‘61 Reissue Temptation

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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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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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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 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?
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
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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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