I'm Going Green..

Discussion in 'SG Copies' started by monty359, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. monty359

    monty359 New Member

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    hi all, hope all are doing ok? :smile:

    im gonna sort out my circa 2000 korean tokai sg which was looking quite rough

    i only had green paint left so...

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    WOOHOO ! Cool ! Christmas tree green.
    This the season to be jolly ...
     
  3. sazista

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    Che bella. I am planning a similar change to my SG.
     
  4. monty359

    monty359 New Member

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    you see everyone has a black sg, or a red one...
    colours like green, yellow and pink (ok, maybe not pink) should get more attention :smile:

    lots to do - will update here with pics (im taking it slow with thin coats of course.. you can't rush these things. will add a polyurethane lacquer at the end)

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    ps. .. gibson decal... couldn't resist :rolleyes:
     
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    It will look good. I had a Green strat copy at one time, very dark green almost black with a hint of sparkle. Wish I still had it.

    Is the top going to be green .
     
  6. monty359

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    hi, im going to do the whole guitar green but the headstock on the front where the tokai logo is, will be black and then will try to get the gibson decal on looking good, and then some lacquer on top (the decal came with some instructions so will follow those.. here they are):

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    I wouldn't do the decal if it was mine, I think Tokai are fine guitars anyway.
    What is that Pickup? 22 screws, Is that a special or a custom job. Never seen a pickup like that before. Does it sound good?
     
  8. monty359

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    hi, i agree the tokai is certainly a nice brand and its a very well made guitar, but i think i will put on the gibson decal anyway, just to be a jerk if nothing else :D

    the pickup is a john birch magnum 4 which i really like, very cool pickups (if you like tony iommi and that type of sound)
    i purchased for £50 new, as they are still available.. kind of a 'reissue' (as the actual original john birch pickups from the seventies are very rare and dont show up anymore, eg. ebay)

    example video below of someone on youtube with the magnum 4 reissue pickup



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    by the way the story behind the 22 pole pieces of the pickup was, back in the seventies, they went for that design so that when tony iommi did string bends, there wouldnt be any power lost due to the string moving away from the pole piece (like when using normal 6 pole piece pickups) :smile: (overkill perhaps haha)
     
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    Thanks for the info on the pickup. Very interesting indeed. John Birch had some novel customisation ideas, I suppose the 22 poles screws are fairly similar to rail pickups these days.
     
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    yep they later realised rails were a solution and some of the john birch pickups come as rails

    the original john birch magnum pickup had a crazy high output of around 23k (!) which tony iommi wanted because back then guitar amplifiers were not as high gain as today

    the newer made magnum pickup i have measures at 15k resistance; that's ok for me and it has a great clean sound (i was using a gibson 498T pickup previously, which i quite liked, but i prefer the magnum pickup)

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    You've never seen a Carvin P'up then. I've got a set of S22J & S22B Carvins in my G400 build. As for the sound? Yeah man, I dig it.
     
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    N, I hadn't heard of them. They look pretty mean. I have to admit though that I think I would prefer rails, not for my sg VS6 but for single coil style humbuckers for my strat.
     
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    So, did you ever finish the paint job? I'd love to see it. I'm tired of the same ol colors on SGs.
     
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    I've been inspired. I have an ash tele body that I've been thinking green. You may have pushed me over the edge.
     
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    Motivational green sg post!
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    Lets see some pictures of that finished project! It's lonely having one of the few green ones around here.....
     
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    hi duudes yes, sorry about forgetting, i forgot and then got an email today reminding me to not be a jerk and come back :smile:

    i will post some pics tomorrow then.. but just to say.. it's ended up not all green, and i ditched the gibson decal :thumb:
     
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    Not easy being green. Name him Kermit. Beautful!
     
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    hi again dudes, here are the final pics of the finished guitar, perhaps not to everyones tastes haha but i am happy with it;
    i ended up using a combination of green paint, along with some black, blue, and there is some of the original red of the guitar coming through also. for the clear lacquer coating over the paint i ended up using a few coats of tru-oil which i find to be an excellent product:- it is very easy to apply, dries fast, hard, and smooth (both in looks and feel).
    the original tokai logo was a little damaged from the past but it's ok and i am not bothered by the damage.
    so that's that then. :smile:

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    lAbsolutely fantastic! I love it. Like old melted crayons on a summer day or a patina tinted marble slab. Grat work. I am inspired.x
     

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