My SG 61 RI Arrived Yesterday - Pics

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  1. woodrow886

    woodrow886 New Member

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    Well...my SG 61 Reissue arrived yesterday.

    It's a cracking guitar. It looks awesome, feels awesome and fits like a glove from the get go. The upper fret access is almost criminal. I can play the B Pentatonic scale on the 19-22 frets with ease.

    It was majorly out of tune when I unboxed it but that was probably a no brainer. It's stayed in tune perfectly since I tuned it though. My finger tips appear to get rather dirty after 5 minutes of playing though. Kinda like I've been rubbing pencil lead on them. Not sure if it's the strings or the fret board. Is this normal for a new guitar? Any ideas on how to clean it up safely?

    I was considering getting a 2012 standard too but I don't think I will as this kind of fret access will be hard to divert from. Next...it'll either be an ebony 2013 standard or an ebony 61 Reissue (if they're still kicking about that is).

    Are the bridge pickups normally this high? See pic.

    By the way...photography is not my day job... :)
     

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  2. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member

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    VERY NICE.
    Congrats.

    The bridge PU does look a little high.
    I would try adjusting the height to see where it sounds best for you.

    Black fingers is the norm.
    You may want to give the fretboard a little oiling.
    My favorite is Guitar Honey.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. saxosim

    saxosim Active Member

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    Very nice looking SG indeed, congratulations.

    Funny you mention about your fingers getting really dirty playing it, my dad recently got a new Epi LP custom and when I played it for a few minutes and looked a my fingers it looked like I have rubbed pencil graphite all over them. I would be keen to know what it is? :)

    Enjoy your new 61 RI anyway it looks great.
     
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    koaguilds Well-Known Member

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    the dirtiness on fingers appearance is probably oxidation of the strings from storage. the strings were probably on there from the factory and they sat a while so they oxidized.

    AWESOME SG by the way!! Congrats!
     
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    Moose Well-Known Member

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    Great looking guitar. Just love '61s
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Beauty ! The the shipping strings are the most likely cause of scuzzy fingers . Oil the fretboard and put a decent set of strings on her, she'll be fine . Pickup is fine if it doesn't fret out the strings while playing . Looks about the same height as my Faded's !
     
  7. woodrow886

    woodrow886 New Member

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    Thanks guys.

    It may actually be the fret board (and strings) that's the problem.

    On taking a piece of kitchen towel and rubbing the fingerboard back and forth from one fret to another, repeating between each pair of strings between the same frets, the kitchen towel is evidently dirty.

    Therefore, I reckon I'm re-stringing it on Monday and perhaps using some of that afore-mentioned "guitar honey" Dave recommended.

    Any other products recommended for cleaning the fretboard? Even home product workarounds?

    W.
     
  8. saxosim

    saxosim Active Member

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    I only use the Gerlitz guitar honey now for my fret boards as it is excellent. I have tried a few other brands and this seems to be the best. This stuff cleans and oils at the same time but sometimes if I want to give the fretboard another oil I also use Dunlop lemon oil.

    I also use the other Gerlitz cleaners and they are great - smudge off to polish the body and the Carnuba wax on top for extra sheen

    Enjoy your 61 RI

    Cheers :)
     
  9. GTSG

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    Congrats, nice SG. Good info above also.
     
  10. woodrow886

    woodrow886 New Member

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    Thanks guys

    Done a restring (10s) and used some lemon oil (Clayton's USA Pro Lemon Oil/Polish) on the fret board. The guy in the shop said to use it sparingly on Rosewood fret boards only. Although it comes as a spray, I was advised to unscrew it and and use the dropper part inside to put just one drop on each fret and work in with my finger, leave for 10 mins and go over it with a lint free cloth.

    I'm sure my dirty fingers will now be cured. Will know tomorrow night when I get a chance to play.

    Thanks again.

    W.
     
  11. woodrow886

    woodrow886 New Member

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    Crapola....Still getting black/dark grey graphite fingers from it. Therefore, it must be either due to:

    1. A coating of some sort on the new strings (likewise for the ones I took off).
    2. Dye from the fretboard. However, although Epiphone and other manufacturers are known to use dyes here, I'm not sure if Gibson do?
    3. Me playing my guitar too soon today after using the lemon oil on it (2hrs later).
    4. A combination of the above three.
    Regardless. Whatever is causing it, surely it can only cause it for so long? Also, let's face it...I only have to wash my hands afterwards. No biggee. I'll just get on with enjoying my guitar.

    Cheers

    W.
     
  12. Alex_SG

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    Hey woodrow. Nice guitar mate. Enjoy playing it!
    I have lately been using a product called "Tone Finger Ease" on my fretboards. It's supposed to be a string lube, but I found the first time I used it, a lot of dirt came off on my fingers, but after that, the strings and board were as clean as a whistle!
    Apart from that, I use a lint free cloth on the strings occasionally, and that's about it. Haven't got dirty fingers for ages!
    Good luck!
     
  13. woodrow886

    woodrow886 New Member

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    Thanks Alex.

    Every bit of advice helps. :)
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    +1 on the [​IMG]also makes those gloss necks slicker and quicker !:dude:Biddlin ;>)/
     
  15. tolm

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    '61 Reissues rule! We need to get some kind of club. With T-Shirts 'n' stuff. :laugh2:
     
  16. ghostwolf

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    i find this works well at removing whatever blackens my fingers after installing new strings. apply liberally, and make sure to get the whole string, sides & bottom when you wipe them down afterward.
    [​IMG]
     
  17. woodrow886

    woodrow886 New Member

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    Thanks for the heads up regarding the other products mentioned. I'll defo take a look at anything that cleans my strings (if that continues to be an issue). A fast glossy neck is also a welcome addition. :dude:

    Cheers

    W.
     
  18. Casino4Life

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    How is the tuning and neck stability?
     
  19. woodrow886

    woodrow886 New Member

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    Not played it too much yet. The G and B seem to go out of whack a little but they're new strings and my ear is crap at tuning those two particular strings. I can have it in tune one minute (or so I think) and then turn the other way and swear they're out a little...lol. I've always been like that.

    Tuning-wise? I have no complaint.

    Neck stability? [Edit: I know what you mean now]. No issues what-so-ever. I tried pushing the neck forward and back and it has pretty much no difference. The tone seems stable.

    W.
     
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  20. peter taft

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    congrats indeed... very VERY nice ! These babies take a while settling in, especially after going through the delivery stage {pun intended :) } She will come to you proper in a week or so, have patience... she is sooooo worth it :dude:
     

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