Pushing the boundaries with the SG

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  1. SG standard

    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    There are lots of reasons people buy particular guitars to play particular genres of music, three common factors are:

    1] Whether they can comfortably play the instrument in that style, and whether it can deliver the appropriate sound.
    2] Whether the visual style of the instrument suits their taste and how they wish to appear when playing it.
    3] What other people have chosen to play. (We're social animals, we like to conform, even when we're rebelling).

    I can't see any reason that [1] would be a factor that stopped anyone buying an SG*, unless it also stopped them buying any other Gibson solid body, as the SG shares the same materials and construction (pups/wiring/woods/etc.). So I'd guess if there's anything limiting the SG to a particular genre, it's [2] or [3].

    (* Of course I could mention neck dive, but then you'd all have to kill me, so I won't) :)
     
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    Maybe simply because it can?

    People's tools of choice differ. And if a player can make a guitar sound the way he wants it to in a given setting, why, I guess it is the right tool for the work.

    Granted, the SG is used more by rockers than jazzers. (I have a feeling a lot of it is more down to tradition and looks than the actual sound of the guitar itself.) But that doesn't take away from the versatility of the guitar. I don't think it is about whether or not the SG can sound exactly like a Strat, Les Paul, Tele, Gretch or whatever. Versatility is more about how a good player can make it work to great effect in different styles. And I think the SG is a very good guitar in that respect.
     
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    It's to be very narrow minded to think that the SG is a sonically specialized guitar. The only area where it is limited, it's in it's looks. An SG can't look like anything else than an SG.

    I don't think the player in the OP's video is doing anything out of this world. He's simply playing a humbucker guitar through some great effects and he is very melodic doing so.
     
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    Gahr Well-Known Member

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    It CAN look like a parrot!

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  5. Bad Penguin

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    My first guitar teacher, a jazz guy, played a SG. Also had a White Falcon, but preferred the SG. My second and last teacher, played an SG, and played jazz on it. He had quite a few other guitars, but preferred the SG for jazz. I think the SG is perfect for jazz.
    Yes, you can use other guitars in other genres. I do it all the time. Did a blues gig with a Mockingbird, did metal on my L6s, doesn't matter what guitar it is, you can play whatever. But certain guitars fit best in certain genres. SG and jazz, fits quite well.
     
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    Oh God.... Gibson and plywood.
     
  7. Norlin SG

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    Les Paul's reaction to the SG is telling me thinks. Pretty much Les didn't care how it sounded, he couldn't get past the SG's looks. And really, a guitars sound has almost nothing to do with what genres of music it's traditionally played in.
     
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    Norlin SG Well-Known Member

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    Not even close. It's how a certain part of the female anatomy looks when you're on acid. It's all good though. Back in the day everyone knew that LSD only killed the weak brain cells.............
     
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    That was a beautiful Think Outside the Box SG. Must be heavy though with all those colors.
     
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    I really love it. I don’t get why so many people dislike it. Sure, it is pretty far from the traditional looks of an SG, but still. The only thing I don’t like is the lack of double volume and tone controls.
     
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    Does it neck dive?

    Those are so fugly, I’m starting to like them.
     
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    No idea, but assuming it is indeed a parrot I think the neck will fly back up before it hits anything.:D The Zoot Suits are cool as hell.
     

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