"New" 2019 SG Introduced

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  1. NMA

    NMA Well-Known Member

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    NAMM 2019 has revealed this "new" SG from Gibson. A 1961 reissue with the Maestro.

    Cool to see that Gibson is going backwards to go forward, but I have a question for you SG historians: was this guitar ever reissued by Gibson in the past? Also, I know George Harrison had a '64 model....what differences would there be?

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  2. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Looks like an SG Original.

    I have never seen a Maestro on a 1961 SG Standard before. They had the Sideways Vibrola. Maestro was not issued until 1963.

    The crown inlay is also located at the incorrect position for a 1961 SG Standard or SG ‘61 Reissue.
     
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    The crown thing is curious but a non-issue from a functional standpoint. But it does look like they are issuing two versions of this guitar, one with the sideways and this one with the Lyre:

    https://www.musicradar.com/news/namm-2019-gibsons-epic-new-23-strong-guitar-line-up-revealed

    These look like strong contenders to me, and the Les Paul Standard '60's seems to be the guitar I have wanted Gibson to offer for many years. Things seem to be looking up.
     
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    Hmmm, just noticed they are listing a Thunderbird but no Firebird?
     
  5. fuzbuzz78

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    Whoa! That Sg Junior is proper!! Good for Gibson. This is exactly what they needed to do!
     
  6. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    The main difference is that after '61 the SG had no distinct tone. :smile:

    Didn't we discuss this already? They also have a '61 with a sideways Vibrola, but the crown inlay position will still raise a question or two!

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  9. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I saw both versions. I think they all look great and just wish they would quit using the 61 designation on everything that isn’t.
     
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  10. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    I dunno either and it doesn’t bother me either way where it’s located especially since my favorite SG are the Classics and Specials which have no crowns.

    I also have no preference of ABR-1 vs Nashville or what kind of bevels and will always play whatever comes with the guitar.

    Most of my posts about details not being historically correct are just observations and not intended to piss anyone off. I just happen to notice details and like to nerd out about guitars.
     
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    I noticed Gibby's website now lists the HPs, but the 2019 Standard ...umm "standard standard or not '61?" is gone.

    They are having fun, lol
     
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  12. Paul G.

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    Good thing I'm on fixed income and am no longer buying guitars. There's like a dozen I'd like to wrap up and take home.
     
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  13. fos1

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    The SGs are beautiful! I may have to drive to Lawrence and visit Mass Street Music in a month or so. Maybe if I put off full retirement for a few months I can get one???
     
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    If I may inquire? Where exactly is Mass Street Music?
     
  15. papagayo

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    Beautiful SG but the Vibrola is not for me.
     
  16. S.Ustain

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    Wow! So you can get an excellent guitar with a crap vibrola! I'm not sure why it is considered a cool look to have this really crap gizmo on a new guitar. I guess the useless dead weight does reduce the possiblity of head dive. And, you're always ready to twang right into "Cortez the Killer," Neil Young out-of-tune style.
     
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    Or if you don’t like it, just get the stop tail version. Maybe some people like the maestro versions.
     
  18. S.Ustain

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    I understand that some people like them. What I don't understand is why. It seems that most say that they like the look. I don't understand that either, probably because my own perspective is based on what functions mechanically and works musically, and the Maestro does neither. Some people claim that having strings anchored in a trem, as on a Strat, has a feel and sound that is distinctive, and that I DO understand. However, you never hear that about Maestros.
     
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  19. ScratchyPot

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    I like them.

    I have owned several SGs with Maestros (and my current SG has one istalled); they work fine as long as you have a well-cut nut and saddles and you keep both lubed. It also helps to make sure new strings are stretched out a bit before you go crazy with the vibrola.

    They are best used for a subtle shimmering effect, not dive-bombing or other extreme stuff (though you can do some of this if you are experienced and the guitar is properly set up).

    The sound and feel is absolutely different from playing a Gibson with a stop tail.
     
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  20. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Personally, I am not a fan of vibrato or tremelo bridge systems on my own guitars, but if other folks prefer them on their guitars, then that is their own choice. I don't try to understand why they favor them. It's a great thing that we have choices with different gear. There are no right or wrong choices with gear, just different.

    My favorite type of bridge is the Wraparound Bridge because of it's simplicity. I have guitars with Wraparound, Nashville, ABR-1 bridges. I can switch between those guitars with different bridges without any fuss over it.

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