White SG customs-any out there that are actually White,not jaundiced yellow?

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  1. weaselwagon

    weaselwagon New Member

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    i would love to see if any of you out there could post a pic of a SG custom,not a re-issue,that has remained white..i just think that to pay for a color that is already yellowing is not what i want,since it will look like a banana in 20 years..anybody?perhaps someone could share some info on the current paint process and assure us that the modern paints and sealants will remain stable and the reissue white customs are as yellow as they will ever get?thanks
     
  2. everdying

    everdying Well-Known Member

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    my 1989 SG-90 was originally alpine white.
    i bought it used about 8yrs ago and it already looked like a banana.
    it was already heavily gigged, there is actually just bare wood under that makeshift pickguard i did, and it smelt like a bar.
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    i later modded it and got it refinished in black.
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    weaselwagon New Member

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    oh my god....does this mean they will all turn this color?
     
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    rockerbilly58 Well-Known Member

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    Now that's a worry. If I buy a white guitar I want it to stay white. I can understand a little yellowing but to go that far is too much.
     
  5. everdying

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    in general, most will turn to cream.
    mine smelt like some accelerated ageing from being in too many smoky bars.
    took me a few weeks to clear the smell from the case too.
     
  6. Strange Brew

    Strange Brew Well-Known Member

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    Here's my old 1971 Custom.... pictured about 4 years ago, or so... still unmistakably white...

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    sgtbeefheart Well-Known Member

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    That looks like nicotine staining, and could probably have been
    cleaned off.

    Did you try that first?
     
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    Mr. Happy Well-Known Member

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    White's a hard colour to keep intact!
     
  9. weaselwagon

    weaselwagon New Member

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    thanks for your photo and input,strange brew.gives me some hope.i've been thinking of a white custom for a long time now and was worried they would all look like big bananas!
     
  10. jojo68

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    Yep, no matter what the brand of guitar, they usually turn yellow as they age. One of the appeals of them imo.
     
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    Moose Well-Known Member

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    I like white guitars or should I say cream all mine are slightly yellow but I don't mind.
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    Mr. Happy Well-Known Member

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    Exactly... I dont buy White guitars 'cause I just can't wait for them to turn cream/yellow coloured! :ohno:
     
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    Iván Active Member

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    Hey Moose if you keep posting that kind of thing I'm going to start hating you. Those guitars look so good I'd steal them from you if I had the chance... Jajaj nah just kidding. But still, love them.
     
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    My live in girlfriend in the mid 70s was a Hungarian actress, who like most of us, smoked like a chimney, acquiring the usual yellow varnish to her smile . I hadn't seen her in decades until a Christmas party last year. Still smoking as much as ever, it was not her still model like figure, or the kiosk of Harry Winston do-dads adorning it that most of her old friends were staring at, but her blindingly bleached smile. Things are meant to yellow with age . Whether guitar or old girlfriend, without the patina applied by time and living, one must question the authenticity of the article in question .
    If you want to keep any guitar's finish from fading and yellowing, leave it in its case in a climate controlled environment and just like Uncle Harry at the Cryogenic storage lot and every bit as useful, your guitar will remain pristine.
    Biddlin ;>)/

    BTW-Gun Collectors, if you really want to destroy the collectible value of an old gun, just clean the patina of it.
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    I really dig the aged white/pale yellow color of old white gibsons. I know it isn't for everyone but to me... that aged color is awesome. Now having said that... I have seen some vintage gibbys that remained pretty white. I think it is a combination of sun exposure and smoke, etc that changes the color.
     
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    excellent feedback from the membership here,thanks.keep em comin'...i'm very seriously looking into a 61 reissue sg custom in white,but dont want one that is as yellow as the homeless guys teeth at the corner..any more pics?
     
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    I wouldn't change this,

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    everdying Well-Known Member

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    yea, well like i said it smelt like it was in too many smoky bars.
    and also bare wood was already showing around the picking area, quite deep too in certain parts.
    so a refinish was the only option anyway...
     
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    I like them mellow yellow...My Greco LP is cream colored now, once was white, I guess...from the mid 1980's.
    It also has dings and scrapes on it because it was played!

    If you want them perfect, lock them up and never touch them.

    Pics...My Greco Flower Pot, and my S&W First Model .44 Double Action Revolver, sold about 1901...both showing their age and use...but they both still work just fine.

    mark
     

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