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About hbomb76

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  • Birthday 06/01/1976

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  1. Surprised no one has responded to this. Anyhow, I say (if you haven't already) GO FOR IT. I love a Maestro (full "lyre" or short versions) or a Bigsby on my SG's (and Bigsby on my fave Tele too!). It adds a "complete" look to the guitar (to me, SG's just don't look right without a nice tailpiece, as they were intended, and "reissues" aren't reissues if they lack one of the aforementioned---or the "sideways" tremolo), and versatility if, like myself, you aren't afraid to abuse the whammy bar a little when called for. I had a beat-to-crap lame-VOS Custom Shop model that I took in on trade that c
  2. Chris: Totally! I think (like with the general public's preference of Strats over Teles) people underestimate the bark and bite of the SG; I used to love when this one guitarist I played in a cheesy cover band with would try to argue about "tone" with me. He'd whip out his vanilla Les Paul and plug up to his Marshall tube head, and I'd be standing there with my SG (sometimes even one of my EPIPHONES) and would walk over to my Marshall AVT (hybrid) and alter the EQ ever so slightly, and boom. You could blindfold someone, spin them around and tell them to listen and tell who's who, and the only
  3. I've actually wanted to do almost the same thing, but I'm gonna' try to find a 2013 model because the 2014 has that hideous 120th Anniversary inlay on the fretboard, and there isn't a steep enough discount for me to be able live with that.
  4. Glad to see I led you in the right direction, padawan! :) Lookin' good! And lemme' guess...no "sustain" issues whatsoever like people whine about, right? :D
  5. Yes, the Original got it all right in my book. I had hoped they would take cues from the response to it in order to tweak their Historics better, but whatever. Mine is pretty much everything I've ever wanted in a "reissue" SG. I figured the Douglas signature was pretty cool. If it had the period-correct late-60's neck joint, I probably would've picked one up as a companion to my Angus Young signature. The old sideways units functionally were terrible. Just terrible. Even after servicing them (oiling/cleaning) and checking the saddles and nut, you still would have issues due to the old pot-meta
  6. Those Norlin-era Gibsons were not pretty by any stretch, but built like tanks. What made me drool is when you spoke of the amp. I lament greatly selling my MM RD-50. So stupid in my youth.
  7. No problem! Guarantee? That's the tricky part. I'm sure they'll say "that's just the nature of the finish" and write it off. Problem I have with that is that you see too many vintage 60's SG's that have obviously been played but have NOT faded terribly like that.
  8. Meh...been working too much, not playing enough...moved to a new home, had all flavors of drama...finally getting settled in somewhat. Well, I know you love my Original's "twin", and I've gotta' ask how you're digging the Capt. Kirk and the LP/SG (is the "newly engineered" tailpiece a functional device, unlike its predecessor?). I really, really don't understand their R&D (if it even really exists) or marketing. It was looking like they were heading in some good directions (aside from some weird stuff like the "Future" guitars with the weird reverse banjo tuners, etc), and then th
  9. Unfortunately, this is one of the side-effects some of us predicted back when Gibson started making "faded cherry" (or as I prefer to call it, "translucent orange") the standard finish on their "Historic" SG's. It's partially due to natural UV reaction to the dyes and lacquer, but when you cheap-out on pore-filler and apply the finish thinner than an original 60's model would've had, you accelerate the process by a factor of 10. My advice, if you're otherwise liking the guitar, is to play the hell out of it until you can't stand to look at it, and then pay a luthier who knows how to apply
  10. At the very least the knobs, bridge, pickups, truss rod cover and pickguard are not original. Good news is most likely you could parts-out the non-original parts to help buy OEM (or better) parts. If the husk is in good shape, no dings/dents/finish issues and the neck's straight without a ton of fret-wear, it would be a simple, good project to take on and make it right for still far less money than you'd spend on something today with a lousy "120th Anniversary" inlay or whatever. But hey, I can't blame someone for not wanting to buy something that was hodgepodged together like dude did
  11. I think (as has been said in the past on several occasions), people are generally fine with "innovation" when it comes to advancements and features on their guitars...so long as it's an OPTION, not made mandatory. And I don't mean as in "hey, you DO have an option: you can spend twice the money on a Custom Shop/Historic so-called 'reissue' if you want a somewhat-traditionally-equipped guitar". I mean as in, "hey, we have this nifty automatic tuning system option, an optional adjustable nut and a funky custom branding/inlay if you'd like...or you can just buy a proven, simple, effective cla
  12. Yeah, as Charlie pointed out (pun), the Original has much better horn-tip tapering (that they SHOULD be putting on the Historic/CS ones as well!), and while it does come across as a little more "pointy" than a mid-60's original, it's still acceptably "60's" without question. I still am stoked about mine, and even with the Maestro's issue it's still a phenomenal instrument in every sense. I cannot recommend it highly enough. For ANYONE even remotely thinking about a Custom Shop "reissue", this is a much more practical option AND as previously stated, aside from the bolt-bushing tuners and Nashv
  13. CB, Sorry for the delay...I've had a heck of a time getting back on, but all appears well now. Regarding my "Original", I know what you mean about the steep angle on the Maestro...actually I thought it was a direct response to some of the complaints on the Custom Shop ones having almost NO angle (and thus VERY limited bending capability), but you're right, it does tend to be difficult to swing around. Since I'm out here on the East coast, I can't mosey on down to EMS and pick up a replacement...I wouldn't mind replacing this one with a little bit less-dramatic angle (even if I just got the
  14. FINALLY getting around to getting back on here (work, gigs, yadda-yadda)... Great photos, Charlie. You can definitely tell you're using a real camera and I'm just using my cell phone...lol One thing I am impressed by (and I know it's a little detail) is that while all my previous 'reissues' with Maestros had Phillips-head bolts holding the arm on, this one has a period-correct slotted head. Now, I HATE slotted heads because they usually lead to a nasty gash in the finish at some point, but "historically" it's a keen little nod. BigKahune: I know, right? But seriously, they knocked this
  15. Awesome, CB! Glad you got her "sister". What magnificent beasts these are, eh? Lookin' forward to seeing some shots of yours. The best SG I think Gibson's made since...well...the REAL "originals". :) I've got to where I use Lithium rechargeables in my camera (when I actually bother to use it instead of the inferior-yet-oh-so-convenient cell phone), for that very same reason. An old toothbrush is great for corrosion removal. Still sucks though, you have my empathy. H
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