So..... Do you have one ?

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  1. DJGranite

    DJGranite New Member

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    Hi all,
    I made a new member post but I thought I should post my need/search in a forum that is most likely busier.
    I just got a new to me SG....
    It's a 1991 Gibson SG Celebrity limited edition 1 of 200.
    a few issues though.
    The original owner didn't care for the "tuxedo" look and changed the pick guard, truss rod cover, poker chip and knobs to black!
    This is about half of what made it LE.
    This is what makes it a limited edition.
    Ebony color paint, gold hardware, ebony fretboard, White knobs and truss rod cover, poker chip and a white pickguard with the word Celebrity engraved between the neck pick up and the neck.
    oh yeah, a stamp on the back of the headstock of a Top hat and cane with the words "Celebrity Series" .

    Generally forums demand pics or it never happened...
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    this how she looks right now...

    this is what I'm in search of,
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    did I mention they only made 200 of these?
    you know, 28 years ago!
    I realize I'm looking for a Needle in a haystack, but before I try to get a "trophy" place to try and engrave a pickguard, I thought I would beat the bushes a bit seeking an original.
    So there it is.
    Anyone got a line on one?????
    PS. I know the tailpiece isn't original, it's from a 70's Les Paul, and I like the fine tuners.
    I'll probably pick up a stop tailpiece and just leave it in the case.
     
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  2. pancake81

    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    Cant help you out, but enjoyed the read and the photos of the guitar. Back in the 1990’s, when I new nothing about SG’s and was really just learning guitar, I always thought angus’ white pickguard custom was an SG celebrity. I saw an article on the SG celebrity, and always loved the look of Angus’ white pick guard custom and figured that’s what he must have had. I hunted high and low for years for celebrity back in the day with no success, mind you there was no reverb or barely internet sales for guitars then.

    still never seen one in the flesh! I wish you the beat of luck on your restoration.
     
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    plankton Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum. Unfortunately I can't help you.

    Personally, I think it looks better the way it is now, but I also feel that all white pickguards should be banished from the Earth.
     
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    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    wow, cold words :facepalm:I think on the right guitar they looks classy as hell.


     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    She’s a beautiful guitar either way, good luck searching for the pickguard, the rest of the bits should be easy.
     
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    Yeah, I suppose some exceptions can be made. After I posted I remembered that my Firebird has a white pickguard. :rofl:
     
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    Chubbles Well-Known Member

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    If you have to, there are a multitude of sites where you can have a pickguard and truss rod cover custom made. It's not that expensive.
     
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    DJGranite New Member

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    thanks,
    I hadn't even heard of them before I saw this one for sale.
    Ebony fretboard is what caught my attention.

    In all honesty, I'm generally not a big fan of black guitars, but I have several and this one looks quite classy to me. I would probably leave it as it is and put the white pick guard away. It would be great to have options...


    then again..... :cool:

    thanks, and I agree, pick guard is the problem though the truss rod cover may be difficult as well.

    Perspective.... :smile:

    true, I'm hoping to find an original one.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    Personally, I think your guitar looks great the way you have it,
    and the white p/g with the word celebrity on it looks quite cheesy.
    *shrugs

    I could NEVER go onstage with something like that.
    I don't like anything printed on my guitar, so I replaced my poker
    chips with a hand carved ebony indicator.
    Controls@100.jpg

    To me, a black SG seems very rock an roll, so now that you have this
    cool old war horse, I think you should just play the hell out of it and
    not fuss too much. It looks fine right now IMHO. *grins

    But if you're determined enough, and have enough money to blow,
    you ought to be able to find what you seek. Good luck in your quest!
    And Welcome to ETSG...
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    A white batwing is easy to find.
    WD Music has them.
    That's where I got mine.

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    I tried it on a Cream SG Special.
    Did not like it.

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    An ebony SG with black batwing looks Classic.
    Never goes out of style.

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    Good luck returning it to the way it should be. I hope you can do it. Doesn't really seem to be that difficult to do, really. Nor does it seem to be that expensive to do. All the plastic can be had cheaply. Bridge and stop piece not that costly.

    Get your guitar back to the way she was born. You'll have yourself a unique SG.
     
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    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    Nothing wrong with a white pickguard :naughty:
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    I like the SG Celebrity,
    Without white plastic parts it' s a SG Std ebony fretboard. What is the price ?
     
  14. DJGranite

    DJGranite New Member

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    Well, I most likely will put the white plastic parts up for safe keeping, because I think the guitar looks great as it is.
    Very classy with the black and gold.

    Yeah, I don't expect too much difficulty finding a plain white guard and truss rod cover. If worse comes to worst I'm thinking a place that engraves trophies and such could do the engraving.

    That is the plan, to get everything needed to be original, then I'll have options. 1 of 200, that is not many...
    nothing wrong at all!

    with the correct pick guard etc, the low end for an actual sale was $1375 3or4 years ago, they don't come up for sale often.
    people are asking between $1700-2300
    I got about half the lowest price into it, so even though I have no intention of selling it, to have the parts basically doubles the value of the guitar.
     
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    There has been a Celebrity for sale locally to me for awhile. I have to keep reminding myself, I don't like gold hardware, and I don't like the white pickguard or knobs. BUT if the price went down some, I'd buy it...I like rare things too. (I don't really know what a good price for one would be, but I'll know it when I see it.) :naughty:
     
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    DJGranite New Member

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    from what I have been able to find out on the net, they seem to get more than a normal Standard.
    I got mine for cheap because of the missing plastic pieces.

    on Reverb, one sold for $1375 back in May 2018, that's the lowest price I can find.
    Since then it looks like since then 3 more have sold (again, on Reverb)
    $2250 in 6-18, $1800 in 7-18 and one earlier this week (12-9-19) for $1700

    Hope this helps you figure out what is a good price for you .
     
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    DJGranite New Member

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    Well, I've been searching the net for these parts that I need and no luck.
    Put in a call to Gibson's repair and restoration dept, waiting for a call back.
    Meanwhile I'm thinking I will start contacting companies that sell/make pickguards and see who can do what for how much etc.

    So far I got:
    Creamtone,
    W-D,

    Who else should I be contacting ?
    Who's done the best work for you ?
     

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