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  1. Had fun using the Kirk Douglas SG tonight at a golf course in N. California. Hadn't used it in a while... The temp dropped considerably by the time this pic was taken. SG's hanging on the rack... MeZa
  2. Not sure how much it weighs. I will check it later today. It is solid maple & walnut. Just checked it on the bathroom scale. Reads about 8lbs. MeZa
  3. Hey, thanks for the welcome buliwyf. Since around 2007, I've really been grooving on single-coil sound, even for shredding, etc. I've come to find that it cuts through just a bit better for both chording & lead work. My main axes these days are Carvins, but I still have a boatload of Gibsons & Fenders, plus a couple Ibanez, a Washburn, a Burns, a Rickenbacker, a couple of Gretschs, an Ovation, Taylor, etc. I'm still gigging almost weekly, and bring a workhorse Carvin as the default guitar, but I'll also bring a Gibson and a Gretsch, or whatever extra guitar suits my mood that particular day. My point here is, that after experimenting with a number of different guitars, I've found that a single-coil (really, usually a split-coil) sound is what seems to work best for me these days. All my Carvin guitars are setup for splitting the coils. That's where I got used to it. My new SG Captain Kirk also has split coils, and I've been using that mode with that guitar. Maybe it's because I've been playing for 50 years and my ears need the clarity after all the loud abuse? Ha! Most likely! The V2 has a thinner-sounding, kind of smoky, single coil tone to it. The P90's to me have a fatter tone. The V2 is useable for funk tunes, or country tunes, where one can use that spanky clarity. In essence it's just a beautiful instrument to have hanging on a stand at a gig, if nothing else. I do bring it to gigs from time to time and use it when the mood strikes. As far as I know, one would probably have to have some pickup manufacturer rewind these pickups. The only place I've seen any replacements available has been on Ebay. And who knows what you'd be getting there. Don't know if Gibson has any OEM stock, but would doubt it. The V2 is a unique instrument, by all accounts. MeZadude 8)
  4. I was using a Gretsch Country Gentleman back in the '60's. I was a lead player, & was getting better at it. I wanted a guitar that allowed me access to the upper frets. I saw an SG in a 1961 Gibson catalogue, & thought that it would do the trick. I ended up selling the CG & buying a 1969 SG Custom new in '69, when I was a Junior in high school. Have had a nice love affair with SG's ever since. It's very cool that I still have the '69 today, & never sold it off. It's still a beauty! And I'm definitely falling in love with my new Captain Kirk SG Custom! Been using it regularly for about a month now. MeZadude
  5. Found another, more up-to-date photo of me with the '69. This was taken a couple of years ago. Still have the SG. Have lost the hair though! MeZadude 8)
  6. They are single coil, wrapped around a heart-shaped bobbin. That's why this guitar sounds so much like a Telecaster. They are fairly rare. Only made for a brief run of a couple of years or so. Here's a bio from Wikipedia: "When Tim Shaw arrived at Gibson in 1978, one of his first assignments was to help with designing a companion Guitar to the newly designed E2 Explorer Guitar. This companion guitar would be the new Gibson V2. The general shape of previous Flying V's was retained by Gibson, but the new V2 would sport a new 5-layered sculptured walnut and maple body. Initially these guitars came in a natural finish to accentuate the layered effect, with either Maple or Walnut for the top & bottom layer. This layering was known at Gibson as the "Sandwich" and the sculpted body gave the layering a 3D effect. Knobs were moved off the pickguard, and a Pearl Gibson logo was inlayed into the black headstock, along with gold Gibson Tuners. Two solid brass 5/8 studs known as the "Sustain Sisters" were fitted into the body to anchor the "Tune-o-matic" Bridge along with a brass nut and brass "V" shaped tailpiece. Gibson felt this would provide the sustain and brilliance they wanted for the new V2. The 1979 through 1981 models used the "boomerang" humbucker pickups that were designed to sound like single coils with lower noise. Beginning in 1982, the pickups were changed to the "Dirty finger" pickups that were available on just a select few models in the early 1980s including the Explorer, ES-347, ES-335S and the Flying V. The V2 with case retailed for $1199 in 1979, Gibson's 3rd most expensive guitar. Only 157 V2's were shipped in 1979. Besides the high price, some players complained about the non-traditional sounding humbucker pickups and the weight of the guitar. Sales were poor for the first 2 years of the V2's availability, and Gibson was scrambling to find ways to