Has anyone seen one of these? "Limited edition" SG with 'Maestro' Bigsby

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  1. bwotw

    bwotw Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking to buy locally one of these, but I'm not familiar with the model at all. As far as I can tell, it's just a regular late 90s-early '00's SG (ABR-1 bridge, that kind of opaque cherry finish...) but with a factory 'Maestro' branded Bigsby trem (like those cool SG Deluxes from around the same time) and a Limited Edition decal.

    * What can you tell me about those?
    * Exactly how limited were they?
    * How are those 'Maestro' Bigsbies like?
    * 490s or Classic 57 pickups?
    * What hardshell case should it come with?
    * Value over regular SG standards from the same erra?

    I've found a couple of ads of the same model, but nothing more:


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gibson-1999-SG-Standard-Limited-Edition-with-Maestro-Vibrola-Used-/173850912271


    https://reverb.com/item/6476838-gibson-00-limited-edition-sg-w-bigsby-vibrato


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    brazilnut Active Member

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    I know nothing, but it looks like a cool setup. If you like Bigsbys. I'd rather have the full-on Maestro Vibrola sideways arm, myself.
     
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    Steve D Well-Known Member

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    I have never seen a "Bigsby" ... if it is really a Bigsby ... labelled "Maestro". That seems odd to me. Gibson used to have them branded with the Gibson logo back in the day, so why wouldn't they do that back more recently too?
     
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    bwotw Well-Known Member

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    My guess is they made those in house and just branded them with the Maestro monicker, but they're defintely a Bigsby rip-off. They used the same ones on the SG Deluxes, which is a model I've never seen in person but totally want

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    Steve D Well-Known Member

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    Ah, that makes sense. I suppose Bigby's patent expired for Gibson to get away with such blatant design theft. Play authentic indeed!
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Or maybe the OEM is Bigsby and it simply has a "Maestro" brand name stamped on it.

    As with any other industry, many components may be designed in house, but produced by an OEM that will stamp whatever brand name on said component they are contracted to produce.

    If you watch any of the online factory tours, you will find that the pickups are wound and assembled in house, but I have never seen any tuners, bridges, knobs, pots, tailpieces, vibrato systems, etc being made in house on any of those videos.

    Note the similarity of the tuners below...

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    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

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    • Not much, but it seems like there isn't much to tell about them; just a few special features on a Standard
    • Probably not particularly beyond limited demand. The Natural Burst had the same LE decal and they were built for several years and can be found quite easily.
    • Probably identical to a real Bigsby and built by Bigsby just like the '70s "Gibsby" trems.
    • I'd bet on 490s but if you're serious, ask the seller for a pic underneath
    • Standard hardshell case
    • About the same. It's rarer but it's also a more limited market for those who like Bigsbys. Of course, most sellers try to charge out the wazoo for anything they could possibly claim as a unique feature (like that Ebay listing, jesus christ, he's asking Custom Shop SG money for what is nothing more than a Standard with a Bigsby!). Even the Reverb one is overpriced IMO when a Standard can be had under $1000 used.
     
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  8. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    This is a 1999 SG Standard Limited edition with a factory Bigsby called Maestro for Gibson.

    The SG looks full stock to me but 2000us$ is expensive imho.
     
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    Gibson De Luxe tuners are made by Schaller
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    The Schallers have a font where the D in Deluxe is more of a rounded square whereas on the Grovers it's more of a half circle:

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    Also, Gibson's specs would often list the USA Keystone tuners as Grovers.
     
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