2018 SG Custom Shop Pilot run serial number 008

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  1. James Green

    James Green New Member

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    Greetings to all on this Gibson SG forum.

    I just purchased a Mint 2018 Gibson Custom shop SG with the 008 Pilot serial number.

    Can anyone explain the meaning of this serial number. I would suspect nothing out of the ordinary. l8l9r6v5kqlvb3ya4p48.jpg

    Thanks in advance.

    James

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  2. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    SGST = SG Standard

    Abbreviation of model name usually found in the bridge pup cavity of regular production run guitars.
     
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  3. Norton

    Norton Well-Known Member

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    I've never seen anything like that stamp. So it's a prototype of a custom shop made late 60's standard run?

    1 piece body... witch hats... any idea what the pickups are?

    looks like a winner!
     
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  4. James Green

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  5. James Green

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    Won't know about P/U's until it arrives...appreciate your comments. James
     
  6. SG standard

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    The thing that surprises me is the '008'. I find it hard to believe they need to make so many 'pilot' guitars for a run of SG Standards, after all, there's nothing really new to check out. It's not even likely that 001 to 007 were different finishes, given how Gibson tend to limit SGs to cherry. Or are the pilot run numbers allocated across all custom shop models?

    Did these go into a production run? I can't recall seeing a CS batwing Standard on their web site, but then again a lot of Custom Shop stuff never goes on the web site.

    Whatever, that's a lovey SG, congratulations! And welcome to the ESG. :)
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Nice SG Standard, congratulations !
     
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    Very interesting, never know nothing about...:shock:
     
  9. James Green

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    It will be interesting to compare the C/S Standard against my 2020 Ebony Custom Shop model. The setup from the factory on the Ebony guitar was nothing short of spectacular. hh5oojczoku09mkzcv3f.jpg
     
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  10. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    I love this ebony SG Custom, first time I see a big Nashville bridge on a SG Custom.

    With a Les Paul Custom TRC, Les Paul Custom tenon cover and an ABR-1 conversion kit this Ebony SG Custom will be a very sexy guitar.

    I' m tempted...
     
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  11. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    The neck binding on that Custom looks great as it should be.

    It’s a real head scratcher why they can’t get it right like that on all other modern production runs instead of that pink or cream binding they have been using.

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    Because my standard has the creme binding every time I see white it looks off to me.
     
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  13. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    It’s what you’re used to seeing.

    None of my vintage SG had cream or pink binding.

    Others may have turned creme over the years due to exposure to UV light or cigarette smoke.

    I get it that they are trying to make a new guitar look aged. I’m just not a fan of that look, especially with ebony or white finishes.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    When the relic job is well made :thumb:

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    The way they've done the VOS finish on my Custom shows both white and cream/yellow. The binding is white, but where it has clear coat it's yellowed, so the edge of the neck binding, and all the headstock binding has yellowed, whereas the top of the neck binding is still white:
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    In the last shot you can see the binding matches the pick guard edge, as you're looking at the white top of the binding. I much prefer this look to the overall yellow/pink colour of my Standards. You can really see the difference here:
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    I've had that Standard for over 6 years and I'm still 'getting used to it'. :)
     
  16. James Green

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    Very nice guitars, I also prefer the white unless it is a true vintage or made to looked aged from the factory!
     
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    Glad in 2017 they started using white binding. It definitely goes better with colors other than red.

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  18. Gibbo SG

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    Work hard to play hard! I like that one, plus that SG Custom p90 up top. Both of those have full size pegheads, real-deal bridges and full-depth, seamless bodies. I also own three cheap SG's and I like those as well.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    My SG Standard Ltd Edition year 2000 $ neckprofile is 60' s slim taper.

    This Gibson is an awesome guitar

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    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

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    That would be a limited run for the Japanese market:

    https://solidguitar.fandom.com/wiki/SGST

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