increase demand for these guitars from the dealers. It became apparent by the early 1980s that the maple top version wasn't selling as well as the walnut top guitars. To move the maple-top inventory, Gibson began to offer fancy colors to supplement the initial offering of natural finishes. Custom colors included: Pearl white, Blue sparkle, Blue sparkle metallic, Candy apple Red, Sunburst, Goldburst, Silverburst, Black, and Black Sparkle. The Majority of these finishes were applied to maple-top inventory between September 1980 and April 1981. It soon also became apparent to Gibson that the V2 was not meeting sale expectations and production would soon have to be discontinued. In 1982, several hardware changes were made to reduce the cost of producing the guitar and to use up the remaining available inventory. The most important change was replacing the relatively unpopular "boomerang" pickup and pickguard, with the more conventional "Dirty Fingers" Pickup found on many E2 Explorers. The boomerang pickups were more expensive to produce and required more costly routing to the guitar body and a "V" groove to the fretboard. More importantly, boomerang pickups with their single coil-like sound (despite being humbuckers) never really "caught on" with the public. Also, the standard conventional humbucker rout allowed players to swap out pickups easily. Gibson covered the laminated bodies (usually Maple top) of the second variant V2 "Dirty Finger" humbucker versions with Candy Apple Red or White finishes. A final cost-cutting variation eliminated the inlayed Pearl Gibson headstock logo with a gold decal. Once the majority of the remaining inventory stockpile was used up, Gibson officially discontinued the V2 model in 1982. The Explorer version E2 lasted a year longer, but it too was discontinued by 1983." Hope this helps. Very cool guitar. When I first saw one in an ad in the late '70's, I knew that I had to have one. I just love this guitar's looks. Very sexy! MeZadude 8)
  7. Unfortunately, the cutaways on the DC Standard are shallow enough that it makes it very difficult to play up on the top register. That's my only complaint about that particular style of guitar. Otherwise, it's a pretty nice playing and sounding instrument. MeZa 8)
  8. Thanks. Nice to be here. MeZa 8)
  9. Here's my V2. Sounds like a Tele: ...and my mid-'80's Explorer: MeZadude 8)
  10. Here's a pic of my two Les Pauls. One's a 1979 Les Paul Pro w/P90's, and one is a 1998 Les Paul DC Standard. MeZadude 8)
  11. Hey, thanks for the welcome! I'm enjoying using SG's again. Lots of fun! Yep. The original '69 handle's still in the guitar case. When I bought the white SG in 1969, the handle kept getting in the way when I was strumming, to I took it off. I guess my style & playing technique has changed a bit over the years, as the handle on the new Captain SG has not bothered me. Heck, I've only been playing guitar now for 50 years this month!! Started in 1963. Still playing in 3 bands. Still feel like I'm 15 years old when on stage. There's just nothing like it! Having a blast! And, the SG's are dear to my heart. I got the white one when I was 16, and in high school. It was my 3rd electric guitar at the time. Used it all through the late 60's and 70's as my main guitar. I'll see if I can find some old 'live' pics featuring the '69. Here we go. circa 1972 or so: circa mid-1980's: circa 1991: circa 1999: Don't have any live pix yet with the Captain. Will post one day when I do snag some. MeZadude 8)
  12. 1969 White SG Custom 1998 Fireburst SG Supreme 2013 Red SG Kirk Douglas I replaced the original P90's on the Supreme with DiMarzio DLX humbuckers for a better sound. Much nicer than the original. At least a lot more useable. MeZa 8)
  13. Here are a few pix of my new Kirk Douglas SG & my 1969 SG which I bought new back in high school. Used the Captain Kirk SG at a couple of gigs now. What a sweet guitar! It's got a really great tone to it; in all positions. And is really easy to play. I still typically have a default Carvin guitar as the main axe at gigs, but I found I used the SG about half the gig last night. I didn't want to put it down. Definitely warming up to it. Stays in tune very nicely too. It doesn't compare at all to the original white '69 SG. Their necks fell very different. The white neck is very thin and light. Also, with an ebony board if feels different. Plus the tone of the new Kirk Douglas is much better than the white; especially in the middle position. I also love the coil-splitters on the new SG. With all the tone selections, it's really proving to be a contender in my guitar arsenal. The broad tonal palette of the Kirk D. is wonderful! MeZa 8)
  14. Hey, when will I be able to post in these forums? I just joined yesterday, but I'm not able to post yet. Please help.

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