NGD! Unbelievably Clean 98 G400!

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  1. Vintage Rocker

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    I picked up my used 98 G400 from Guitar Center where it was shipped from the Mid-West to our local GC and I bought sight unseen/played. I have been looking for a mid to late 90's Korean made with a nice solid non-laminate body and chunky neck with rosewood fingerboard.

    I was a bit nervous and excited when I arrived at Guitar Center to pick it up. It was crowded and noisy as usual for a Saturday. I had the guy bring it out and we unboxed it. It was in the original hardshell case! By the time we got it out of the box and the case on the counter, we had about a half dozen people waiting for the case to open. I was shaking with anticipation as I opened the case. It was beautiful and for a 22-year-old guitar, it looked virtually new.

    I could not believe my eyes.. brand new Gibson Deluxe tuners installed! Everybody was blown away and I was smiling from ear to ear! I grabbed a cord and headed over to the amps to plug it in. A couple of guys that were watching followed me over to hear it play. I plugged into a reissue Fender Twin and set the EQ flat with just a hint of reverb. It was set up with 10s which is what I use, and they looked new too! I turn the pots up to 5 and set the switch in the middle. Very quiet and thought something might be wrong until I hit the strings. It was a little out of tune so I tuned the best I could by ear then gave it a full A cord. All I can say is wow! Very full and clean! Pots were clean with no issues and the switch seemed solid.

    I let one of the guys play it a little and he agreed that it was some sweet guitar! I am so stoked and beyond grateful for my good fortune. I was dreaming of a guitar like this, and now it's in my possession.

    Your guitar was made at the
    Saein Plant, Korea,
    on July, 1998
    Production Number: 714

    Saein was presented the ‘The Best Quality Award of the Year’ by Gibson Epiphone USA in 1998 and 1999.

    Now for the pics!

    g1.jpg g2.jpg g3.jpg g4.jpg g5.jpg g6.jpg
     
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  2. pancake81

    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    Congrats!
    Half the fun for me is the searching and hunting for the guitars. So much enjoyment comes from ownership, but the anticipation and enjoyment of tracking down your instruments is half the fun for me.
     
  3. Vintage Rocker

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    Thanks and I agree! This is a belated birthday gift that I bought for myself, which makes it extra special.
     
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    Very nice! idk about those knobs, tho. I'd go with the standard silver topped, uh, idk what they're called, the SG knobs in my pic. Tophats?
    EDIT: show the neck from the side, I like seeing the fretboard thickness. I've gotten sick of all the binding on many guitar necks lately. it's much nicer to me to look down and see the beautiful wood.
     
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  5. Vintage Rocker

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    Yes, I have ordered the correct tophat knobs.
     
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    :h5: Congratulations!
     
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    Beauty !
    I noticed the two piece neck heel.
    Is the neck thick as you thought and how's the weight ?
     
  8. Vintage Rocker

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    She weighs in at 6.6. I was surprised at how chunky the neck is. I have played one of the newer ones and did not particularly like the thin tapered neck.
     
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    Yes, those chunky necks are lovely, aren't they. Mine too has a scarf joint at the heal, as well as the headstock.

    G-400 Heal Scarf Joint.jpg
     
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    What year is yours?
     
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    Here is a shot of the neck, plus I have replaced the knobs with top hats and replaced the missing poker chip. g7.jpg g8.jpg
     
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    OK, '98 & '99.

    Can you guys measure neck thickness at first fret. I don't remember my '98 to have a chunky neck.
     
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    According to my "trusty" Harbor Freight digital calipers:

    G-400 Neck Dimensions.jpg
     
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    Miam miam ... will I have to start gassing for an older one ?
     
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    Very nice grain, probably refracts or w/e in the light well, don't it? The hardware looks like it's fresh out of the factory. Did you polish it?
     
  17. Vintage Rocker

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    Thanks!
    I cleaned it up before changing the strings. Fretboard was a little gunky, so cleaned and polished the frets. Hardware was just a bit dusty including the PU covers.
     
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    Now if you start cornering the market on fat necks like you did with the Vintages, I’ll know for certain that you have divine powers!
     
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    I played a new G400 Pro and I can say with 100% certainty, that the 98 I have is several notches ahead. Two-piece body with no veneer, Pups much brighter and hotter and the neck is beefy and very easy to play. I would like to find a 66 with these specs.
     
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    I'd probably have to change the pickups if I landed one then. The Alnico Classic Pros are already a tad bright for me, and I don't [EDIT: think I want SG pups much hotter than these].
     
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