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  1. disaster

    LP or SG?

    Perhaps you should expand your horizons a little further. Try a PRS. Or 2. Try a Rickenbacker. Or 2. Try the Taylor or a jazz box. Or 2. If you're searching for a new sound why not search a little wider than just the strat & LP? You may find that the LP is exactly the sound you're looking for. Maybe not. I think you'll find the quest more interesting than the destination and that once you start it'll be hard to stop. But that's part of the fun. Happy Searching.
  2. I recently bought a new G-400 CS/LE over the REAL SG for precisely the reasons you mentioned. The neck on the epi is far superior to the Gibby IMHO. It's the best neck I've every played. The quality of the guitar is excellent, no complaints at all. Since it was available in artic white and the Gibbys were only available in cherry, black, & walnut I think it looks much better. It plays great, I think it sounds the same, and it cost 25% of a comparable Gibson. I simply couldn't talk myself into the Gibson - even though I was convinced at the time the Gibby would be the better guitar. I have no regrets. In fact I recommend the epi over the Gibson to anyone shopping for an SG. I think it's that good. It also says volumes about the improvement in imported instruments over the last decade or so. My epi was made in China. I didn't expect much but I'm very impressed. It's a completely machine made guitar but the quality, tolerances, & attention to detail are first rate. I think you'll find that all of the "budget" guitars in today's marketplace are very high quality. The only thing that sets them apart are design features. I think it's hard to go wrong no matter what instrument you buy today. You can find a very appealing instrument at virtually any price point. Especially if you can shop used. Congratulations & I hope you enjoy your new guitar.
  3. I went through a similar experience with my China-caster. My China-caster is a fixed bridge (no tremolo). I had some tuning stability problems that I couldn't get resolved. I had the guitar "set up" several times by "professional" guitar technicians without any improvement. I was convinced it was the nut or the tuners. I replaced tuners w/ Grover's sweet little rotomatics. Great locking tuners, if you're in the market for Gibson style tuners check out the rotomatics. Too bad they didn't fix anything. I bought 2 sets of nut files & filed nuts relentlessly. That didn't work either. I bought pre-slotted replacement nuts, including the teflon impregnated variety. I bought unslotted nuts & rolled my own. Nothing worked. My China-caster was my first electric. I love it except it wouldn't stay in tune. So I finally broke down and bought another electric. An Epi SG this time. Also a fixed bridge & also prone to the same tuning stability problems as the strat. Oh joy. I finally stumbled over a guitar instructor who had enough experience with these silly instruments to know what the problem was: intonation. I relied on the guitar techs for this but apparently there's more to it than meets the eye. I've tried it myself but my ear simply isn't good enough. This instructor's ear is better but not perfect. I believe the key is to find a VERY GOOD tuner and learn to intonate for yourself. I'm still searching for a suitable tuner. The Peterson strobe tuner may be where I end up. If your ear is better you may find a much simpler solution. But before you spend too much time & money on mods start with the basics: new strings, truss rod adjustment, adjust for action, adjust pickup height, check nut slots for binding, & intonation. The last step is where I think you'll find the most gains, assuming you ear is good enough. Good Luck
  4. Back in the day..... The local guitar store had a cream Les Paul in the store-front window I was addicted to. It was just a stunning guitar. The cream Les Paul still is. Anyway it was way beyond my reach but I could still dream. A friend of mine had an older brother who played drums in a R&R band. Through some wheeling & dealing my friend bought a used SG from a down-on-his-luck musician his brother knew. This was shortly after Les Paul forced Gibson to take his name off the devil horned guitar. But I played my friend's SG every chance I got. It wasn't great because it was an SG but because it was the only electric guitar I had ever played. Made me jones for the Les Paul even more. Only 40 years later I finally bought my own SG.
  5. I haven't seen this problem with an SG (although I haven't played an unbound SG neck since the 70s) but I did see it with several Taylors. And not just the lower end guitars. I saw this up through the 714. The problem was that the fingerboard edges were rounded over considerably. It caused the strings to slide right over them, both high & low E strings just like you're experiencing. For all the great reviews of these instruments I was stunned that no one ever mentioned it. After trying to play several for a few minutes each I knew they weren't for me. I have no idea how anyone can play them. Since the SG has a set neck you don't have the option of swapping the neck out for a custom version. You either have to modify your guitar - probably with a custom cut nut & a bridge with narrower spacings (not sure if that's even possible) - or replace the entire guitar. Look for an SG with a bound fingerboard, I think it will have more material at the edge for the E strings. I like the SG but if it causes more aggravation than pleasure there's no point in keeping it. Good Luck
  6. Are you considering buying a used guitar from GC without playing it first? Like buying from their used inventory in another part of the country & having it shipped? If so this could be risky. You should check the terms & conditions of used guitars - I don't think the GC buyer protection terms apply - but I may be wrong. If you are going to play it before buying @ GC there should be no issues. That's the only way I'd buy a used guitar of any kind from anyone. Check your local Craig's List. I've been shopping mine for the last few months & have seen more than a few SGs. All kinds. Since these are for sale locally it's easy to try before you buy. Happy shopping.
  7. It doesn't matter which one WE like best, all that matters is which one YOU like best. The SGs are plentiful, you can find one anytime. The 335s harder to come by. If you swap for the SG you can always decide to go back to a hollow body later, but you won't find one so easy. Happy Choosing
  8. Check out these from GraphTech: http://www.graphtech.com/products/brands/resomax/resomax-tune-o-matic-bridges
  9. Unfortunately the SG was designed as a "low budget" model right from the start. It isn't elegant. Yes, there have been elegant versions from time to time, but these are not what Gibson had in mind for the instrument. It was a stripped down, light weight, bare bones guitar with full access to the upper frets to compete with the Strats. As a player's guitar they are exceptional. Great sound, great fret access, easy to play all over the neck, light weight, & simple to operate. But they aren't much to look at nor do they have any visual sex appeal. This is exactly why Les Paul demanded his name be removed from the guitar right after it was introduced as the Les Paul II. He hated the styling and the economy marketing - the guitar simply had no class. Gibson had to rename the guitar from the beginning as the SG (Solid Body Guitar). This puts the SG in a very strange niche. Great to play but not as desirable to own. The real surprise is that the model has lasted this long. It is a tribute to its ability to out perform most guitars on the market. And that is a testament to its designer(s) at Gibson.
  10. You can try the narrow strat style single coil along with the adapters & engineering to make it fit, or...... Why not just use the Gibby P90 single coil? There are P90 replacements for HBs that will drop right in. It has a slightly different tone from the strat pickup but it isn't dramatic. The tone pots can be replaced to make it more strat like. The P90 SGs sound great. Just like back in the day..... Also, there's now the P-Rails HB/P90/Rails combination pickup from Seymour Duncan that is tailor made for the SG. You can have P90 tones, a variety of HB tones, and a Rail single coil tone. And combinations upon combinations. They are very impressive. Happy Choosing
  11. I've used several of the GraphTech nuts. I don't find them significantly superior to the standard plastic nut that came on the SG. The TUSQ varieties all sound the same to me. I prefer the white TUSQ over the black. There are also the non-teflon GraphTech nuts that are also very good replacements for the factory nut. The key benefit of these pieces is that they are pre-slotted for loads of different guitars. There are 1/2 dozen or so just for the LP/SG guitars. It takes some studying of the catalog to determine exactly which nut you'll need for your guitar. If you can't find a pre-slotted nut they also make pure blanks you can slot yourself. I've done a few for various strat knock-offs. I didn't want to slot my own but there weren't any pre-slotted choices in GraphTech's catalog. I haven't found a better variety of pre-slotted nuts than GraphTech. If you don't want to slot your own these are worth your time. If you are willing to slot your own I think there are better materials available than the TUSQ. Good Luck
  12. I use the Gibson polish. I started using it after I bought my SG. The gloss finish on the neck is the best playing neck I've ever had. I contacted Gibson and asked what they recommended. They proclaimed their polish is the very thing used at the factory. I'm a believer. I use it on the neck all the time. It keeps the neck fast & sweet as new. Great combination.
  13. disaster

