SG Special 60's Tribute Experiences?

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  1. minotaur

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    I can't get the monkey off my back. That monkey is in the form of the Gibson SG Special 60's Tribute that I (and YOU too) can currently pick up for 15% off regular price of $799. That's the model with the P-90's...and I don't have P-90's on anything. I have enjoyed playing on P-90's on past box store excursions. The price point seems great. Can't go wrong with the red...but the natural finish is appealing to me in a different way...and I have a red '61 RI in a red finish as it is. Here's a link to said guitar:

    Gibson Limited Edition SG Special '60s Tribute (Worn Natural) | Sweetwater.com

    For those with experience with this guitar, can you provide feedback on your impressions? I need to purchase it today to get the 15% off, or walk away for the time being. Do I want to just live, or live LARGE? :)
     
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    That's a like a newer version of the classic 60's SG Special, which was a tone monster. This was one of the few guitars that I liked last timeI was at GC.
    You'll like it a lot!
     
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    Good to know you liked it, thanks for feedback!
     
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    I have the same one (in Natural) and I love it. It sounds just like my two P-90 Classics but the neck is slimmer.
     
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    Sweet, thanks. I thought you had one - you put witch hats on it didn't you, and bought it from a student? If so I remember that thread.
     
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    She can be sweet, clean and articulate, but when she wants to get nasty she'll make you feel dirty. Be careful, she's a temptress.

    Make sure you get the best color!

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    The neck is certainly thinner than big rounded necks most SG's come with these days, but it's definitely not '61 speed neck thin. It's a nice median IMO.
     
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    That's it! I'm surprised you remembered because *I* don't even remember posting that! :applause:
     
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    She can also play jazz - I've used P90's on lots of jazz gigs, not that that matters in the big picture. It just shows that both humbucker and P90 SG's are capable of a wide variety of sounds, of course mostly depending on what you plug them into!
     
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    I found a guy online selling one of these used. His reason for selling it is because in his words the P90 pickups "make too much noise". Hmm, I wonder what that is supposed to mean. Too "messy", "crunchy", not clean enough? Couldn't navigate the amplifier? I thought these were supposed to be more edgy than humbuckers.:dunno: Crazy kids....
     
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    P90's are not humbuckers, so like all single-coil pickups they have some 60 cycle hum and can pickup other electronic noises, so it's possible compared to humbuckers that to him the pups "make too much noise".
     
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    Yes, dbb is right. When you are plugged in but not playing, they hum just like a Fender or any other guitar with single coil pickups. Of course, you don't hear it when you are playing, so it doesn't bother me at all. I'll gladly take a little hum between songs for that TONE during the songs.
     
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    I just turn my volume pedal off between songs with single coils. Heck even with humbuckers if I have a distortion sound. If I'm on a "simple" gig I turn off the guitar volume. No hum except when music is happening.

    One day I'll teach the P90's the words so they don't have to just hum.
     
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    Had mine a couple of months. It quickly became my #1
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    Very cool...so it became #1 guitar that fast, huh? It looks like they got the bevels right too.
     
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    I tried out the 60s tribute SGs and have nothing but good things to say about them. For the money, I think they are a good buy and with the 15% off deal, even better. I am a huge fan of P90 pups and that noise the guy was referring to is exactly what I love about P90s. I was going to buy one till I tried out the 60s tribute goldtop Les Pauls and went with one of those instead. Before I get kicked off the forum though, I do have an SG classic that I love and an SG special faded with ebony board so I am a big SG fan of course :dude:
     
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    Clump, that looks just like mine except I put witch hats on it and it still has the single ply guard. Where did you get that pickguard?
     
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    omg... G.A.S... cain't stop drooolin' on my keyboard... that's a lovely SG...
    I wish I had a little more money to throw down... look out! the Kernel's throwin' down! ...I love the natural wood look... and I don't have anything with P-90s...
    but I'll have to resist and be mature... Mastercard, get me outa here.
     
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    You'll get nothing but :thumb::thumb: on these from me!

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    Kev, the pickguards are from Jeannie Pickguards on eBay. Great quality and super-quick turnaround time.
     
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    :thumb:
     
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    I did a couple of cosmetic mods to suit my taste (reflectors, PG, SG TRC) and replaced the tiny ceramic caps with PIOs and I'm done. I love to tinker, but it's so good there's nothing left to do.

    Seriously if I could only keep 1 guitar this would be it.
     
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