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  1. Russell Rubman

    My Gibson SG Monkey Repro

    Thanks for all the nice comments. It's a great player too. Now I just have to cut off a fingertip and coat the fretboard and my transformation will be complete!
  2. Russell Rubman

    My Gibson SG Monkey Repro

    I had thought that the ones he used were Schallers as well but I couldn’t find a set that visually aligned. Someone advised me that his guitar tech had them in a drawer and even he didn’t remember what brand they were LOL so these Gotohs were the ones to use because, at least visually, they...
  3. Russell Rubman

    My Gibson SG Monkey Repro

    Oh yeah...they definitely look great, no question there. I also miss the one thing I couldn't do, which is the neck binding! Hey though...sometimes perfect is the enemy of great ;)
  4. Russell Rubman

    My Gibson SG Monkey Repro

    Yes I have, although not side by side. The Iommi Special uses standard Gibson P-90's with chrome covers and a modern harness. Mine uses the John Birch pickups that were used by Iommi and were also contracted for the Ultra Limited Iommi Monkey guitar that Gibson was previously hawking at...
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    My Gibson SG Monkey Repro

    Had to dowel and re-drill for alignment and countersink to lower it since it was riding too high (one might say that it was "a bridge too far" LOL). The Witch hats were straight from Ebay. You just need to buy Bakelite ones or the cheap plastic feel will make you sad. Thanks for all the swell...
  6. Russell Rubman

    My Gibson SG Monkey Repro

    Thanks man. She started life as a Gibson Cherry faded 60's tribute or some-odd name. I forget. New lease on life for the old girl.
  7. Russell Rubman

    My Gibson SG Monkey Repro

    So I knew that the $25,000 Limited Monkey was going to be a bridge too far for me and so I started about making my own reproduction. Little did I know that Gibson was going to drop a more affordable Monkey tribute just recently....DOH! Anyway, I believe that mine has a more special ingredient...
  8. Russell Rubman

    Wraparound tailpiece

    OP here. Well, not a lot of positivity here regarding the wraparound bridge replacement idea. The idea was to do a Tony Iommi Monkey repro. I won't get it dead-on-nuts without a major overhaul but the bridge is pretty critical to the overall look. Not going to do it at the sake of intonation and...
  9. Russell Rubman

    Wraparound tailpiece

    Hi all, I have a Gibson 60s faded cherry SG and I want to switch out the bridge for a wraparound tailpiece. I’m doing a Tony Iommi tribute guitar so I have a repro Leo Quan badass bridge that I want to purchase for it. The description in the ad says the following: The bridge is supplied with 8...
  10. Russell Rubman

    Need some help with a Cabinet Rating - What do I order?

    I just really like the idea of two smallish cabs so I can leave one out 24/7 for practice and add a second when I want to "release the hounds" LOL. I went with Barefaced Reformer cabs because they seem to defy logic. A single 12" cab is nearly indistinguishable (to my ears) from a 212! Bill -...
  11. Russell Rubman

    Need some help with a Cabinet Rating - What do I order?

    So I will use a single cab on the 16 ohm tap, and when I want to use the pair I will daisy-chain them (parallel) off the 8 ohm tap. Correct? No point in putting the cabs in series with a loop cable right? No advantage?
  12. Russell Rubman

    Need some help with a Cabinet Rating - What do I order?

    I have the Orange Rocker 15 Terror now and I want to buy two 12" Celestion speaker cabs for it. The amp has both 8 Ohm and 16 Ohm outputs. If I am using one cab then the speaker is just 8 Ohms I guess and good to go...right? If I add on the second cab does that drop the output to 4 Ohms per cab...
  13. Russell Rubman

    Small amp for unleashing the Sabbath terror!

    So I wound up buying the Orange Rocker 15 Terror. It is more versatile as, in contrast to the Dark Terror, it can do cleans reasonably well. With its "bedroom" setting I should be able to rock out at half a Watt and still bring on the Iommi vibe that I am practicing to nail right now. I can also...
  14. Russell Rubman

    Buyer beware

    As the moderators here never responded about this or banned the user I am letting all of you know. Recently I posted a want ad for a Schaller 456 bridge. I was contacted by "Rowe8" here, who called himself James and gave me an e-mail for his friend of [email protected] He told me that...
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    Small amp for unleashing the Sabbath terror!

    Modelling amps are not the organic crunch I'm trying to achieve. I have actually considered the Orange Dark Terror. Would it be possible to use it at bedroom levels? I mean in the 7W mode can you still dial in a great hard rock gain settings without the volume causing spousal neuropathy LOL?
  16. Russell Rubman

    WTB: Schaller 456 Bridge

    Like the headline says. Looking for a NOS or very clean used one, Anyone holding? Message me here or email to russ[email protected]
  17. Russell Rubman

    Small amp for unleashing the Sabbath terror!

    That little Ti-15 is not available anywhere unfortunately.
  18. Russell Rubman

    Small amp for unleashing the Sabbath terror!

    Hey all! So I finally (mostly) assembled a Tony Iommi SG Monkey tribute and the requisite pedals to absolutely NAIL that early Sabbath tone. The next challenge is finding the right amp. I have a wife with a bum ear so I mostly practice with headphones but I'd like to buy a small amp with...
  19. Russell Rubman

    Tony Iommi Tribute SG

    I have the Sabra Cadabra and it is pretty cool. Do you think that the Naga Viper would be an improvement because the Sabra Cadabra is really pretty much a treble booster on its own?
  20. Russell Rubman

    Tony Iommi Tribute SG

    So I've thought it through and I think I am really after the Iommi sound but not as needy on the guitar-look part of the puzzle. I can buy a Gibson SG Special 60's Tribute with P90's for $1000 and call it a day - or up the ante for a '63 Custom Shop reissue for $2400. Either way I can get the...


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