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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 came with a stoptail, and I made it right by not only giving it a REAL finish but also plugging the stoptail holes and putting a Bigsby B5 on it. TOTALLY different guitar now, in a GOOD way. I am actually about to add tremolos/vibrolas to my 2 Epiphone 50th Anniversary SG Specials (set up like yours, with just a wraparound); I'm putting a short Maestro repro on my red one, and a Bigsby B5 on my black one. I recommend either the USA-made B5 or the B50 import, the differences in feel are marginal if you've had exposure to various tremolos. Make sure you center it, and square it up with the bridge humbucker or the base of the neck (keep in mind your bridge is tilted so you pretty much have to ignore it altogether in that regard); I use an adapter plate from an old Cisco wireless access point that slides perfectly under the existing bridge up against the pickup so I can get it lined up and square. Another tip from a professional hack, toss a penny under the spring to give yourself a little more "wiggle room" (OR if you're using heftier strings). :) H
  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 way they would be able to tell is by the fact that I played the intro to "Sweet Child O' Mine" more smoothly. Seriously though, and I really think Gibson should push this fact more than they do, that's one good thing about most Gibsons in general, a few tweaks and you can make any of their mahogany-based, 2 humbucker-equipped guitars sound almost identical. Me, I like the look and the full fretboard access on SG's better, so that's always been my choice. I know a guy who's the same about Explorers. They just "fit" him, and he stuck with them. There is no "right" or "wrong" answer, after all. Jim: I've played some turkeys myself, but mostly it's either been grotesque factory flaws which you don't normally run across (binding issues, bad neck sets, faulty components) or just terrible setups that make them play like $h!t; like aforementioned LP-guy I used to play with---dude's action on his guitars was higher than on a guitar someone would set up for exclusively-slide playing, so high you bent notes sharp simply by fretting (he would pick up one of mine and note how much better it felt). But that was his fault, because in his 40-something years of playing he never learned how to adjust a truss rod or lower a bridge. Sad. It wasn't the guitar's fault in that case, it was the owner's stupidity and laziness. But I digress. Yeah, a poor playing example of a guitar can turn you off to the species, so to speak. Sometimes, like for example with a scalloped fretboard or too flat a radius or something, it's a legit problem for some players. Glad you took a chance and got one of the "good ones" while the window was open. Welcome to the club.
  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-metal innards. I just wanted to get one of these since they're limited run dealies, and are quite novel to look at (if the unit actually worked, even better!). Neck-dive would never be an issue with SG's if they're vibrola-equipped, as they were meant to be. Not that I keep my hands off the guitar that long anyway, but that extra counterbalance of the tailpiece goes a LONG way to evening out the weight for sure.
  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 they up and go making some very, very odd choices. You would think SOMEONE (shareholders, people who want advancement in their career at Gibson, etc) would take a look at what works (and what DOESN'T) with other companies, and that they'd use that to their advantage. You'd think.
  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 a nitro finish the old-school way (aka: properly) to give her a makeover. That's what I did to my 2007 one (which I bought used, and it had a stoptail, which had to go). Much better instrument, even with the slabby, historically-inaccurate horn tips:
  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. It would take enough work to make it proper to where I could see some people losing interest.
  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 classically-styled guitar that you've been wanting with appointments that people normally want on their Gibson." Whomever is making, supporting and approving some of this malarkey at Big G needs to (at the VERY least) lose their jobs. What I don't understand is how can a company make some astounding moves in one year (the SG Original, the reintroduction of the sideways-vibrola-equipped SG/LP '61, affordable Melody Makers, etc) and then turn around and go all "Firebird X" or "Dusk Tiger" on us, scooping a big ol' handful of the brown muddy and flinging it in our faces? And to add insult to it, it's the attitude of "this is what you get...now buy it." I spoke with my dollars in 2013, as the SG Original is still THE finest SG "reissue" to date till they fix their "Historic" Custom Shop models' horns and offer them in NEW finishes instead of the tired, bogus "VOS" (which is in NO way "Original Spec"); first new Gibson I bought in over a decade. I am speaking louder once again by purchasing an "Original 2" in the darker cherry finish as well. I'm even on the fence about the '61 SG/LP "Tribute", but seeing as how it's going to be another fruitless year as far as I'm concerned, I might as well. I spoke loud and clear this year, and will next year, by making no Gibson guitar purchases. 