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My latest Gibson SG project, a 1971 SG Professional. The prior owner had refinished it in black, but it had become almost unplayable. SGs of this period had a fretboard parallel to the body, which means that it's hard to get a playable string action if the neck angle shifts slightly upwards, as this one has. (This was a known issue with this model, perhaps because of the size of the pickup route so close to the neck). Consequently when I got it, it had been stripped of everything, including the truss rod cover. The lower string height at the bridge required modifying a roller bridge (i.e. filing the lugs thinner so it sat closer to the body), but it made it a natural for a Bigsby - the reduced break angle due to the lower bridge height is better for tuning stability. The original routes for the pickups were huge, literally the same size as a dog-ear pickup cover, on top of which they had a thick pickup mounting ring, making the pickups look oversized on the SG body. I had a pair of Sandford Magnetic P90s which sounded great so used them mounted with dog-ear covers, using a custom bracket inside the pickup route. A single volume and tone knob left room for a killswitch and the output jack was relocated to the side. The guitar has a very skinny neck 40 mm at the nut, and the addition of a brass nut gives it a nice chimey sound on the open strings. Here's a before and after.
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Nice restoration Dwight! While they may not have the "classical" Gibson feel and specs, those '71 and '72 models had their own way of doing things that I personally kind of like. I wouldn't say it is superior or inferior, just another way of getting it done. That one looks like it should get it done. :dude:
 

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Thanks. Yes, those '71s and '72s have something about them. For a start most of them are very light, which is a plus for me, and though the combination of the skinny nut width and the rounded neck can feel a little strange at first, after five minutes it's fine. I have three - one stock with a single P90, and two renovated from husks - one with a single Bill Lawrence L100, and this one with the double P90s, and all sound different and hit the sweet spot in their own different way.
 

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Nice selection there. My '71 SG deluxe is the only one I have, (only SG that is...) and like you I found the narrow (1.50 inches at the nut) neck odd at first. I bought it to restore because I thought it would be a lot like my Les Paul. It was not. :D It is very much it's own animal, and now 30 years later it is one of my favorites and is totally different than anything else I own. I still don't have anything with P-90s in it yet, so who knows, if the right one comes along there may still be another in my future.
 

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First post here and new member. Glad I found the website!

Kluson locking tuners, new pickguard from Pickguards.com, TUSQ XL nut, and gold Gibson knobs. The guitar is a 2014 'Limited Run' from American Music Supply.

 
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Ebony SG, Tortoise pickguard and Gold knobs work fine, congratulations.

Honestly, I just like people that have their vision of taste and guitars. My SG’s have remained mostly stock, or least that classic vintage look even after I “upgrade a piece.. A few witch hats here, creamtone guard thee, new TRC’s… the minor stuff. Although nicer and great products, it doesn’t “really” change the look of the guitar from original. Just spices it up.

but his guitar is his own
 

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here's mine ! 2017 Traditional faded .

- - - BUSY PHILLIPS - - -

Burstbuster Pro Set added
Trem added
Angus pickup ring added
Fender Bakelite amp knobs ..

and is getting a custom Texas pickguard made right now ...

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2012 Ltd Edition with Faber/Gibson ABR-1 conversion, Creamtone wide bevel pickguard, vintage repro knobs, CS switch tip, white control plate, fingerboard is Ebony.

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Love the combination of the white pickguard, cream body and gold hardware. Excellent atheistic choices, papagayo. That thing pops!
 

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First post here and new member. Glad I found the website!

Kluson locking tuners, new pickguard from Pickguards.com, TUSQ XL nut, and gold Gibson knobs. The guitar is a 2014 'Limited Run' from American Music Supply.



Those amber and two tone knobs are great too,

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The amber switch tip is great, thanks for the joke .
 
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The amber switch tip is great, thanks for the joke .
No worries, brother. Didn't mean it to sound like a suggestion or criticism, you do you. When I was customizing my '61 Standard Exclusive I bought several sets of knobs and a few switch plates and tips, experimenting with how they looked. Just wondering if you had done the same before settling on what you settled on.
 

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I'm glad I found this forum, there are so many pretty sgs!
my 2016 faded T may not be super special but it plays nice and only weighs like 5.7 lbs so my spine is thankful
took out the 490T/490R set because I found the bridge lacklustre in leads and too similar to the neck pickup (which I liked) took the control knobs PCB out of guitar and wired in some Lace Dirty Heshers with just volume pots and shielded the cavity with copper.
I guess throwing out the treble/rhythm plastic, the wood clothes buttons I plugged the knob holes with and arrow decals I made count as customising too lol

end result is less noisy, with a pretty wide range of voice control with just 2 knobs and it feeds well into my pedals
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Both of these started life with a single bridge humbucker. The SG-1 had the added neck pickup when I got it. It has a set of SD Seth Lovers which sound fantastic. When I got the SG-X, it still had the single bridge humbucker but had a Dimarzio X2N which sounded pretty awful. I basically turned it into a clone of the SG-1, adding the neck pickup and swapping the mini-toggle for a 3 way switch (with the cream colored switch tip of course). The pickups are Tonerider Alnico II Classics, which I can not recommend enough. They are very similar to the Seth Lovers, but substantially cheaper.

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I just bought an Ebony SG '61 Ri Proprietary Limited Edition, year 2016.
This Gibby has nickel hardware, a real Gison ABR-1 brige screwed directly into the SG body.
This beauty will be upgraded with brass saddles, a bone nut, a white wide bevel pickguard, a white tenon cover, a white pocker chip and a white back plate .... with M-69 Pickup rings. Vintage Repro Gibson knobs will fine too.
 
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2006 custom shop '62 reissue
bareknuckle cold sweat pickups
grover tulip tuners
some old creme pickup ring, its aged orangey and matches the orange switch tip
 

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