New SG, any advice?

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  1. JuanRa

    JuanRa New Member

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    First things first, let me introduce myself: I'm a lover of the SG from the deep south of Europe, proud owner of an Epiphone SG and waiting Santa this Christmas for getting a brand new Gibson SG standard HC.

    Any advice for a new owner? Special care, setup....?


    Thank you very much in advance.
     
  2. Bad Penguin

    Bad Penguin Well-Known Member

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    Get it set up by a pro, and you're all set.
     
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    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    Two important first steps:

    1] Play it

    2] Post photos of it on here...
     
  4. DrBGood

    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    3) Also post photos of the G400 on here...

    I don't know about Gibson, but Epiphone strings that come with a new guitar are notoriously bad.
     
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    Dale Well-Known Member

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    Rock it. Protect it from falling.
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    This....


    ...and this :cheers:
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Not sure either, but they sure ain’t Gibson BriteWires that’s all I know.
     
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    Go Nigel Go Well-Known Member

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    Agree with all of the above... make sure it is set up well with good strings, take normal care, rock it like a bad boy. Pictures are always welcome. :cheers:
     
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  9. Huntroll

    Huntroll Active Member

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    Take good care of it.
     
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  10. chilipeppermaniac

    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    Welcome, we love pictures, and even without them, if you got an SG, you got a GREAT guitar.

     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    There are many many good videos on maintenance and setups of guitars if you want to learn how to do it yourself as well.

     
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  12. Darryl Fisher

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    ( ..outside of just playing it...no...)
    Enjoy it! Also, good luck towards the Gibson version...I hope Santa smiles upon you!
    Definitely, learn the setup thing...StewMac is a good resource for tools and supplies.
    Merry Christmas!
     
  13. Bijou Drains

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    Gift yourself a set of Schaller strap locks for Christmas. It’ll be the one mod you that’ll pay you back in spades. Enjoy!
     
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  14. Bad Penguin

    Bad Penguin Well-Known Member

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    We haven't seen pics of it yet..... is it an air SG? :naughty:
     
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    A new Apple product, perhaps?
     
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    Steve D Well-Known Member

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    Treat the headstock like a precious rare and fragile work of irreplaceable art. Watch out for neck dive and if you have it, look here for advice. Other than that, enjoy playing perhaps the greatest guitar design of all time (but admittedly I may be biased)
     
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    As far as neck dive, this can be a friendship ending curse or a non-issue. The key is the strap you use with that guitar.

    You might start with one that is not slippery.
     
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    Above all, try to prevent it from catching fire.
     
  19. Col Mustard

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    welcome to ETSG!

    Best advice: rock that sucker.

    My colleagues above have said what I would say about getting
    your new guitar professionally setup, AND learning to do many of the techniques yourself.
    But practice your luthier skills on a less expensive guitar, not on your prized Gibson.

    Gibson guitars have a weak point where the neck meets the headstock. So you should never
    allow a friend to play your SG when drunk. You should never lean lean your SG against a Tavern Wall, and never lean the back of the neck against your amp. Get a good quality guitar stand that
    won't tip over and won't allow the guitar to fall. Learn to set your guitar back out of the way so no one trips on it. None of these precautions are necessary with Telecasters, but Gibsons are vulnerable to headstock breaks, and they are worth protecting.

    Your Epiphone doesn't suffer from the weak point because Epiphone uses a different construction method. They build their necks from multiple pieces of wood, with a strong glue joint right where the Gibson guitars are known to break. Gibson is trapped by the excellence of their traditions, so if they attempted to change the design of the SG or the Les Paul, or the ES series in order to prevent breakage, they would be bombarded with harsh criticism for daring to modify the holy grail.

    Me, I think the Gibson neck joint is one of the reasons they sound so good, so I'm happy with my SGs and I don't mind protecting them.
     
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    As far as cleaning and polishing the finish, and maintaining the fretboard, I like the Gibson brand of polishes. They’ve worked well for me and that’s all I use now. Definitely protect your SG from any sort of falls that may put it at risk for a neck/headstock injury. Other than that I can’t think of anything else except to enjoy your new SG! They’re beautiful guitars that play/sound exceptionally well
     
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