NGD! White 2008 SG (with some added features)

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  1. Kabrijj

    Kabrijj Well-Known Member

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    The other day, I decided I'd try out the app Offer Up to sell some guitars. And, as luck would have it, instead FOUND a guitar to buy (who saw that coming?)

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    As far as I can tell (and correct me if I'm wrong), it's a 2008 G400 Limited Edition "Custom Shop" Epi. I am fully aware the label Custom Shop counts for little in the grand scheme, when it comes to Epiphones... but still: cool!

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    Grover tuners? Check. Fancy pants logo? Check.

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    Covered in dust, sweat and neglect? Check.

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    Dust, dirt and grime are no biggie. It'll clean up real nice.

    Cosmetically: Some normal light finish scratches from use, there's a minor ding on the headstock, and a small chip on the backside near the output jack.

    This guitar also comes with a fairly substantial neck repair! Allegedly it was professionally done by a luthier here in town.

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    It's absolutely ugly as sin... but ya know what? It feels great. It does appear to have been very well done (er, structurally at least). I may decide to do some sanding on the back of the neck to see if I can't make it a little less glaring... go down to bare wood, and apply some tung oil.

    But cosmetics aside, this neck is surprising. I think they (either the seller or repair guy) took some steel wool or fine sandpaper to it, so it's not super glossy & sticky. The profile is superb! Kinda reminds me of the Gibby 61RI's neck: flat, wide, and it joins the body at the 22nd fret.

    The truss rod works, and the neck is pretty straight, so from a playability aspect we're (almost) good to go. The A and D strings need a bit of shimming at the nut (the slots are cut too deep, and there's some gnarly buzz on the open A string). Little bit o' superglue and baking soda will be a quick fix, but get the job done.

    Also gonna have to (want to) find a new tone knob for the neck pickup: it's cracked, and missing the silver top label.

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    Black Schaller strap locks are a nifty bonus.

    But here's the real kicker(s), and the reason I bought the guitar...

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    It's got a Seymour Duncan '59 in the neck, and a Gibson Dirty Fingers in the bridge.

    I honestly kinda initially bought the guitar just for the Dirty Fingers, fully intending to chop it. But I'm gonna do some setup work, give it a nice deep clean and some new strings... and this may just be a keeper. A beater & a backup perhaps, but still... if it plays and sounds good: rock n roll, right?

    The best part?

    It cost me $69 cash.
    :cheers:
     
  2. WallaceWinston

    WallaceWinston Active Member

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    Man what a steal! Wish I could find deals like that!
     
  3. Relic61

    Relic61 Well-Known Member

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    Rock 'n Roll fer sure bruddah!

    Who gives a flyin fook what names & labels are onit? If she's got a good playable set-up & those smokin pickups are doing their thing you'll be flyin high & layin down the jams until such things take on no meaning. Then all that will matter is that you'll be playing a smokin guitar that speaks from your heart & cries from your soul.

    In the end the music is all that really matters.
     
  4. Six String

    Six String Moderator Staff Member

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    Very cool! :dude:
     
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    Great deal. You basically bought a Dirty Fingers at half off, and someone threw in a SD59 and a G-400 to go with it!
     
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    Cool find :D always a good feeling when you bag a bargain!
     
  7. Kabrijj

    Kabrijj Well-Known Member

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    Quick (and unfortunately picture-free) update:

    First because I can, and second because I just can't help myself, I ordered some black Grovers ($30) and a black bridge/tailpiece/etc ($12). The Grovers are installed; the hardware is on a slowboat from China. Figured it'll look even sleeker with all black trim.

    I also set it up... The good news is the neck is straight and the truss rod works. The bad news is there's a few high frets, so 12 & 16 are very buzzy, almost dead. And the 21st/22nd frets are kinda mangled and dented...

    So I took this opportunity to use some tools & elbow grease and teach myself how to level & crown frets. Worst case scenario, I ruin the frets but have two good pickups: figure I still got my money's worth.

    But it actually turned out really well! Maybe not textbook perfect crowns, but absolutely workable. And it plays killer now: super low action with no dead frets anywhere.

    So, this guitar: definitely a keeper. Best $111 I've spent in a while! :cheers:

    I'll probably post another update (with pics) once the new hardware arrives.
     
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    ScottMarlowe Well-Known Member

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    Bravo! I like when you get done levelling the frets then you wind up raising the strings because they're too low for comfortable playing etc. :)
     

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