Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Adamonfirexmx, Sep 21, 2012.
This man speaks the truth.
I started with a husk, so I didn't have any knobs to remove.
Oh yeah, I forgot about that, sorry.
Geez, tough crowd today.
^ that'd look amazing with a cream switch tip (looks great as is; love a Pelham Blue SG).
Today I rewired the Faded Special in the 50s style and put a ring on the bridge pickup. Now the pup sits nice and parallel to the strings. The tinkering never stops...
I do the same thing on all my batwing bridge pickups as well.
Makes it easier to adjust the height keeping it level.
The neck pickup gets the foam shim treatment.
Those two fadeds look great.
I was thinking about doing something to the neck pickup as well, but I found some screws (not original Gibsons) that keep the pickup parallel (enough) to the strings.
Yeah, the neck one is not too bad.
Plus if you dry fit a ring on neck position, one corner of ring will extend to edge of bevel on guard and look a bit off.
Foam shim on neck position works well since the pickup sits so deep in the cavity. The bridge pickup sits much higher in the cavity which makes it more tricky to get sorted with foam, which is why I prefer the mounting ring method.
Look up Glenn Tipton SG and you can see where he took a vintage SG Special and converted to HB's, made a custom large guard and installed mounting rings on both HB's. I first saw this back in the 1980's.
Also if you look up Angus Young rig rundown, he installs the rings on the bridge position only as well.
I have been seeing more threads recently discussing the pickup tilt on the batwings.
Some folks think it too much trouble to install the rings so they use foam, bend the tabs, etc which also works. Others are indifferent and it does not bother them.
Funny thing is this has been going on since the late 1960's with the introduction of the batwing. Same thing on Flying V with large guard.
Yes, Angus is the reason I thought of doing it. If it's good enough for him, I figured I'd be happy too.
Just curious if you notice any difference sound wise by tilting the pickups to be parallel to the strings?
I can't really say I do. However, after putting the ring in I adjusted the pickup a little higher than it was before, and that naturally made a difference.
May I ask if you had to modify the pick guard at all to install the ring? I put covers on the pickups of my faded, and it seems as though with the covers on the pickups don't have room to be tilted by the rings.
I didn't modify the pickguard at all. Mind you, the pickguard is not stock, I replaced the original one with a wide-bevelled one from Creamtone a while back.
Hey. If you're still around AND have pics of the "fake neckbinding", I'd like to see how it turned out. (And nobody shoot me because I'm responding to a post from 2012....he may still be alive!)
ROFLMAO I certainly shall not rain on your parade!
I have seen a couple of 2014 Gibson Les Paul Melody Makers where the color has been carefully removed from the edge of the top, revealing the natural maple to look like binding.
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