- Feb 10, 2020
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Anyone have a new 2020 SG? I’m curious how you find the quality to be, and especially with the GraphTech nut? I’m assuming they are Tusq nuts?
I have a 2020 Les Paul Special. Looked hard at the SG but preferred the feel of the LP. Either way though, the quality of the 2020's is remarkable...they have really got it dialed in at the moment. Have not even noticed the nut, which I suppose is a good thing.
Well that's good to hear! I'm looking to replace the nut on my 2013 SG with a GraphTech Tusq, which I believe they now use on most guitars.
I have an original collection SG Standard 61, dated September 15, 2019. Not sure if that is late enough to makes it a 2020 model or not, but I can tell you that the build quality is excellent. The nut is also good, well cut & at a good height. No string buzz (almost no relief) & no pulling sharp when fretting the first couple of frets. View attachment 41051
I looked at 3 & this one spoke to me, but the build quality on all was similar. (I had a full length pic but it wouldn't upload due to file size). Gibson is hitting it out of the park with these. Cheers
My 2019 Standard 61 Had the same exact issue. I refused to keep it like that, just irritated me to no end. Switched to a Nashville-problem solved. Fit and finish were great. But I did have a couple high frets that required work by my luthier. Which makes me question the whole Plek machine voodoo.That’s awesome! Is your ABR-1 bridge rattle-y or buzzy? I just picked up a 2020 Les Paul Standard 50s and the ABR-1 drives me CRAZY when I play the guitar unplugged.
I can’t speak for the sgs but my 60’s les Paul standard (dated Jan 22nd of 2020) is top notch. And I know, ugh so corny, but it is the best les Paul I’ve ever played. Granted if I had to guess I’ve only played about 30ish in my life. Although my standard hp is still a really wicked lp, my 60’s takes the cake for #1.
My 2019 Standard 61 Had the same exact issue. I refused to keep it like that, just irritated me to no end. Switched to a Nashville-problem solved. Fit and finish were great. But I did have a couple high frets that required work by my luthier. Which makes me question the whole Plek machine voodoo.
Is your ABR-1 noisy when unplugged?
It only happened once near the b string saddle after i fine tuned the setup when I bought it (I was adjusting the saddles a bit so I’m sure that’s when the retaining bar lifted). All I did was push down on the retaining bar lightly, but firmly with my pick while I was playing. I heard a faint “click” and it seemed to have seated and went back to normal. No issues since, or before the setup!
Bit off topic maybe,but I have noticed that the 2020 SG Juniors have now got a compensated tailpiece instead of the plain wraptail on most of the 2019 examples I have seen.
As you say, Sweetwater also shows this change so it must just be something Gibson have done with little fanfare at all - I don't know if it's regarded as an improvement or not really. Over to the SG experts.....