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    Gibson SG Standard 61 Question?

    SG necks do seem to be all over the place. My 1987 Reissue '61 LP/SG Custom (the 3 PU model) has an extreme neck for sure, being thin and flat-ish and way far from the baseball bat neck that has been so trendy. I think it's impossible to generalize about SGs as players because they vary so...
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    From purely a "players" perspective, is a standard "worth" it?

    There's no answer to this question. We don't all use the same criteria in making choices, so it's pointless to argue. For some, a really playable guitar and more cash in the bank is a terrific result. For others, something that has a look or feel that inspires you is worth some bucks. Nobody's...
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    The Gibson SG - Seeking Knowledge

    Back to the OP. No, SGs are not hard rock guitars, though they can do that as well or better than a Les Paul. Remember: they were developed for Les Paul and Mary Ford and long before "woman tone." Sure, Les rejected them soon enough, but that was about money. Any guitar that was the instrument...
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    Koa wood Orville SG on Ebay

    Wow! I wonder what the story is on that one. I've never seen or heard of another, nor have I ever seen an Orville with aged hardware. (The Orville by Gibsons have stock Gibson USA pickups). A good Orville -- not all are really good, however -- can be really excellent. Mine is a FujiGen-built...
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    '61 Gibson SG Reissue?

    It's funny that they call these '61 reissues and then use finishes that weren't used in '61, but the main thing is that the build specs approximate a '61 and that is, IMO, the best of ll the SGs. I'm lucky to have an '87 Reissue '61 Les Paul/SG Custom (3 pickups) and that was the year after...
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    Is this a crack in the wood or just the surface?

    Let's all admit that the photos do not allow us to tell if the crack goes into the wood. The rest is speculation, which is less than worthless. That's a remarkably thick finish for a PRS, so it could well be just a finish crack. But if the instrument took a blow, or some other force was exerted...
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    Blackwood Tek - the new Rosewood or Ebony

    Forget Richlite. The negative response to that stuff is well-deserved because Gibson introduced it in such a scummy way. So "Richlite" means "second rate substitute" because that's how Gibson used it. It's too bad, because while I don't like Richlite, particularly, I think there's a real place...
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    Should i return it or keep it?

    Don't hope too much. It's the same lazy-ass company that sent you the crappy one you returned. The cracked finish around the nut is the only blemish I would myself excuse, because that just happens because the nut material and the surrounding wood do not move at the same rate, though odds are...
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    Strings - what do you use and why?

    On my SG, I play 9-42 because I don't need string output, and the neck ad action are so remarkably perfect that even such light strings play clean and true. It's incredible. I've had long periods of playing and fretting strings that offer some more resistance, but at this point I play lightly...
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    How should I think about pickup “hotness” vs dialing in amp gain; 490T/498T

    Well, I just hate hot pickups. It is easy to increase signal strength elsewhere in the signal chain. With a hot pickup, the most you can do is lower it away from the strings (most are too close anyway), but it will never have the clean qualities of a moderate output PU. If you play overdriven...
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    Found another solution for neck dive (no modification)

    Light-bodied (desirable) SGs are more prone to neck dive since the weight balance is different. I have a very light old one and use some lead and tungsten in the control cavity to achieve a good balance with minimal additional weight.
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    Liveliness of the SG and unplugged volume

    My '87 Reissue '61 LP/SG Custom (3 pickups) is very physically resonant. It is one of the most resonant solidbodies I have played (though not the most resonant ). I honestly can't account for this beyond, possibly, the relationship between the modest mass and material (good mahogany) of the...
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    Gibson SG 2003 Special Maestro/Lyre installation

    You were smart to go with the known quantity. I don't have that vibrola -- I don't like them -- but I do buy stuff from Crazyparts and I'm always pleased. With these vibrolas, the results range from terrible (essentially, constant detuning, bad return to pitch) to, encouragingly, pretty...
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    NGD PTSD!!

    I don't know how "giant" the ding may be, but it's not hard to fill and finish a dent in a black guitar, particularly if it's new. It's easy to make a mess if you don't know what you're doing, but if this were mine, I'd simply fix it. There's no need to live with a blemish you don't like. I...
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    Pau Ferro fretboards on Epiphones blacken the fingers...

    Pau Ferro is a decent tonewood with acceptable physical properties, but the color does not go well with most guitar body colors, and the factory treatment (smoothing and conditioning) is, for Gibson and Fender anyway, poor. Apparently, companies just don't want to bother with the $$$ handwork...
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    NGD - Fail!

    Well, the playability issue may have developed post-factory depending on where you purchased the guitar and how they did or did not handle it in storage and shipment. If it went from one climate to another, things will move, PLEK'd or not. If it was PLEK'd, you should be able to dial it back in...
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    HNGD

    That Custom is a big, big step up from the Gary Clark, though IMO the Phat Cats are a step backwards, unless you want fairly aggressive tones all the time. I find that decent HBs in a SG give a range of tones that are all really excellent, where P90s and similar PUs are sort of one trick ponies...
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    Buying new vs buying used

    Buying used is the best way to access inventory of played-in guitars, so you can readily reject the losers and purchase stable instruments with superior action and feel that are unlikely to change going forward. It's a bad idea to buy used if you just jump on a single instrument and rush into a...
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    Wow... SG Special with minis...

    Nothing wrong with baked maple -- it's just that other materials are better. For most, the difference is irrelevant. I like the look of the darkened (conditioned) version.
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    Spec For 61 Reissue 2012 SG

    Steve Ds comment about switch tip color matches my experience. It seems like everyone just swaps in the darkest tip they can find, but '61s, both genuine and good reissues, do not have ambered tips. I'm looking right at mine and it's cream, not the amber of my LP. Obviously a small thing, and I...


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