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  1. KelvinS1965

    KelvinS1965 Member

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    Just to introduce myself as I recently became an SG owner after reading up on this site (and borrowing a friend's SG over the summer :smile:). I thought I'd better join the forum. :cheers:

    I bought a 'secondhand' 2018 SG Standard in Cherry...it still had the film on the pickguard, so I figure 'secondhand' was more 'ex-display'. In any case I felt it was a good deal and worth trading in an excess Telecaster for.

    I've already made some changes, just some eBay/Amazon plastic part to change to reflector style knobs, white switch tip and a blank truss rod cover. I also fitted the 'poker chip' that was in the case candy bag.

    Since I guess you'll like photos as much as the other guitar forums I frequent, then here it is with the changes:
    SG on chase 61 mode.jpg

    I like to play it through my Marshall Mini Jubilee, but it sounds good into my Fender '64 Custom Deluxe too, if I want rich clean tones:
    SG 61 & MJ.jpg
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the board! [​IMG]

    And congratulations on your new SG. She's a real beauty! [​IMG]

    Also, nice mods, I done the same. A big improvement in the looks department on the 2017-18 Standards ;)
     
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    Welcome. Berkshire is a big county - where are you? I worked in Reading for a few years, not far from the Madejski Stadium.
     
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    I'm nearer to Wokingham, but not too far to Madejski Stadium. :smile:

    I like the look of the '61 Standard (I know it's not a true historic model, just prefer the cosmetics), so I followed that spec. The parts were only £11, so not a costly mod. :cool:

    The friend that lent me his SG Tribute this summer has now traded it in for a 2019 SG Standard in Ebony. His must be the early 2019 model as it has a slim taper neck, though seems slightly thicker than mine. Hopefully we'll be playing a gig next month as a matching pair. :dude:

    Seems a churlish thing to criticise, but I don't like the flimsy feel of the pots: I have previously re-wired my Epiphone Les Paul with CTS pots and orange drop caps, so I think I might take the PCB out of mine and re-wire it. I might change the neck cap to 0.015uF as well as it gives a gentler roll off of the tone.

    This was my Epiphone Les Paul after I re-wired it (also fitted Bareknuckle Mule pick ups, hence the black covered pickup wiring):
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    Welcome and enjoy your new SG
     
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    Nice piece sir! Wellcome aboard!!
     
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    Did a small amount of work on the nut slots this morning, then gave it a thorough clean/fret oil & polish, then re-strung it with my regular EB Slinkies (wasn't so keen on the Rotosound ones I put on a few weeks back). It's so easy with the locking tuners.

    Properly stretched and then tuned up...stays perfectly in tune while I played through next Saturday's set list. Sounds killer through the Marshall MJ that I'll be using for the gig. :dude:

    After the gig I'm going to remove the PCB, fit standard 500K audio taper CTS pots and put a 0.015uF cap on the neck tone control: The PCB pots feel very flimsy and the tone control is either on or off, especially the neck. Haven't decided if I'll cut the wiring for the 61T and 61R pickups, or whether to fit a set of DiMarzio 36th Anniversary pickups instead.

    I already have the neck pick up from the Telecaster I traded in to buy this SG, so it would cost me another £70 or so for the matching bridge pickup. That way I could remove the original electrics complete incase for some (unforseen) reason I wanted to put it back to original spec.
     
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    Got my new straps in the post today. I got a 2" wide red one for the SG and a wider 3" brown one for my LP Gold Top. Beautifully made by a small company in Yorkshire UK. I had to fit strap locks to the SG as I can't leave this bulkier strap on and shut the case.

    I'm playing my first gig with the SG tomorrow night. Got all my amp/pedal settings sorted out this evening and fine tuned all my solos so I don't embarrass myself.

    Here it is with the new strap fitted:

    SG New Strap 2 edit.jpg

    Took a group photo afterwards (I'm playing the Tele for the first few songs, the LP was just out to compare the sounds with the SG as I fitted Bareknuckle Mules to it last year):
    LP SG & Tele group edit.jpg
     
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    Lovely group pic! [​IMG]
     
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    I've ordered the parts so I can change the pickups from the 61T and 61R for some DiMario 36th Anniversary ones. I've ordered the matching bridge DP223 Nickel (already have the neck one from a previous guitar) and a set of Gibson 500K pots, switch and jack socket. That way I can keep all the original parts/pick ups without having to cut wires, etc, so could put it all back to standard if I ever want/need to for some reason.

    Even with the (reversible) upgrades I'm still well under what the guitar would have cost me if I'd bought it brand new, so I don't begrudge the cost. Just hope it works out well, I'll report back either way.
     
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    Got all my parts now, so will see if I can get on with it this weekend since the weather isn't good and all the jobs my wife wants to do are outside. :D

    Electrics upgrade kit.jpg
     
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    Lovely looking SG......the other two guitars aren't too shabby either.
     
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    I put this Partscaster together yesterday. It's been a long term project and had many different variations over the years. Started life as a £99 Squier Tele, but now there is only the strap buttons and a few screws left from the original. It plays fantastically and is quite a contrast to my SG and LP guitars (even different from my white Tele in the group photo due to the really fat '51 U neck and 9.5" radius).

    No worries about breaking the headstock on the shelf. ;)

    Esq & MJ 2 edit.jpg

    An aged nitro finish, with crazing:

    Esq close up edit.jpg

    Just needs a serial numbered neck plate, on order with a number that is period correct for 1954 and also ties in with my year/month of birth:
    Esq rear edit.jpg

    I also fitted my two Les Pauls with locking tuners as I was so impressed with the ones on my SG:
    Headstock rear.jpg

    You'd never know from the front:
    Headstock front.jpg

    Next job is to fit the pots and DiMarzio 36th Anniversary pickups and make a new wiring loom for my SG. :smile:
     

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