My Modded Maestro SG Jr.

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  1. Plan Zero

    Plan Zero Active Member

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    I like to think my Maestro by Gibson SG Jr. is the modern day equivalent to the original Jrs. I don't think $400+ is affordable as a beginner or student guitar, and although Epi makes cheap gibbies epiphone is not a household name. So I present my Maestro SG Jr., sold only in a student pack and marketed solely for music education. I assume these are made in Gibson's Chinese Baldwin plant, unless some Epis are MIC nowadays. From what I gathered, the body is most likely basswood (I'd like to think mahogany), satin finished maple neck, baked maple fretboard. It does appear to have the proper neck angle even though it's bolt on. The placement of the bridge on this JR is further back than other set neck JRs which looks better IMHO and a better hand rest. Some before pics:
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    I Decided to go with Wilkinson EZ Lock tuners and wraparound bridge to replace the sub par hardware. Also allparts graphite nut. The nut was slightly too wide but string spacing is the same so I'll shave a little off. All screws, neck plate, strap buttons, etc. blacked out (thanks eBay) and a Guitar Madness 16 ohm "hexbucker" pup for now. I'll probably replace that with a Duncan black winter if I play her enough.
    After pics soon...accidentally posted this too early haha
     
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    That's only because it's a bolt-on. The Epis Jr, Special and G-310 are the same.
     
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    Just a teaser, tearing through some strings working on intonation...with my helper 20171222_173733.jpg
     
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    Badass black Mofo !
     
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  5. Gonzalo Olivera Alves

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    How does the guitar feel and sound after the mods? I'm seriously thinking about buying one of these and modding the living hell out of it!
     
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  6. Plan Zero

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    Plays like a champ.
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    I really like how the fret markers vanish depending on the light; I always wanted a blackbird bass.
     
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    First post in this forum. Found it because I wanted to know if Maestros are good for modding and if body was laminated or solid... After seen these photos I yous can say WOW!!!! If anyone sells a guitar like this one I bet they would be a very popular model!!! Congrats!!!
     

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