Gibson Special '60s Tribute or Epi's Ltd Ed 50th Anniversary 1961 SG Special???

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  1. Zeppelin Rules

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    I've played the Gibby in a store and I find it feels really light and flimsy. Sounds great, but there's something about the feel that's a little off for me. I would have expected it to feel a lot like my faded Special.
     
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    [quote author=Zeppelin Rules link=topic=21748.msg261245#msg261245 date=1313453326]
    I've played the Gibby in a store and I find it feels really light and flimsy. Sounds great, but there's something about the feel that's a little off for me. I would have expected it to feel a lot like my faded Special.
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    What do you think is the difference? The wood? Some construction feature?
     
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    [quote author=dbb link=topic=21748.msg261246#msg261246 date=1313454766]
    What do you think is the difference? The wood? Some construction feature?
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    The only thing I can think of is lighter pickups and tuners. The white finish also felt a bit like enamel paint. ???
     
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    I would just get an SG Classic. The pups adjust just like a humbucker. Gloss nitro finish and not flimsy (mine weighs 8.5 lbs-heavy for a Classic but).
     
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    [quote author=uyasgali link=topic=21748.msg261250#msg261250 date=1313458660]
    I would just get an SG Classic.
    [/quote]yep, me too..even the faded classic...
     
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    [quote author=mikeystool link=topic=21748.msg261251#msg261251 date=1313486097]
    yep, me too..even the faded classic...
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    Is the faded finish like a satin finish? That is the only difference I can see in the Classic and the faded Classic other than about a $300 price difference...
     
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    [quote author=uyasgali link=topic=21748.msg261258#msg261258 date=1313547592]
    Is the faded finish like a satin finish? That is the only difference I can see in the Classic and the faded Classic other than about a $300 price difference...
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    Yep, I have a Classic and a Faded Classic and other than the finish, they are identical. It's amazing to me that gloss costs $300. I guess it does take a lot of man hours.
     
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    [quote author=Kevy Nova link=topic=21748.msg261259#msg261259 date=1313548074]
    Yep, I have a Classic and a Faded Classic and other than the finish, they are identical. It's amazing to me that gloss costs $300. I guess it does take a lot of man hours.
    [/quote]it makes me wonder why they dont put binding on a faded special...seems the binding cost is less then the finish?
     
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    Rub some Naptha over the finish, scuff it up again with 320 grit, Naptha again, tape off the parts you don't want painted. Get a can or two of Reranch gloss clear. Follow Reranch 101 or just spray till it gets a bit wet, stop, wait three days, do it again, until the can is gone. Wait 30 days. sand with Micromesh pads or wet sand from 800 to 1200. Polish with Finesse It from 3M with a random orbital polisher, and there you go. You have the same guitar.
     
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    Doesn't the faded have binding on the neck?
     
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    [quote author=uyasgali link=topic=21748.msg261268#msg261268 date=1313600374]
    Doesn't the faded have binding on the neck?
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    Yes it does have binding.
     
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    [quote author=uyasgali link=topic=21748.msg261268#msg261268 date=1313600374]
    Doesn't the faded have binding on the neck?
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    Faded Classic, yes.
    Faded Special, no.
     
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    [quote author=Kevy Nova link=topic=21748.msg261277#msg261277 date=1313639231]
    Faded Classic, yes.
    Faded Special, no.
    [/quote]yeah the special is what im talking about...off subject i guess, but if the finish is such a pricey thing, and the faded classic is about the same price as the faded special, which has no binding..kinda weird..
     
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    Gibson does some odd things in their pricing I guess...
     
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    I've never been able to figure out Gibson's price structure either. I have a hunch their annual strategy is start high and if something won't sell, lower it till it does. Then the next year, raise the price and try again. I still think the SG classic is one of the best (under $1000) Gibsons out there.
     
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    Well, barely under at $999.00! You are right though they are great guitars i have no complaints about mine.
     
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    [quote author=oldrockfan link=topic=21748.msg261286#msg261286 date=1313686710]
    I've never been able to figure out Gibson's price structure either. I have a hunch their annual strategy is start high and if something won't sell, lower it till it does. Then the next year, raise the price and try again.
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    Except the Faded Classic started at $699 and has just gone up to $799. I'm glad I got mine when I did!
     
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    Hi Tom

    If you are still torn between decisions over which model to buy I just watched a video on YouTube demonstrating the SG special 60s tribute and it has got me amazed at it :). Obviously the guy being a really good player helps a lot and the amp too but I love the sound of the guitar and am going to test one myself on my short list next year, check it out: Gibson SG 60's Tribute Electric Guitar :)

    They are really affordable too I have found I can get one new in the UK for only £525 with a 3 year warranty, not sure how long they are around for though as I read they are limited. From experience do Gibson usually sell limited runs for years or is it really limited?
     
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    [quote author=saxosim link=topic=21748.msg261564#msg261564 date=1315340028]
    Hi Tom

    If you are still torn between decisions over which model to buy I just watched a video on YouTube demonstrating the SG special 60s tribute and it has got me amazed at it :). Obviously the guy being a really good player helps a lot and the amp too but I love the sound of the guitar and am going to test one myself on my short list next year, check it out: Gibson SG 60's Tribute Electric Guitar :)

    They are really affordable too I have found I can get one new in the UK for only £525 with a 3 year warranty, not sure how long they are around for though as I read they are limited. From experience do Gibson usually sell limited runs for years or is it really limited?
    [/quote]same amp im jammin with...well deville, couldnt tell if that was a deluxe...sounds good!!...me, id still go with the faded classic...unless there was a different color option, like a white or yellow.. :Droolin:
     
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    Nice hybrid picking technique....SG's w P90's my 2nd favorite SG of all...and a VERY close second to the 2 57's.
     

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