2003 Faded SG w/ebony OR 2008 rosewood?

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  1. UnkleKrispy

    UnkleKrispy New Member

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    First off, this forum is great! I am a recent SG convert and this is a really good resource. Sorry if this is a nerdy question:

    I am looking at either a 2003 brown faded SG with ebony board and sperzels or a 2008 brown faded all stock with rosewood board. They are both in used but nice shape. The 03 has sperzels which have to go because they throw the balance off. The rosewood is a shade darker sounding with more low mids. The ebony is clear and rich sounding. Same pickups in both. The 03 has stringsaver saddles and nut. The 03 also has more sustain. I'll need to get the nut tweaked and change tuners and do other stuff to get the 03 to balance. What would you guys do? It seems like the 03 is a bit more desirable.

    I've bought and sold tons of stuff and usually decide on sound, fell and balance but this one has me stuck! I don't have the SG experience to help me. They are both pretty great.
     
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    I'm biased as I own a 2003 with the moon inlays. But it sounds like your decision should be easy. More sustain, more "desirable", and a smooth and snappy ebony fingerboard. I would go with the '03. I really like the feel of ebony on a fingerboard.
    Here is mine after 13 odd years of playing and a couple of mods (just to get you in the mood). FB_IMG_1474216302717.jpg

    In all honesty, I think you'd be happy with either of the two. Good luck!
     
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    UnkleKrispy New Member

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    Thanks! Sweet axe man! I think I'll go with the ebony. I am also having a hard time staying away from a red faded V with ebony/moon inlay that is also available.... but that's another story...
     
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    Personal opinion comes down to it, but definitely go for ebony. Not many SG's come with it, I think most are rosewood, so I guess it's not as usual.
     
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    If I were buying it I would go for whichever has better bevels.
     
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    Ok that's it! I just played it some more and it sounds like magic. Thanks for the help!
     
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    I'm partial towards the ebony fingerboard.
     
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    shreddy bender Well-Known Member

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    Which bevels are "better"?
    2003 cold chisels or 2008 cold chisels?:naughty:

    Neither one will have 60's style bevels.
     
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    For what it's worth, some of the best playing, sounding, and feeling SG's I have come across had the shallower bevels. And I've had quite a few SG's.
     
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    Welcome to ETSG! Congratulations on finding two very desirable SGs.
    The approved ETSG answer to any either/or dichotomy is:
    GIMME BOTH...

    I'm a Gimme Both kind of guy. Offer me a choice and that's what I say.
    Cake or Ice Cream, Gibson or Fender, Karen or her sister Sharon...
    I'll take both.

    Because I think Shreddy's got it right. You can make great music with either one.

    Sperzels are excellent tuners, but a lot heavier than the guitar was designed for.
    I recommend a set of Grover Vintage Keystones like these:
    http://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and...s/Grover_Vintage_135_Series_3and3_Tuners.html

    I have those on my '07 Faded special and they have given great service for eight
    years, no problems, and my SG balances perfectly. They are the same weight as the
    stock tuners, and fit in the same holes.

    Now a reminder of another of ETSG's favorite unwritten rules:
    PICTURES, OR IT NEVER HAPPENED
     
  11. UnkleKrispy

    UnkleKrispy New Member

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    Gibsg Well-Known Member

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    I love my SG Standard with its ebony fretboard, my 2004 SG Special rosewood is a great guitar too.
     
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    Oooh that's a pretty grain and a beautiful color. Congrats!
     
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    I actually have that exact set waiting to go on this axe. The sperzels have been nice for quick changes while I get the guitar tweaked but yep they are a bit heavy...
     
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    I would go for the ebony board
     
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    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    Dave's right... Go for the '03!

    Did you get it yet? Huh huh? Hurry up!
     
  19. UnkleKrispy

    UnkleKrispy New Member

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    Yep! I've had the 03 for a few weeks and it's fantastic. I have Grover deluxe tuners on it now. I've been searching for the right guitar for years and I think SGs are my answer.
    Thanks for putting that pic up!
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Awesome you got the 2003 Special Faded.
    Those are my favorite.

    left: 2004 Special (rosewood board)
    middle: 2003 Special Faded (ebony board with moons)
    right: 2003 Special Faded (ebony board with dots)

    [​IMG]
     
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