NGD... Gibson Custom Shop 63' SG Special Reissue..

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  1. SGtopper

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    Just picked this up this morning , Was built on 10/7/20 at the Gibson Custom Shop - 5.8lbs. VOS Cherry Red finish...
    It play's so good... Love P90's.. It's a keeper...[​IMG]
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  2. macdog

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    That is a lovely guitar and no doubt sounds as good as it looks.
     
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    That's very lovely! Twin P90s are fantastic in an SG :)

    I was never convinced by the whole VOS finish thing, until I bought an SG with a VOS finish this year - now I love the way it looks and feels, (once the neck has lost it's stickiness!)

    Have fun. :)
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Nice!
    I had a vintage ‘63 SG Special a couple years ago.

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    That's a sweet looking guitar. Enjoy for sure!
     
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  6. Matt748

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    Gorgeous SG
    Been looking at these a lot lately and am in the market for a Custom Shop.
    How is the neck shape on it. I normally go for anything slim.
    Is there a big difference between slim and medium C?
     
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    Gorgeous! The Historic Special is such an overlooked gem of the lineup, I was really happy to see it come back after 7 years discontinued.

    I love that they're doing gold case interiors now, like SGs originally had in the '60s. And doing away with the orangey "Faded Cherry" for a real Cherry Red.
     
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  8. SGtopper

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    It's a little chunkier than slim taper, But I like it... Fits my hand perfect...
     
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  9. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    My ‘63 SG Special had a medium rounded neck profile.

    If the original 61-62 necks were anything like the slim taper popsicle stick neck on the SG ‘61 Reissue that I had, then it might be safe to say that by ‘63 they did away with those and went to a more rounded neck.

    By the late ‘60’s, the necks were in baseball bat territory. I had a ‘69 Special, ‘70 Standard, ‘70 Junior. All three had the thickest neck of any Gibson that I have ever encountered.

    Those were my experiences. YMMV. It’s not uncommon to play two guitars that are the same model and year with slightly different neck profiles.

    The amount of shoulder also makes a difference in how it feels.
     
  10. Dave

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    SWEET!

    Enjoy you new awesome SG!
     
  11. PermissionToLand

    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

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    There was never any real spec on necks. They were done by hand back in the day. However, the idea of the '60s necks being slimmer is basically a modern rewriting of history Gibson came up with to sell the SG-62 in the shredder '80s. Gibson necks generally tend to be thicker than average. I played a '69 that was a baseball bat, so I can confirm what you're saying there.

    The new Historics are called "Medium C" but I'd bet it's just the same as the "Slim Taper" used on Historics before 2019. The Historic generally has a thicker version of "Slim Taper" than the '61 Reissue. Mine certainly feels like a Medium thickness anyway, I always thought it was funny that Gibson called it "Slim Taper". However, the '61 RI isn't the thinnest, that honor goes to the SG-62. For comparison:

    1st fret / 12th fret

    SG-62: .800" / .850"
    '61 RI: .800" / .890"
    Historic: .800" / 1.00"
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    There wasn’t really any shredding going on in the early 60’s, so I wonder if a vintage ‘61 or ‘62 SG was actually more rounded vs flat on the backside like a ‘61 Reissue. That neck was like an Ibanez shredder guitar. Retro body style with an ‘80’s shredder neck that is flat on the backside. Could not stand it and got rid of it.

    I often wonder if all ‘61 Reissues are like that or if I got a dud.
     
  13. PermissionToLand

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    Well, the thinner a neck gets, the flatter it becomes as a result (because the width is not changing).

    You may have gotten a '61 RI on the thinner end, but if you're used to Gibsons, you're used to thicker necks, and that will inform your perspective. My Gibson's "Slim Taper" is actually the thickest neck of any of my guitars.

    My Epi LP Ultra comes in at (eyeballing here) .750/.875 and that feels very comfortable for me and what I would still call within the range of "medium", but is already thinner than the average '61 RI.

    My 335 copy is where it starts getting thinner than I'd like ideally at .710/.810.

    And then my Samick and Hondo SGs are the thinnest at .687/.750! Those take a little adapting to.

    Ibanez Wizard necks are probably closer to my SG copies than a '61 RI. Actually, let's look it up... Ibanez specs say .670/.787

    From my perspective, the Rounded '50s necks on your Specials would probably feel like baseball bats, haha.
     
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  14. SGtopper

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    This one has the medium C shaped neck... I like it alot !
    It's a little rounder than slim taper...
     
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    Nice! Congrats!
     

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