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Hey all! I wanna see all of the weird, crazy, awesome and beautiful SGs that are anything but stock! I´m gonna start with a show and tell about my baby, a 2005 Standard Natural Burst.

My customisation:
Faux leather paisly pickguard.
4x Push/Push(not Push/Pull) in a Jimmy Page schematic, split/split/series/phase.
Pickups are from Iron Gear, zebra, rly high output in the bridge..
Neck pickup:Blues Engine; 7.4kOhm, AlNiCo IV.
Bridge pickup: Dirty Torque; 16.4kOhm, AlNiCo V.
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Sounds amazing, most versatile guitar I´ve ever had.
It goes from clean crispy singlecoil SRV sounds to Crazy overdriven Leslie West in a flip of the switch and in between get Hendrix, Clapton, Green, Townsend and Page of course, endless sounds.


What do you think, cool SG?

Now show me yours!!

Update - Just changed back to the original cream colored switch to match the zebra with the black poker chip :p - Devil´s in the details (last two photos)

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Rock On!
/Skinny Al
 

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2012 Standard SG - Natural Burst

I really went wild with my mod. See those knobs? I added those pointers to them. Four of them! Don't hate me for being so extreme with my customizing. A man's got to do what a man's got to do.

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2012 Standard SG - Natural Burst

I really went wild with my mod. See those knobs? I added those pointers to them. Four of them! Don't hate me for being so extreme with my customizing. A man's got to do what a man's got to do.

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wish I had pointers too, so, you are not crazy dude :)
 

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Welcome to ETSG...

Thanks for showing off your cool burst SG. You'll have to describe how
you did that pick guard, or where you got it if you didn't do the artwork
yourself. I've never seen one like it.
 

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Well, I started with this bare bones SGJ
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Gave it a gloss lacquer overspray.
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Then routed it for P90's, added a full pickguard to hide the overlapping routs, and tossed on a Bigsby B7 & roller bridge.
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But I wasn't done yet. Ended up routing a bit more and added another P90 along with a 5 ply pickguard.
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And there we have it. A gloss finish SGJ with a trio of Lollar P90's and a Bigsby.
 

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Great thread. I love all this original work.

The SG is one of Gibson's most versatile guitars IMHO, and can output anything her owner
is capable of.

Here's April, my 2012 SG special '70s tribute. I like unusual guitars and this
one caught my eye right away. Silver burst finish (satin)... '70s style block inlays, Mini Humbuckers of a "new design" according to Gibson's blurb, tone Pros tuners, baked maple fretboard, maple neck with '70s style volute... I couldn't resist.
This is what she looked like right out of the box:
April 1@100.jpg
Pretty cool (in my eye)... This was the first of this model. Innovative in 2012.
Discontinued in 2013. Closed minded guitarists couldn't figure out what it was good for,
so they didn't buy them. Gibson marked them down, and down and down until I couldn't
stand it and had to pounce. I got one of the last ones maybe. Mine's a lovely instrument.
They've since been re-issued as the SG special T model, and guitarists seem to know
how to play them now. (loud)...

I wasn't going to mod this one, because it was nearly perfect as issued and also
because it was discontinued quickly and maybe not many were made. But when I
really fall for an instrument, I usually have to add a few custom features... like
buying a little black dress for a great lady to slide into, or out of. *grins

Here she is now:
April 17 top@100.jpg
Black Tone Pros Kluson tuners, Ebony TRC with "Tribal Blade & Rose" inlay by Scott Swirski of
Canada, made of abalone and Mother of pearl...
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I don't like plastic parts very much, so I made my own pick guard out of Ebony Headstock
veneer from StewMac.
April Pickguard close@100.jpg
From a distance, no one might notice that this P/G isn't plastic, but I took great joy in making
this... and I had enough wood left over to make an ebony switch washer:
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Along with Witch Hat knobs. All fairly superficial mods, but none were needed elsewhere.
The wiring is standard old fashioned Gibson wiring, no PCB. The pots are Gibson 500k, and
work fine as issued. The mini hum buckers have an excellent unique sound all their own, and
they are one of the reasons I bought this instrument. The baked maple fretboard is smooth
and hard, and a great playing surface. It darkened up nicely with a little Fret Doctor oil on
a Q tip. There was nothing wrong with the stock snot green tuners, they were made for Gibson by tone Pros.
I only replaced them because I wanted black, and because I saw tone pros tuners go onsale
at StewMac for close-out prices and had to pounce.

I'm very fond of this guitar, and she rewards me with excellent tone and playability.
April 2017@100.jpg
Everyone knows that Witch Hat knobs enhance tone and increase sustain.
 
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Abalone trc, knobs with some abalone rings, plasic fantastic tuner buttons, added "pink/stink" poker chip, pickguard, pickup rings, b3 bigsby, didnt need to touch the electronicles.

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Trc, pickguard, knobs, "****/ass" poker chip, b7 bigsby.

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Bought this last week. Still need a new pickguard, poker chip and trc on this one.. Just added the Floyd Rose last night.

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Stock SGS3 too, but no changes to it.. Yet..

I have new straps for all four of my SG's arriving tomorrow, I'll snap a pic.
 

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Hey all! I wanna see all of the weird, crazy, awesome and beautiful SGs that are anything but stock! I´m gonna start with a show and tell about my baby, a 2005 Standard Natural Burst.

My customisation:
Faux leather paisly pickguard.
4x Push/Push(not Push/Pull) in a Jimmy Page schematic, split/split/series/phase.
Pickups are from Iron Gear, zebra, rly high output in the bridge..
Neck pickup:Blues Engine
Bridge pickup: Dirty Tourqe
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Sounds amazing, most versatile guitar I ever have had, go from SRV to Leslie West in a flip of the switch and in between get Clapton, Green, Townsend and Page of course, to name a few... love it!


What do you think, cool SG?

Now show me yours!!


Rock On!
/Skinny Al
WOW. That's one beautiful instrument you've got yourself
 

Skinny Al

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Welcome to ETSG...

Thanks for showing off your cool burst SG. You'll have to describe how
you did that pick guard, or where you got it if you didn't do the artwork
yourself. I've never seen one like it.

Thank you! You are welcome, happy you like it! I found a seller from Greece on ebay that makes custom pickguards, so did not make it myself. But I think it is made of thin MDF with a plastic faux leather embossed paisley wrap. feels solid and I love the look! https://www.ebay.com/itm/EMBOSSED-P...367819?hash=item4b3944f58b:g:-gwAAOSwbMBaiXkC
 
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man, play some cowboy chords through something like that Mesa Lone Star...
...that's styling'

And DO NOT set your beer on top of that Fender Deluxe. You might wake
up with a mike stand wrapped around your head. If you wake up.
That's a dream amp.
 


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