SHOW US YOUR CUSTOMISED SG!

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  1. Skinny Al

    Skinny Al Member

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    Hey all! I wanna see all of the weird, crazy, awesome and beautiful SGs that are anything but stock! I´m gonna start with a show and tell about my baby, a 2005 Standard Natural Burst.

    My customisation:
    Faux leather paisly pickguard.
    4x Push/Push(not Push/Pull) in a Jimmy Page schematic, split/split/series/phase.
    Pickups are from Iron Gear, zebra, rly high output in the bridge..
    Neck pickup:Blues Engine; 7.4kOhm, AlNiCo IV.
    Bridge pickup: Dirty Torque; 16.4kOhm, AlNiCo V.
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    Sounds amazing, most versatile guitar I´ve ever had.
    It goes from clean crispy singlecoil SRV sounds to Crazy overdriven Leslie West in a flip of the switch and in between get Hendrix, Clapton, Green, Townsend and Page of course, endless sounds.


    What do you think, cool SG?

    Now show me yours!!

    Update - Just changed back to the original cream colored switch to match the zebra with the black poker chip :p - Devil´s in the details (last two photos)

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    Rock On!
    /Skinny Al
     

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  2. NMA

    NMA Well-Known Member

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    2012 Standard SG - Natural Burst

    I really went wild with my mod. See those knobs? I added those pointers to them. Four of them! Don't hate me for being so extreme with my customizing. A man's got to do what a man's got to do.

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  3. shreddy bender

    shreddy bender Well-Known Member

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    Ok. I'll bite. 2003 Special Faded. Has Dirty Fingers in both positions, Grover Rotomatics, speed knobs and witch hats, 24 Groovy Greats L.P. for a pickguard, Red Stripe beer cap on the bridge volume and a 45 Insert for a poker chip. FB_IMG_1517939102675.jpg

    Nice natural burst by the way!
     
  4. Skinny Al

    Skinny Al Member

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    wish I had pointers too, so, you are not crazy dude :)
     
  5. Skinny Al

    Skinny Al Member

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    Make it your own! thumbs up!
     
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  6. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    2016 SG Special T - Satin Ebony

    1. Black pup ring
    2. 5-ply BWBWB guard
    3. Black reflector knobs
    4. Lollar P-90 (neck)
    5. Remove poker chip

    Before & After:

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  7. Skinny Al

    Skinny Al Member

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    Looks mean now! How does it sound?
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Awesome!

    Push-Push pots are great.
    I installed them on an LP in the past.
    Easy to operate and no pulling off knobs.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to ETSG...

    Thanks for showing off your cool burst SG. You'll have to describe how
    you did that pick guard, or where you got it if you didn't do the artwork
    yourself. I've never seen one like it.
     
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  10. Dave Johnson

    Dave Johnson Well-Known Member

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    Well, I started with this bare bones SGJ
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    Gave it a gloss lacquer overspray.
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    Then routed it for P90's, added a full pickguard to hide the overlapping routs, and tossed on a Bigsby B7 & roller bridge.
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    But I wasn't done yet. Ended up routing a bit more and added another P90 along with a 5 ply pickguard.
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    And there we have it. A gloss finish SGJ with a trio of Lollar P90's and a Bigsby.
     
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    Future Tribute with the lacquer stripped, oil finish, 490R/490T, batwing, witch-hat knobs. Sperzel locking tuners.

    Tom
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Wow, nice job folks!

    Here's mine, pretty tame in comparison:



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  13. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    Great thread. I love all this original work.

    The SG is one of Gibson's most versatile guitars IMHO, and can output anything her owner
    is capable of.

    Here's April, my 2012 SG special '70s tribute. I like unusual guitars and this
    one caught my eye right away. Silver burst finish (satin)... '70s style block inlays, Mini Humbuckers of a "new design" according to Gibson's blurb, tone Pros tuners, baked maple fretboard, maple neck with '70s style volute... I couldn't resist.
    This is what she looked like right out of the box:
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    Pretty cool (in my eye)... This was the first of this model. Innovative in 2012.
    Discontinued in 2013. Closed minded guitarists couldn't figure out what it was good for,
    so they didn't buy them. Gibson marked them down, and down and down until I couldn't
    stand it and had to pounce. I got one of the last ones maybe. Mine's a lovely instrument.
    They've since been re-issued as the SG special T model, and guitarists seem to know
    how to play them now. (loud)...

    I wasn't going to mod this one, because it was nearly perfect as issued and also
    because it was discontinued quickly and maybe not many were made. But when I
    really fall for an instrument, I usually have to add a few custom features... like
    buying a little black dress for a great lady to slide into, or out of. *grins

    Here she is now:
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    Black Tone Pros Kluson tuners, Ebony TRC with "Tribal Blade & Rose" inlay by Scott Swirski of
    Canada, made of abalone and Mother of pearl...
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    I don't like plastic parts very much, so I made my own pick guard out of Ebony Headstock
    veneer from StewMac.
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    From a distance, no one might notice that this P/G isn't plastic, but I took great joy in making
    this... and I had enough wood left over to make an ebony switch washer:
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    Along with Witch Hat knobs. All fairly superficial mods, but none were needed elsewhere.
    The wiring is standard old fashioned Gibson wiring, no PCB. The pots are Gibson 500k, and
    work fine as issued. The mini hum buckers have an excellent unique sound all their own, and
    they are one of the reasons I bought this instrument. The baked maple fretboard is smooth
    and hard, and a great playing surface. It darkened up nicely with a little Fret Doctor oil on
    a Q tip. There was nothing wrong with the stock snot green tuners, they were made for Gibson by tone Pros.
    I only replaced them because I wanted black, and because I saw tone pros tuners go onsale
    at StewMac for close-out prices and had to pounce.

    I'm very fond of this guitar, and she rewards me with excellent tone and playability.
    April 2017@100.jpg
    Everyone knows that Witch Hat knobs enhance tone and increase sustain.
     
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  14. AngelDeVille

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    Abalone trc, knobs with some abalone rings, plasic fantastic tuner buttons, added "pink/stink" poker chip, pickguard, pickup rings, b3 bigsby, didnt need to touch the electronicles.

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    Trc, pickguard, knobs, "****/ass" poker chip, b7 bigsby.

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    Bought this last week. Still need a new pickguard, poker chip and trc on this one.. Just added the Floyd Rose last night.

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    Stock SGS3 too, but no changes to it.. Yet..

    I have new straps for all four of my SG's arriving tomorrow, I'll snap a pic.
     
  15. Didds

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    WOW. That's one beautiful instrument you've got yourself
     
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    Thank you Didds! I agree :)
     
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    Thank you! You are welcome, happy you like it! I found a seller from Greece on ebay that makes custom pickguards, so did not make it myself. But I think it is made of thin MDF with a plastic faux leather embossed paisley wrap. feels solid and I love the look! https://www.ebay.com/itm/EMBOSSED-P...367819?hash=item4b3944f58b:g:-gwAAOSwbMBaiXkC
     
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  18. Dave Johnson

    Dave Johnson Well-Known Member

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    Your SG looks fantastic. Now time to accessorize with a tooled leather covered amp.

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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    man, play some cowboy chords through something like that Mesa Lone Star...
    ...that's styling'

    And DO NOT set your beer on top of that Fender Deluxe. You might wake
    up with a mike stand wrapped around your head. If you wake up.
    That's a dream amp.
     
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    shiny!
     
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