2014...12th fret "120th Anniversary" inlay. Gross. Could've been a tasteful (and replaceable) truss rod cover. If so, I would've bought a black SG Std. for live use. But no. That inlay's terrible. Who bothers with their 120th year? You want to release a 120th Anniversary MODEL? Perfect. That's awesome. But that inlay on every guitar (like the Flying V I wanted?) made me buy another Telecaster instead. 2015 looks to be more of the same mandate, except this time it's with the Min-E-Tune, adjustable metal nuts/zero-fret nonsense and corner-cutting finishing tactics which TECHNICALLY should LOWER the cost of production, yet we're hearing about no more low-end models, and price hikes on everything else? Does this mean the 2015 Historic SG's will finally be fixed and will be shiny, red-finished guitars with the right shaped horns and hardware that wasn't damaged in the flood? If not, one thing's for sure: I guess I can keep the MasterCard holstered again. My wife appreciates that. I've read where a lot of Les Paul fans are less than pleased about these and other changes to their fave model as well. Some of us are thankful we already own some of the rare, discontinued gems (and/or a true vintage piece that we always wanted), but we always still look to see what's coming, and is there something "closer to perfection" on the horizon. I guess the answer to that is a big fat "nuh-uh". The Fender lineup should really be an example of how to make everyone happy and still not have 100 different submodels of the main favorites. Have your US Custom Shop/Historic ACCURATE reissues, both in truly NEW and "aged" versions (because some of us think VOS, relic'd or pre-aged guitars are not "premium" or desirable items), a mid-level line of reissues (which may feature a few modern improvements, like better bridges/tuners but are otherwise fairly period-correct), a line of "standard" issue, off-the-shelf very basic versions, a "modern" line featuring the innovations and novelties, and the import line (in Gibson's case, Epiphone. Although, to be fair, some Epi models, particularly the SG models, are FAR different than their Gibson sisters, unlike the Squier/Fender comparisons, where the models are actually in most cases scary-close in terms of construction, and even quality in some cases). I think the powers-that-be at Gibson need to ease off on the drugs, and hire some players and TRUE FANS of the company's golden years to rework their brand. Sure, these new things have their place, and there will always be people who will buy the name on the headstock and not ask too many questions. Then there will be people like yours truly who will only scratch their heads when we see more "new Coke" nonsense going on, and we'll find something interesting elsewhere. I think it's sad that overall, Epiphone's offerings interest me more than Gibson's, and I'm quite content, if Gibson is going to continue jumping the shark, to coddle my '65 SG Standard and my SG Original and call it a day. It's just sad watching this happen. I remember this car company called Pontiac....
  12. I have a "Reputation" of -1.....wondering how I got that rating...lol

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      hbomb76

      Make that "-2"!!! Wow, I must be upsetting either some label snobs or some "hardworking Gibson R&D" people...lol

    2. hbomb76

      hbomb76

      Make that "-2"!!! Wow, I must be upsetting either some label snobs or some "hardworking Gibson R&D" people...lol

  13. I think the real solution, Gibson, is to reintroduce the Maestro on the USA '61 Reissues. 'Nuff said. Throw us a bone, and we'll throw you some bones. :) H-Bomb
  14. AMEN! I'm too busy playing to measure milliseconds worth of sustain difference' date=' so it's all good to me. No sustain problems HERE either: [img']http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c102/hbomb76/Guitars/100_0247.jpg[/img] H-Bomb
  15. ...OR when they fail on the sculpting, choose the wrong finish hue and forget to "reissue" the proper tailpiece as a permanent option on them...lol (yes, I know the Maestro TECHNICALLY wasn't the "standard" till late '62/early '63, but you don't wanna' deal with the sideways vibrato piece of junk, TRUST ME...the Maestro's just fine) Had to go there...as usual. H-Bomb
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