A few photos of the 61

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  1. pancake81

    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    thought I would throw some photos up of my 2001 61 re-issue. Bought new in 2002 from my local music store. Been a great guitar, absolutely love it. Went through a long phase where I didn’t play it after ACDC signed it, but came to my senses and it’s back in the line up.

    Gibson really did do a great job with the 61 reissue. Not much I would change in this one.

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    GrumpyOldDBA Well-Known Member

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    Holy crap! So after it gets signed is there sealant over that somehow?
     
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    No, signed with sharpie with nothing over top. For years I wouldn’t even wipe over the signatures. Now I wipe my whole guitar down with guitar cleaner and a cloth. From what I have read, people have signatures they want off their guitars that they can’t remove. So love it hate, they are staying. Unless you had it stripped down and re finished.

    I am not a live player, so it’s not like I look goofy playing a guitar with signatures on it.

    Doesn’t Derek Trucks play a 61 with signatures all over it?
     
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    I was referring to this one. Anyone know the background?

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  5. DiegoSG

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    The 61 Reissue is such a beautiful guitar.

    I started loving SGs with the big pickguard and i always thought the big pickguard were ealier to the small ones, and always thought the small pickg where ugly, but then when i started watching original 61s I started loving the small pickguards, and all the (pics, never in hand) of the 61 Reissues ive seen always look incredible.

    But Im really concerne cause Gibson seems like doesnt make good 66 big pickguard reissues. The bevels of some early big pickguard SGs are great, very deep side bevel.

    Enjor your SG !! Looks great.
     
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    That’s is for the kind words Diego. 61’s truest are beautiful, and although standards (all SG’s are beautiful) there really is something special about the 61’s. I own some nice SG’s, and I am not saying the 61 is a finer instrument, but it definitely has something the others don’t. It’s a great package. The neck is perfect, craftsmanship is top shelf, and many (if not most) are 1 piece bodies. Not that a 1 piece has many perks, except for the fact that aesthically some people love a one piece.

    They are all beautiful.
     
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    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know why they made some changes around 2003/2004 to the 61? Nashville bridge, and I believe some have pickups other than 57 classics.
     
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    Love my 2008
     
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    I rate mine on par with my custom and custom shop. As a matter of fact, it’s the most resonate unplugged. I am hard pressed to find a flaw.

    The difference with the custom shops is more the historically correct aspect. Take for example bevel depth.

    If you can overlook things like that the 61 saves you a lot of money for top shelf guitar
     
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    Very nice!
    I believe your bridge is on backwards....
     
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    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    Well i’ll Be.....

    Don’t restring under the influence
     
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    Some of us just do things backwards I suppose. What are the negatives to having the bridge this way.

    Hahum, excuse my ignorance.
     
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    Some of us just do things backwards I suppose. What are the negatives to having the bridge this way.

    Hahum, excuse my ignorance.

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    That's such an awesome guitar OP. :dude:

    To be honest, if I owned it, I would probably have it encased in glass or something. LOL! I can't fault you for taking it out of rotation for a while, and am glad to see you are having good luck with keeping the signatures on it. :smile:
     
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    No negatives, just backwards and thought I'd point it out.
    Usually easier to adjust the intonation with it pointing towards the pickup. Depends on how high you have your tail piece.
     
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    I agree that there isn't any real downside to which way
    your bridge faces. Theoretically the saddles are designed to
    have a precise point where the string leaves it, going toward
    the pickups.

    That is for precision of intonation. The nut is designed the same
    way, which is one of the reasons many of us are willing to pay
    an expert to make a nut for us. Or to work hard learning how to
    do it, and buy expensive tools.

    But many players turn their saddles about, trying to gain more
    intonation travel. This is especially true if you're restricted by
    an ABR-1 bridge. Those are the reason the "Harmonica Bridge" of
    the Norlin era was invented. To give the player more room for
    intonation adjustments.

    Anyway, I believe it's possible to intonate your guitar with the
    sloped part of the saddle facing forward. So it's no big deal, iMHO.
    If some drunk walked up to you when you took a break and
    said, "ya gotcher bridge on backwards, hot shot... Haw haw haw..."
    you could look wise and say, "it intonate better that way..."
    and he'd have to shut up. He prolly wouldn't tho... they never do.
     
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    Thanks Klown. I definitely thought about making it a wall hanger after the signatures. Basically it sat in its case for 9 years before I yanked it out again and began playing with it gently. Then a thorough clean, and everything held up perfect. After that I hit a cross roads, play it or don’t play it. I figured guitars are meant to be played. WWAD - what would Angus ado. Lol.

    She is a great player. So now I pull her out and play away.
     
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    Daniel and Col,

    Thanks so much for the education. Honestly I had no idea. I haven’t had the bridge off in a coons age. So one of two things happened. Either I was smart enough to remember what way I took it off, or when it came time to put it back together I looked at picture of Angus’. Who apparently has all of his backwards.
     
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    No problem man!
    If you ever run out of intonation room, just loosen that string enough to get it off the saddle so you can flip it around.
     
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    I'd clear coat over those sigs or do something to preserve them, it's not often to get all the sigs on the correct style guitar and now that Mal has died it's one of the few times I think sigs might help the value. Usually I don't care about them but I'd take care of that one.
     
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