Excellent SG market right now + belated NGD

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  1. PauloQS

    PauloQS Member

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    I recently purchased a Gibson Custom 1961 Les Paul SG Reissue (historic), which I ended up deciding to keep. Thus I decided to sell one of my LPs and my original collection Gibson USA SG Standard '61 with 2019 serial number, which I got just after the 2019 Winter NAMM show and those new original collection were being hyped up like crazy, rightfully so.

    I list the guitar last night, and I try to go above and beyond with the pictures and listing text. Not only taking pretty pictures, but ones that illustrate well the state of the instrument and trying to give honest thoughts on how the guitar played and sounded. In less than one hour after listing it, I get an offer, which I counter and I end up accepting the counter to my counter. I tell the buyer I'm dropping the guitar off at UPS the next morning, which would be today's morning.

    The buyer walks out on the deal we made. Not wanting to get into any potential drama that, I take the shipping label loss and give the guy a full refund. I'm not 100% convinced on the guy's excuse for walking back given how experienced he was on Reverb, both as a buyer and seller, but at least he came across very nice.

    Anyways, I refund the guy and re-list the item immediately. Less than two hour later, another person reaches out interested in the guitar who buys the guitar. I give the guy a good deal just around halfway between what I expected to get for the guitar and how much he wanted the guitar for. The nicest dude too, which gave some really nice bonus points. Extra bonus points because it looked like he was going to actually play that fantastic SG like crazy.

    I have a friend who also came really close to buying my SG, but at the end he really wanted one with a Maestro Vibrola, which I offered to install it for him without charging him for labor. However I understand him wanting to get one that left the factory with a Maestro already installed.

    Because we all crave pictures, here is my Custom Shop SG alongside the USA SG I recently sold. I genuinely hope the new owner of this guitar enjoys it at least as much as I did. The picture was taken before I cleaned and prepared the guitar up for shipping and returned the original cream switch tip knob.

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    That wood grain!

    I love a linear grain with big pores like that. Some people like swirls and stuff but that's not for me.

    I also love the non-faded Cherry Red they switched to in 2019. Deep and luscious like the originals.
     
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    those are a lovely pair...
    SG porn...
     
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    This one is the best of both worlds. Really straight grain on the top with a little swirl in the back.

    And yes the USA SG is absolutely brilliant. It played exceptionally well. To the point I was on the fence of which SG to keep for a few days. I genuinely hope the new owner loves this USA SG as much as I did.

    Ultimately what tipped me to choosing the custom shop is the freakishly good sustain. Even after I set it up the way I like it, thus action was very comfortable, the custom shop SG out-sustains even my R9.

    As for sound and comfort, they were actually pretty close. The BB 61s are pure joy. There are a few refinements that make the custom shop just a little bit more comfortable to play, like the duller edges on the bridge, where I usually rest my right hand. However, they were only marginal differences. Nothing like what I feel goin back and forth between USA LPs and custom shop LPs.

    Anyways, I’m still in the honeymoon period and can’t stop playing this SG. Such a great guitar.
     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    This is SG PORN, It called to me even after I bought a Midtown Custom. Wound up returning the Midtown and went for the SG after hearing glowing reports from Col Mustard on his very own SG Faded.

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    Is this the one you sold or kept?

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    Yes, that’s the one I kept. The Gibson Custom 1961 Les Paul SG Standard Reissue (historic) and many more words or something.
     
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    I saw you photo in another thread recently and thought, bloody hell that’s a beautiful guitar. Simply stunning. I would have kept it too!

    Its really nice hearing of people that buy and sell following those unspoken rules.

    The last guitar I sold completely stripped down, polished frets, oiled, cleaned, restrung. Heck, I even spent an afternoon driving around town finding a good price on a case for the buyer. He paid for the case, I did the shopping.

    And why not. I want him to have a good experience and enjoy the guitar. F$ucking pisses me off when you buy a used guitar with gritty strings smothered in finger prints. From and skin cells all over it. Sh1t drives me nuts. It’s just simply laziness
     
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    I had a 2018 SG Standard ‘61, which sounded amazing, but I hated how it played. I ended up trading it from the original collection SG standard ‘61 in 2019, which played great. In comparison, the 2018 felt like it fought back like a bucking bronco.

    I was primarily a LP guy, but what kept me from giving up on the SG were a few amazing SGs I tried. One of them was a 2017 SG faded that looked a lot like yours, but I think the one I tried was red. It sounded very good, but nothing out of this world. However, that SG was one of the best playing guitars I’ve ever played. The thing just played itself.

    Funny story of how I needed up testing out that 2017 SG faded. This random person was trying to decide on which guitar to get asked asked me to play the guitar and tell her what I thought. It was going to be her first guitar and she saw me playing and asked for help. I obviously tell her she’s going to the best judge, but I end up entertaining her idea and just wow, that was an amazing SG.

    Anyways, the other ones were a an SG Classic with P-90s and an SG Gothic. They also played extremely well. That’s one cool thing I learned about SGs. Although I ended up getting something from the higher up hangers, any SG, regardless of how hight or low they’re usually displayed at stores walls, can knock your socks off.

    TL;DR: That is indeed SG porn.
     
  10. PauloQS

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    Me too, man. I did all I could to make the guitar as nice as possible for the next owner. I cleaned the guitar, polished the hardware and frets, cleaned and conditioned the fretboard, re-applied graphite to the nut slots, put new D’Addario XL strings on it and took my time stretching the strings as if it was still going to play the guitar, checked the intonation and made sure nothing moved when I was polishing the guitar, and whatever I thought would make the next owner enjoy this guitar more.

    I understand why stores can’t go that extra mile in that regard. It takes a lot of time to do these things. The whole process of getting the guitar ready and listing the guitar took me almost a whole day.

    Honestly, if I had listened to my GAS I’d have kept both. I just kept thinking on the most idiotic stuff, like how the USA guitar was shipped from factory about a month after my birthday, so it was like a birthday commissioned guitar. Or how it still had that amazing Gibson USA smell of new guitar. My wife just kept laughing at my irrationality.
     
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    I am the same as you pancake, I like to give a buyer the best. You should have seen all I used to do with selling drums. Clean and polished and sweet as a baby's bottom after a bath that is.
     
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