Anyone see these new ebony 61 standards?

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  1. zeppelinpage4

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    skelt101 Well-Known Member

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    This guitar is part of the "Exclusives Collection". To my knowledge, they are only available through Gibson.
    https://www.guitarworld.com/news/gibson-exclusives-collection
     
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    Thanks, didn’t know about this. I knew they had some LPs in ebony and olive drab but didn’t know they had the 61 standard as part of that. Too bad it’s not in stores, would have been cool to check out. I usually don’t like to order sight unseen if I can’t put my hands on it.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Wish they would stop marketing these as 61’s.

    No Sideways Vibrola and crown inlay at wrong location.

    It’s just a Standard with a small guard.

    Thinking since they call the one with the batwing a Standard, they don’t know what to call this one.

    They probably realize it isn’t historically correct and was done for a reason.

    Maybe the crown inlay placement was to simplify the tooling process so that there aren’t two different versions during the manufacturing process of the headstocks.
     
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    Good to know. I’m not too familiar with the original 61’s. Crown inlay position def sounds like a cost cutting measure. Though I always assumed the lack of vibrola was just a variation for people who preferred the standard bridge over a trem. I’m glad they still offered one with a vibrola option for those that want to be more true to the original.

    I’ve given up on Gibson’s naming. Like why the Les Paul “classic” has funky wiring switches and is in the “modern” collection.
     
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    I picked up one, luckily before the price jump. I've been experimenting with customizing and modding it a bit. I already had a blacked out SG in the form of my 2006 Korean Epiphone Iommi model, so I started to try seeing how contrasting it with white hardware. I swapped out the burstbuckers with Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers which, to my ears, give the guitar a bit more clarity. Not sure about the control knobs though, it feels like their a bit over the top and they not top hats, but more "bowler" hats which make them hard to find and grip. I did see some white speed knob and was thinking they might be a better option. It took a bit of time to get used to the neck, but now it feels great.
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    Lookin’ sharp! For the control knobs, I think I’d just go for some good ol’ silver reflectors. Keep it classy!
     
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    Wow! Really like what you did there. Looks really classy with the white on black, reminds me of a tuxedo like a custom.
     
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    Does it come with a true ABR-1, or did you do a conversion?
     
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    Difficult to see on the picture, An Abiding Dude will reply.

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    Didn't mess with the bridge. Its stock.
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    That looks like Honsons latest rendition of the ABR. Bridge is a true ABR M, but mounts through bushings as appose to stud into body. Not traditional, but an excellent design.
     
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    I like the black '61 SG.
    With white pickguard, Faber + Gibson ABR-1 bridge conversion, M-69 pickup rings this SG would be perfect.

    Creamtone kit, 49 Euros


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    I don’t think it’s the aFaber conversion. If you look at the photo in post 1 it has an ABR as well. Just the new style mounting
     
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    I think @papagayo is saying a Faber conversation kit would help to make this guitar “perfect”.
     
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