NGD - 2014 SG Special and question

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by DeeTee, May 21, 2019.

  1. DeeTee

    DeeTee New Member

    Mar 30, 2019
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    I mentioned in the "Perfect SG" thread that my perfect SG would be something with a maple neck, 24 frets, coil taps, slim taper neck and a satin finish. I also mentioned that this basically made it a 2014 SG Special, and that there was one for sale near me. So I sold my 2008 Faded (great guitar, but the neck was too big for me) and picked this up. It's not for the purist, but I love it. I took it out to practice and it absolutely roared through an Orange Rockerverb.

    I do have one question though. I took the control cavity cover off to have a look, and noticed that it has regular wiring, not a PCB. The pots are Gibson branded. Is this normal? The only thing I can think is that this is normal to accommodate the coil taps, or the previous owner swtiched the PCB out for standard wiring.

    imgur gallery link while I'm trying to work out how to embed:

  2. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

    Sep 29, 2009
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    I have a 2012 SG special '70s tribute, and the wiring looks
    like this:
    wiring 2013@100.jpg
    Those are Gibson branded 500K pots. If yours is original, it will have the
    initials of the guy that built the harness on one of the pots, as well as the date
    that he did the work. Note the stock Gibson caps, and the brown
    and the yellow wiring from
    the selector switch, and the black insulation tube on the wires to the jack.
    Note the unshielded string ground wire to the bridge.

    This is completely stock. No PCB, no shielding paint. Traditional wiring.
    No coil tap.
    This rig works fine, so I haven't touched it. No noise, no hum, no grounding
    issues. I bought this guitar new, but marked down for clearance in 2013.
    On of the best guitars I have ever owned and played, as a Gibson should be.

    What is "normal" seems to change as time goes by. (play it, Sam)

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