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Discussion in 'Epiphone SG' started by DrBGood, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    You've seen it in the BAM BAM thread, but here's the official NGD.
    2003 Epiphone G400 Vintage.

    This is when I got it, delivered to my house by a good friend who picked it up for me while I was away. Really nice but as usual with an old second hand guitar, dirty and in need of a good setup.


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    It has the HOTCH Alnico 5 at the bridge and the '57 Classic at the neck. It also has a real long tenon, never seen one that long ... or I don't remember :facepalm:

    Long tenon 1.jpg

    Strings were badly rusted and probably 11's or so. But that didn't prevent me from playing it for a few days before I started the setup. Output jack was loose, toggle switch too, scratchy pots, rusted screws on pickguard and pup rings, fretboard gunky. There is some wear on the first frets, but not enough to warrant a recrowning. A good polish should do fine.

    I polished the pickguard with compound, which made it shinier.

    It cleaned up pretty well and the body once washed showed the grain a little better. On a faded finish like this, I like to go over it with a light coat of tung oil and wipe it right away, just so all the micro scratches disapear. I find the matte poly kills the color saturation. Once buffed it has that light luster, almost like a nitro finish.

    Setup 1.jpg

    Setup 2.jpg

    Setup 4.jpg
    Fretboard cleaned and oiled (tung oil), frets polished.

    Setup 3.jpg
     
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    plankton Well-Known Member

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    Looks great Dr. :thumb:

    Are you trying to corner the market on Korean G400s in Eastern Canada?
     
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    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    If I was, I would have bought the 3 or 4 others floating around.
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations! Good year for the Epi SG

    Happy NGD to you! :smile:
     
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    Is that body one solid piece?
     
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    Hey Dr., she looks great!
    This is my ’99 MIK tenon: G-400 Neck Pickup Cavity.jpg
     
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    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    No, but you had me looking. Three well matched pieces, plus a small section above the top horn.
     
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    Lunacy the Faded Active Member

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    Damn they really are long neck tenons I should've removed the neck pickup out the '89 MiK I had heres the pic I got... Looked transitional or short to me 20180529_135158.jpg
     
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    '89 and plastic was still on the tenon guard ?
     
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  10. gip111

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    Nice guitar! Curious, what do you mean by once washed? Just wondering what you used for cleaning it.
     
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    dub-setter Well-Known Member

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    right on,
    another vintage beauty in the hands of the Dr.
    (needs some care and a good set up)

    interesting tenon /build.

    these are on my wish/gearlist for some time
    together with the 61 er special.

    they pop up from time to time here
    as well on ebay or kijiji , prices usually from 200 - 300 euros.
    all you need is some time and patience to find one.
    (and some extra cash, of course..:)
     
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    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    Thanks

    I simply used soapy water. Body is sealed in poly, so no problem here. A Scotch Brite sponge helped scrape away the DNA.

    As for the fretboard, it's wood, it was made from water, no harm giving it a bit of nostalgia. A toothbrush works well here. Should have seen the color of the water once done ... yuck. Once dried (5 minutes) I oiled it. One coat, wipe. Another coat, wipe.

    Bridge and tailpiece, under faucet with tooth brush. Dried by blowing air on them.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. Soap and water, can't beat it. On dirty fretboards I like using water as well, damp rag and I stay away from oils but that could be a different topic.
     
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    Go for the toothbrush, works wonders.

    I oil it because once cleaned, it looks really dry and pale. Tung oil, used in furniture making, but I wipe it away fast.
     
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    This is a beauty monsieur! HNGD!!
     
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    A real collector Epi, Custom shop limited edition ?
     
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    PixMix Well-Known Member

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    Great looking SG, Dr! A thing Tung oil "rub" really works well on faded finishes.

    On a bit more humorous note, since washing and soap were mentioned, I thought of this video:

     
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    Lunacy the Faded Active Member

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    Lol classic video good share

    I feel like I should get hip to these Epis they got a lot going for them really. The 89' G400 I had was a standard with a blank headstock... I would want one with the holly inlay whenever I do buy one of these models (yes @DrBGood the plastic was there whata peel it was lol)
     
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    I agree. There's one of these about an hour of drive from my house. I might just make an offer, but don't really need another guitar.
     
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    :rofl:
     

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