Is the 2018 high performance worth it?

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Brendan Deeds, Mar 15, 2019.

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Standard or HP?

  1. Standard

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  2. HP

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  1. Brendan Deeds

    Brendan Deeds New Member

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    I'm in the market for an SG, my first since I was kid when I had a G400 and justcwanted to be Angus. I'm looking at a 2017/2018 standard and also a 2018 high performance.

    The standard around £900-1000 (roughly $1300), whereas guitarguitar have a sale on the 2018 HP's in stunning Mojave fade (which I think is absolutely beautiful) and they're £1300 (roughly $1700).

    I play in a wedding band so we play a wide variety of music from modern chart hiys to classic rock.

    I know the standard is quite versatile but should I go all out and get the HP? Anyone out there have a HP?

    Any help would be appreciated!!
     
  2. Didds

    Didds Well-Known Member

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    Personally theres no question that I'd go for the Standard. Much cheaper and doesn't have all the unnecessary push/pull pots and robotuners. That being said, the HPs are very nice looking and if all of that stuff is useful to you then I'd say go ahead. Just be prepared to pay a lot more. Really it's just what you'd prefer. Welcome to the Forum by the way :D
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    The 2018 Gibson SG HP is killer without HBs rings

    The adjustable nut is a very good concept to obtain a low action !

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    GrumpyOldDBA Well-Known Member

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    The 2018 Mojave fade is just stunning.

    I have the same model cobalt fade which is also gorgeous

    The HP has 57 pups along with a slightly wider neck its perfect unless maybe very small hands.

    Titanium zero fret adjustable nut and titanium saddles. The push pull options are very nice its a technical masterpiece.

    Put it this way you will be second guessing not buying it right so just throw down!

    If you get a standard do the 2017 it has 57s the 2018 does not.


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    Yeah the hp is the one you want!

    All my guitars are hp models!
     
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    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    The push/pull pots & DIP switch on the HP will give you a much more versatile guitar. I can never fathom why Gibson sell Standards without coil splitting. I'd consider it a basic feature on any Humbucker equipped guitar made since the late 70s. Ironically, my '14 SG Standard has it and my '16 Standard HP and '16 SG Supreme both lack this feature.

    Apart from that, you're getting a lot of good upgrades on these HPs, like ebony or Richlite boards, fret over binding and adjustable titanium nuts. I also like the feel of the soloist neck on my '16, (I think the '18 still has this - not completely sure, but the '19 does). Oh, and the MoP inlays are gorgeous too...
     
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    GrumpyOldDBA Well-Known Member

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    Yeah all the HP SG model years have the slightly wider aka soloist neck.

    It is kind of strange that gibson sells the LP standards with push/pull ( coil tap or coil split ) out of the box for a long time but the SG standards are left lacking. ( Tricky way to sell the HP models ? seems strange ).

    You can obviously get push pulls and wire it up yourself for an SG or find/buy an SG board that has it built in already. The LP boards with push/push ( including phase shift ) are a lot easier to find than SG boards and so often considerable more affordable.
     
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  7. Brendan Deeds

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    Thanks very much guys! The HP model I'm looking at is the updated one without the robot tuners, it just has Grover locking tuners. I would definitely use the coil tap/split on it. I have another few weeks until I'm able to afford either guitar so I have a lot of time tocmake my mind up, but as of now I'm leaning towards the HP.
     
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    GrumpyOldDBA Well-Known Member

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    Well whatever decision you make we need pictures at some point or it did not happen!

    Welcome to the forum!
     
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    Thanks very much!! Pics will be uploaded the second I get it :D
     
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    Hi Brendan. Last year I had a 2015 LPDC HP for a few days (setting it up for 7-38 strings for the acid-jazz player owner) and liked it very much, but honestly couldn't tell much difference in performance re: the fractionally wider playing surface. The adjustable nut was a great setup feature, though. Looking forward to pics. Congrats
     
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    WELCOME TO ETSG!

    Congratulations on two excellent choices of guitar.
    Me, I'd prefer the simpler option for less money, as I have no use
    for coil splitting in my style. My stage experience shouts:
    KEEP IT SIMPLE... because I usually have enough distractions in
    a performance environment.

    But me, I'm not good at multi tasking either...
    when it's time to navigate, I turn off the radio
    and when the traffic chokes up, I get off the phone.

    So for me, the simple tone of a pair of Gibson hum buckers
    is what I want when I reach for my SG. When I want single
    coil tone, I reach for my ES-339.

    That said,
    I can see the advantage of having one guitar that covers lots
    of tones... logistically speaking, when you're playing someone
    else's party, lugging in too much stuff is a bad idea. So I can
    understand the advantage.

    We'll all be waiting to see what you pick out.
    To me, they're both great choices.
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Welcome aboard!

    Although I have one, I'm not really an HP fan. I prefer the Standards and '61 reissues.

    I do like the looks of maple tops and the colors though :smile:
     
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