New SG Day !

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  1. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    Got it this morning. A beautiful brown Epiphone Vintage G400 SG.

    Seller was nice to save it for two days for me. He said he had tons of calls, but I was first. 3 hour drive return, for this baby it was worth it.

    Its one of the rare Epiphone SG without veneer recto-verso. It also has a one piece neck, unlike the usual scarf joint 2 pieces neck on most Epi. I guess Epiphone wanted to get as close to a Gibson SG as possible by doing so.

    White Binding on the fretboard, that nicely yellowed over 14 years without a case. The 5 ply pickguard has the white layers aged the same. Seller bought it new and never got a case for it. The control cover plate was redone with a thin cheap wavy plastic. I'll make a new one with clear polycarbonate. If it look too funny, I'll paint it from the back. Or maybe find a nice piece of veener.

    No surprise as for the pickups, since I have the same guitar in a different color. My first is a 2004, this one 2005. Looks like they were produced for only two years, from early 2003 to sometimes in 2005.

    I had seen it on the sellers photos, but I knew it was an easy fix. The tail piece bushings were tilted, being pulled up because it was decked. What I didn't see is the bridge not going low enough for decent low action. I guess the neck was set a degree to shallow on this one. I countersunk the bushing flush to the top and I think it will bring the action where I want it. If not I could go a little deeper.

    Oh yeah, the 4 bushings I could pull out easily, no friction at all. I glued down the ones for the bridge with wood glue on the cavity walls.

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    There are a few nicks and bumps on it, but for a 14 year old guitar without a case, nothing surprising and/or major.

    That's it for now. Good cleanup and setup tomorrow and more pics to come.
     
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    One more thing for tonight ... the neck at first fret is 1/16th" thicker than my Cherry Red. I like that !
     
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    Happy with what's in there !

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    Whole guitar is degunked, old DNA obliterated.

    Polished the frets and scrubbed the fretboard.

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    You know what works great for that ? Those small magic cleaning eraser sponges.

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    And rosewood is happy to have been oiled.

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    Very NICE! Happy NGD!:cheers:
     
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    I hope to hear how it sounds. The grain is absolutely impressive without veneer! Very good catch Dr!!

    :cheers:
     
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    Congrats and great find!
     
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    Back view.

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    And neck thickness difference (±1/16") with my 2014 Cherry.

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    You forgot the front view!
     
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    Nice! Beautiful woodgrain on that one.
     
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    Congrats! That is a perfect Epiphone SG. I wish Epiphone still made guitars like these. I would buy one immediately. I don't like the veneers and the finish of the current "Worn G400" models.
     
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    Stock HOTCH(G) bridge pickup, on Fender Super Champ XD through 2X10 homemade cab with Vox VX10 speakers. Set on Overdrive Marshall voicing.

    And please ... don't listen to this on your phone. You Tube really dulls the tone. If you can, crank the volume, it'll help a little.

    Man this is a nice SG ! Rainy today, so tomorrow for the porn shots.

     
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    Congratulations! I really like the color of your new SG.
    And I always think those extra stripey SGs look surreal.

    Your guitar sounds excellent too, tres puissant...

    I think it very interesting that you quickly identified why the guy might
    have sold this guitar, and put that right. Well done. People sell guitars all the time
    for their own reasons... Sometimes it take a new owner to figure out
    why the previous guy couldn't bond with the instrument.

    I've done that a few times, and it always feels good to make music with something
    that someone else couldn't use, or master, or get into harness. Looking fwd to
    more photos. Your clean-up shots are awesome. Excellent neck, I really like
    the way Epiphone does the fret-over binding.
     
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    Sounds really good! Waiting for more clips. Incroyable guitare!
     
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    Porn ...

    Black screws for pickguard

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    Since the bridge post were countersunk into the body, I can't top wrap the tailpiece as I usually like my guitars to be. Strings just go right over the saddles without touching. I guess the neck was set missing one or two degrees. Doesn't matter, as it's working great like this with a low action.

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    Nicely aged neck binding.

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    And the Vintage gold pineapple and logo. When I find a good and cheap set of Grover vintage tulips, those bean tuners will go.
    Black screws on TRC too.

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    What a beaut! That grain is gorgeous. Love the black screws - I want to do them on my pickup rings also.
     
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    Thanks.
    Didn't have long enough black screws for the rings, but it will happen.
     
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    that's a beautiful Epiphone for sure... it looks better than some Gibsons.
    Black screws are a good choice.
    If that's not a one piece body, it's expertly matched. Really nice woody look.
    Odd about the bridge, but it seems like you've got that figured out.

    Congratulations, nice score.
     
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    Thanks. Believe it or not, that is a 4 piece body.

    The bridge, yeah ... G saddle was inverted when I got it and the alignment looks funny, but intonation is good as it is. And yes, I like screws facing the bridge, to me they're easier to reach like that.
     

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