Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by VSG, Aug 13, 2020.
I own guitars of all shapes, and I agree with your comment.
Right-angles are not natural.
i have a strat that i never touch which has a 24.75 inch neck which is shorter than my 25.5 inch strat neck... i also put strap button on longer screws to mount them at the end of the neck for a more comfortable angle & prefer the angled instead of a strait neck... my sg has a extremely thin neck which i prefer so different strokes for different folks...
i remember seeing v's with a fold out device to catch your leg so that it's stable...
i'd like to think that we could all agree that a sg and strat are very different on 4 out of 5 parameters and i would back away very slowly from the person who couldn't tell the difference... whatever floats your boat... i never touch most of my guitars ever but bought them legally... i purchased my american 80's strat for $165, 72 lp custom for $200 because she wanted to eliminate him after the divorce, s-body ibanez for $65 etc...
My SG is more comfortable than my Les Paul and my Strat due to the light weight and fretboard access.
My SG is miles more comfortable than my LP. I also have several strats, a 335 and my SG. I think those 3 are close together in comfort. All weigh less than 8 lbs. The strats because of their weight and nice body contours . The SG was my choice due to neck issues that made playing my LP difficult for any long periods. The SG is easiest on my back and shoulder. Mine weighs a tad over 6 lbs and is very comfortable.
Let's face it... electric guitars are meant to be played standing up.
Boots on the front monitor optional...
I've seldom attempted to play any electric guitar sitting down. I can do that with
my acoustics, but I've been a performer for decades, and never considered playing
seated. I can't breathe right when I'm sitting down, and I'm a singer. So stand up
and play loud.
That said, I own two SGs and they both balance perfectly. I would never buy a guitar
that was head heavy. One of my SGs (my fave) weighs 6 3/4 lb (3 kilos) and every time
I put that guitar down on stand after working out with it, I have the spoken or unspoken
comment "What a great guitar."
This is the best guitar of any kind that I have ever played. It is a humble '07 SG faded special.
Heavily modded by me to become the guitar of my dreams. But the basic concept shines through.
I fell in love with it completely stock. My mods have all been 'tweaks" to the basic excellence
of this design. Perfect neck, totally comfortable, lightweight and handy. Hard to beat.
My other SG was almost perfect right out of the box. I've done a few superficial mods just because,
but it didn't need any thing much. It weighs seven pounds and balances just right. The mini hums
sound unlike any other instrument I've ever played, and I love that. It gives this instrument a
special place in my music. This one sports Gibson's "70s thin to thick neck carve" what ever that is.
Whatever it is, it's fast and comfortable. The Gibson SG always seems like coming home to me.
Simply a beautiful design, going all the way back to 1961, when I was thirteen. I feel totally comfortable on this SG or the faded brown one above. The rest is up to me. But I believe that I
play my best on an SG. I don't own a Les Paul or a Strat. I'm sure those are great guitars, but
once I got an SG in my hands, I never felt like I needed a Les Paul or a Strat.
THAT said, I have a couple others that I feel totally comfortable playing. One is an Epiphone ES-339
P-90 pro. I bought it after looking very hard at the Epiphone Casino... a guitar which has always
intrigued me. I went to a music store asking about the Casino, and they didn't have one but they did have an ES-339 with P-90s. I instantly loved the tone, the balance and the feel of the Epi neck.
People say Jazz Boxes are not comfortable, but the ES-339 does NOT fall into this category.
It's a smaller body, and thinner... it's really about the size of a Les Paul. It also has a maple
center block, so it's really NOT a hollow body guitar. It's really an electric guitar with some
empty space above and below the center block. I don't think that has much effect on tone.
But something does. This humble Epiphone sounds great. The P-90s are different from any other
guitar I own, and I love this instrument. The neck pickup has a woody, Jazzy tone unlike anything
else, and the bridge p'up is pure rock an roll. The combination of both of those is very appealling
to my ear and this instrument has a special place in my music. It weighs about 8 pounds (3.6 Kilos) and balances just fine. It has no contours but the thin body gives no discomfort, and I can play it
sitting on a stool like a Jazzman... *grins. IMHO it's a fine design, not too heavy, not too bulky,
a great unique tone and an excellent neck. I replaced the Chinese made stock p'ups with a pair
from Ken Rose in California, and never looked back. The stock p'ups weren't bad, but the Ken Rose
set has real soul.
So here's one more for everyone who's too rigid in their thinking...
The Telecaster '72 Deluxe. Mine is a replica of course... MIM in like 2006.
The originals are going for high prices these days. But I have come to love
this instrument as well. I learned electric on the SG, and so the Fender scale
felt a little odd to me for several months. Then I broke down and got the
instrument professionally set up. And THAT removed all problems, suddenly I
was able to scramble around the neck like I'm used to on my SG.
This one's got the belly cut, so no ninety degree angles to poke a man's ribs.
I named her Snow White, and she weighs about eight pounds (3.6 kilos) and
balances perfectly. Love the Fender Neck and the twin Fender "wide range"
humbuckers, which don't sound like Gibson hum buckers at all. The instrument
is totally unique, which is why I bought it. Fender Telecaster aficionados will
glance at her, and then look away. Too narrow minded. But what do I care?
Tone is the thing, man, and this guitar has it, in addition to being very very
I've played Strats Teles 335s P90 and Les Pauls over the years, but my 62 Special beats them all for comfort but more importantly for all round tone and playability.
6lbs 2oz (yeah really!!) no neck dive and the best old school righteous rock/blues tone of all - and I've had some great guitars over the years. It's my main gigging guitar, whenever that restarts, although will face competition from my newly restored 61 Standard.
Wonderful ! ! !
Any Gibson beats the snot out of...
Agreed. My Strat knockoff is very comfy, but also extremely heavy (ash bodies—those can go either way!!) Got into SGs in part because of their light weight.
The SG IS very comfortable in the lightness of it (I'm coming back to this older thread cleaning out my phone), but my son calls the Firebird the recliner of guitars...
Yep, about the same size.
It's a well known fact that V's and Tear Drops are the best for paddling a canoe!
Play a Firebird for a while then grab a J bass and it will not seem long at all.
I have the Teardrop's brother - the Phantom - and it sure is a difficult and uncomfortable guitar to play. First off it simply can not be played seated unless you use a strap. And while standing...there isn't enough body for the strumming arm to feel comfortable.
I recently bought a 1973 SG and cannot put it down. It's almost unnaturally easy for me to play. Light and fast. I love my Strats and my Rick, but...this guitar is opening up doors for me.
Vox phantom ? Have you seen this about Ian Curtis and his Vox Phantom ?
Apologies for the slight thread derailment.
No, I did not see that. Thanks. Shame that the daughter sold it. Yes, she got a very pretty penny for it, but....she should have kept it. It belongs in her home and heart.
And, yes, I did buy my white Phantom because of Curtis. Tough guitar to play, but it is very cool in the looks department and it sure does get the "Everything's Gone Green" tone. ("Love Will Tear Us Apart"....I have no idea if the Phantom was used on the actual recording. I don't think it was.)
Agree, and when I play it, I feel like a more skilled player. Don’t feel the same way with my strat or my Tele or my LP
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