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    NSGD - Custom Shop 1963 Special

    Picked up a USA Junior a few months back and been absolutely loving the sound and getting on okay with the relatively slim neck: to be fair, it's a great neck and not as slim as most slim-taper necks I've played in the past. BUT! Had a hankering for something a bit more special (pun intended!)...
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    Potential First Vintage Guitar | 1967 SG

    So ... my local store has a (circa) 1967 Gibson SG for sale. I've seen it in person in the shop but not had it down for a close look or to play it but I'm considering taking it for a "spin" to see if I might want to go for it. That would involve selling / part-ex'ing my CS ES-335, though...
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    Another Supro | Black Magick Reverb Kicks A**!!

    Okay ... I’ll try and keep this brief ... but will probably fail! Over lockdown, my Gibson SG Standard ‘61 and Gretsch Duo Jet have very much become my go-to guitars. So much so that I started disliking my 335 and decided to part-ex it. Initially I picked up a PRS but - whilst it sounded good...
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    NGD: Back in the SG gang!

    Okay, it’s a fair cop, I’ve done a few of these ... but I picked up a set of Bare Knuckle Nantucket P90s back in January with the intention of fitting them to my Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Firebird I ... yes, that would involve some fairly serious routing ... which is why I never could quite face it...
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    NGD: Gibson Trilogy Complete

    Been a while since I had a Les Paul in the stable but was feeling the need for one to go alongside my P90 SG and ES335. Was taking a while to save up for a good Trad or cheap Historic but then I spotted a 2004 Studio Plus which I thought had "potential" so I went for it and made a few mods -...
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    Here we go again ... dropped some P90s in my SG!

    Well ... it was only a matter of time before my P90 obsession took hold and - since my ES-335 already has some fabulous WCR PAF-style humbuckers - the SG was inevitably going to get the ol' soapbar conversion treatment! Ordered the pickguard from Parts Is Parts in the US and the description...
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    NGD: Back in the SG club!

    Having left my band, I've been considering what guitars *I* want, as opposed to which work best for the set of covers we play. It came down to an ES-335 (got), 58/59 reissue Les Paul (can't afford just now!) and a nice Cherry SG. So, I managed to sell my Firebird and started looking for either...
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    Firebird | Bigsby | String Length?

    Goodness knows if this is the right section but here goes: I recently bought a CS Non-Reverse Firebird - love it. I'd like to add a Bigsby but I am concerned that standard strings would not be long enough: - Current distance from top E tuner to Stoptail is approx. 87 cm - I reckon a...
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    NGD: Non-reverse Firebird completes my vintage-inspired set-up

    I've now lost count of the number of times I've been round the Gibson / PRS / Gibson ... loop (though my wife perhaps hasn't ....) and I find myself firmly back in the Gibson camp today. Having consolidated down to two PRS guitars - quite successfully from a gigging/flexibility/tone perspective...
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    NGD: Scored my dream PRS!

    I've been through a few PRS' over the last couple of years, searching for one that was right for me: I just love the feel of the necks and fingerboards - so comfy to play - but despite trying a Swamp Ash Special, Singlecut, McCarty and 408 I never quite bonded with the tones. The 408 was very...
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    My Firebird Pickups Demo

    Hey guys, recently put some new pickups in my Firebird and thought I'd record a quick demo: Creamery Firebird Pickups Demo - YouTube Pickups are from The Creamery in Manchester, UK and they sound great!
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    What pickups for my Firebird?

    So, until very recently my Firebird had three BKP Nantucket P90 pickups. I've now removed those and dropped two into my SG - which sounds incredible so I'm very happy with that. The question is, what to do with the Firebird now? My original plan was to go back to the traditional Firebird...
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    NGD: New Gretsch Day!

    So, I've wanted a Gretsch Duo Jet for as long as I can remember - driven primarily from seeing Neil Finn (a personal hero of mine) play several in the various bands and solo projects he's been involved with. The great grungy/fuzzy tones that folks like Jack White coax out of Gretsch guitars...
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    NGD: Awesome 'Gilmour inspired' Fender Strat

    There have to be some perks to business trips, right? Was in Tampa last week and decided to check out the local GC with a US based colleague. Guitar selection was pretty good for Fenders and Gibsons: although they didn't have any Tele Customs which would have been cool as I've really started...
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    New ES335 ... no Bigsby ... yet! :)

    Already posted this over at MLP but figured I'd share here too! I was a dyed-in-the-wool Les Paul guy until my unexpected falling for the humble SG and since then the other Gibsons I've wanted have been a Firebird and an ES335, rather than back to a Lester. So, having sorted the Firebird...
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    Finally! My Firebird with 3 P90s and Bigsby ...

    Well, it's been a long time coming ... back in August I found this 2010 NOS Firebird V on sale at my local music store and I had the plan to (finally!) get my dream Firebird/3xP90/Bigsby 'signature' guitar done. I've been banging on about doing this for about 3 years or so but couldn't quite...
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    New SG Day : Here we go again ...

    So, you all have my full permission to yell "IDIOT!" at the top of your voices but here goes ... A couple of months back, I bought a PRS 25th Anniversary Swamp Ash Special Narrowfield guitar. I fell in love with the playability, flexibility and the tone - it's become my mainstay guitar for...
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    My 2001 Wine Red Gibson SG w/Bigsby

    So, I bought this fairly recently for more than I should probably have paid for it but I fell in love with it when using it to try out some pedals. I've added a Bigsby B7 - using some black, hard-rubber tap washers to get the correct height at the bridge end - along with some nickel humbucker...


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