The SG.... your fav Gibson?

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  1. Tobacco Worm

    Tobacco Worm Well-Known Member

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    Build your gallows right and lay that hangman's noose correctly now....

    Though I have owned SGs since 1964, my absolute all time favorite Gibson that has ever graced my home (and me) has to be the ES335. Pound for pound the finest instrument made as a standard production model.

    Now that I no longer own one due to the past wife being an idiot with finances and leaving me as poor as a pauper, (may she be struck by a passing bus) I now own the Epi copy as such, the Dot Deluxe. On a scale from 1 to 10 next to the 335, I'd give it an overall 7.5 and believe me that still beats the hell outta most other guitars being made today anyway! :naughty:

    But that vintage flamed top and backed 335 I had was the queen of the ball as far as I was concerned. They almost put me on suicide watch after I was forced to sell it to pay the many bills that "person" had foolishly racked up.:mad:
     
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    There won't be a hangin' today, Wade. You're safe with the 335!
     
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    Hi Gillean, Biddlin is right, it's a 1963 Standard, I've owned it since 1987. It's in the same condition as when I bought it. I don't know the history before I bought it but I guess that it has been re finished.
    As you can see from the picture it's also had the black removed from the headstock, pick up covers removed, grover tuners added and the trem cover removed.
    If you want to know anything else just ask.
     
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    I used to be a LP guy, I've had a few ones and I currently own a very nice '94 Black Beauty. I looked into SG's because the weight was starting to be a problem and, much to my surprise, I fell totally in love with the design:

    . Feather-weight
    . Amazing access to upper frets
    . Way better places for the strap button, the jack and the switch, which have always bothered me in LP's
    . Less muddy in the neck PU
    . Pretty similar tone on the bridge, only with more midrange and attack - and that's always good news in my book.
    . The slightly longer and wider (in the lower bout) body looks better on tall f*cks like me (that's important too :))

    Mine doesn't neck-dive at all, so the only downside I can really think of is that the wiring cavity is more crowded than the LP, and changing pickups can overwhelm you with so many cables. Also, there's no room for push-pulls (at least not on mine), that kinda sucks.

    As for other Gibsons, I still haven't played a V, but I find myself weirdly atracted to them too...
     
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    bwotw Well-Known Member

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    Kinda looks like the Zappa signature, very cool!
     
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    Thank you Sir.

    They are regular Gibson P-90s, with after market covers. They do sound very well as P-90s are my favorite single coil pickup.
     
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    "The SG.... your fav Gibson?"

    Obviously one of them! Why else would I be here?

    But I have several others. Right now the only thing I would like to add to my collection is a 335/45 or an Epi copy thereof and a set of 57/57+'s. the 335 and its kin are one of Gibson's best and most versatile designs, it was my second electric in the 70's, and I really like them a lot.

    the other Gibsons I like:

    The ES-175...oldest electric model still in production - that says something. A jazz workhorse and also good for many other things including a lot of rock.

    All the other Gibson jazzboxes, from the Super 400 and L's on down....the odd Barney Kessel, Jimmy Smith or Tal Farlowe model, the Byrdland, the ES-5 Switchmaster....

    The Es-330, with the full hollow body and P90's, same as the more commonly known Epi Casino.
     
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    Susihukkanen Well-Known Member

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    :wow: 44 year togerther with an SG! Could you please post a pic? I believe there are plenty of us who would love to see that.
     
  9. Tony M

    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    Bottom row center.
    The bare mahogany custom.
    I bought it used on Feb.1, 1969.
    (The doors are 105 years old. Mrs. M.
    and I did the restoration ourselves.)


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    Susihukkanen Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! If you bought it used about in the beginning of '69 it must be maybe some years older.. Do you know which year it is?

    Good looking doors you have!
     
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    Tony M Well-Known Member

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    1965ish if I remember correctly.

    The serial # inside the Ovation is G 089.
    It was the 89th guitar to ever come out
    of the Kamen Aerospace factory.
    (They make helicopter blades.)
     
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    yes it is. it's my only gibson. my current axe is my 4th SG.

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    Dayum Tony, that's a nice quiver you've got there.
     
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    My fav sound came from the blues90s and the varitone of a blueshawk sold to a buddy; lookin forward to gettin er back. Id fall heads for an sg w/ varitone, though.
     
