Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Col Mustard, May 28, 2019.
Does that terminal also operate on women with shoes and handbags?
unfortunately, the terminal that could do that has never been invented.
It's been the same since the Stone Age...
after playing my SGs for a decade
I came late to the game, having played Strats and archtop Gibsons for most of my performing years. I had just retired from my day gig, and was still working as a hired gun guitar player for a couple of local singers and a bay area country band. My retirement from the day job was due to pretty severe back and leg injuries and I was looking for a lighter guitar than my Strat or Les Paul. A college kid had his G-400 for sale and I grabbed it. The rest is history.
I have other guitars that get used on stage and I love, but when I'm just sittin' jammin' with a Dead tape, chances are one of these is in my hand.
there's an unusual item:
an unmodded 2013 SGJ, with the black pickup covers and the black tuners.
I like those.
I've seen yours before, and read posts from guys
who couldn't wait to mod theirs.
But Gibson only sold this model for one year, and then changed the SGJ
to something more ordinary for the next year.
I remember players on this site complaining about how
they couldn't relate to the black pickup covers
thought were extra cool even though I'm not a fan of
EMG pickups on SGs). Guys kept trying to figure out
ways of getting rid of those, which I would NOT have done.
I remember players complaining about the neck on this model,
(which never makes any sense to ME, of course)
because I think all SG necks are fast and comfortable,
(except the really narrow Norlin ones). Some players thought
the SGJ neck was too chunky, and some thought it
was too thin. I only played one of these 2013s once, in a shop,
and I thought the neck felt lovely. I shoulda bought that one. *shrugs
And I remember players complaining about the black tuners
which I also thought were extra cool... go figure.
I tried for a long time to find a set of those
that somebody had removed from their SG, in favor of some
much heavier weights for their headstock. But nobody
seemed to be selling, at least when I looked.
So I watched and waited, and pretty soon Stew Mac was selling
the Tone Pros black tuners at a reduced price, so I pounced.
I fitted out my beloved Luna with
black p'up covers and black tuners because I liked the look.
And I still do.
It is an all business guitar. I love the whole minimalist concept. The 490s sound growly and thick as needed, but roll back to very mellow tones. I also like the maple neck. It is very stable and light. I have not yet seen a good pickguard application for these and have not tried to add one.
yep, and it's got interesting bevels as well... (which have no effect on tone
but are still interesting).
I think you should leave it be. It's one of those one-year wonders that Gibson
comes up with once in a while. Six years old already, and still in good shape.
But you have a number of guitars...
I try to get in at least 30 to 45 minutes of playing after I'm done with work. I'll usually think about which guitar I want to play on the ride home and more often than not, this is what I'm picking up. It's always in tune coming out of the case. Switched back to 9-42s recently and they feel so nice on this particular guitar. Also has my favorite pickups out of anything else that I own. Overall it just seems easier to play than a LP or Tele. Almost like it was built to my specs. After a nice session I'll grab something else just for variety and call it a night. If someone told me 10 years ago my favorite guitar would be a walnut bodied weird variation on a SG, I would have chuckled. Still stoked every time I crack this case open. And it smells awesome.
That looks like a '79 or 1980 "The SG..."
Am I right? I've always drooled over this model, ever since I
heard about it. Never saw one back in the day, although I remember
The Walnut body is really attractive to a guitar slut like me.
And I'd love to try those stock pickups. So many players just
had to throw them away and install DiMarzios... Yours looks
Right on the money. '79 The SG. I understand the desire to tinker, but having hindsight on my side, I feel bad for anyone that dropped DiMarzio's into one of these back in the day. T-tops sound like classic rock. I don't know how else to describe it. You recognize other classic guitar tones when you play these and that leads to on the spot riff woodshedding once you hear that sound. If that makes sense. Especially that bridge pickup.
yes... but mod fever was sweeping the country in those days,
and Gibson bashing was the same as it is now, or worse. There
just wasn't any internet.
Consensus was that Gibson pickups were crap, and only an aftermarket
maker like DiMarzio could do things right. None of that was ever true
just like now, but people believed it. So they ripped their Gibsons
apart and installed whatever, and threw away the stock parts, not knowing
that even '70s Norlin-made guitars would be considered classics, forty years
Now, finding a '70s SG that hasn't been butchered seems rare.
And Bill Lawrence pickups, and Tim Shaw pickups, as well as your cool
"Velvet Brick" are now valued as they should have been.
I just love the idea of an SG made of Walnut, with an Ebony fingerboard.
Cain't wait for Gibson's "The SG" re-issue... They've already re-issued
Oops... this model no longer available... Hmm... maybe sales were disappointing.
Just because it's one of the few Les Pauls that I would love to own, other players
might have ignored it. If I like a guitar model, it seems like a jinx...
I think the sales were actually quite good because they only made a limited batch of a certain amount and they all sold. Why they didn't make a run of the SG in walnut is beyond me.
You can find walnut ones on reverb even some original ones ( not the reissue ).
Thanks. After 50 years it adds up!
One mic? Really, singers need 10!
We only have five. I must be falling down on the job, Dale.
My wife is a vocalist, and a keyboardist. When she asked me the "why more then one?" Question, I pointed to her piano, and her keyboard, with the 3 rows of rack synth gear next to it, and asked, "Why more then one synth voice?" She understood.
Wow great detailed threads popping up like this one and the one about the white SG. Keep it up! All I can say is:
- my cheap Yamaha RGX 121 has a great neck and I can easily get one solid SG tone from her plust some strattiness.
- my 2015 SG Standard is awesome in every way with the 57s plus coil split
- my Gretsch 6122-1959 gives me almost every tone I could wish for
- my strat partscaster, at 300 bucks, challenges the custom shops I've heard and played, with its 57/62s
- my CV Telecaster, AB'd against an American Pro recently in the shop, solidified it's keeper status. It's just not as loud, just have to turn it up a tad
- Martin GCPA 4 and Yamaha NTX1200R meet my needs for steel and nylon string guitar
I have a 1991 Gibson SG 3 knob MADE IN USA, as well (I removed the face plate as it was signed by Angus Young and Brian Johnson of AC/DC). I know nothing about guitars and just took this out of storage...why does my 3 knob look different?
Looks like someone switched the output jack and volume control around. I think you'd have to use a right angle end on your chord or it would be in the way.
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