NGD SG Tribute

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Flyfish-mt, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Flyfish-mt

    Flyfish-mt Member

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    First off, I’m an LP guy but after being without an SG for a few years, I came across a stupid cheap deal that I couldn’t pass up on a virtually new ‘19 SG tribute. I did a complete setup and added a couple ‘61 zebra pickups along with polishing it a bit. I’ve owned over a dozen SG’s over the past 30+ years and besides my ‘65 SG Jr (long gone) this is probably the best playing SG I’ve owned to date. Also, this is the only non-standard model besides the jr I’ve owned.
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  2. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    That is a nice plank ! ! !
     
  3. Flyfish-mt

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    Thanks! It’s got an interesting grain to it. From what I can tell, it’s a 1pc body after closely inspecting the bottom end grain. It’s a really nice guitar for under $500 with a great slab of dark rosewood on the board.
     
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    Congrats, Happy NGD to you! :smile:
     
  5. DrBGood

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    Under $500 ? WOW !
     
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    Good score! That polished up nicely. Great looking body too. Congrats.
     
  8. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Nice SG Tribute, what kind of polish did you use ?
     
  9. Bubbalou88

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    That is very pretty!
     
  10. Flyfish-mt

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    The compound doesn’t need to cut much of the finish so an ultra fine compound is best. My secret compound for years has been Mothers aluminum mag polish. I used this when I was in auto body repair many many years ago on spot polishing certain areas on both lacquer and enamel paints.

    Remember nitrocellulose is an automotive paint, nothing special. People talk about it being a magical finish which it isn’t. It’s a fast drying, easily spot repairable finish that’s easy to buff out. I sprayed 1000’s of gallons of the stuff when I worked at Gibson Montana back in the late 90’s.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Less than $500 FOR A REAL GIBSON SG

    :cheers:
     
  12. Flyfish-mt

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    I couldn’t pass it up. When I got it, it played like crap with the strings pinging in the nut, bur in high e saddle notch, intonation was way off and there was a ton of relief on the neck......A total mess.

    He bought it from Sweetwater (I was told) and can’t imagine it came from them playing like this. However, I’ve been working on guitars my whole life and spent a couple hours with it and know it plays great and stays in tune better than most of the SG’s I’ve had in the past. Funny, I bought it as a beater and for my youngest to hammer on but I’ve come to really enjoy playing it.

    It came with all the case candy including a cool Gibson multi-tool gadget. Also, it came with a super nice brown gig bag that’s more of a case than a bag.

    I guess you can polish a turd, I did....Lol
     
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  13. WhiskeyWhiskers

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    Very nice. I think SGs look best without fancy inlays and binding.
     
  14. Marky Forrest

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    That's a great score. Congratulations!
     
  15. Flyfish-mt

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    Thanks! I’m pondering the idea of tossing on an ABR-1, replacing the Nashville. Nothing wrong with the Nashville but I’m accustomed to the ABR-1 bridge. Rather than doing a plug and drill, I’m thinking about getting the bridge and adapters from Philadelphia Luthier.....Pretty much a drop in replacement.

    Also, would switching out the factory lightweight aluminum tailpiece to a heavier one achieve a bit more sustain or is it splitting hairs?
     

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