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    What pups did my SG come equipped with?

    I have an SG Standard which I bought new, back in 1969. It was the 75th Anniversary model, at that time. I believe that it was manufactured in Gibson's Montana plant in 1968, Serial # 950581. The serial number is embossed into the back of the headstock, with MADE IN USA embossed beneath it. What...
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    What year did the volute start for SGs

    I am the original owner of what I'd always thought to be a 1968 SG Standard. It has the batwing pickguard, witch-hat knobs and a Vibrola tremolo/tailpiece. It has a dark brown walnut finish. The S/N is 950581 with "MADE IN U.S.A." beneath it, both embossed. The S/N corresponds to being produced...
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    Cleaning my 2009 Gibson SG special faded, worn cherry

    For fretboard gunk, I've used naphtha, but I don't get much gunk because I wash my hands before playing. For fretboard nourishment, I use lemon oil which I paint liberally onto the rosewood fretboard. I leave it on, wet, for 15-20 minutes, then thoroughly remove all I can with a clean, dry...
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    Tuning issues with Maestro Vibrolas?

    Goldtone, I'm going on 70 y.o., and been playing since I was 11, so I have managed to pick up some knowledge, made observations, and gained experience with respect to the guitar over 6 decades. The strings DO saw and grind over the saddles. It is observable and slightly audible. When the tremolo...
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    Grounding issue puzzle?

    I second Chilipeppermaniac on that point. Home electronics components frequently affect the interactions of the electronic components of electric guitars/amps.
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    Tuning issues with Maestro Vibrolas?

    I'm the original owner of a '68 SG Standard w/Vibrola tailpiece, and the guitar originally had an ABR-1 bridge w/nylon saddles. It was difficult to keep it in tune after the Vibrola had been used. I have since replaced the Gibson bridge with a TonePros AVR2 locking bridge with steel saddles...
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    Not only that, it is almost impossible to buy anything "Made in U.S.A." that is 100% manufactured from domestic components, like it or not.
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    You made some valid points. It is worth stating that Gibson recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In order to be competitive and survive, they outsource many components simply because Asian labor costs less compared to American salaries. Rosewood and mahogany aren't grown in the U.S.A...
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    It’s got a tailpiece now

    Correct. I've long been aware of that.
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    To "Monkey" or Not To "Monkey," that is the question.

    Where can I find that thread, Abiding?
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    To "Monkey" or Not To "Monkey," that is the question.

    Tough call. I have a '69 SG Standard. I placed a paper, inkjet-printed skull with a burning candle atop the skull, between the pups (I'm a Photoshop expert). Looks great. Although it's affixed to the batwing pickguard, it can be removed at will. The monkey is affixed to the body of the guitar...
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    Some SGs and Les Pauls

    Show off! You're killin' me. I have a left nut I can trade for them.
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    New SG Jr: Ridiculous errors!! Should I write to Gibson?

    If you'd read what the OP wrote, it should have been obvious that he knew what he was talking about. Mr. Dickinson wasn't being "picky". He was sold what should have been an abortion. A "proper setup" is impossible to perform on said guitar. It is indeed a sad state of affairs when spending...
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    New SG Jr: Ridiculous errors!! Should I write to Gibson?

    When you contacted Gibson and described in detail (as you did in your original post) what the instrument's issues were, the message you delivered was perceived to be coming from someone who is articulate and knows the geometry and mechanics of guitars. A guitar whose action cannot be adjusted...

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