NGD: raising Standards

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by SG standard, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. SG standard

    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    When the 2016 range was announced, I thought I’d try to grab a high performance ebony SG Standard when the stock clearance sales came along in 2017. The slightly wider neck & fret over binding appealed, along with the hotter pups. I also always loved the look of a black SG with batwing just like a white SG with angel wing, so it seemed like a perfect partner for my white ’14.

    Early in ’16 I grabbed a half-price 2015 Midtown Standard, and wondered just how cheap the HP models would get in 2017, after all, the T models are the popular ones. But a few things have changed; Gibson seem to be producing relatively few HP models, dealers who stock them seem to keep small stocks, and Gibson seem slow to supply them. A mid-season Gibson sale only included T models. I began to think the opportunities might be limited, certainly nothing like the 2015 stock sale. Then Brexit came along, and the pound crashed - the 2017 range is almost certain to cost a lot more in the UK, so any 2016 models won’t need such large discounts to sell. (NGD: The acceptable face of Brexit).

    I’ve been watching the prices in August, and Andertons had the Ebony lower than anything else (apart from GAK who have the cherry P90 HP at current T discounted prices). Once they were back in stock, they agreed to knock a bit more off too. So, I decided to take the plunge (better known as the Guildford train), and went to try out a couple. (I also had a look at the SG Supreme, but the nibs really put me off, and frankly the finish was disappointing too).

    It was a close call, but I brought my favourite home, for less than the T models have been selling for. More opinions and pics to follow.

    My cat taking in the smell of fresh nitrocellulose:
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    With my '14 Standard:
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    Kep Well-Known Member

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    Nice score.

    Your cat is thinking "I can fit in that box."
     
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    JohnnyGoo Well-Known Member

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    Love Black SGs.Shes a beauty congrats.
     
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    58pit Well-Known Member

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    YUMMY!!!! NICE CAT TOO!
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    congratulations... I believe this is the correct ETSG approved way to obtain a new Gibson... or a new computer.
    Wait and watch, till the company is huckstering the new model, then buy the old one with all the features
    you want at a more decent price.

    something about a black SG...
     
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    RVA Well-Known Member

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    A perfect duo - Congrats!
     
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    Dave Johnson Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful! Time for another Bigsby.
     
  8. Fiord

    Fiord New Member

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    Ooh ooh that smell.....can't u smell that smell.....! Nice axe!!
     
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    Nice,I need a white 1 like yours,,,no bigsby for me though.
     
  10. bluesfordan

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    Stop it. Stop this silly nonsense at once. And now, for something completely different

    i would not throw that SG out of bed. In fact, i regret opening this thread 'cuz GAS has suddenly re-entered the picture
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. Works for cars and bicycles too.
     
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    Bettyboo Well-Known Member

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    Very nice that is - black with a batwing and cream switchtip is the perfect SG.

    & what's that case? Looks pretty nice too.

    :dude::dude::dude:
     
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    Gibsg Well-Known Member

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    AWESOME SG Standard
     
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    deMelo Well-Known Member

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    Very cool
     
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    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    Thanks folks! Must say I'm very happy with this one so far, I'll post some thoughts on the HP models once I've had a few more days with it.
    The case is pretty amazing, and comes with many of the HP models. It's made of aluminium, with a wooden handle, and has what seem to be very good quality catches plus a fitted interior. It alone seems to justify the original price difference with the traditional models, and while I don't really need another SG case, it's nice to have one that's so different. I suspect it would soon look bashed about from a life on the road (what & who doesn't?), but that hardly matters as cases are there to protect their contents, not themselves.
     
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    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    I love kitty-cats, and I know them very well. The pic is making me very nervous. Perhaps the kitty is thinking "I can fix that smell of fresh nitrocellulose" :ohno:

    Nice SG's, too...:cheers:
     
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    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully not.... she certainly didn't try that when the '14 was new, despite her obvious interest in it:
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    Not sure if she really likes guitars, or just the cases:
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    Incidentally, just how long does the smell of nitrocellulose last? That white '14 can still fill my office with the scent overnight.
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    It's the cases. Box like, though not always shaped as such, and plush.
     
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    SWEEET DEAL and a gorgeous SG!!! well done for sure!
     
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    smitty_p Well-Known Member

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    Yeah...I wonder the same thing...

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