How are your SGJ finishes holding up?

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  1. danlad

    danlad Member

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    OK so it is yet another 'look at my playing wear, aren't I cool?' thread. But am interested now that SGJ owners have had them a while to settle in, tweak and play how the finishes are doing now they've had a year or two of use.

    I waxed mine once the original finish started to shine up where you play, and thought the contrast with the chalky look where you don't looked silly.

    Here is mine, neck wear and the forearm area just starting to discolour on the curve.
     

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    Mine is holding up great. I thought my destructive acidic sweat would ruin it (I sweat more than usual from my hands) but to counter this I clean my guitar everyday.

    The only wear is on the side of the guitar that I put it on my lap
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    And also on the neck. It looks very beautiful and my favorite part is that there is a line on the neck that is worn because of how much I hold open position chords( I do love playing chunka-chunka blues style riffs!)

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    I'm one of those guys who says he doesn't like shiny guitars.
    Translate that to mean I'm a cheapskate who doesn't want to pay for it.
    The cost of an SG Standard compared to the SGJ (and also my favorite faded special)
    reflects the amount of work Gibson pays their employees to do in order to get that hard
    shiny deep lacquer finish that's 'traditional.' And of course, the reason it's traditional is because
    it lasts longer than this, and stands up to everything better and la la la.

    The fact that we got our faded versions and the "Jays" and the satin finishes for maybe $500
    less means that we were able to get that Gibson sound even if we couldn't afford to pay the
    top prices. And that my friends is actually important. Because the number of us who really
    can't expend the resources, but who really want that sound... is huge. Thousands and thousands
    of us, out there playing Gibsons and looking like a million even if we didn't spend it.

    I don't think the audience would ever notice, or care about whether your guitar is worn in a few
    places. The audience will respond (or not respond) to your sound, (which means the mix)
    and to how good your songs are, or aren't... and to how cool you look from a distance.
    So details that affect these things are crucial, and smaller cosmetic details that many of us
    fuss over on these boards actually mean nothing. We fuss over them anyway. *shrugs

    So wear it with pride, I say. There's a place in the world for all of it. I like Gibson, and I want them
    to succeed. And when a guitarist concludes: "I want the best... I have the talent and I have the cash
    and I'm going to get the best..." then Gibson should supply it. And bully for all of us, because when
    a guitarist concludes, "I'd like to have the best, but the kids need new clothes for school, and the furnace
    is wonky and my hardworking and supportive wife is wearing the same boots she wore last fall, so
    I'll take care of all that, and if I have some money left, I'll get a guitar that's almost-the-best, and
    sounds just as good, and rocks just as hard."

    That's my Luna... my favorite almost-as-good guitar that's actually the best.
    *grins The faded finish wears a little differently from the 'J' but look how the neck
    as gone almost blonde from action, and a little rubbing with steel wool. I bought this guitar new in 2008.
    a Luna close@100.jpg wear 1@100.jpg wear 2@100.jpg back@100.jpg
     
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    sgj3.jpg sgj4.jpg sgj5.jpg sgj.jpg sgj2.jpg sgj1.jpg Mine is holding up very well. The color on the neck has evened out a little. The whole finish is shinier, from wear.
    ;>)/
     
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    Holy crap that thing's beautiful! Congrats!
     
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    yeah... "she's my pride and joy... she's my sweet little bay-bay
    I'm her little lover boy..." --SRV

    I've always liked Bid's Red & Black SGJ also... love to see photos of that. I put black p'up covers on
    mine out of "Jay envy..." *laughs
    Luna 3@100.jpg
    NOW LET'S SEE SOME MORE
     
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    Shiny.jpg Mine is OK - shiny!
     
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    Have only had mine a month, so it's early days yet...

    The neck on my Framus is starting to get a hand polished feel now (it's plain oiled wood, no lacquer or nitro)..
     
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    Clearcoats are cheating in the SGJ community :)
     
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    Honestly I much prefer the satin finish, especially on the neck. Wish all necks came with a satin finish personally.
     
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    I'll put up some pictures when I get home . But after about a month it's got some slight wear where my forearm sits and where my pick hits. A little bit of buckle rash starting. All is well in shreddy's world!
     
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    I use a Scotchbrite pad on all my guitar necks. Any kind of shiny finish to the neck makes a guitar almost impossible to play. For the body - shiny. I don't like a satin body; for me it looks unfinished.
     
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    Where your pick hits? Surely it only hits the strings?
     
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    shreddy bender Well-Known Member

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    Sorry Don. I'm a ham handed picker!
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    I'm picturing Seasick Steve. How far off am I? (btw, he's great)
     
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    Yeah, I have seen some clips of him on here. Pretty cool stuff.
     
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    Upper horn pick scratches here too. Yours even more noticeable? I always thought I had a light and delicate touch...
     

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    Did you clear that one? I thought I was the only one!! Looks GREAT
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    Nah - I misread the thread title (Duh!). It's an EPI G400.
     
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    LOL!!!!!!
     

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