My Gibson SG Monkey Repro

Mario St DeHaven

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So I knew that the $25,000 Limited Monkey was going to be a bridge too far for me and so I started about making my own reproduction. Little did I know that Gibson was going to drop a more affordable Monkey tribute just recently....DOH!

Anyway, I believe that mine has a more special ingredient than that model....LOVE :-)

Vintage repro harness
Copper lined cavity
vintage style Witch hat knobs
Yanked the bridge and added a Tonepros tailpiece
(had to countersink it a bit to get the action right)
Custom made reproduction pickguard, pickup rings and tennon
John Birch Simplux and Superflux pickup replacements
Gotoh "Iommi correct" tuners
Monkey sticker (of course)

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I'd say that she is now a tone machine that plays and sounds a damn sight better than the Iommi Monkey tribute that Gibson just released...so it was worth the effort.

What do y'all think?
 

Russell Rubman

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Thanks for all the nice comments. It's a great player too. Now I just have to cut off a fingertip and coat the fretboard and my transformation will be complete!
 

schmidtp

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Lovely job. Did you end up repainting the Tribute? As those normally come in a worn matt finish? Or just chucked a clear coat over the top?
 


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