Gibson SG Tribute 50's

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  1. mrboosh

    mrboosh New Member

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    Good Morning Folks,

    Newbie from the UK here;

    Just managed to pick up a Gibson SG Tribute 50's on eBay for £300.... not arrived yet - but think I have gotten a bargain, as the reviews and forums all seem to say good things.

    Whats the general thoughts on these Guitars? am I onto a winner, or bum deal? only ever owned a Epiphoe G400 before loved that but had to flip it for cash a while back... but must say I am rather excited about getting my hands on a Real Gibson SG!
     

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  2. JMon

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    Sweet! I have a 60s Tribute with humbuckers. I think it is exactly the same as an SG Standard only without a pickguard. The whole "Tribute" thing is a marketing ploy to sell more guitars by lowering the price point without lowering the price of a Standard. Great deal. Enjoy!
     
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    grausch Active Member

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    I used to own one and it's a great guitar. Let it (and some others) go to fund a much more expensive guitar. At GBP 300 you got a steal - I would pay up to GBP 500 for one of those in decent shape.

    Mine was a great player with a very comfortable neck. Those P90s created some really monstrous rock n' roll sounds.
     
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    Welcome! That sg should be good!
     
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  5. mrboosh

    mrboosh New Member

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    I'm slightly excited for its arrival I must say.... however the wife is not!! Ha.

    Got the bits already to clean her up and restring and set up when she arrives - will keep you updated on how it goes!
     
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    Welcome to ETSG!

    And congratulations on making an excellent choice.
    IMHO the SG '50s trib is one of Gibson's best. Especially for 300 pounds.
    I think that's a very reasonable price. I believe that Gibson only made this
    model for one year.
    http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/SG/Gibson-USA/SG-50s-Tribute.aspx

    What I say about the '50s Tribute is that it's a "really dumb name for a
    really good guitar." Which means that the Gibson engineers and luthiers who
    design these excellent instruments don't work in the same room as the
    sales guys who "create' ways to market them. This is a player's guitar.
    It's got 24 frets.

    A Gibson SG with P-90 pickups is one of the classic tones. Very Sixties...
    Many of us believe that Pete Townshend sounded his best when he played
    those. There has been a lot of great music played on guitars like this.

    I don't believe that guitar players in the 1950s would have bought the SG. (prototype)
    They were too traditionally minded perhaps... Fender was able to market and
    sell the Stratocaster, but it was the young and up coming guitarists who bought
    those. In the fifties, most guitarists played arch top jazz guitars. The Holy Grail
    Les Pauls of 1958, 1959, and 1960 number only 1702 (for all three years)
    which is one of the reasons they are so rare and valued.

    Ignore the fact that there were NO SGs in the fifties. Gibson has acknowledged the
    absurdity of the "50s tribute SG" by stamping the word
    "prototype" on the back of the headstock. Look and see when it comes.
    It's all nonsense, but that word "prototype" turns the "50s Trib" SG into something cool
    and special. I'd love to have one.
     
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  7. mrboosh

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    Thanks for that bit of history there... that's crazy there are only 1702 Les Pauls from 58, 59 & 60!

    I expect with that minimal number around that most of the hype around them is from a mystique more than them being the best playing instrument ever as people have you believe. (I'm not for 1 minute saying they are not nice guitars)

    Yea I am very keen to get hands on with this SG - Looks the business. I am a simple man, and I love the no frills finish and lack of pick-guard! and P90's is a bonus... I dont go in for all these fancy tops and crazy finishes with gold hardware!

    Though I have noticed that the 'cheaper' Gibson's have a slightly different finish to the headstocks that the premium lines... always wondered why - as it makes the truss rod cover stick out a bit more!
     
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    Even more so than binding and headstock inlays, the biggest difference between the price points is the finish. Most of the cost of an SG Standard is in the clear high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, and that extends to the headstock. On the tributes, they use a simple semi-gloss overspray without doing any buffing - this extended to all of the Tribute models ('50's, '60's, '70's and Future) which were essentially all the same guitar, differing only in the neck carve, tuners and type of pickups.
     
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    And I'd love to hear your own take on this Gibson SG...
    We want a complete report on how this instrument fits into your
    style and your music.

    And lots of pictures of course.
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    I got a good deal on my 60's tribute at $500 us.

    At the time the best deal on a 50's I could find was $700.

    I thought the only difference was the neck shape.

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