‘61 Reissue Temptation

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  1. Greg Connor

    Greg Connor Well-Known Member

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    I noticed a used 61 Reissue for sale locally. I REALLY don’t need another guitar, but it’s such a pretty thing, I need to at least try to justify it.

    What are the differences between a ‘61 Reissue and a Standard?
    57 Classic PICKUPS vs 490’s. What else?
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Somebody made a good thread called "Standard vs '61 Ri".
    Bodies are different (bevels) , neck profile is slim taper on the '61 RI, etc...
     
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    Pickups are different*
    Body bevels are different
    Neck joint is different*
    Neck profile is different*
    Hardware is different*
    *Depending on year
    But yeah, just buy it!!! :D
     
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    Thanks guys! Temptation is a powerful thing.
     
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    I can`t find any good reasons to tell you "not to buy it". Sorry. It seems by all calculations, the only logical thing is to buy it :smile:
     
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    big difference in neck profiles.

    1 piece body on nearly every year of the 61 reissue. but the neck, body bevels, abr1 and pickups are the big ones.
     
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    Early years have ABR-1.
    Later years have Nashville.

    I’m indifferent about type of bridge, bevels, wider headstock, etc.

    Neck profile/shape is deciding factor for me when choosing a guitar.

    Had a 2009 SG '61 RI in the past and could not get along with the thin neck that was flat on the backside.
     
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    Interesting. I would have never described the "generic average" 61 reissue profile as Flat

    I've modeled necks from a '62 reissue. profiler gauges and molds etc. They feel wide and thin but there weren't any flat spots on the spine. Nothing like the epiphone D shape.

    To me that profile is kind of magic. Different strokes for different folks.

    And more guitars. they're all good for something.
     
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    This ‘61 Reissue was made in 2011. It’s fun to think about providing a new home, but I have 4 SGs already, no reissues though.
     
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    I have no advice on what you should do in terms of a guitar purchase, since you say you really don't need another one, and I can't tell you the differences between the pickups, but as the new proud owner of a used 2007 '61 SG, I can tell you that the '57s are absolutely amazing. I really, REALLY didn't expect to like these pups as much as my PRS McCarty pickups, but damned if that's not my first impression after about an hour's play. I might even like them more, idk, I'll have to do a lot of testing.
    About 7 years ago I played another guitar at a shop with '57s, an Epi LP Tribute, and was similarly blown away with the tone. I couldn't remember exactly what they sounded like, but I DEFINITELY remember the feeling I had while playing that guitar. Like, wow, is there any style of music these pups don't sound great for? Finally, I now have the chance to test this out at my leisure.
    YOU WILL LOVE THOSE PICKUPS
     
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    The ‘57s would be the main reason to buy the Reissue. I have a Kirk Douglas SG with three 57s. Every time I play the guitar I’m reminded how great they sound[​IMG]
     
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    If it's the pups you want, why not drop a set of '57s in the SG Special Faded from your avatar?
     
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    Great idea! I’ve thought about doing that for quite a while. It certainly would be cheaper.

    By the way, my SG Special is a Walnut gloss finish. The same color as the SG I had as a kid.
     
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