NGD: 2009 SG Special "Raw Power"

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  1. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    Behold!

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    All maple, Classic 57 pickups. Comes with speed knobs, which I hate, a lot of them came with top-hats, got those coming. Pointers of course coming as well, and the tuners have a low ratio, so Kluson bolt-ons with locking posts. I prefer covers on the pickups, but I don't know whether they'll fit through the pickguard.

    Rare as hell so I want to try to keep it as original as possible but it has to look good and function well. Keeping the point-to-point wiring, going to try not replacing the pickups, the tuners will look the same from the front and fit the same holes. Dunlop strap-lock buttons to match everything else I have. Thinking of putting the Les Trem on. Everything else will go in a bag for the future.

    A few lines pressed in here and there, mostly in the back. These are supposed to sound brighter, but with the tone turned down and the varability of pickup height... In any event it is gorgeous and no argument about that.

    Tom
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Awesome!
    The body color with translucent finish reminds me of the 1955 TV Yellow Les Paul Specials that I really like. Pickup covers will fit fine and look great. I install them on all my humbucker SG Specials equipped with batwings without any issues.
     
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  3. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    I have a chrome Les Trem II now on order. Possibly the best tremolo for an SG given all of the alternatives. Certainly the simplest and easiest to use.

    Tom
     
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    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    Very nice, hope it works out for you.

    You mentioned “rare as hell”. Is that true..? I am not sure what production numbers were, but it seems a lot of places fire sales these at the end. I have found a few locally over the years through classifieds.


    Let us know how it works out.
     
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    Awesome! Haven't seen this one before. I actually think the speed knobs and open pickups fit the raw look very well.
     
  6. SG standard

    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations! I've been interested in these for a while, I'd love to have an SG with a maple fret board.

    I'm a firm believer in making any guitar your own - unless you've already ended up paying daft vintage prices (which I wouldn't do). But it's always a wise move to keep all the old bits as part of the guitar's provenance, and just in case it makes it easier to sell, should you want to.

    They're not especially rare in terms of Gibsons - this is a company that has issued a small run of guitars each week or month in some years! But, like a lot of other Gibson models, if you've decided you must have one, you might have to wait a while to find a suitable one on the market. The downside of these rarer and distinctive models is that they can be a bit harder to sell quickly, if there just isn't anyone chasing after one at the time you're selling - most buyers are looking for something more 'regular' - but they have a chance of getting a good price if you can be patient.
     
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    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    Rare enough I had to get it from England. They seem to have made more with colored lacquer.

    Tom
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    I've always wanted one of these.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    double post
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Very nice axe. More pics, please.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful and unusual Gibson SG.

    Humbucker covers can fit, no problem. If you want to upgrade the De Luxe tuners be careful with heavy tuners, Gibson De Luxe machine heads are great.
     
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    I dig those
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    Pickup covers would be a definite improvement.

    She’s a beauty.

    A bigsby would look 1,000 times better than the Les trem.
     
  14. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    I have a B5 on another... costs a good 3 times more than the Les Trem.

    The replacement tuners are the Kluson as specified above.

    More pics once the mods are complete.

    Tom
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    US made B5’s are around $100

    Les Trems are $33?
     
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    Once you add in the Vibramate and Callaham parts....

    Tom
     
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    NICE! Not really sure they are "rare as hell" though. They were everywhere around when they came out.

    Zoot Suit SG? Now those are pretty rare, especially the rainbow clown color.
     
  18. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    I have a vibramate on a b7 equipped sg, its ok...

    Best combo I found is a b3 and a Towner bar.

    I haven’t found anything callam makes worth the price.

    There is/was an eBay seller that had b3’s with the gretsch triangular tailpiece for $80 shipped. Just the tip of the tailpiece needed to be ground off.

    Friends don’t let friends use Les Trems.... them things is beyond fugly... and I like Floyd’s and Khalers......

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    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

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    I have a B5 on another SG. Don’t need it on this one.

    Tom
     
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    Finished my changes....

    Tom

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