Gibson SGJ 2013 - unusual?

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  1. mrboosh

    mrboosh New Member

    Aug 1, 2017
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    Good Evening Folks,

    I have recently acquired a 2013 Gibson SGJ guitar which plays really nice - and I am enjoying my time with her.... however on the usual strip down, check, clean as per usual with a second hand guitar I have come across the below points which I find slightly unusual... are these features correct for the model?

    1. Stoptail inserts appear to be different from each other
    2. It has Grover tuners, which seem to be original and not retro fit as there is only 1 screw hole... I was of the belief these were fitted with Gibson Deluxe tuners?
    3. There is a smiley face in my neck pickup cavity... and the neck joint seems a tad bit rough.

    Now these seem minor and they probably are - but just seemed a bit odd.... can anyone shed any light on these? (pictures below)

    I am not planning on selling the guitar as I very much enjoy playing it - but just seeing if these are oddities or how they come stock?

    Thanks in advance

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  2. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
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    1. Left insert appears to have masking tape around the edge.
    2. Original tuners were Kluson Deluxe, the top hole is visible and appears to be plugged.
    3. FC = Faded Cherry
    4. Knobs were replaced with reflectors.
    5. Poker chip on selector switch was removed.

    See below for stock configuration.
  3. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2015
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    The SGJs were a really inexpenisive "real" Gibson SG back in 2013 / 2014, I think the MSRP was $499, so the neck joint not being finished to perfection does not surprise me in the least.

    Indeed, my 2013 SGJ has Kluson Deluxe tuners and knobs without reflectors. Seems someone changed yours out.

    Smiley Face: Someone was having fun! I think that's cool. I've never looked in mine, so I couldn't tell you if I have a smiley face too, I'll have to take a look!

    The 2013 SGJs had pickups that are hot-glued to the covers, this will eventually break and you'll need to re-hot-glue them.

    In any case, I hope you enjoy playing your SGJ !
  4. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Tucson AZ
    the 2013 SGJ was the first Gibson I saw that
    was equipped with black knobs on the Kluson Deluxe tuners.

    I was immediately attracted, and almost bought one, but
    I already owned two lovely SGs and felt like I didn't need another
    one. I was obviously in the minority, because many players disliked
    the black tuners and swapped them for something else.

    Grover Rotomatic tuners are too heavy for an SG, so if yours seems
    headstock heavy, those are the reason. Grover makes an accurate and
    superior replacement for the Klusons, which don't weigh more and work
    better. Your call... to play it as is, or install something lighter which works
    just as well. The black knobs go with the 2013 model... Gibson only installed those for one year. If your guitar doesn't neck dive, leave it alone.
    If it does, that's probably why the old owner sold it.

    So yes, the '13 model SGJ is unique... only made for one year with the
    black tuners and black p'up covers. Later versions of the SGJ were more
    conventional... and so less interesting.
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