NGD: 1998 Caribbean Blue Gibson SG-X

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I’ve been looking for one of these for a few years. They aren’t very common in this color, and all the examples that I’ve come across in the past were either modded or damaged enough that I had to pass. They usually have a lot of checking, cracks along the paint near the fretboard binding, and various chips and large dings. I’ve seen a number of them with a replaced pickup, guard, and tuners.

This is the cleanest, all-original example of a blue “Summer Beach” series SG-X that I’ve ever seen. Apart from a few tiny dings and some scratches on the pickguard, it shows no wear…obviously wasn’t played much at all. It photographs a bit faded and slightly bluer than it actually is…think more of a darker turquoise color than what you see here. I might take it outside to see if I can get a truer color representation.

It has a very nice medium-thin 60s neck, dark ebony board, and weighs in the 6 lb range. The neck has enough chunk that is has some substance, but it is very quick and feels perfect for me. Also, it’s a 24 fret model with a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4”. The setup is also just how I like it, with medium action…intonation is excellent.

The Gibson 500T pickup screams in a very pleasant way, with good note separation. The volume roll off is decent, but it takes a petty significant amount to clean up in humbucker mode. The coil split is actually much better than I was expecting - good enough that I’ll likely use it quite a bit. It can quack nicely when needed, and the single coil cleans are articulate and without muddiness.

I’ve become a huge fan of 50s/60s LP and SG Juniors, and this one compares pretty favorably to my SG Juniors…but with a hotter output, and more tonal variation. Don’t get me wrong - my 59 and 63 Juniors still easily beat this guitar in terms of overall sound and resonance, but this guitar is no slouch, especially in terms of feel…and of course lo, looks. I’m really digging it so far.

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Great looking guitar, very pretty color too. I also like that Hootenany strap. Very Hendrix looking. :cheers:
 

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Incredible "under the bed" condition, the 500T humbucker sound perfectly metal. Very nice SG
:cheers:
 

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I am a fan of P-Rails. I have them in a Warmoth build. I’m pretty impressed with this 500T and it’s splitting capability on this guitar though.
If you're happy, nothing wrong with that! I didn't realize the pickup had a coil-split, so yeah, the P-Rail would be the better option if you weren't already happy with the original pup, which, it seems, you are. Beautiful color. Probably will become (or is?) highly collectable, so I would imagine keeping it all original would be best anyway.
 

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This is like brand new guitar!
Hard to believe that someone had this guitar for 23/24 years and barely played it.
I love the colour and especially you nailed it with that guitar strap. Perfect!!!!

Btw, how much is this guitar worth? Because i stumbled upon this model almost 2 years ago and the seller was selling it for 1000€ with the non original hard case. It was in this brown finish i thought looked ugly as hell
 
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This is like brand new guitar!
Hard to believe that someone had this guitar for 23/24 years and barely played it.
I love the colour and especially you nailed it with that guitar strap. Perfect!!!!

Btw, how much is this guitar worth? Because i stumbled upon this model almost 2 years ago and the seller was selling it for 1000€ with the non original hard case. It was in this brown finish i thought looked ugly as hell

The brown finish in mint condition probably is selling for about that now, but I think that would be a little high pre pandemic bubble. If it had wear on it, you were probably correct to pass.

Mine is from the Summer Beach Series, which came in blue, pink, and yellow. The blue is supposedly the rarest. They were cheap guitars for real deal Gibsons when they came out (around $600 IIRC), but were very limited, so they have appreciated considerably. I got mine in a trade, but I’d estimate that I could sell it today in this condition for about $2000.

Also, from what I can gather, these usually came with black and white gig bags (as did mine), but I’ve seen some listed with an OHSC, so maybe they varied in that regard.
 

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Congratulations. Nice score.

That guitar would also look great in Pelham blue.
 

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i used to like the pink ones... could see them easily available until at least 10yrs ago...
didn't know they could be worth $2k now... really? hmm...
 

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i used to like the pink ones... could see them easily available until at least 10yrs ago...
didn't know they could be worth $2k now... really? hmm...
Yeah - look at recently sold listings on Reverb and EBay. They’re going for way more than they used to…

The “nitro” that they used in these seems particularly prone to checking, so finding one in the condition like mine is very difficult.
 

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Those would be aberrations going for that much. You can get a brand new '61 Standard for that much. These are basically stripped down Standards.

Reverb's price history shows them averaging around $1,000: https://reverb.com/p/gibson-sg-x-1998-1999#price-guide
Sure - that’s true for the regular SG-X’s, but check the sold listings for the Summer Beach series in blue, yellow, and pink. They can go for considerably higher, and most are pretty beat up. The clean ones obviously go for the highest prices. Maybe $2000 is pushing it though.

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i can't seem to get any sg-x to show either on completed or current listings...
 

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i can't seem to get any sg-x to show either on completed or current listings...
I get similar things with Reverb sometimes…it’s a fickle platform. I use the app instead of the desktop version. If it’s coming back empty on your searches, you can try to close it down and restart it.
 

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I get similar things with Reverb sometimes…it’s a fickle platform. I use the app instead of the desktop version. If it’s coming back empty on your searches, you can try to close it down and restart it.

app? hmm i just use Firefox mobile.
it used to work fine yrs ago tho...
funny if the app can access their backend better than a browser.
 


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