NGD: SG Standard Korina

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  1. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    2001 Custom Shop SG Standard Korina

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    Cool. Will be interesting to hear your impressions on this one. I've often thought Korina would be an interesting wood on an SG, but I've never actually seen one, let alone played one. I'm guessing it must be pretty light weight, combining a light wood and a thin body.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    My first experience with Korina was with a Moderne reissue back in the 1980's. I have always liked a Korina natural finish with the yellow tint and grain visible on a guitar.

    I don't have a scale to weight it, but it does not feel terribly light compared to my other SG. This guitar sounds very bright and articulate compared to my others, but not brittle like another particular SG that I had in the past that really bothered me. Both pickups have DCR of 7.8K and there is a "Patent Applied For" decal underneath with different font from the originals and believe these may be older 57 Classics from what I have read.

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    I plan to leave this one stock and just play it. Could not be any happier with it.
     
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    Killer! I had no idea they ever made one in Korina. According to what I read, the wood is more upper-midrange than Honduran, which makes sense. What a beautiful SG! Where did you get it, man? Must be rare.
     
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    Ohh my... B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L ! :smile:

    Congratulations, and Happy NGD to ya! :h5:
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    The only ones I have ever seen before were the Limited Edition batch of 500 that were produced in 1993. The TRC on those were engraved with "Limited Edition" and "1 of 500", "2 of 500"... etc. That run also had a walnut sandwich in between two pieces of Korina top and bottom and you could see the thin walnut stripe around the edge of the body.

    I have never seen one before from any other year and without the walnut sandwich and stripe around the edge of the body. When I stumbled across this one online, it had only been listed for a few days. There were many detailed photos, original hardshell case is in excellent condish and included the COA. When I read that it had a 50's rounded neck with the dimensions listed at 1st and 12th frets, I pounced without hesitation.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Group photo of my three favorites...

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    Beautiful guitar - congrats. I really like the natural finish. HNGD!
     
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    my friend in charlottesville,va has two of that exact run and told me a story about how that run came to exist. great score!
     
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    Really beautiful! HNGD!
     
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    so let's hear the story!

    get thyself to a real computer with a real keyboard, and
    tell us the story. ...puhleeeeeze!
     
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    Yeah, tell us the story! We all have a Need To Know! Considering I, at least, had never heard of such an SG.
     
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    Ok. My friend, whom I've known since middle school in 1980 bought them from another guy we went to school with who became a millionaire when Yahoo went public. He apparently belonged to some special buyers club Gibson had back in the late 90's -early 2000's that offered people with the means, ($$$), special production models and deals. He bought two of these non sandwiched Korinas. One with chrome or nickel hardware and one with gold hardware.

    He was told that the Custom Shop manager had this batch made without approval from Henry or any other higher up and was immediately fired when he was found out. Gibson wasn't going to scrap these so they were released to the special buyers club and there were only VERY few made. I saw the buyers club invitations so I know it existed. I've only seen this SG come up for sale one other time.

    So it was an unauthorized production run. I don't know what the CS manager was thinking or how he thought would pass them off? I believe what I was told and our school cohort certainly had the excess money to access these guitars and had no reason to make up things. His house was full of one-off Gibsons until he decided he didn't like to play anymore and sold almost all off, including those two wonderful Korina SG's.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing that story. I had no idea it was that rare and assumed that it was part of a special run made for another region and then found its way back to the states.
     
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    Great Gibson SG Standard Custom shop (2001)
     
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    THAT is a beautiful SG Mr gasket ! ! !

    You say yellow tint. Is it the color the wood comes from the tree, or is it altered in some way ?
     
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    Beauty, CG ... play it in good health!
     
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    I was told Korina was harder to work with than other "tonewoods" which was one of the many reasons they stopped making Explorers and Flying V's in the '50's
     
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    Ooooh that's beautiful! @cerebral gasket I left you some days ago with a refinished SG Special in a sort of TV Yellow, and I find you now with this natural-yellowish beauty! congrats! :cheers:
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    Korina is a trade name for the wood species Limba. It gets either stained yellow or the clear coat is tinted for an aged aesthetic. Sometimes they paint them solid colors, but I favor the naturals with the yellow tint or stain.

    https://www.wood-database.com/limba/
     
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