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1980 SG Standard or 2016 '61 Reissue Seeking a bit of advice...

#1 User is offline   Rednef 

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 02:29 AM

Hello all!

Recently joined here and was looking to gain a bit of your advice.

I currently have the opportunity to get either a 1980 Walnut SG Standard or a 2016 '61 Reissue for roughly the same price - 1200 for the 80s Standard, 1150 for the '61.

I know these will be different beasts but I was really just wanting to see if there is a clear winner on what guitar is a better buy. Both guitars check out; no neck breaks, pots are fine, truss rod is all good etc.

I've heard Gibsons in the 80s weren't always the best - however being more Fender inclined up until now I don't really have the best knowledge on past SGs. Nor do I know if the 80s Gibsons rumour is just a myth.

I've attached a picture of the '80, and I'm sure you'll all be aware of what the '61 Reissue is.

Really just want to know what's a better shout and where is my money better placed?

Many thanks in advance!

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 06:21 AM

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Others will chime in with their views but IMO it's a no-brainer for the reissue. No hesitation whatsoever.

There is nothing remarkable about 1980's SGs and as so many were made it's not going to be an investment. The RI isn't going to be an investment either but (again IMO) the reissues are, hands-down, just about the best solid-body guitars Gibson has made for decades. They are also made the way they were back in the early '60s which is usually something preferred hereabouts. It will also most likely be in better condition into the bargain. In fact I can't think of one single area where the '80s guitar wins out.


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Posted 25 April 2019 - 06:55 AM

My '79 is SUPER remarkable -- awesome guitar. I would put it up to take the Pepsi Challenge against any SG ... Just saying.

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 09:57 AM

Get BOTH! Posted Image I'm a Standard junkie, and love my '61 RI, but I'd have to give that gorgeous '80 a try! Ultimately, with everything being equal, which ever one feels and plays the best for ya, is the one to get. Good luck! Posted Image


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Posted 25 April 2019 - 10:54 AM

Without looking at the 1980 Standard, I would grab the 61 Reissue. I'm not a fan of Gibby's built in the early to mid 80s, but if I was to ever get another SG, it would be a 61 Reissue hands down.
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Posted 25 April 2019 - 11:47 AM

Vintage guitars are way overrated, way overdone, and so 90's it stopped being funny a decade ago. Leave the vintage guitars to them people that have to have vintage. You would seriously be paying only for the privilege of saying "Vintage" whenever you talk about your guitar.

The only value in my "vintage" guitars is that I put every mile on them, so they only have value to me, and it isn't money. They are run of the mill Teles to anyone else and will never live up to any perceived value just because they are old. My "mojo", the "stories" of all the places they've been and the things we've done together is not transferable.

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 12:22 PM

View Postrct, on 25 April 2019 - 11:47 AM, said:

My "mojo", the "stories" of all the places they've been and the things we've done together is not transferable.

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That's why I have a very hard time buying used guitars, the dings and scratches that are not mine voids any mojo claims. I bought two used guitars in my life time and sold them, it kind of felt like sloppy seconds.

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Gibson Les Paul Standard
Gibson ES 339 Memphis
Gretsch 2655 Streamliner
Fender American Performer Stratocaster
Fender 60s Baja Telecaster
Fender 12 String Acoustic
Fender Jazz Bass 1975 Reissue
Hofner Limited Edition Ed Sullivan Ignition Violin Bass
Seagull Excursion Grand Acoustic
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Posted 25 April 2019 - 12:56 PM

View PostBig Bill, on 25 April 2019 - 12:22 PM, said:

That's why I have a very hard time buying used guitars, the dings and scratches are not mine which voids any mojo claims. I bought two used guitars in my life time and sold them, it kind of felt like sloppy seconds.


I haven't bought a used guitar since I didn't have to anymore, which was a long time ago.

My Esquire was bought and returned a week later, so I bought it technically "used". Lightweight couldn't handle the thunder I suppose.

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 01:35 PM

I can't speak for the 1980 SG but my 1981 Gibson "The V" is probably the best playing and best sounding guitar I've ever touched. That being said, my 2017 and 2018 Gibsons are really nice as well. For me, it would come down to which one I liked the best, which one played the best and which one sounded the best.
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Posted 25 April 2019 - 06:09 PM

Just looking at that picture I'd go for the 2016.
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Posted 25 April 2019 - 06:23 PM

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#12 User is offline   Big Bill 

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 08:02 PM

 rct, on 25 April 2019 - 06:23 PM, said:

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Gibson Les Paul Standard
Gibson ES 339 Memphis
Gretsch 2655 Streamliner
Fender American Performer Stratocaster
Fender 60s Baja Telecaster
Fender 12 String Acoustic
Fender Jazz Bass 1975 Reissue
Hofner Limited Edition Ed Sullivan Ignition Violin Bass
Seagull Excursion Grand Acoustic
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Posted 26 April 2019 - 10:36 AM

If I had to choose, I'd go for the reissue. If I were in the market for another "vintage" Gibson, I'd aim for somewhere in the 1989-1992 range myself.

I've bought 5 used guitars (two SG's... 1976 and 1980) and have been very happy with all of them.
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