Ahoy y'all... for my first post... pics of my NGD 2004 (a few days ago) Epiphone SG - 5 string

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Howdy folk
I have came into the possession of a 5 string SG.

Being somewhat of an infomatic, I had been browsing the learned tomes of etsg... and by chance it just happened.

Plays nice. Pretty much original from what I can tell.

I will post some clean pics and my most significant mod ever... for this guitar... putting a high e string on...

Have a great day

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Good advice... my first aid kit does not have pirate patches as Halloween was last month... I did poke my finger with the sharp end of the string... the middle of the string did not hurt due to my cowboy calluses...
 

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More pictures... after a clean with naptha, wipe down the fret board with lemon oil and polishing the knobs and body.

A new nut and most importantly... conversion from 5 to 6 string. I estimate a 1/6th improvement in tones.

Pickups are neck Epiphone 57CH(G) and bridge epiphone HOTCH(G).

Have fun!

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Bee-you-tee-full !

A tip for those pickups. Lower the neck at ring level or even lower, that's where you'll find its sweet spot. Then adjust bridge height so middle position sound different than neck alone, a tone almost acoustic, quacky à la Strat. You'll know when you get there.
 

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Good find, those old Korean SGs are nice with a good looking grain without any veneer. They usually are on the heavy side though.

Thanks drbgood... a fantastic and unexpected find. I am amazed at the quality look and feel on an ageing and budget guitar. Weighs 3.1 kg - 6lb 11.2 oz.

I am obsessed now... weighing everything... my LP is 3.8 kg - 8lb 6.2 oz... need to find more stuff to weigh. Weigh, way, whey, wai. Got to go
 

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Thanks drbgood... a fantastic and unexpected find. I am amazed at the quality look and feel on an ageing and budget guitar. Weighs 3.1 kg - 6lb 11.2 oz.

I am obsessed now... weighing everything... my LP is 3.8 kg - 8lb 6.2 oz... need to find more stuff to weigh. Weigh, way, whey, wai. Got to go
That is a good SG weight. My 98 G400 weighted well over 8 lb !

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Bee-you-tee-full !

A tip for those pickups. Lower the neck at ring level or even lower, that's where you'll find its sweet spot. Then adjust bridge height so middle position sound different than neck alone, a tone almost acoustic, quacky à la Strat. You'll know when you get there.

Sage advice... When I first got the SG both pups were close to the strings.

The neck pup sounds great... not in love with the bridge. I will keep lowering and adjusting and see if I can find the tones you mention or at least find a better tone from the bridge pup.

The playability and feel is magic.

I appreciate your comments - very helpful.

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When I got my Epi LP ten years ago or more I scoured the internet to get confirmation of my wonderful catch. To my dismay I soon learned that the tuners were considered slightly inferior to "real" Grovers because they were made in some different country or whatever bs it was. To the internets dismay I'm happy to report that every time I've picked that guitar up it's in tune. I mean, it can be a month or so sometimes - it's in tune. (that doesn't mean I never tune it of course but you get the picture..) Hope yours will serve you equally well!

(I also made sure to disregard anything I read that wasn't definitely first hand knowledge and also decided never to post anything of which I myself didn't)

What seems to be the problem with the bridge pickup?
 

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same on my epi custom (grovers)
it stays pretty good in tune over months...








and the best is: no neck dive...:io:
 

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When I got my Epi LP ten years ago or more I scoured the internet to get confirmation of my wonderful catch. To my dismay I soon learned that the tuners were considered slightly inferior to "real" Grovers because they were made in some different country or whatever bs it was. To the internets dismay I'm happy to report that every time I've picked that guitar up it's in tune. I mean, it can be a month or so sometimes - it's in tune. (that doesn't mean I never tune it of course but you get the picture..) Hope yours will serve you equally well!

(I also made sure to disregard anything I read that wasn't definitely first hand knowledge and also decided never to post anything of which I myself didn't)

What seems to be the problem with the bridge pickup?

At the risk of not describing what I hear accurately... the neck is articulate and sounds great. The bridge sounds like eeerrrrkkkk. Not a clear, clean sound. When I first acquired, the strings were very close to the bridge pup.

I have lowered the pup but I suspect not enough. I will lower further and see what I find.

I am also lowering the bridge to see how low I can take the action. It is about 1.75mm at present.

Good point about the tuning keys - I have no issues with them and no plans to swap out.

Tuning is generally stable. I reshaped a tusq nut I took from my epiphone LP. I can lower the slots further but want to take my time with the set up.

Have a great weekend
 

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Well, I have encountered Epi pickups that sounded muffled no matter what I did and they got the best of me in the end even though I gave them a fight to the death. Just to be clear, that doesn't reflect on the average quality of Epi pickups I think. Anyway, if it indeed sounds damp then you could always try the age old ploy of lowering the pickup and raising the pole pieces. The result has chocked people before... If that don't fix it, give up.

Edit: You could of course raise the value of the pot too before you give up.
 

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Nice find !! Beautiful guitar !!

Especially rare to find someone who breaks a string and sells the guitar. How many guitars would I have sold by now? Hmmm...
 

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Nice find !! Beautiful guitar !!

Especially rare to find someone who breaks a string and sells the guitar. How many guitars would I have sold by now? Hmmm...

Perhaps an anti Iron maiden mod... mum didn't like the intro to wasted years? Forced the kids to play power chords?

Just speculation... I wonder.... :hmm:
 

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Nice real wood Epi G400, not photo flame top like new models.

Great.
 


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