List your SG mods along with pics.

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  1. Hispania

    Hispania Member

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    IMG_9354.PNG SG Special 60's tribute 2011.
    Mods:
    -3 ply pickguard
    -Black and silver pots
    -Bone nut
    -Orange Drop 0.47 in the bridge
    -Gibson Minihumbucker in the bridge. P90 stock, now they are sold. In the neck I only have a chrome cover . The next step will be another mini for the neck. I want to get some kind of modern 70's Special minihum SG :D

    She's starting to get old and the matte finish leaves place to the gloss nitro underneath. She's even more pretty when shining. I love her and the neck and fretboard are also top :thumb:
     

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  2. JCarno

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    Very Classy looking!! :cheers:
     
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  3. Cam.man67

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    Wanted to bump this thread for my first post! Long time SG fan here.:)

    This is my '05 SG Standard, now sporting Gibson p90s, RS pots, 50s wiring, and a bunch of mojo.;)

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    I bought it new in '05 as a sophomore in high school with summer job money...I loved being the only kid in school with a real Gibson! But as much as I enjoyed the guitar, I hated the 57 Classics. Great for dirt (courtesy of a cringeworthy Boss ME-20 and a Blues Jr.), but awful clubby cleans, and a muddy neck pickup.

    In 2007 I swapped to Dimarzio 36ths (though the pic is right before I pulled them out) :
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    Loved the dirt tones, but cleans were still a killjoy, and the neck pickup was even muddier than the 57 Classics.

    After temporarily retiring it from regular live use and using it as my stoner-rock-drop-c guitar, I tracked down a set of 57 Classics and tried them again in 2011. No dice. They lasted about 3 weeks.

    Disappointed with the overall sound, and thinking about something other than a PAF, I decided to give SD '59s a try in a last ditch effort to hang on to humbuckers. The writing was on the wall that I'm just not a PAF guy, but I didn't know it yet. The '59s were ok, certainly the best I had tried so far. But I was still disappointed with the boring cleans and muddy nevk. After 2 years of '59s, I said goodbye to PAFs and bough...

    TV Jones TV Classics!
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    Ah, here my clean tones were finally exciting and jangly and articulate! Problem was, now the dirt tones sounded thin and got lost in a live mix.

    So, in honor of my 500th live show with the ol' SG, I got out the ROUTER and went to work hacking it up for p90 use.

    And wow, was it worth it!
     
  4. Dave Johnson

    Dave Johnson Well-Known Member

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    Bravo Sir! and well done...
    I have a similar project underway right now.
     
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  5. Paul G.

    Paul G. Well-Known Member

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    Personally, I think the SG Standard (big guard, small guard, whatever) is absolutely visual perfection. I didn't change a thing on the outside.

    Guts replaced with MartinSixString Harness .016/.022 PIO caps. Went through a few different pickups sets until I found (and highly recommend) the Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Specials. It's like these pickups were made for the SG, giving great, rich and complex cleans while still having enough oomph to drive beautifully with absolute cutting power and no mud at all.

    Here's a picture because you asked, but the guitar looks just like any other "stock" SG Standard.

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  6. Makeyafamous2266

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    Stock 2016 Standard..
    Added Roller bridge and Vibrola
    Sanded finish on neck and couple parts on the front and replaced with true oil.
    Pocketknife curved trust rod cover
    White or black pick-guard?
     

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  7. DCCable

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    Okay, another excuse to put this thing up.
    So 2005 faded brown:
    Refinished in high gloss polyurethane
    Wound my own pickups 61 PAF replicas PE wire (8.75K BR, 7.6K NE), short A5 magnet, raw nickel silver frame and cover, unpotted! No wax, no way.
    New CTS 500K volume pots replacing gibson 300K pots.
    Roller bridge
    Bone nut

    A rock-n-roll machine!


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  8. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    So far on my 2015 SG Standard, All I have done is add a Bigsby. I loved the guitar when I first got it; it was so lively and played so great, and it is still my main axe even though I got the Strat now. Only thing that I missed on it was a vibrato; I would grab for a vibrato arm that wasn't there! So I added the Bigsby so I would get a vibrato. But even with that, eventually I might change the tuners, but that is just because I am not in love with the robot tuners. So here is the obligatory pic part:
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  9. Raiyn

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    Ok.... I'll play.

    Parts list: (Damn I still wish these were sponsors....)
    • Carvin S22J (neck) S22B (bridge)
    • Seymour Duncan Triple Shot rings
    • CTS 525k 5% tolerance pots (Art of Tone)
    • Switchcraft 90° switch
    • Pure Tone jack
    • Mallory 150 caps .022uf 5%
    • MIJ Wave Embossed silver speed knobs
    • Hipshot open backed locking tuners
    • Graphtech Black Tusq XL nut
    • Secret tone wire
    • some 18ga solid silver plated buss wire used for pot grounding and cavity connections
    • D'addario XL110BT strings (Balanced Tension)
    • The controls were insulated with homemade silicone tape washers because I could. (It just so happens I have a 3/8" 3 hole punch)
    • DiMarzio Clip Lock strap (really happy there)
    • One @Dave Johnson modified locking roller bridge
    • One super sweet custom truss rod cover (Artsy!)
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    I'm calling her "The Lady".

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    Drilled and tapped for grub screws. Locking roller bridge on the cheap!


    Eventually, I'll be adding a B5 Bigsby / Vibramate with a @Dave Johnson drilled string bar.

    :dude::dude:
     
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  10. DCCable

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    Hay Raiyn, what's the mod on the roller bridge?
     
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    Raiyn Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I thought I put that in. Dave drilled and tapped it for grub screws turning it into a locking roller bridge.

    I went ahead and fixed my previous post.
     
  12. DCCable

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    Yeah, you said that Dave J. had modded it and I did see the grub screws, just wasn't sure if that was the mod, or it came that way.
     
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  13. Raiyn

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    Yeah, I was working at cobbling that stuff together from my posts in a couple of different threads and missed adding that detail into the mix. He did an awesome job on it.
     
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  14. Norlin SG

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    I went through all that mod stuff and fortunately I didn't do anything that was not reversible.

    Bone stock except for a bone nut and I did buff off the SG on the truss rod cover because it was for a R/H and just looked super stupid on my L/H because the SG graphic was upside down. Also buffed the graphic off of the switch bezel just because.

    It just amazes me that Gibson would not spend the few cents to have the graphic on my TRC not read right side up.

    Almost forgot. Added treble bleed caps on the volume pots.
     
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    What ?
     
  16. Norlin SG

    Norlin SG Well-Known Member

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    What? there is an SG in your post? I'll keep looking, maybe I'll find it. Must try to focus.

    Very pleasant surprise..........................
     
  17. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    Have you seen the Towner? If you want the long vibrato that is also an option, plus you can adjust the down tension! :thumb:
     
  18. Raiyn

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    I intend to get a B5.
     
  19. DCCable

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    Yeah, I forgot to put up I added treble bleed caps also, and I'm doing a two cap tone control that goes from flat at "10" to a mild treble boost at around "8" to back to flat at around "5 or 6" and then rolls the treble off below "5"

    This comes in really handy since I do a lot of picking in the mid position with both pickups engaged.
     
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  20. dexspeed

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    Nice work on the grub screw and a good idea. I ended up wrapping my posts with tape and creating a compression fit to keep my 'discount' roller bridge from 'wandering' around on those posts. Seems to work and it's not very noticeable, however, I think I may need to get out the trusty tap and drill after seeing yours. Very tasteful.
     

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