Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by TheSandman, May 26, 2020.
Just because it says Gibson
You know you said that out loud?
Are you implying that an SG exemplifies what a Gibson means to you, or are you implying that you want one because the word Gibson appears in the headstock?
They really are exceptional guitars. Which version are you interested in the most?
Perfectly normal. That's the power of branding - and whether that's good or band is subjective, and also contextual.
Seems to me that Gibson have fully woken up to the fact that the Gibson brand is not really in competition with Epiphone, people will continue to buy Gibson even if the Epiphone models are on a par with Gibson but cheaper. At least as far as the bulk of their sales volumes are concerned.
I guess just the Standard. I’m a lefty so I don’t have much of a choice lol
I have 3 Epiphones to... I dunno 9-10 Gibsons.
The original poster is kind of vague in his post, "Want a Gibson SG...Just because it says Gibson," but if I may flesh out his simplistic thoughts, I must say I agree.
Yes, the Gibson name has really seen better days. The illegal woods, the robo-tuners, the Zoot guitar, the fifty different versions of the Les Paul...Gibson sure hasn't been doing itself any favors in recent years.
But, nonetheless, a guitar with GIBSON on the headstock is still a prize for any guitarist. The guitars they make really don't interest me. I am more attracted to trebly and bright Fenders, Rickenbackers, and Gretsches....but something in me still yearned to own a Gibson. The SG model was a no-brainer. I killed two birds with one stone: I got myself a great rock guitar and I got myself a Gibson.
I must say, seeing the name GIBSON on my case still does give me a thrill.
My first real electric guitar (actually my second, I had a cheap strat knockoff for about a week) was an old Gibson. I bought it because I was not happy with the knock off and wanted a real name-brand USA guitar. It was the mid 80s and a high school kid couldn't afford much so I settled on an old SG that fit my budget. Mostly because it was a Gibson and (even though my friends thought otherwise) I found that brand to be Rock 'n Roll royalty. Branding matters to people, some more than others.
If I get one, most people look at Gibson as an expensive guitar. Not a great guitar.
This thread is a great test of our honesty and snobbery.
Let's all be honest. You and a bunch of guys meet at a studio to jam and someone pulls out an Epiphone. What do you think of that guy?
- guy is not a rich guy,
- guy is not really into guitars,
- guy wished he had a Gibson.
Different jam session, guy pulls a Gibson out of his case. We think:
- guy has some expendable cash,
- guy is into guitars,
Notice how we do not judge a person's ability by the guitar he plays. The snobbery does not go that far; but we do judge a guy's wealth and interest in guitars according to what they play. The GIBSON on the headstock does elevate the person in all our eyes. Be honest....there is snobbery attached to what is on the headstock.
(And believe me, when you pull a Rickenbacker out in front of some players....man, they think you are a billionaire and can play like Pete Townshend. I am neither, but it is cool to fool people for a bit.)
Yes, that case beats my case, but, hey, this isn't the "SG Poker" thread. You should have played that GIBSON CUSTOM case there.
But you want to play it here? OK. I see your GIBSON CUSTOM case and raised you a 2012 SG STANDARD in the Limited Edition Natural Burst finish -- and a white-lined case and GIBSON strap as my kicker:
P-90 > Humbuckers
Nah, we have to call the pit boss over to settle that.
Pit Boss says this is how we rate the suits (pickups) in Guitar Poker
1. Fender single coils
2. Rickenbacker toasters
That means my SG Standard with the humbuckers beats your guitar. Oh, and you do realize we are playing this game for keeps, right? I'll PM you my address and I'll expect your guitar in a few days. Losers also pay for the shipping, too, by the way.
Good game. I can't wait to have your guitar in my hands.
Really doesn't matter to me what someone plays. One of the best local guitarists (well, has since moved) plays Epi LP's simply because he doesn't see the need to spend the extra money on a Gibson. I'll never be as accomplished as him on the guitar (Im really a bass player that loves to play guitar) but, you get what you like and what you can afford.
For me, it matters. I've tried for years to like and enjoy Epiphone LP's and SG's and while I've really liked most of them, I didn't love them and have always felt like I was settling and I finally got to a point that I just am not settling anymore.
Play a Gibson instrument for a week and then go play an Epiphone (of a similar model) for a week. Then, come back and tell me you still want your Epiphone.
Well, here's a guy with an Epiphone. What do you reckon he's thinking about his rich friends with their Gibsons?
Separate names with a comma.