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  1. sbpark

    SG 2013

    I bought the 2013 Standard brand new and kept it for a few years before I traded it for, get this, a mint Martin HD28! Kept the HD28 for a while but have never ben a Martin guy, and basically sold the HD for more than twice what I paid for the 2013 SG (I got the SG in February 2014 when GC was clearing them out for the 2014's).
  2. For the record, there is nothing wrong with a Gibson with a broken headstock...IF the repair is done professionally and correctly. I have always looked at those as an opportunity to get a potentially great guitar at a really reduced price. I love when people refuse to buy Gibsons with broken headstock repairs (that are repaired correctly). This one though, is no bueno as we have all mentioned already.
  3. Even with the 490R/498T pickups? My 2012 SG Standard came with them and was completely stock when I bought the guitar and for the life of me could not get a sound I liked out of them despite spending a couple weeks tweaking the setup, pickup hinges, etc. They just seemed to be very generic, almost covering up the true sound of the guitar. The bridge was very hot and lacked character. I could make the neck pickup usable to some degree. I replaced them with some SD Seth Lovers and the guitar came to live. Fatter tone, more touch sensitive, articulate, vintage sounding. Maybe the Seths are just better suited for the mild overdrive/edge of breakup type stuff I play, and the 490R/498T would work better for much heavier stuff, I just felt especially when clean they were very unimpressive. I used to play the guitar through some old Fender tube amps that were all serviced and in tip top shape )Twin Reverb, Princeton Reverb and Deluxe Reverb) and those pickups never worked.
  4. Damn, although not exactly the same, but in my opinion still a contender/competition for the discontinued, but much loved P90 SG Classic! And I actually like the yellow. Breaks up the usual cherry, white and black.
  5. 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.
  6. As someone who isn't scared away from a Gibson headstock repair that's done properly and correctly, I'd steer clear of this one. First off, seems like ti wasnt mentioned to you by the salesperson when they told you about the guitar, second, it just doesn't look right. My Advanced Jumbo has a great repaired headstock and used to have an SJ200 that also had a perfectly repaired neck.This one looks suspect. Have the shop send it out for repair, and then re-evaluate it afterward to see if it was done properly. Only after they get it repaired properly, then make them an offer, and keep in mind, headstock repairs can reduce the price of a guitar to around 40% of what it's market value would be without the crack.
  7. sbpark

    SG 2013

    I used to be all about the small guard, but after picking up an SG Classic w/ P90's a couple years Aho and a mint 2012 SG Standard several months ago, I'm kind of digging the larger guard, and the 2013 SG Standard I owned was traded about a year and a half ago. I ditched the QuickConnect system and installed a set of SD Seth Lovers and a StewMac Golden Era harness. Wonderful guitar now.
  8. OP said he felt the P90's on a previous SG were "muddy and unfocused". As much as I agree that the SG Classic P90 is probably one of the best SG models ever, the OP may be better suited with an SG with traditional humbuckers.
  9. You never mentioned if either guitars were given a proper setup and gone over by someone who knows what they are doing. Fixing an intonation issue could be as simple as putting on some new strings and dialing in the intonation properly because the previous owner didn't, or going from one string gauge to another could cause intonation issues, etc. And "muddy" pickups could be as simple as adjusting pickup heights, pole pieces, etc. What you may think of as muddy may be the holy grail for another player. Tuning issues are usually addressed by proper cut nut slots, which is something Gibson is notorious for not being able to do properly from the factory. Fender and other manufacturers are the same way. They cut corners on the final set up to cut costs and get more guitars out the door. And as a Fender guy, I'll go on the record and say I've had my fair share of even higher end Fenders that have had HORRIBlE setups off the showroom floor, so it's not just Gibson. If I am buying a new or used guitar (regardless of the manufacturer) I take my StewMac String Action Gauge, measure the action, check the relief, see how much room is left to adjust the action if need be, check the neck angle, and get even a little more detailed if it's an acoustic guitar, noting neck angle, height from the guitar's top to the strings at the bridge, the amount of saddle left, etc. Also check for any repairs, damage, etc. If you know what you're looking for and know the red flags you'll be better prepared to weed out the duds and pick a good one.
  10. sbpark

