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  1. In Topic:SG 2013

    15 October 2017 - 02:04 AM

    View Posthi13ts, on 14 October 2017 - 05:32 PM, said:

    I can only speak for the Original as I haven't had a chance to play the 2013 Standard since that year, but I assume the body is the same barring the vibrola. I agree with you. The first couple of months with that guitar was rough. The unfettered fret access came at the price of stable tuning. The 57 Classics on this SG is still a hit or miss with me depending on the day. I'm looking at some Burstbuckers now. However, after I set it up to my specs (including switching out pots and the nut), "normal" tuning stability improved (it still wobbles if I move the guitar around; I think that's just the nature the neck joint as it connects right at the very last fret). Did you have since 2013? I would hope time bonding with it would've improved it as it did for me, but if not, that's unfortunate. I'm glad you enjoy the 2012 Standard, though. I had a limited edition in aged cherry and it was such a solid guitar (no pun intended). A real Les Paul neck on that one.

    I bought the 2013 Standard brand new and kept it for a few years before I traded it for, get this, a mint Martin HD28! Kept the HD28 for a while but have never ben a Martin guy, and basically sold the HD for more than twice what I paid for the 2013 SG (I got the SG in February 2014 when GC was clearing them out for the 2014's).
  2. In Topic:Advice needed, please!

    12 October 2017 - 08:00 PM

    For the record, there is nothing wrong with a Gibson with a broken headstock...IF the repair is done professionally and correctly. I have always looked at those as an opportunity to get a potentially great guitar at a really reduced price. I love when people refuse to buy Gibsons with broken headstock repairs (that are repaired correctly). This one though, is no bueno as we have all mentioned already.
  3. In Topic:Trying so hard to get into the SGs

    12 October 2017 - 07:57 PM

    View PostJAC, on 12 October 2017 - 04:19 PM, said:

    Do yourself a favor and try out a Special 2017 T. If you can still get your hands on one, you might just like it. After changing the crappy factory strings on mine, it really came to life! This is one of those guitars that you won't even need effects on, when you play it through any decent tube amp. It does sound cherry going through good effect pedals as well.

    Even with the 490R/498T pickups? My 2012 SG Standard came with them and was completely stock when I bought the guitar and for the life of me could not get a sound I liked out of them despite spending a couple weeks tweaking the setup, pickup hinges, etc. They just seemed to be very generic, almost covering up the true sound of the guitar. The bridge was very hot and lacked character. I could make the neck pickup usable to some degree. I replaced them with some SD Seth Lovers and the guitar came to live. Fatter tone, more touch sensitive, articulate, vintage sounding. Maybe the Seths are just better suited for the mild overdrive/edge of breakup type stuff I play, and the 490R/498T would work better for much heavier stuff, I just felt especially when clean they were very unimpressive. I used to play the guitar through some old Fender tube amps that were all serviced and in tip top shape )Twin Reverb, Princeton Reverb and Deluxe Reverb) and those pickups never worked.
  4. In Topic:Gibson SG Gary Clark Jr Signature

    11 October 2017 - 05:35 PM

    Damn, although not exactly the same, but in my opinion still a contender/competition for the discontinued, but much loved P90 SG Classic! And I actually like the yellow. Breaks up the usual cherry, white and black.
  5. In Topic:Advice needed, please!

    11 October 2017 - 04:22 PM

    As someone who isn't scared away from a Gibson headstock repair that's done properly and correctly, I'd steer clear of this one.

    First off, seems like ti wasnt mentioned to you by the salesperson when they told you about the guitar, second, it just doesn't look right. My Advanced Jumbo has a great repaired headstock and used to have an SJ200 that also had a perfectly repaired neck.This one looks suspect. Have the shop send it out for repair, and then re-evaluate it afterward to see if it was done properly. Only after they get it repaired properly, then make them an offer, and keep in mind, headstock repairs can reduce the price of a guitar to around 40% of what it's market value would be without the crack.


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