New project - hacked up (probably Korean) SG standard with binding

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  1. Franc

    Franc Member

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    Just scored this project guitar. Not extremely cheap (150 euros) but I see potential...and binding! :naughty:
    The pineapple trussrod cover makes me believe it is Korean, the overall fretwork and fretboard also tell me that the creator of the guitar had a good amount of attention to detail.

    Not so much the one who put on the dreadful paintjob...:wow:
    Looks like it was put on with a brush after going at the woodwork with an axe...
    The serial number was painted over and I already removed some of the turqoise in that area and found the original cherry color, but no serial number. Probably lost when the blank paint was sanded away. There is some white and blue paint underneath.

    Does anyone see any clues as to when and where this guitar was made?

    My plan is to sand away this paint, restore some of the hacked areas but also make the beveling more pronounced and then make the guitar gold. I had plans like these before, but I always got myself project guitars that turned out to be too nice to use; not this one :lol:

    Thought it would make a nice project during these times of lockdown and quarantine...
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  2. Norton

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    looks pretty solid. My Epiphone project Sg has the neck broken from the pocket and had the bottom edge of the body used as a hammer.

    You’re way ahead of the curve with this one.
     
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    CONGRATS ! You scored yourself a 2003 Vintage G400.

    One piece neck
    No veneer body
    USA designed Alnico V humbuckers
    Neck binding
    Gold headstock inserts

    It is basically a Gibson with a different headstock.

    This is what it looked like before the paint job. This is my 2004. I polished the satin finish.

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    This is what it could look like if you did a good job on it. This is my 2003

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    Those are the two finishes they came in. They were produced for a two year span between 2003 and 2005.

    Here's Epiphone original ad.

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    In the early '60's Gibson came up with a radical new guitar to inject a shot of adrenaline into the Les Paul line. They named the new guitar SG which stood for Solid Guitar, which is one of the biggest inside jokes in the guitar industry....sort of like saying Angus Young and Tony Iommi are just solid guitarists!

    Now Epiphone offers a faithful reproduction of the classic Gibson guitar in a vintage finished, affordable package! One run up the 22 fret neck of the Vintage G-400 and you'll be hooked! The "Worn" finish gives the instrument the look and feel of the originals and the high-output designed in the U.S.A. pickups complete the hard rockin', vintage vibe! Check it out below:

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    Classic styling of the 1962 Gibson SG.



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    Worn finish gives the instrument the look and feel of the original.



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    Grover, die-cast tuning machines add to the tuning stability of the instrument.



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    Stop-bar tail-piece and powerful designed in the USA pick-ups make this baby scream!



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    Volume and tone controls with a three-way pick-up selector for versatility.



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    Set neck construction for nearly unlimited sustain.
     
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  4. Franc

    Franc Member

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    Thank you very much for this valuable info!
    I don’t think I can restore it to cherry as the wood appears to have been sanded badly and it is uneven now.
    So gold will have to do :cool:
    Did they not have serial numbers?
     
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    "If you're lookin' for trouble, ba-nah-nah-nah-na, you've come to the right place..."

    That looks like a great project base! I'd go wild with it, a third humbucker, this color! http://www.everythingsg.com/threads/e-series-bully.36442/page-2#post-535880 , I can't get over it! A vibrola etc etc. 150, what a catch!

    Keep the tuners, got those on one of my guitars and they're fab, grabbed that guitar the other day after about six months and lo and behold, it's in tune.
     
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    Franc Member

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    I am going for this look, so yes! I would love to get my hands on a sideways vibrola...
     
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    Nice, but why would you want one of those?
     
  8. Franc

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    For the looks only.
    I already have one withe the regular vibrola. EAE16387-474D-4C38-9B11-44F45031DBFF.jpeg
     
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    Yep

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    I see, and sh1t, why not? Pics of the process then, please.
     
  11. Stark Naked

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    Just curious, do all Epiphone SG's have the same nut width? If so, what is that measurement? If not, what are the variations? My Epiphone g-400 1966 model feels slightly thinner than others I've tried. It's one of the nicest guitars I've ever picked up in a music store. I couldn't walk out with out it.
     
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    why not just sand it down and
    let it stay that way ( natural look)...

    like a worn g 400 ??

    also i would nt put on a vibrola if it itsn´t nescessary.
     
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    I'd think they're all the same, 1.68" or 4.27cm
    Sometimes, thickness may make width feel different.
     
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    Hit thst target man!!! That’s a good goal. Are you going to modify the headstock too?
     
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    Then it's really wasted, no? Might as well neuter your prize bull.
     
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    Here are some pics after I removed all the hardware and after some sanding.
    Looks like this one has a very long neck tenon:wow:
    So someone put on a white layer, then a blue one and then decided he wanted turqoise...
    The original cherry underneath it all looks stunning, so why??:facepalm:

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    I haven’t decided yet on the vibrola. It’s not easy to find or very expensive.
    I’m definitely not changing the headstock!
     
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    Yes, another feature I forgot to mention, that brings it closer to a Gibson.

    The cherry color seem intact below it all. If you are diligent, you might be able to save it ?
     
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    I’m taking it slow and am trying to save as much of the cherry as possible. Still I think there are some areas where the cherry is already damaged.
     
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    It is a pretty common color. you could always touch it up. Let's see where you get at first.
     
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    Keep the pics coming, we're bored out of our minds!!!!!
     
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