Happy NGD! Gibson Custom '61 SG Standard Antique VOS Antique Metallic Teal

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  1. Sp8ctre

    Sp8ctre Well-Known Member

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    I made it home early this morning and tore into the new 61' Les Paul.

    This is the second one of these I had delivered this week. The first one came from Guitar Center and it was a nightmare!
    It was a used wall hanger from a GC in Texas. It came in a standard Tan Gibson Case with the Pink Fur. It had pick marks
    all over it.

    I was PISSED!

    So I ordered the same guitar from Musicians Friend (I know GC owns them) and my experience couldn't be better!

    First off, it was double boxed +1
    Second, it is Brand New +1
    Third, it is in the Black Custom Shop Case as it should be! +1
    Finally, it came with a complete and correct set up! +1

    This guitar is what I expected in the first place from the Custom Shop! Perfect in every way.

    Setup is fantastic, tuned right up and intonated down to a half cent!

    Fretboard on this one is much darker and not dried out like old firewood.

    I am incredibly happy with this one! The GC debacle will be returned today!

    Musicians Friend Private Reserve for the WIN!


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  2. PixMix

    PixMix Well-Known Member

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    That's just drop dead gorgeous! HNGD!
     
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    Well, tou can’t be Disappointed in that! Absolutely stunning
     
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  4. Dave

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    SWEET!
    Congrats
     
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    looks like a faded Pelham blue. which is kinda perfect.
     
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    OOO la-LAH!
     
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    Very, very nice.

    What's the first song (not your own) that you played on it?
     
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    Europa by Santana
     
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    I don't know it. I do know Carlos many moons ago played an SG....was "Europa" a song he played on his SG?
     
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    Beautiful vintage Pelham blue SG Standard CS, congratulations.
     
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  12. Huntroll

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    I can't tell from the pictures, does it have nibs on the sides of the frets ?
     
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    All Gibsons with binding have nibs.
     
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    Not my 2018 SG HP -II.

    They have " HP frets " over binding.

    It looks to me like each fret is individually shaped on the ends, before they're pressed in.

    If you've never played one, I highly recommend it !
     
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    That is gorgeous!

    Congratulations, and a Happy NGD to ya :smile:
     
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    Right, I forgot those HP models are the exception to the rule.
     
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    ...and most of the 2014/15 models with bound necks.
    I've currently got an atypical collection of three SGs with bound necks and only one with nibs. :)
     
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    Nibs back in 1961 ?

    Negative.
     
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    @Huntroll

    Look at the ends of the frets on that '61. They've been filed to death. Of course the nibs are gone, it's had 60 years of playing and fretwork done to it. It does not take much to wear them down, even just pulling off the high e string will wear them down (steel string vs plastic nib).

    And why would they randomly stop doing it in '61 when it was done on LPs and then you see it in '63? There are plenty of examples of '61s that still have nibs. You can see them on this '61:

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    The difference is that prior to 1980, Gibson used thinner binding, so they are less noticeable on older models to begin with, and then get routinely destroyed by playing and fretwork. Look at my 2007 Historic's nibs; they are what a '61 looked like when new and you can barely see them even in perfect condition:

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    That post is also wrong about "fretless wonder" frets. Those were only used on Customs. Low, wide frets on a Standard just means they have been played and/or filed to death over the years. Fretless wonder frets were not wide at all, they were characterized by being narrower than regular frets, in fact. That's a common misconception that sellers take advantage of when selling a guitar with frets that are shot. "It doesn't need a $300 refret! It's supposed to be that way!" :rolleyes:
     
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