2013 Gibson SGJ, in the bare state, great canvas to build with. Guitar rescue!

58pit

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I have always had a love for bringing back fine guitars such as this one. I have searched for great deals on Gibson bodies (Fender too, sorry). Looking for deals on axes that I can get back into the swing of Rocking daily. You do NOT run across one of these daily. I was actually surprised when I saw it offered. 2013 Gibson SGJ that some cat did a PERFECT job of stripping down. By perfect, I mean he /she didnt go too far, left the numbers nicely, and may have had some sense about him/her. The price I paid for this wonderful canvas would REALLY make you mad, so we won't discuss that. An absolute steal, trust me. One of the the best buys I have ever had. Anyway this amazing canvas will wind up in a wonderful state, and if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them! I know this is not a "PRIMO" Standard type, but I bought a 2013 SJG new, and it is a FINE FINE design. I will wind up with about 400-450 U.S. in this monster and it will have...
1. TV yellow Nitro finish, or Alpine White, what do you think?
2. 57+ Classic bridge, and a 57 Classic in the neck. (for sure)
3. Gibson factory hardware. Top hats, pointers, all dat! (for sure)
4. A harness from hell, with bumble bee caps. (for sure)

Fortunately I have checked my inventory, and I have ALL that covered!
The BEST point is...Another SG is back in the world!!!!! SAVE THE GUITARS FOLKS!


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What a great find!
Awesome that's a 2013 because no 12th fret banner or crown on headstock.
Yes on TV Yellow or White.
 
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I agree completely with what you say.
The SGJ is indeed a wonderful blank canvas and you scored big.
TV yellow or a nice creamy white would both be outstanding.
Having it already stripped saved you not only a bunch of time and energy, but now pushes you to refinish it, exactly as you want it.
You also won by not having that annoying aniversary banner at the 12th fret, as Gasket mentioned.
I turned this...
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Into this...
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It's turned into one of my favorite guitars now.
 

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By 'top hats' you mean the reflector knobs? I'd suggest reflector knobs.

The 'half guard' (not batwing)

Split the pickups with a push/pull tone pot, the other tone pot is push/pull-up for parallel coils.

Switchcraft jack

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what a great project... especially if the price was good.
look at these closeouts on TonePros Kluson deluxe tuners:

http://www.stewmac.com/Closeouts?facet=|TUNERCFG:3L3R

+1 on the '57 pickups you mentioned. I have those in my '07 SG
Special and absolutely love the tone.

I'd stain the wood with dark walnut and finish it with tung oil,
and then install all black hardware and a black tusq nut. Black pickup covers too.

But if you want the original '07 Gibson deluxe tuners from my
SG, p.m. me. I still have the original '07 Nashville Gibson bridge and tail, as well, and the plain black single ply pick guard that came on my SG Special. It's all the real Gibson parts. Nothing wrong with them, I just replaced them because I was obsessed with this one SG. But I didn't throw them away.

So you'll have to keep us posted as this project develops.
 

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what a great project... especially if the price was good.
look at these closeouts on TonePros Kluson deluxe tuners:

http://www.stewmac.com/Closeouts?facet=|TUNERCFG:3L3R

+1 on the '57 pickups you mentioned. I have those in my '07 SG
Special and absolutely love the tone.

I'd stain the wood with dark walnut and finish it with tung oil,
and then install all black hardware and a black tusq nut. Black pickup covers too.

But if you want the original '07 Gibson deluxe tuners from my
SG, p.m. me. I still have the original '07 Nashville Gibson bridge and tail, as well, and the plain black single ply pick guard that came on my SG Special. It's all the real Gibson parts. Nothing wrong with them, I just replaced them because I was obsessed with this one SG. But I didn't throw them away.

So you'll have to keep us posted as this project develops.

Thanks for the offer broham, I've got 3 sets of those tuners right now, so I'm good! (LOVE EM). I'll put some finished shots up in a month or so!
 

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By 'top hats' you mean the reflector knobs? I'd suggest reflector knobs.

The 'half guard' (not batwing)

Split the pickups with a push/pull tone pot, the other tone pot is push/pull-up for parallel coils.

Switchcraft jack

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I call the "Top hats" the reflector knobs, it's just me. In my eye, you have "Top Hats", "Witch Hats" and "Speed Knobs" All good, depending on the situation. Half Guard is FOR SURE on this guy. Fortunately no holes are drilled and I have that wonderful option! Half Guard is my favorite for sure, shows more of the guitars body, and that is needed IMO. But I am , and never have been, afraid to pop a "Batwing" on a fine SG! What great options we have on the finest guitar known to man! I love both styles of pick guards. As far as splitting that is a fine option. I don't think it to be needed with this pick up combo and how it will sound and be played. Switchcraft jack? YOU BETCHA! ALWAYS. I will also FULLY shield every cavity in this monster. I know that's not a problem with Gibson Bucker set ups as normal, but it will not hurt! On a further note, I am a "pointer" snob! I don't know why, but a set of perfectly placed factory pointers make a HUGE difference to me on an SG. HORNS UP! Can't wait to show it to you fine folks!
 

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I agree completely with what you say.
The SGJ is indeed a wonderful blank canvas and you scored big.
TV yellow or a nice creamy white would both be outstanding.
Having it already stripped saved you not only a bunch of time and energy, but now pushes you to refinish it, exactly as you want it.
You also won by not having that annoying aniversary banner at the 12th fret, as Gasket mentioned.
I turned this...
DSC04975_zpsxfvt9dp8.jpg

Into this...
DSC05420_zpsddxazclm.jpg

It's turned into one of my favorite guitars now.
SLOBBER!!!! WELL DONE SIR!!!!!
 

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Do all the SGJ have that one ? Because that would be a deal breaker for me.
I am not sure man. I think (just maybe) Ive saw on with the 50s round profile, but it was a 2014 if I'm not mistaken (and I just may be)
 

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Do all the SGJ have that one ? Because that would be a deal breaker for me.
Mine is a 2014. It claims to be a 60's neck.
It's not near as thin as my 61'RI, more like my Epi G400.
But no where near baseball bat size like some of the Les Pauls.
 

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Mine is a 2014. It claims to be a 60's neck.
It's not near as thin as my 61'RI, more like my Epi G400.
But no where near baseball bat size like some of the Les Pauls.

The 2014 one that I owned had a sort of hybrid 50's/60's neck. Not as huge as a lot of the "50's" Les Pauls but much more substantial than any other SG neck I have played. It was super fast and comfortable - it was really the best thing about the guitar.
 

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That hybrid profile sounds great.
Reminds me of the Explorer I used to have.
Neck profiles are the deciding factor when I purchase a guitar.
Not saying one neck is better than the other, just different.
I look for ones that are a good fit to my hand and comfortable to play.
 

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Both colours are a great choice, but TV yellow is less common. Very nice beveling on that SGJ. I'm gonna look for a used one.
 


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