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  1. BenTobith

    SG String Guage

    The most important stat is a wound 3rd.
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    Wheezy, whooshy noises when instrument cable first plugged in?

    Is Deoxit safe for an amp input? I have some of that handy.
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    Wheezy, whooshy noises when instrument cable first plugged in?

    Only a month or two old, it's a new Mesa Boogie. If it's one of those things, why or how does unplugging and replugging in the cable make a difference?
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    Wheezy, whooshy noises when instrument cable first plugged in?

    I have a strange situation where I hear a constant background noise whenever I first power up my amp and take it out of Standby mode. The noise is a combination of a faint, high pitched squeal and a swirling, whooshing sound, like white noise and radio static with some movement to them...
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    Big Muff sounds great through Princeton but bad through Mesa?

    Yeah, essentially it seems to be both a headroom and mid scoop issue. Now that I've figured out a better EQ for me with this amp (way more Mids), as long as I'm on 20 watts or higher it sounds fine.
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    Big Muff sounds great through Princeton but bad through Mesa?

    I recently switched from a Princeton Reverb to a Mesa/Boogie California Tweed. The Mesa is fantastic. Between the two amps, the EQ on the Princeton is practically nonexistent, whereas it is extremely sensitive to both guitars/pickups and pedals on the Mesa. It is definitely a tweaker's amp...
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    Princeton RI has a “dial tone” like background noise in Input 1?

    Yes. It happens whether a guitar is plugged in or not. Whenever a lead/cable is plugged in to Input 1, guitar included or not, that’s when it happens.
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    Princeton RI has a “dial tone” like background noise in Input 1?

    It’s hard to describe this sound, but it’s like a faint “dial tone” background noise. It shows up as soon as you turn the amp on and the tubes begin to warm up. It only seems to be audible when I’m plugged in to Input 1. When I plugged in to Input 2, it went away. The tone gets louder if you...
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    '61 Reissue (USA) vs. '61 VOS (Custom Shop)

    Right, but I’m comparing 2020 ‘61 USA RIs to Custom Shop variants. There’s also other anomalies, like my 2013 Standard, which has pointers (was done in ‘61 RI style as a Standard that year).
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    '61 Reissue (USA) vs. '61 VOS (Custom Shop)

    I’m talking about specifically 2020 USA RIs, which have ABR-1, etc.
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    '61 Reissue (USA) vs. '61 VOS (Custom Shop)

    ‘61 RIs have ABR-1 and knob pointers. I can’t fathom what the difference between pickup rings might be (lol), but you’re right on the reflector knobs. But again, we’re not really identifying much that affects “tOaN” here.
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    '61 Reissue (USA) vs. '61 VOS (Custom Shop)

    I'm fairly certain the new Gibson regime versions use actual bumblebee/paper in oil caps in the Custom Shop models. I don't necessarily view this as a positive, as stated in the OP. Feels a bit too much like vintage for vintage's sake vs. what's best or practical. I don't know of any one-piece...
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    '61 Reissue (USA) vs. '61 VOS (Custom Shop)

    I think I get what you're both saying. From an external perspective, the "heel" on the outside of the neck where it meets the body definitely looks different between a '61 Standard reissue and the originals/Custom Shop versions. There's less wood there.
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    New Guitar Day

    Yes, this. My 2020 Les Paul Standard had a very light brown rosewood fretboard. I immediately thought, “Oh no, the dryness!” But of course, it’s not dry at all. Just a different color. And now that I’ve done the oil treatment a few times, it’s just as dark as my SG’s fretboard. Looks great.
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    Was There Anything Wrong With Your New SG?

    Not an SG, but the 2020 Les Paul Standard 50s (P-90s) Goldtop I recently purchased new was close to flawless. The nitpick I would have is that some of the gold finish "crept" up a bit on the neck binding where it's adjacent to the top of the body. Not noticeable except up close. Otherwise, I...
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    Was There Anything Wrong With Your New SG?

    I think it's pretty common for those to not fit exactly, due to variances with wood and plastic, etc. At least that's been my experience. They probably better for them to be a tight squeeze than err on the side of a gap.
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    Was There Anything Wrong With Your New SG?

    Interesting you say this. My 2020 Les Paul has "whiter" cream binding, like your lower examples, but my 2013 SG Standard has pinkish binding.
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    '61 Reissue (USA) vs. '61 VOS (Custom Shop)

    Curious what the fine folks think: If you could get a gently used Gibson Custom Shop VOS '61 reissue for ~$1,000 more than a brand new 2020 Gibson USA '61 Reissue, is it worth the extra $1,000? As far as I can gather, the key differences would be: NUT: Nylon/Bone (CS) vs. Graph Tech (USA)...
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    Preferred Locking Tuners (Kluson style w/ Pearl knobs)?

    Sorry for the delay, here’s a few pics with the new tuners.
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    2007 Gibson SG standard ‘61 reissue (possible GOTW content)

    It has the modern tuner screws rather than push-in bushings. (Which is not surprising, since it isn't Custom Shop.)


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