Which SG?

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  1. billstets

    billstets New Member

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    Hello - I just discovered this very cool site!!!

    I started out playing SGs in the early 70s, but I haven't owned or played one in a long time. I always loved them though and I don't know why I unloaded mine. Lately I've been thinking of getting one again. But which one?

    I've been looking at the current '61 Reissue, which seems prety nice. I like it. They seem to go for about $1K -1.2K used on Ebay. I've also seen some ealry 70s models for a little bit more on Ebay, and of course those were the ones I played long ago. I saw one on Ebay that looked a lot like the '61 Reissue (small pickguard) from about '74.

    Anyone have opinions on the current '61 Reissue vs. Norlin era SGs
     
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    skidshark Active Member

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    welcome billstets!! someone with a volute will be along to help soon!!

    i'd get the '61 re-issue.....
     
  3. lagger

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    ditto the 61 ri I have one and it is a superb bit of craftsmanship
     
  4. Bogart

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    (get the new '61RI)
     
  5. Hard2Hear

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    I'd pick the early 70's SG's every time.

    For me, the neck is just a million times more confortable. And the whole guitar is shifted a bit due to the different neck joint. That makes it easier for me to play and more comfortable. I can play fast on my '73 like no other guitar I own. I just don't like the bigger necks all that much.

    If you put them sie by side, they're quite different guitars actually. The 70's guitars had a pretty flat neck angle relitave to the body, where all the others had a more angled neck on them. That really makes it feel like a different guitar. Some people don't like that, but it feels just right to me. More like a Strat than a Les Paul. And the necks are slim and fast. This led to many of them being broken, I think. But they are just so easy to play on with the small neck and narrow nut. I wish they'd make a 70's reissue!!

    Plus....Volutes are cool:)

    H2H
     
  6. Bogart

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    A 70's RI would be nice...
     
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    :shock: it'll happen you can bet!!
     
  8. billstets

    billstets New Member

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    I originally posted this on the Gear Page and they pointed me over here. In one response, a poster indicated that it took several '61 reissues to find a good one. Are they really that variable?
     
  9. Six String

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    Welcome to ETSG billstets! :D :D :D

    I'd suggest the early 70's also..... but I'm of the old school.....
     
  10. Hard2Hear

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    I'm a member over at the gear page too. I saw your post. Alot of those guys are really into high $$ botique stuff and are really finnikey about things. On average, all my guitars together are worth about one of alot of those guys guitars. They are the ones constantly bitching about Gibson QC above anywhere else I ever see.

    Every guitar is different, due to wood being a natural material that is different from tree to tree, guitar to guitar. I think it's especially true in acoustics, but can happen in electrics, too. Especially in regards to weight. You just cant control the density of a block of wood. But who wants all the same? If that were the case we'd all be playing Danelectros!


    H2H
     
  11. billstets

    billstets New Member

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    Yes I know what you're saying about the Gear Page. Some of things they obsess over seem trivial.

    I'd love to play a 70s model, but that will be difficult. Seems like most of the used gear goes on Ebay these days. I suppose I could buy one off Ebay and then go buy a reissue from GC (with the 30 day return policy). Then either return the reissue, or resell the 70s on Ebay.
     
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    I bought a faded SG and I'm pretty happy with that. Forget all the gewgaw crap. Minimalism rules!
     
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    welcome billstets,

    I only gave you the link so you could really get alot of info on sg's from some cool and very knowelable guys.

    stick around theres a ton of technical info and some real good people, I'm a member of the gear page to and really like it.

    and welcome again :lol: :lol:
     
  14. CharlieB

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    I'd rather have two fadeds than one standard

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    not me
     
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    '61 RI.
     
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    Nice fadeds, charlie! I would post pics of mine but I haven't finished off that roll of film. They do look nice, though. What's up with the one on the right? Cool-looking pickguard. And those "SG" truss rod covers- mine doesn't say "SG." is there a reason for this?
     
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    I'd rather have two fadededs, two standards, two classics, two specials, two.....
     
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    For the rest of us without a million bucks, I'll take the faded.
     
  20. gatecrash

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    i would never buy faded, fake-vintage is just plain stupid. buy a real vintage or buy a new one and let it fade and age in grace.
     

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