Good buy?

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by glen, May 22, 2020 at 1:37 PM.

  1. glen

    glen New Member

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    Hi folks pretty exited as I'm about 80% sure I'm gonna buy my first Gibson SG. Sg special ltd edition.png
    He wants 700(Canadian) for it and says it's all original.He has the other pickup cover.
    It's a ltd edition Special I'm guessing because of the color(tv yellow?artic white?)and
    the ebony fingerboard.He sent me a pic that was supposed to show the serial # but I
    can't make it out all,will have to wait till I see it.If anybody knows anything at all about this guitar
    I would love to hear more about it.Sorry that's the only pic I have,thanks guys ,cheers.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    We've seen white SGs before where the buyer couldn't
    read the serial number very well.

    I believe that in order to get the white color, Gibson has
    to apply lots of coats of whatever undercoat they use, and
    maybe lots of coats of the white and the clear.

    This tends to fill in the serial number and make it hard to
    read, but it's there and it's a normal feature of a white SG.
    You may have to apply strong lighting at an angle in order
    to bring up the number clearly.

    Dunno about TV yellow, but I don't think this one is that
    color.

    It looks like a fine instrument, and $700 Cn seems like a fair
    price. Ebony fretboard is a nice feature.
     
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    Crazy_8 Well-Known Member

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    I''ve personally owned two white SG's that also had thick original paint obscuring the serial number.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Had a 2000 SG Special in the past.
    Finish color is Cream.
    Neck pup cavity has finish color initials "CR".
    Ships from the factory with gold hardware.
    Uncovered 490R / 490T combo.

    Changed mine to chrome hardware.
    Added pup covers.

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    Pictured below is a TV Yellow finish.

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    Grizzlyman Active Member

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    Mmmmm looks lovely!
     
  6. glen

    glen New Member

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    Thanks for the replies ,Hopefully will be able to see it tonight.Once I see it i'm sure i'll buy it.(I have no control, lol)
     
  7. glen

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    Well I'm a Gibson owner again.Was able to see the serial number(023150415).So it is a 2015 model.
    Just got it home so off to clean it and set it up.:D:D:D:D
     
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    Woohoo ! ... and photos, lots of photos. Outside if possible, it'll give you the best ligh you can get without a studio setting.
     
  9. glen

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    lol unfortunately the sun is all but gone here for today,but i took these.There's a few little skuff marks and a couple barely seeable chips but overall in really good shape.Wasn't expecting the neck to be a s chunky as it is but it is no problem.The quickest setup I ever did on a new guitar(I nearly always level and crown the frets ,file the nut and adjust the neck)All i did with this is lower the bridge till the strings were almost lying on the neck.Then i played it fully expecting to find buzzes here and there,but nothing ,couldn't believe it.Then I checked the intonation and it was perfect.That's a first for me.Don't know why the action was a 1/4 inch off the neck when I got it.Think I'm going to enjoy this guitar.
     

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    you mean like this: :D

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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    It’s a 2005 ;)
     
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  13. glen

    glen New Member

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    Yes ,right you are...I actually meant to say that the first and 5th number being the year.After I got more familiar with it I discovered some notes fretting out when I bent them.There was a little more relief on the neck than I thought so went to adjust the neck and then I saw the nut almost buried in the wood with a good 1/4 inch of the threaded rod sticking out.Easy to tell someone had been cranking this too hard.So I scraped away the wood around the nut enough to get it off put a couple washers on it and put the nut back on.I was lucky this time, it worked fine and I got the proper relief.Moral of the story I guess is to never buy a set neck guitar(or bolt on neck for that matter)without checking the truss rod nut.This guitar was very close to being firewood.Dodged a bullet this time,whew,now I need a drink,I think I've earned one lol.
     
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    SN# 023150415 is going to be a 2005, not a 2015. 1st and 5th digits. Also, 2015 was a weird year where they made the necks wide to accommodate the brass nut and has Les Paul 100 script on the headstocks. Nice guitar, as mentioned the ebony fretboard on a lower end model is a bonus. And it likely came with uncovered pickups. And yes white serials are hard to read on Gibsons. My Flying V is the same way. Most of this is probably redundant to the thread now but just chiming in.
     

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