NEW ebony 61 reissue

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  1. nate33

    nate33 Member

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    Got this in the mail the other day all the way from Japan. Added a few pieces of plastic from Creamtone. Loving the look and sounds great but needs a good setup. Also, the bridge post is either bent or installed crooked, which was an unpleasant surprise. Anybody ever had to deal with this sort of thing on a new guitar before? (I should mention that sending it back to Japan is not something I'm interested in doing.) sg_eb1.jpg sg_61eb2.jpg sg_61eb_post.jpg
     
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    Is the post moving ? If not, just play the thing.
     
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    It's solid so I'm kinda thinking the same.
     
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    that bit of paint at the bottom there suggests that it took quite a knock...
    its probably not moving cos it goes in deep enough and also due to string pressure...but i would guess the hole has enlarged?
    so if the hole has enlarged, who knows during the next string change...the bridge may move forward and therefore throwing intonation off...
    best to take all strings off and have a good look first.
     
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    That hunk of paint did concern me but I took everything off and the post is solid with no play or wiggle.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful SG '61 ri Proprietary Ltd and f****ing bridge posts ...
     
  7. nate33

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    Since I was taking pictures here is my 2001 special in ebony stain with straight bridge posts ...
    sg_brown1.jpg sg_brown2.jpg
     
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    Congratulations on making an excellent choice of guitar.
    A good luthier can fix that properly.
    ...And the guitar is worth putting right.

    I'd play it a lot (read that a week or two, maybe a month)
    with the strings that are on it, and see how it intonate as is.
    Then I'd get the strings off, get the bridge off, unscrew
    the shaft and take a really good squint at that bridge post,
    and at the hole in the wood, checking for damage.
    but maybe you already did this.

    I too was thinking that maybe it took a blow that had
    enough force to bend the shaft. That looks like
    an ABR-1 bridge. Many of the
    '61 ReIssues were made with this. It has no studs, but is
    simply screwed into the mahogany.

    Good luck with this. I love a black SG...
     
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    Take the bridge off and check that your posts are straight. If not change them with a new one. Check also the holes status and the bridge straightness. If the holes are stripped you have to close them and redrill. If the bridge is collapsing this is the right time to have a proper ABR/nonwire thing on your beautiful guitar. Also you have a too low stoptail. This is the reason which helped a lot that bridge to bend that way. Maybe a solid hit had a good role in this thing. Anyway... The stoptail should be set just low enough to let all the strings play and trust me it's very high. Check also the status of your stoptail studs. With a proper high stoptail setup they tend to slip out from the holes. If they do just glue them in place with some good old Titebond left in the holes curing for at a least 24 hours. If you're able to stand the wrap aroud thing just do it. I can't unfortunately.
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback. It plays well and I'm hoping it's just a bent stud and nothing major with the wood. It's gonna bug me but the plan is to play it for a while and then take it apart to check things out.
     
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    Just curious as to why you purchased it all the way from Japan "that's assuming you live in North America" doesn't matter really just curious. Oh and that guitar looks sweet I hope the bridge post doesn't become an issue.
     
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    Me too. I wondered about that. Why buy from a Japanese seller when there
    are so many available here.
     
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    For those wondering why to buy from Japan.

    Some models or finishes are not available in the US and are produced exclusively for certain retailers in Japan. The SG Classic finished in ebony is an example. That model was only available in Cherry in the US. I wanted one in Ebony and found one in Japan. Took the gamble ordering it and could not be any happier with the guitar.

    Another example are those pastel color SG Juniors that were finished in Caribbean Blue, Coral Pink, Corona Yellow exclusively for the Japanese market in 2006.

    There are also some Custom Shop early 60's SG Special Reissues finished in a proper TV Yellow with the grain visible through the color that I have only seen on listings from Japan.

    The 70's Reissue Flying V in white with the correct 70's headstock was also another model that I have seen as well a few years ago.
     
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    Yep. Can't get this color/model combo in the US.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    good answer. If ya got the dough re mi...
     
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    i recall the SG Classic in ebony stain was available in the states.
    unless you're talking about ebony as in pure black like the standards?

    as for a 61RI in ebony...i recall gibson did make some that was not japan exclusive quite a while back too and also in limited runs.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    That is correct on both counts.

    I was referring to the 2004 SG Classic with opaque (solid color) ebony finish.

    I remember a limited run of 400 Ebony SG ‘61 Reissue back in 2009 or 2010 when I had my Cherry SG ‘61 Reissue at the time.
     
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  20. Col Mustard

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    pretty esoteric, and nuthin' to do with
    Rock an Roll...
     

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