special posted Jan 18, 2020 at 5:44 PM
670FAA35-35C3-4940-838C-24519EC6A146 by Piper68Special posted Jan 18, 2020 at 5:44 PM
Hope that helps!
The finish looks just like nitro. They did a good job there too !
Lower attemp at a bevel is funny :) Makes it unique I guess.
Thank you for the info! That is a beautiful instrument
I'm late to the show but.. it certainly looks like Epiphone did themselves & their sales a huge favor here with everything they redesigned for 2020.
And that iconic looking Original Series '61 SG Classic with a Maestro Lyre Vibrola has me ready to bite even though the Maestro Lyre Vibrolo didn't appear on SG's unto '63 if I remember correctly.
Can't help but ponder.. Would it have been too much to call it a '63 SG Lyre Classic?
(Gasp! is that Epiphone scratched into that Lyre tailpiece!!)
Well Hell Bellz, for that matter, Epiphone wasn't making Gibson copies of anything in 61 or 63! Gotsta be able to get over $hit like dat meng.
So history be damned, It's just an Epiphone version on a classic Gibson and who cares wtf they call it right? Im still probably going to end up getting one when I have the chance!
Body style: SG
Body wood: Mahogany
Finish: Vintage Cherry gloss
Neck shape: Slim taper
Joint: Set neck
Neck wood: Mahogany
Neck finish: Vintage Cherry gloss
Material: Indian laurel (tank you bedy much my friend, please enjoy)
Number of frets: 22
Inlays: Trapezoids, pearloid
Nut: 43mm GraphTech
Neck pickups: Probucker 2
Bridge pickups: Probucker 3
Control layout: 2 volume, 2 tone
Pickup switch: 3-way
Tailpiece: Maestro vibrola
Bridge: LockTone ABR
Tuning machines: Epiphone Deluxe Vintage with keyston button
Pickguard: Black 5-ply
The one I had was dented at the back, I guess another guitar with four knobs was slammed against the back of the special while it was hung on the shelves.
The bare wood was showing up as the finish went away due to the "collision".
I redid the finish on the back, mine was black, sanded and applied some wood paste sanded again until I could partially respray the back.
So it's the way I discovered this kind of heavy resin or polyurethane primer coat.
The wood without it was very soft and I had to be careful when I had to sand the wood, no aggressive grit to avoid getting deeper in the wood.
I also customized a Squier Tele Custom with P90, same resin on soft wood story.
The bridge was offset so I installed a Strat bridge and I redid the whole finish.
It was initially black, I was lucky as the wood grain was quite nice but a lot of sanding and preparation work was involved.
! That came out great !
Thanks for the post! I saw an article about the Inspired by Gibson line just recently online and am intrigued. For those of us looking for a Gibson type guitar as a back up to our Gibson model(s) that we already own, this could be an affordable option.
I want one of those Pelham blue SG Specials, hopefully they don't screw us on the price too much down here, but I'm not holding out much hope.
The SG Special says P-90 Pros. Anyone know about these pickups, how they differ from a Wildcat or Casino Coupe pickup?
How different would they be from the P 90’s is in the Wildcat or Casino Coupe? Thanks.
I think Epiphone only has two kind of P90, the one they've been using forever and the Pro. That's it. They will sound very different installed in a full bodied guitar than in a hollow/semi-hollow.
Difference between regular and Pro ? I guess you'll have to test them or ask Mr. Epiphone himself.
Here's what he has to say about the Pro.
Epiphone P-90 PRO™ Pickup
Following in the footsteps of the ProBucker™ is the new single coil P-90 PRO™, a rebirth of one of the greatest and most versatile pickups in popular music, also invented by Seth Lover. The original single coil P-90 pickup was inspired by the now legendary (and super rare) "Charlie Christian" pickup used by the revolutionary jazz guitar player from Oklahoma who plugged in with the Benny Goodman band and transformed the guitar from a rhythm instrument to a solo instrument.
Just like originals P-90s, the Epiphone P-90 PRO™ is an extremely sensitive pickup that easily bends to a player's unique touch. With its distinctive growl and wide range, it's great for rock and roll, pop, jazz, country, or anything you want to throw at it.
The creation of the Epiphone P-90 PRO™ once again followed the same principles used to create the ProBucker™. "Just like a good chef uses science and art to create unique dishes, a good pickup designer is able to use ingredients in unique ways to create sound," continues Richard Akers. "All the ingredients are available to anyone willing to look but you have to know how to combine them and what is important. Knowing the ingredients in a fine family recipe and how they combine is very similar to how I went about producing these pickups that are synonymous with what our ears have evolved to know as the sound of Rock and Roll."
The P-90 pickup not only powered the earliest Les Pauls but were also the engine behind the almighty Epiphone Casino, which has hardly ceased production since its debut in 1961.
In the 60s, the Casino was heard on an incredible variety of hits including the Kinks "You Really Got Me" and virtually every Beatle recording made from 1965-1969 including "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Paperback Writer," "Revolution," and "Get Back."
Today, the list of Casino devotees –both new and vintage--include GRAMMY winner Gary Clark Jr., Thom Yorke of Radiohead, U2's the Edge, and Paul Weller. The new Epiphone P-90 PRO™ single coil pickups are also made with 18% Nickel Silver covers and have been designed and tooled from the ground up with new bobbins manufactured to historic dimensions, Elektrisola magnet wire, sand cast Alnico V magnets, and pole shoes manufactured using correct alloys and to Gibson dimensions. And for you sticklers to detail, the new Epiphone P-90 PROs™ also have tin plated brass base plates like used on 50's and 60's era Gibson P-90 pickups.
"What we perceive today to be a great sounding pickup is partially great because that is the sound we grew up hearing as the definitive sound of Rock and Roll. It's what our ears want to hear," said Akers. "There is also a lot of truth to the fact that through some very intelligent engineering and also some just plain old luck, Seth Lover and Gibson created fantastic sounding pickups that worked extremely well in the guitars they were producing at the time. Our modern manufacturing procedures certainly give us a higher degree of consistency but it's hard to top the sound produced by the best examples of the golden era."
In the table below, you'll see that all P90 lsited read 7 for output and use Alnico 5 magnets.
I am glad they went with Nickel, it ages beautifully
I’m liking the sound of these pickups but they are the same-neck & bridge-so no hum cancelling in the middle position.
No word on lefty offerings yet
Yeah I went on Epiphone 's site and not only do they not list any lefty models for the Inspired by Gibson series, I can't find any lefty models for Epiphone period on their new site. Lefty Fretz, which is a great web site for left handed guitars claims that there will be lefty models for the Inspired by Gibson series. I certainly hope so!
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