Opinions on Gibson 2014 range

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  1. Bonzo21

    Bonzo21 Active Member

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    So I recently picked up a 2014 melody maker for a ridiculously low price, and I got an SGJ a few years ago. I had to file the fret ends, and the finish is already wearing off the neck on the SGJ, but I LOVE these two guitars. In 2015 gibson bumped its prices by 25% (if I remember correctly), dropped this line in favour of a more expensive "faded" series, and added a bunch of options that people didn't want across the board. It seems to me that a lot of the Gibson bashing we are used to now really took off in 2015 (just my perception, certainly QC complaints have been around since the 90s...). So aside from the controversial 120th anniversary inlay, it seems to me that 2014 sticks out as a very good year for Gibson. Maybe I'm just super thrifty and blinded by the deal?

    Anyone else impressed with these "cheapest Gibsons ever made" (as they were marketed)?
     
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    gball Well-Known Member

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    I had a 2014 SGJ. All I can say is I seriously regret selling that guitar and would buy another. It played and sounded as good as anything at any price and aside from the goofy inlay I really liked the stripped-down aesthetic of it too.
     
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    Bonzo21 Active Member

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    I added a pick guard to mine so it kinda goes against the stripped down aspect of it, but I love the feel of that neck. The 2014 MM has the same neck profile. I would seriously consider getting a 2014 LPJ too if I saw one for the right price (and I had the money at the time).
     
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    2014 was pretty good for the whole SG range. There was also the Futura with P90 & humbucker and a boost switch. The Deluxe with 3 pups and B5 Bigsby, (like the SGJ it was originally out in 2013). The SG Xtra Slim with extra slim taper neck. A Standard 120 wth batwing. And the regular small guard Standard came with coil splitters and a good range of colours. The 50s/60s/70s/Future tributes were also still available in 2014, although they now all came with Min-Etunes.

    Since 2015 the SG range has been pretty limited in terms of models and colours, with just the occasional limited runs for entertainment. Unless you count the choice of T & HP models.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Less is more.
     
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    Dave Johnson Well-Known Member

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    This is a 2014 SGJ.
    Or at least it started life that way.
    [​IMG]
    I kind of threw the stripped down sensibility of the model down the drain, but after a few changes it's become one of my favorite guitars. The low cost made it a great platform for mods.
    At first I thought the Maple neck would seem odd, however when you're playing it, it just feels right.
    The 12th fret banner used to bug me, but I got used to it.
    And who wouldn't like having those two extra frets.
    For me, It's a keeper.
     
  7. Bonzo21

    Bonzo21 Active Member

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    I saw the transformation thread on this beast. Very impressive!

    Yeah, I don't mind the Maple neck. Nothing wrong with maple, even though its more of a 70s 80s Gibson thing (if I'm not mistaken)...
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    Gibson bashing is nothing new, it's been going on since I
    grew up in the sixties. Sixties Gibsons were compared unfavorably
    with forties-fifties models... Seventies Gibsons were compared un
    favorably with fifties models, Eighties Gibsons were compared
    unfavorablly with sixties models, nineties Gibsons were compared
    unfavorably with eighties models and so on and so on. It never stops.

    It's all bull taco and blowing smoke. It's best to ignore all Gibson
    bashing, and just play music.

    Your 2014 model is excellent. I have a 2012 Gibson Sg special with
    a maple neck, which I liked instantly and haven't changed my mind.
    Mahogany is traditional, but the maple neck on an SG is very strong
    and also very stable tuning wise. All SG necks are fast and comfortable.

    The 2014 models were greeted with hoots of derision by the unwashed,
    because of the anniversary inlay. But they are excellent guitars, and once
    the 2015 models came out with more innovations and a higher price,
    the flying fickle finger of fate targeted those instead, and the 2014s were
    grudgingly accepted as a lesser evil. It's all nonsense, just knee-jerk
    rejection reflexes with very little cognition behind any of it. *shrugs

    Enjoy your guitar, and play music, and post some more photos please.
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Well said! ;)
     
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    Bonzo21 Active Member

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    Yeah I definitely like them, I was just sort of wondering what other's experiences were with these. I've seen your SG on a few posts, I like it! Real nice ;)
     
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    Very well said!
    I love all SG’s, and being there’s so many different variations of them makes them even better!
    I still prefer the ‘61 model with the smaller guard and thin neck, but that’s just me.
     
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    I LOVE my 14 Standard. Save an odd nut cut on the B sting it is perfect. No nibs and plays great!

    See avatar.
     
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    I have two 2014 Gibsons, a Les Paul Melody Maker and a Firebird V.

    The Melody Maker needed a new nut, otherwise lovely.

    The Firebird needed nothing.

    The Melody Maker is nice, but maybe not for me. The Firebird is a keeper.

    Quality not a problem.

    P.
     
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