Gibson SG Special Faded Finish (??)

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  1. jtees4

    jtees4 Well-Known Member

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    Hey SG Island.....that guitar of yours looks preety danged familiar to me....this is mine.
    PS...just a suggestion, raise the pole piece screws on the pickups to fit better into the cover holes.

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    Yep, that guitar does look familiar...

    Maybe I'll try your suggestion on the pickup heights, but I had my tech set the heights on my Faded's pickups (during his set up), and it sounds pretty good to me - but maybe I'll try your suggestion at some point - to make the bridge pup's screws look more "flush" with the screw holes..


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  3. jtees4

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    Just to be clear, Raising the pickup screw heights is strictly for cosmetic reasons, just to raise the screw up into the opening a bit more....then you can't tell that the covers were put on. I have owned many Specials, and many fadeds, (and a couple of standards) but I always put the covers on, to me it makes a huge difference in looks.
     
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    Gotcha. I actually think I may try this, after looking at the screw heights on my Faded now... Never worried about it before, but now you've got me thinking... :hmm:
     
  5. Gibsg

    Gibsg Well-Known Member

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    Here is my SG Faded, a very nice piece of wood the neck is perfect for me. The guitar needs a good set of humbuckers may be a Seymour Duncan Vintage Blues, SH-1 set.


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    That's a lovely faded special...

    I like to set the screw heights in an arc, to match the radius of the bridge and the fretboard. (12" on a Gibbie).
    I begin with the E strings flush with the pickup cover, then raise the A and B strings slightly, then raise the G and D
    pole pieces a bit more. You can use a radius gauge if you have one, or just do it by eye.

    The screw slots end up in a ziz zag pattern like this:
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    that's my starting point, then I adjust them up or down according to whether on strings stands out
    too much... or the opposite. You can see that on my bridge p'up, I was getting too much B string, so
    I lowered the pole piece to even it out.
     
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  7. Gibsg

    Gibsg Well-Known Member

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    The seller told me that first owner used a kind of wax for old furniture, this is the reason of this very nice gloss finish.
    I have to change TRC, knobs, stopbar studs, scews, ... The SG needs to be cleaned. This is a very good deal for the price and the Gibson/TKL case is in very good condition. Body is made of one great piece of mahogany.

    I order parts at Philadelphia Luthier Tools http://stores.ebay.fr/philaluthiertools?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

    I will upgrade the bridge with Faber INsert studs and ABR '59, I hate this big Nashville bridge...

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  8. Gibsg

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    PS: I have a SG Standard pickguard, this one is 5 ply and the SG Special pickguard is 3 ply... Cool !! I will install the SG Standard pickguard :smile:

    I order a SD Vintage Blues SH-1 set :dude:

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  9. Gibsg

    Gibsg Well-Known Member

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    There are many cool humbucker covers and plates to put on the pickup, vintage pearl for example.

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  10. Gibsg

    Gibsg Well-Known Member

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    This worn Brown finish waxed with old furniture wax is awesome


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    I will put those knobs

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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    I too have a worn brown faded. This was my 2nd SG, but way back before I bought my first SG, the brown finished SG's were my first choice. I think they are so plain they are perfectly beautiful.
     
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    I received parts for the SG Faded, I' m waiting for the Seynour Duncan Blues Vintage set.


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    I hope that the SD Vintage Blues SH-1 will sound fine. The humbuckers with those covers look great

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    I just love these open coil covers. Nothing uglier than floating round corner coils in too big a square hole in the pickguard. Do they make black ones ?

    EDIT: Yes, Mojotone has some !
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    I' m agree with you DrBGood, check this baby :smile:

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    04' was a good year ;) same as mine...great axes..
     
  18. Gibsg

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    Finally I choose the black pickguard. I have to work on the wiring with new PIO capacitors

    ;)

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    Man, oh man... you cats have some fine, FINE instruments.!!!
     
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    Great looking guitar! Any suggestions as to what furniture wax to use to give a faded worn cherry SG some shine?
     

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