CME SGs withT Tops

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  1. plankton

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    Love the yellow and blue versions!
     
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    The Mary K line! Henry J's swansong!

    ...pass.
     
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    Where's that Olive Green one? It is not mentioned. I like it though.
     
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    I don't know, the T-Tops, and also being hand wired is nice. If only they came with the hard case instead of the soft case, I would have already put my order in for one.

    It still irks me that the JR and Special SGs come with a hard shell case and the Standard SG doesn't! After 2016, I won't knowingly by any new SG Standard without a factory hard shell case!
     
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    I like them all, but I REALLY like Coral and Frost Blue :D
     
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    I like Walnut and Olive green finishes
     
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    I am very interested in the Olive one. I too fall into the camp that feels if these came with a hard case I probably would have taken the bait already but I am still considering it and will just have to bite the bullet and buy a case separately.
     
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    I wouldn't mind trying a set of the new T-Type PUs.
     
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    I like the olive one too, and a walnut SG always looks good. The T-top reissues are interesting. I don't know much about them, but I figure a lot of my favourite guitar players probably used them in the 70's.
     
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    LOVED the OG T Tops
     
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    Best pickups ever made, IMO.
     
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    This weird little kid named Angus was known to use T-Tops...



    But yeah, I'd say it's a reasonably good deal considering that for the same price as a Standard, you get T-Top replicas, Nickel hardware, an ABR-1 and much better color options. And the tacky tortoise PG can be easily replaced.
     
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    Yeah, he'd be one of them, possibly even my favourite (along with his brother). It also stands to reason that Jimmy Page would have had them in some guitars, and I also head that Randy Rhoads did too.

    The CME SGs are too expensive and too far away for the likes of me, but I would like to see a bunch of inexpensive T Top copies start hitting the market.

    Great clip BTW, one of my favourite songs by them. I love that Angus actually has a school bag over his shoulder too!
     
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    His playing was so ridiculously on point at that Hippodrome show, it's ridiculous.
     
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    I don't get it.
    In the 70's, when the originals were made, everyone switched them out for the Dimarzios, or that new kid, Seymour something or other. No one kept them in their new Gibby's.
    Now, they are building a guitar around the pickups that no one liked, in finishes that weren't available when the pickups were originally made, AND wound differently then the originals.
    What am I missing?
     
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    Not being a guitar player in the 70's this is pure conjecture on my part. I think that the move away from vintage output pickups like PAFs and T-Tops and into the higher output stuff was an attempt to achieve higher gain sounds from the amps of the time, that were not capable of it on their own. Think about a Plexi, it's not really capable of higher gain distortion, it's more like AC/DC sort of breakup. You could always push an amp harder with a fuzz box, distortion pedal or something like a treble booster, but that's a different sound to just a tube amp getting a hot signal from a guitar alone.

    These days amps are capable of doing it all themselves, hence the move back to more vintage output pickups. I personally don't care for the sound of higher output pickups and would prefer to add the extra gain to my signal through the amp or a pedal.

    Once again, that's just my take on it, I have no way of knowing what really motivated guitar players of the 70's to ditch their stock pickups for Dimarzios or SDs, but it makes sense to me.
     
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    oh, the reason for the Dimarzio switch over back in the day was exactly that. I think the first Dimarzio was the "Super Distortion" and was about 9K, as compared to the standard of around 7K. Today, pickups of 17K aren't that uncommon.
     
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    +1

    People were also removing covers from their stock pickups back in the day as well.
     
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    So perhaps it wasn't that no one liked the T-Tops, it's just that they couldn't achieve the sounds they wanted with them. If that's the case then I think it makes a lot of sense for companies and players to return to them now.
     

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