What do you think about a Translucent Turquoise Blue?
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That is the only two-toned SG I have seen that I like....my two-toned 2015 SG Special in Fireburst Brown is butt-fuglin fugly and just got sold and was nowhere near as SHARP looking as that one in the picture, WOW....!I own a 2012 SG special with a baked maple fretboard.
The baked maple was a substitute material that Gibson was forced into using... The government had raided Gibson's warehouse and confiscated all their rosewood and ebony (and maybe mahogany) and. accused Gibson of obtaining the wood on the black market.
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It's possible that the charges were justified. Or not.
Whatever the results of the legal proceedings, I purchased an SG with a maple neck and a baked maple fretboard. I actually loved the concept and wanted one as soon as I heard about it. I still love
this guitar, and the maple neck does stay in tune better.
Other guitarists (including a large vocal section on this forum) actually hated the concept and refused to buy any Gibbies with "substandard"
baked maple fretboards. The response was generally negative...
like "WTF Gibson!" ...and the sales of the 2012 models was slow.
I never ventured over to MLP and checked out the response there
to Les Paul guitars with baked maple fretboards... I'm sure it
was scathing.... but undeserved.
I took advantage of this closed minded bull-taco, and watched and waited while the prices fell. *grins I finally bought my Silverburst SG special when it was about $600. So I got a great instrument at a
really decent price. Nine years later I'm still very happy with this SG.
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The maple neck is very rigid and strong, and it's very stable tuning wise. Leo Fender figured this out in like 1949, but Gibson has been
trapped by their traditions and has difficulty marketing innovations until recently.
Anyway, the maple neck and baked maple fretboard give excellent
service. Mine has for nine years now. It's a fine choice.
What color do I recommend then? Silverburst, of course.
I used to tune a few pre-Ernie Ball Music Man basses on the road. Some maple necks and one graphite. The graphite could go from Indiana to Alabama and not change.I have 2 "rock maple" Carvins I bought new in the early 80s. I can leave the bass alone for months-to-years at a time, and rarely need to tune it. Same with the guitar, although it may require a tweak or two... The studio humidity varies from 40% to 54%... and that seems to effect the tuning of all guitars except those with maple necks. I've one vintage 60s acoustic guitar with a mahogany neck that is sealed with a poly finish, and it seems quite stable.
Mahogany necks seem to change, as they are played... Warmth and humidity always play a roll. Maple necks seem immune to warmth and humidity. This is my observation over the past 55 years. Think what you want, but this is my experience.
my 2012 SG special is a fairly plain guitar... no binding, no pineapple, no deep gloss. I like her that way. I named her Catalina.That is the only two-toned SG I have seen that I like....my two-toned 2015 SG Special in Fireburst Brown is butt-fuglin fugly and just got sold and was nowhere near as SHARP looking as that one in the picture, WOW....!
What is that pictured on Truss-Rod cover ? ........looks like the DEAD's 'Steal Your Face' logo, but it probably ins't (?)
The TRC looks damn good ! and if its a one-off, so much the better ! ! ! IIRC, the 2018 SG Special had those block in-lays and all the way to the 1st fret too !!! N E time I can get something that is not an 'everyday' type of GIBSON Guitar I grab it ! BUT BUT BUT, that one time....... the 2018 got away.....I forget if it was colour selection, or what ? but I balked....I'm sure if it had that SILVER finish on it in 2018.........MINE !!!!my 2012 SG special is a fairly plain guitar... no binding, no pineapple, no deep gloss. I like her that way. I named her Catalina.
I polished her "matte finish" paint with Maguiar's Ultimate Compound
which is for cars normally. That shined her up just enough.
I also bought her a truss rod cover made of ebony and inlaid with MOP and Abalone. The maker, Scott Swirski of Canada calls this design "Tribal Rose." I bought this TRC in like 2013, but it seems he's still in business.
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it's a fine decoration for a plain SG special IMHO. On a fancier guitar
maybe not. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder, eh?
On an SG with all the Gibson inlays and binding, I'd want a plain TRC
that just said SFG.
Here she is next to one of her favorite amps: the Orange Micro Terror
driving a home made cab with 1/10" and 1/12" speaker. Her stock Gibson mini hums sound awesome through this rig. She gets loud enough to rattle the crockery in my house. *grins
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Sorry to derail the refinishing thread...