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    I've owned plenty of different Gibson electrics, 5 Les Pauls, 3 SGs, one ES 335, one ES 330, one Firebird.

    I've played plenty of others, Explorers, Vs, Super 400s, Trini Lopez, Barney Kessel, ES 175, ES 225, L5S, L6S.

    I love the SG. Best combo of features, and despite humbuckers, absolutely no "tubbiness" ever.

    One I've never owned or played that intrigues me is the Les Paul DC - thin body, double cutaway, weight relieved with maple top. Might be great, just never played or owned one. I am very curious.

    The only other Gibson I'd like to own is an Explorer. They sound incredible.

    But, yes, SG is probably my favorite Gibson Electric.

    P.
     
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    I kind of like it when old threads are revived by newcomers who've been sorting
    through our archives. There's a lot to be said on this subject, even if it's been
    said before. New guys are always coming in, and there are always more non-members
    lurking as guests than ETSG registered on board.

    So welcome newer members, welcome guests! There are so many dumb things said
    about SGs on other fora (mostly by ignoramuses and/or the closed minded) that we
    like to set things straight.
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    Lots of us have other guitars we play. But there IS something about an SG that
    sets it apart IMHO. there certainly is about MY SGs anyway. And yes, since I posted
    my first response on this thread, I have bought another one. I now have two
    Gibsons, both SGs and am very happy with both of them. My 2007 faded brown is the
    Queen of my music room, undisputed. But her upstart sister the 2012 SG '70s trib Silverburst
    has a unique voice with her modern mini-hums and a fine action and feel. So this one is a contendah...
    I'm like a lot of us here... I own and play a number of different instruments,
    and grab each one for its own voice and contribution. But when I've been
    playing one of the others for a while, sometimes I'll reach for Luna (the Queen) with the thought,
    "Let's see what Luna can do on that same passage..." She always nails it for me.
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    There's another thread posted around here called:
    http://www.everythingsg.com/forum/gibson-sg/23864-sgs-versatile-guitars.html

    And this is it really. The SG will do what you ask it do. Or demand that she does...
    This design will respond to many different approaches, from cajoling and whispering
    to peremptory demands, and the SG will comply with grace and flair. I think the only thing
    they don't respond very well to is rough handling. Get yer Les Paul out to turn those tricks.
    Or yer Strat can take it.

    I've had guys walk over at break time and say, "yeah, I used to have one of those...
    cool old Gibson, mine was. I could pull bends off a step or more just by whipping that neck
    back and forth. Want me to show ya?" *reaches for my SG on its stand...
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    "NO... I DO NOT WANT YOU TO SHOW ME. Step back away from my guitar mortar forker,
    or you might wake up in the hospital, if you wake up." *laughs
    I usually enjoy hearing others play my SG, especially if they are better guitar players than
    I am, but I only allow it if they aren't drunk and if I believe they won't brutalize
    her majesty.
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    I enjoy watching another musician explore the tones of my SG, especially if I've seen them
    play and know that they play Fenders mostly, or Lesters. The look on their faces
    as they hear what Luna is capable of is always worth it. Any questions?
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    Yep, still my favourite, even more so by now if that's even possible.
     
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    Um, yes!

    Eden.
     
  19. PermissionToLand

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    For me, it's a tie with the ES-335. They're both too different to say one is better, although the ES is probably a little more versatile. I never had any interest in them until I came across a Samick SAN-450 and it just sounded and played so sweet I had to have it, and for $160 I couldn't resist. I honestly wouldn't even want a real one because the Samick is just as good (no joke) for a fraction of the price. Gibson is asking crazy prices for a real ES. This will be the only one I'll ever want (okay, I do want the top of the line model with the flamed top):

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    This is the top of the line SAT-650:
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    And here's a video of some kid playing the **** out of one:
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1sPOAmW7vg]Mac Miller ft. Wiz Khalifa -- Keep Floatin' guitar jam - YouTube[/ame]

    The SG, however, is by far the most reasonably priced Gibson model, and I was lucky enough to score a used Custom Shop SG for about as much as a LP Studio. Can't beat that!
     
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    Yes SG's are my favorite Gibson guitar. I play the hell out of mine and they get meaner and dirtier by the day.
     
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