Help me decide on a Gibson SG

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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby saltydog on Thu Dec 19, 2002 2:19 am

As in "list price" being hysterically way too much for us working schmoes? :eek:
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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby Demo on Thu Dec 19, 2002 3:20 am

Nick, I don't know the Pete Townsend Model (per se) but I had an SG with two P-90's on it in the late 60's that was a killer guitar.

In general I just like SG's. They "fit" like a glove, I love the necks and the controlls are out of the damned way.

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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby jcs on Thu Dec 19, 2002 6:41 am

i think a new sg such as this is a very wise decision...it seems the older stuff is hard to find a great example of......the townsend i played at musicians friend outlet in kansas city about a year ago was very nice....it was pretty pricey too,though!! jcs
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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby Nickcha on Thu Dec 19, 2002 12:04 pm

When Gibson first introduced this model it was a Limited Edition Historic CS model w/ only 250 built. Those were very expensive. But now they are production models retailing for $1199 at SA.
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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby 1959burst on Thu Dec 19, 2002 1:16 pm

SG Special Reissue '01, Cardinal Red, Historic Collection, Maestro trem, EC, $995 AT DAVE'S! <img src="http://www.davesguitar.com/product/10571.JPG" alt=" - " /> I'D RATHER HAVE THIS THOUGH..... <img src="http://www.davesguitar.com/product/21922.JPG" alt=" - " />
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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby Nickcha on Thu Dec 19, 2002 2:35 pm

Oooooooo :p
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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby Michael Patrick on Thu Dec 19, 2002 2:46 pm

I'm a regular visitor to Dave's website. I've been eyeing that SG with the P-90s. Unfortunately, I've also been eyeing the balance in my checking account...

Nick, you could do a lot worse for an SG. Dave's Guitar is a reputable dealer, too.
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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby 1959burst on Thu Dec 19, 2002 3:45 pm

i've dealt with dave's since the 80's 5 star rating! they don't get any better.
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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby Michael Patrick on Thu Dec 19, 2002 5:11 pm

Here's another one, although I think the price is a little high:

Gibson SG Special 1966 Cherry finish, two P-90 pickups, small pickguard. A number of finish nicks and some light playing wear but no extensive wear or missing finish. VG-EXC OSSC $1950

<img src="http://sprucetreemusic.com/gib_sgspec658.jpg" alt=" - " />

I work within walking distance of the shop, and I could run over there on lunch tomorrow and play it if you are interested in a hands-on opinion.
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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby BrianH on Thu Dec 19, 2002 6:52 pm

I can't believe how much new Gibsons vary, try and play the actual guitar before you buy it. I posted this as a separate post, but...I just got a ’61 reissue SG with the vibrola.. sounds great and love the neck but man, the action is higher than I remember Gibsons to normally play and still buzzes on the low E string when fretted about the 8th fret or so. I stopped at a GC earlier and played 2 SG Standards, a Special, and a 61 reissue and they ALL were set up with high action and ALL buzzed on the low E string from the 8th fret up or so. Also looked at about a dozen new LPs.. Historics, Standards, etc.. all were set up with super high action. Man, I remember Gibsons to play with low action and very little buzz.. I’ve set up my SG and it looks fine (neck, frets, etc) but you just can’t get out that buzz on the low E.
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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby voodoovox on Thu Dec 19, 2002 7:11 pm

After I purchased my '67 SG Jr I immediately removed the Maestro that it was equipped with and put it in my case. I think SG's equipped with P90s sound better with the strings wrapped. I was able to lower my action quite a bit. My '63 never had Maestro.
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Re: Help me decide on a Gibson SG

Postby Demo on Sat Dec 21, 2002 9:34 pm

Hey Brian, I know this because I've been doing it, Fenders are the same way. I mean high end (AS/AD) Strats. If you happen to know a really gifted luthier that can take your brand new guitar apart, clean it up and correctly assemble it, they're pretty darned good guitars.

They just don't take that kind of care anymore, and it's universal. Gibson, Fender, even current PRS production stuff is kind of "lacking" off the rack. They just don't put them together the way they used to.

No one has ever (me included) even played with the truss rod on my 68/9 SG Standard. I tinkered with the tunomatic bridge myself, but an idiot can do that (and did - me). And the action on mine is so low (and it doesn't buzz) it feels weird to most "strangers."

They just don't COME that way any more.
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