    neck sizes

    I bought an epi G-400 (SG) instead of the Gibson version for exactly that reason. The slim taper D neck is a much better neck IMHO. Overall I think the guitars are identical. They look the same, sound the same, play the same - but the epi has a better neck. I couldn't justify the Gibson after playing the epi. I'm told that the Raw Power SGs also have thinner necks than the typical Gibson's but they're still not as slim as the epi. The epi lacks the bound fingerboard of the Gibson. If you can find one the Prophecy SG has a bound ebony fingerboard. Same neck profile as the G-400 but a satin finish. Also worth a look if you can find one in the used bin.
  14. As an SG player from WAY back congratulations. The SG really is an impressive instrument to play, its no wonder so many greats have played them. It plays second fiddle to the LesPauls but its a MUCH better player. IMHO. I think you need to expand your horizons a little bit. There is something to be said for the Gibson vs Fender debate. I have both an SG and a strat knock-off. I like them both & find they complement each other well. I think the strat is a more blues oriented guitar. It just seems to work better for me in that genre. Your mileage may vary. Anyway, don't discount the PRS instruments - they are exceptional to play. Try one, it can't hurt. I highly recommend the new PRS Studio - I'll be shopping used ones in the near future in hopes of finding an affordable one. The Rickenbackers & the Gretch jazz guitars also have a great sound, but it's quite different than what you're used to. Give them a try, they are impressive guitars and may REALLY surprise you. You can also consider a P90 equipped SG. A little different sound but same playability. You might even consider modifying your existing SG with split coil HBs to get both SC and HB tones. The P-Rails should make a solid choice for such a mod. More rock & blues tones all in the same guitar. What could be better? Good Luck
  15. I went through as similar exercise a few years ago shopping for an SG. I'm old enough to remember real SGs from their origins and played one regularly in the late 60s. I was convinced that the Gibby would be the one. But after playing a few I didn't like them. The necks were too thick and the value seemed unjustified compared to the Epis. I was also VERY drawn to the SG Prophecy GX, a very stunning guitar. In the end I bought an angel white G-400 Custom Shop/Limited Edition Epi. I think the CS/LE crap just means a limited color run, but the value of the guitar is exceptional. And the neck is straight off the Prophecy. It plays better, looks better, feels better, sounds identical (to me anyway - opinions vary), and the value was too hard to ignore. If you are looking for a Les Paul I strongly urge you to look at the PRS Tremonti SE as well as the higher end PRS single cuts. I played the Tremonti SE and was stunned by what a phenomenal guitar it is. I wasn't shopping for an LP but if I were the PRS SE would be tough to beat. Happy Choosing
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