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  1. New Wildwood spec'd SG...

    11 October 2017 - 05:30 PM

    Just saw this on FB. Wildwood Guitars (in Colorado) spec'd SG. Says to call for the details/specs. Looks pretty sweet!

    For the record, I have no affiliation with Wildwood Guitars aside from being a very satisfied customer when I bought a J45 from them several years ago when I lived in Colorado.

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  2. Where to measure pickup height for SG without pickup rings?

    18 July 2017 - 02:45 AM

    Wondering where you take your measurements on SG's that don't use pickup rings, resulting in the pickup not being parallel to the strings? I installed a set of SD Seth Lovers into my SG Standard and have been tweaking them, and of course it's don by ear, but just curious for and hose of you who measure where on the pickup are you taking your measurements on the tilted pickup? Thanks!
  3. Where to measure pickup height for SG without pickup rings?

    18 July 2017 - 02:44 AM

    Wondering where you take your measurements on SG's that don't use pickup rings, resulting in the pickup not being parallel to the strings? I installed a set of SD Seth Lovers into my SG Standard and have been tweaking them, and of course it's don by ear, but just curious for and hose of you who measure where on the pickup are you taking your measurements on the tilted pickup? Thanks!
  4. High tailpiece and wrong neck angle?

    15 July 2017 - 01:06 PM

    Recently pickup up a used, but mint 2012 SG Standard. Not a mark on the thing, film still on the pickguard, all stock and original. Couldn't bond wth the stock 480R/498T pickups despite giving them a chance, messing with pickup heights, amp settings, etc. Went with some SD Seth Lovers and a StewMac Golden Age harness (I'm sure the 500k pots also made a difference compared to the origina stock 300k pots). Either way the guitar sounds fantastic with the new pickups. Then I discovered that people like the tailpiece as low as possible, and a high tailpiece means an incorrectly set neck angle. I have my tailpiece set so the strings are just missing touching the back of the bridge, resulting in about a quarter of the studs threads being visible above the body.. I tried "tone wrapping" the strings around the tailpiece to see if that improved or changed the sound, and got the tailpiece down to the body and the strings still cleared the back of the bridge, but to my surprise the guitar lost some clarity and chime, and had sort of a mid-range bump that was not pleasing. Pickup height was identical, strings were brand new with the tone wrapped and regularly strung tailpiece. I put the guitar back to the way it was previously not tone wrapping the strings around the tailpiece and the guitar sounds great again. Lots of warmth and chime, full and round and woody in the middle and neck positions, spanky and articulate on the bridge, with great response to pick attack and dynamics.

    The guitar is also set-up great. Action is surprisingly low at 4/64" on the low E and 3/64" on the high E with 0.008" of relief in the neck with no buzzing when the guitar is plugged in and the guitar feels great. (Usually I prefer slightly higher action like I have on my Telecaster, but on this guitar the lower action just feels "right".

    This findings got me thinking...If you have a vintage style Tele and raise the saddles you can for sure hear an improvement in the guitars resonance and increased volume when the guitar is played unplugged. Banjo players go for higher action for increased volume and projection. So what do may Gibson players feel that a lower tailpiece is more desirable? And does a higher tailpiece in the example of my guitar really mean that the neck angle is off from factory spec? I'm not super upon Gibson electrics. My thing are Fender Tells and Gibson acoustics, so the world of Gibson electrics is new to me, and just looking to get schooled on the topic and learn something and expand my knowledge base. Here's a picture of the the SG, and thank's to anyone who replies!

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  5. NGD: 2012 SG Standard

    01 July 2017 - 10:05 PM

    Had the itch to own an SG again and came across a decent deal on a 2012 Standard. Paid $700 with a (pretty beat up) TKL hardshell case, guitar was bone stock, not a mark or scratch on it, and it still had the film on the pick guard (which I promptly removed). Tossed the horribly soft nylon nut and made a bone nut earlier today. Love how the neck is much chunkier and substantial than the thin neck that was on a 2013 SG Standard I had in the past. More like the neck that was on an SG Classic I foolishly sold last year. I'm loving the neck. After making the new nut and setting the guitar up it plays and feels great.

    The pickups are another story however. I'm not a super picky person, and really try my best to keep the electronics stock and not really a fan of modding and going down the rabbit hole of replacing everything, but I will say, despite messing with the pickups for a couple hours, they really aren't to my liking, in particular the bridge pickup. I can get it to sound just alright, but for the low gain, edge of breakup stuff the guitar just sounds generic and lacks clarity and note separation, and the pickup kind of has no character or personality. I like to play older country type stuff, alt-country/Americana, etc. Think along the lines of Wilco, Son Volt, Jayhawks, etc. I had 57 Classics in the 2013 SG I used to have and even though I though the bridge pickup was a bit bright, they were much more usable and "older" sounding than the 498T thats in this 2012 Standard, all I needed to do with the 57 Classics was roll off the tone a little and they were good to go. I messed with pickup height of the 498T, and lowering the pickup helped a little, but it always seems a bit too hot unless it's lowered quite a bit, but then it just ends up sounding small and weak and thin. Raise it up and it has a fuller sound, but then has too much gain, and I lose note separation when I play embellishments and quick little multiple note riffs, and also lose the chime that I remember from lower output humbuckers.

    I really don't want to put any money into the guitar, but I could justify dropping in a different bridge pickup it it would make all the difference. Not looking to change the wiring harness or anything like that, and would rather spend my time playing than tinkering and modding. This guitar does have the PCB and quick connects (love it or hate it).

    I'm wondering based on what I've just described and the type of music I like to play if one of the Burstbucker pickups would be a good choice, and if so, which version? I really do like this guitar a lot as far as the look, feel, weight, etc. Just wish I could get it to sound a bit more of a classic sound or have a bit more character/personality and make it more suited for the lower gain/edge of breakup type stuff I play.

    UPDATE: Ended up ordering a 57 Classic to replace the bridge and think it will pair well with the 490R neck pickup and be a better choice for the stuff I like to play.

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