UNGD: Unexpected NGD It followed me home

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by bluesfordan, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. bluesfordan

    bluesfordan Member

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    I went to GC tonight totally intending on scoping out an amp I was interested in. Didn't see it but found an interesting item. First I tried to take an ebony SG down but it was just out of my reach so I went for something else easier to reach. I like the amp but I want to hear it with humbuckers so I asked a taller employee to take down the SG.

    The second I put my left hand on it I thought "ooo nice neck". It was surprisingly close to being in tune. It had been quiet until another customer started checking out a guitar. He was good and slightly loud. I tuned up the SG and didn't try to play along with the other guy but did my own thing, often in key so we didn't clash. Since he was playing fairly loud I didn't go Spinal Tap but I enjoying some righteous tone. I hadn't realized an hour had passed until an employee said "liking that SG, huh?" I got convinced to try an application for a store card, fully expecting to be declined. He came back and said I got approved. 45 day return policy. Sold. I only played it tonight I didn't do any adjustments other than tune it. The dang thing plays really nice and now that I finally stop playing everything on 10 all the time I was coaxing a lot of righteous tone out of it.

    I'm going to oil the board, change the strings, polish the frets (which are already nice) and massage the nut. I haven't weighed it but it's nice and light. Even with Grovers it doesn't neck dive and sits obediently on your lap. It came with a really nice gig bag that I like better than a HSC. In the pocket was a snapshot print of the guitar on the inspection bench and the check off paperwork. It was built March 2019.

    I was totally not expecting to buy a guitar. I knew that I didn't want to order one online but try it in person. I just never expected them to have a nice one on hand. I am still slightly in shock.

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  2. arcticsg

    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations man.. and Happy NGD to ya! :smile:
     
  3. Joncaster

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    Happy UNGD!
    That's the way it should go, just feels right and bam!
     
  4. musicman2242

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    That's awesome congrats!
     
  5. HackeIommi

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    Congrats!! This is how to buy a guitar. Play, see and buy if it's good. I am just wondering what was the amp you were interested in?
     
  6. GrumpyOldDBA

    GrumpyOldDBA Well-Known Member

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    Ebony nice very nice!!
     
  7. bluesfordan

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    The amp that caught my eye was the Studio Vintage SV20C. I was like "woah, a four-holer combo?" I was as impressed with the amp as I was with the guitar. I'd love to know how they work with pedals. 2x EL34, high/low power switch. I utilized my 'crank the amp and govern the volume via guitar control' method and was getting some really nice tones. I may be in danger of getting one of those, too.
     
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    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    Yep, sometimes the guitar picks you.
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful guitar. Great story, too. Congrats.
     
  10. Fumble fingers

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    It's a beaut !!
     
  11. DanB

    DanB Active Member

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    nice pick! Going into GC (or any other guitar store for that matter) is always a dangerous move!
     
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  12. HackeIommi

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    Man! The amp is really tempting too!! Thanx to GAS Gods, I have Jet City which is enough for me. As a 12" addict, the only flaw I can see is 10" speaker.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    congratulations on finding a guitar that you bond with
    right away. This also happened to me, way back in 2008.

    The guitar that beckoned to me from fifteen meters away and
    that rang like a bell in my hands unamplified,
    and that sounded great in GC's "quiet room" packed with amps I could not afford... was a humble Gibson SG faded special.

    The one I bought sounded better (to me) than every other SG in the rack...
    including several that were priced at two to 2 1/2 times what I paid.
    Go figure. Being smart, I bought the guitar and took it home.
    That was almost 11 years ago, and that one SG is still the Queen of
    my music room. I named her Luna, because she was my first SG and
    the cutaways made me mindful of the phases of the moon.
    Luna 3@100.jpg
    Sometimes your guitar picks you. When that happens, the best thing to
    do is allow it. Many of us have to learn the hard way to recognize the
    symptoms. Resistance is futile IMHO... if you resist, you might come back the next day or so after dreaming about the guitar in question,
    and thrashing about trying to deny the phenomenon... and after finally
    deciding that you found a unique instrument that rings bells in your soul... you return to the store to find that some other gorilla has got
    his hairy paws on your SG, and discovered her fine points, and whipped out his MasterCard and taken the lady into captivity, somewhere else in the Galaxy.

    *sob... then the best thing that you can do is to search for your soul's
    SG on the used market, hoping that the hairy paw Gorilla got bored with the
    excellence of YOUR Gibson and sold it, in favor of a BC Rich WarBeast...
    wanting that raw bestiality instead of the Gibson Elegance. ... and that you
    could find it.

    Here's hoping... but you've got your guitar. My second scenario would only
    take place if you were silly enough to find fault with your Gibson, and sell it
    (or return it) in a fit of Gibson-bashing, and then realize later what you had lost.
    I have very little sympathy for that.
     
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  14. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    2019 SG Standard, the only SG with a '61 RI body and a full face pickguard,

    Good choice.
     

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