    SG 2013

    Guess I'm in the minority of those who ended up not being super impressed with the 2013 Standards. At first I thought I'd love the guitar. Deeper bevels, small pick guard, 57 Classics. I mean, what wasn't there to like? Over time though I found the 57 Classic in the bridge to be a bit bright, sometimes harsh and the neck was just way to thin. I Always felt like I was pulling the guitar out of tune, and had to be so aware of not pulling that neck sharp that is became a chore. Sold it, and just a few months ago scored a MINT 2012 SG Standard that had basically never been played, still had the film on the pick guard. Couldn't bond with the 498R/490T combination and replaced them with some SD Seth Lovers and a StewMac Golden Era wiring harness. Absolutely LOVE the fatter neck for both feel and it's way more stable than the flimsy 2013 neck. I'll take shallower bevels, smaller headstock, and a bigger pick guard over the smaller guard and a thinner neck if it means a much more stable, solid feeling guitar. My 2012 has a rosewood board as well, and it crushed the '13 I had. Of course, this is just one example, and there will surely be situations that contradict my experience.
  11. I love my AJ. It kind of is like a hybrid between a Martin and J45. Also, for having rosewood back and sides, at least mine doesn't necessarily have that softer, rounder (some say mushy?) lower end a lot of rosewood Martin dress have, while my AJ is crisp and articulate. It's a fairly loud guitar compared to my J45TV, but has a long scale neck like a Martin. It's a monster strummer and great to take to a jam or group, but also can sound super sweet and articulate finger picked. What ai like about the AJ over a Martin (have owned an HD28 and D28) is the AJ stayed a bit fatter and thicker sounding in the higher strings and has that Gibson midrange, where the Martins seemed more unbalanced to me, having a big, fat low end, but the high end always sounded thin in comparison. AJ's are great guitars. Only time I don't reach for my AJ is when I'm playing quieter, singer/songwriter type stuff, where, if I'm not careful the AJ can be a little overpowering.
  12. I love my AJ. It kind of is like a hybrid between a Martin and J45. Also, for having rosewood back and sides, at least mine doesn't necessarily have that softer, rounder (some say mushy?) lower end a lot of rosewood Martin dress have, while my AJ is crisp and articulate. It's a fairly loud guitar compared to my J45TV, but has a long scale neck like a Martin. It's a monster strummer and great to take to a jam or group, but also can sound super sweet and articulate finger picked. What ai like about the AJ over a Martin (have owned an HD28 and D28) is the AJ stayed a bit fatter and thicker sounding in the higher strings and has that Gibson midrange, where the Martins seemed more unbalanced to me, having a big, fat low end, but the high end always sounded thin in comparison. AJ's are great guitars. Only time I don't reach for my AJ is when I'm playing quieter, singer/songwriter type stuff, where, if I'm not careful the AJ can be a little overpowering.
  13. Funny, I no longer own any Martin guitars, but will say Ryan Adam's "Winding Wheel" is one of the few songs that sounded better on a Martin dred than any of my Gibsons.To give the song a totally different feel try playing it tuned to open G. Sounds great, and I think this is how he played it at the Austin City Limits show. Your Martin sounds great, btw!
  14. Agree 100% that forever reason 13's "choke" all the J45's I've tried them on, including several J45 Standards and my current J45TV. 13's actually worked well though on my Advanced Jumbo, but I still prefer the sound and feel of 12's on that guitar.
  15. I think the D'Addario tuner and volume wheel on the lower end of the sound hole is more unsightly than the label.
  16. Regular old, off the shelf, run of the mill D'Addario EJ16.
  17. Don't play it, stick it in a glass case and just look at it. It's like buying a really nice hammer or chainsaw and just admiring it and never using it. All depends on why you own guitars; collector, player, etc. Neither is right or wrong, just sayin'. But if you're a player you're guitars are going to get bumps and bruises from use.
  18. Just rub some dirt on the table so it matches the rest of the guitar. It's the next cool trend, label relic'ing!
  19. Good thing the OP doesn't own a USA made Martin. their logo although small, is branded into the wood. Can't remove that.
  20. I highly doubt that removing the label will "destroy" the guitar as you put it, given the amount of use it's had, simply removing the label won't hurt anything, but if it were me I'd just leave it as is. Seems like you have a bit too much free time on your hands to be worrying about stuff like this!
  21. Makes sense you wouldn't like the HP, since it seems like they are trying to work their way into that WWJP/Taylor crowd, and as we all know Taylors are voiced nothing like Gibsons. Even if I prefer the traditional Gibson sound, neither is better or worse, just different.
  22. Maybe theydmissed the mark for you, me, and many of us here, but we are only a tiny representation of the market, and dare I say, a VERY small representation of the market! Given that companies like Taylor absolutely crush Gibson as far as sales and exposure, it kind of makes sense for Gibson to try and branch out and get a piece of that pie. Just because there are many of us here that seem to prefer the tried and true styles, vintage appointments and are resistant to change (myself included) doesn't mean that's how everyone else thinks, or it's what everyone else wants.
  23. Can't beat the TV's! I went through several J45 Standards of varying years and a newer J45 Vintage model and none of them ever hit the mark for me. The Standards always sounded tight and choked, and for the price of admission I really was not impressed with the dull sounding 2016 Vintage, even though I was assured by Chicago Music exchange that this one was specifically picked out of the many they had as being one of the best. So much for it being the best! It had a god-awful set-up, I couldn't budge the truss rod, and it just sounded dull and dead, so it went back. Shortly after I found a used 2010 J45TV at Guitar Center of all places, and paid around $1,900 for it. Took it home, set it up the way I like and then had a local tech/luthier install a K&K Pure Mini. It's a great guitar, light as a feather as others have commented, and the sound of that pickup in that guitar is surprisingly natural and wonderful. I did replace the stock pickguard with one I made from a sheet of material I got from StewMac. Something about how the stock pickguard covered up the rosette looked sloppy. Here's the guitar with the new pickguard.
  24. Love the playing, can't stand the tone of that pickup though. Metallic, typical magnetic sound hole pickup sound which I've never been a fan of. These pickups kind of make every acoustic guitar sound the same, be it a $300 guitar or a $3,000 guitar.
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