Subtly modified SG Special

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  1. marcusk

    marcusk New Member

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    Hi
    I got the gorgeous cherry SG Special 2015 last month ago but felt the need for a small bit of customisation; I think it makes all the difference! I swapped the butterscotch pup surrounds to be black and added a custom metal toggle switch cover and amazing skull truss rod cover (its the small things ;) as well as swapping out the G-Force for some lovely black Grover machine heads.
    The G-Force was good in that it generally worked and was quick but it kept going out of tune and occasionally struggled to tune a random string. The Grovers hardly need touching - amazing. And it looks LOADS better.
    Gave the fretboard a clean and put some lovely D'addario NYLX 09-46 on.... stunning!

    Marcus

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    Nice. I have the same poker chip from Hell Guitars, and another one of their truss rod covers on my Les Paul.
     
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    Beautiful guitar
     
  4. guitarded

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    Nice Job. I did similar for my 2014 special.
     
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    Wow, real nice. I like the poker chip.
     
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    Real nice looking guitar. Just love the zebras!
     
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    Tail piece is pretty high on that baby. I would top wrap it if it was mine.
     
  8. marcusk

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    Cheers folks...
    Yeah, the tailpiece discussion! Not wanting to start another big thread on this but thats how it came from Gibson amd set up by them; all the others in the shop were the same as was the official Gibson photos on their site, and i've seen a few others like it. To be honest it plays like a dream so at the minute have no desire to change it! :-)
    M.
     
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    The tailpiece height is fine as is, no need to topwrap. Those studs will absolutely never bend or hurt the SG. If the setup plays great might as well leave alone.
     
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    Didn't say he had to do anything to it. Said IF it was mine ...
     
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    Weird.. must be a different neck angle than 2014. My bridge is so low, even with the tail piece bottomed out, top wrapping was providing a non existent angle and strings were coming off the saddles.
     
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    Beautiful SG and great photos. Really sharp.
     
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    I love the poker chip. I have a truss rod cover from the same company. I really dig the headstock. Overall it's a ten.
     
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    Wow... Just WOW

    Amazing pics you got there friend! And great guitar, the little things really do count!
     
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    +1 on top wrapping. Give it a shot next time you change strings. It's easy to do and easy to reverse if you dont like it. Just take measurements of where it is from the factory and you can always go back if you like. I can almost guarentee the Gibson workers that set up guitars do it as fast as they can to move more units per day, I don't think they have some magic setup that gets supieror tone or playability.

    I have been top wrapping for the last 5 years and have never looked back. Have I noticed some huge tone/playability difference? No, but it makes a whole lot more sense to me to have less of the stud sticking out from the insert. The higher the tailpiece is the more torque its going to put on your bushings that could eventually lead to failure. My 2 cents and I doubt it's worth that much, but that's my logic.
     
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    Sometimes subtle is a damn fine thing. Congrats on a fine looking Git.
     
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    Great to finally see a few more pics of that guitar. Nice to see you customising her, also nice to see the other SG Twenty Fifteener on here is also a Brit :dude:
     

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