NGD - 2005 SG standard

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Dcurran87, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Dcurran87

    Dcurran87 New Member

    Feb 12, 2020
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    Hi all,

    I want to say thank you all again for your advice in my other thread where I was weighing up my options between two local SG's that were up for sale.

    I ended up viewing the 05 standard first which seemed to have significant fretware and actually ended up leaving with it and not even making the trip to see the 04 which seemed to have a few strange issues with it (homebrew aged, possible pup/bridge/tuners swap).

    This SG was obviously players guitar, the previous owner was a really cool and honest guy, he had recently been diagnosed with arthritis and so was selling up some of his gear. We chilled for a bit and chatted all things guitar. He had a guy turn down the SG the previous day due to the fretware so he was willing to cut me a good deal on it. I bought it for £550 which I think was fantastic for a standard with OHSG and original pack checklist. Yes some of the frets are dented and a bit flat, but I'm confident in levelling and crowning these myself. They actually aren't as bad as his photos seemed, and in fact the frets high up the neck on the low e side are quite flat which makes me think they came a bit like that (see pic).

    This is my first SG purchase, a treat after the birth of my first child, and I'm so far really impressed. I love my LP's but to have such good access further up the neck, on something that is light and comfortable is a real treat. The 498t/490r are exactly what I expected - a more gritty and dirty sounding punch in the face than my LP's.

    I gave the guitar a good clean today and polished the frets for now, I'll aim to level/crown them on the next free Saturday I have. It's came up really well, it's a beautiful guitar!

    I did notice that the bridge saddles have been notched poorly and some sort of repair to one of the nut slots has been attempted, but I'm more than happy with tuning and playability so far.

    Anyway - have some pics!

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  2. arcticsg

    arcticsg Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2018
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    Far Side of the Sun
    Congratulations man, you have a real fine SG there, what a beauty! [​IMG]

    There’s something about those 2005 Standards. Of all my SG’s, two of my favorite SG’s are 2005s, with a third one worming it’s way into my heart.

    Happy NGD to ya! Enjoy. [​IMG]
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  3. Kabrijj

    Kabrijj Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2016
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    Those frets don't look too bad, at all really -- at least from what I can see.

    Also, that last picture is the best. :cheers:

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  4. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2015
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    Sutton Québec
    Beauty !

    I guess I've never seen Gibson SG frets up close before. Are flat surfaces like that with no crowning common ?
  5. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
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    One of my SG Classics is like that.
    I also had a 2011 LP Traditional Pro 50's in the past that was like that new off the Plek machine as well.

    Have also seen many others with flat crowns as well. Does not bother me if rounded or flat, as long as tall enough to where fingers aren't dragging on the fingerboard.
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  6. Bubbalou88

    Bubbalou88 Member

    Nov 24, 2017
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    Very nice!!!And great price
  7. Marky Forrest

    Marky Forrest New Member

    Nov 1, 2019
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    She's a beauty, for sure. Congratulations!
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