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  1. I've just sold my Les Paul, and in it's place bought a Yamaha SG3000 in wine red. Dare I say it, but it's the best guitar I've ever had by a long margin. Sorry Henry!
  2. If I was in the market for another, I would have bought it. It's possible it has sat boxed for years, hence the condition. Do I think older Customs are under valued? Well, I have a conflict of interest because I own one! It is important to note when you look at my pistures that I wanted a BRAND NEW 1973 SG Custom, the very same as the one I used to dribble over when I saw it in the shop window when I was 14 years old. They were so expensive at the equivalent of about $700, it might as well have been a million, because there was no way I could ever have afforded to buy one. So I swore I'd get one some day, and some 36 years later, I did. I had it completely refurbished to make it like the one I always wanted. If that's heresy, I don't care, and if that's selfish in destroying the so-called antique value, I don't care either. As for the 3 pickup arrangement, for sure, it's a pain sometimes, but it's just like driving a different car: you get used to it. Do I use it? No. It hangs on my music room wall so I can admire it, just like I used to all those years ago with my nose pressed against the shop window.
  3. Ah, NOW I see where you were going with that!
  4. Searcy, you still need to solder components to a PCB! The pathways are etched, that's all, check out the Les Paul photo. But if you wanted to simply change a pot or cap, then I would agree that theoretically it could be easier, but you'd need to de-solder the original from the board first, they don't just plug in. Jim, there's no reason why you shouldn't do that, either using the PCB board, or reverting back to the old tried and trusted method we all know and love so well. The introduction of a PCB to mount the kit on doesn't improve the sound, it's just a manufacturing shortcut. It cuts out the need to employ someone to solder all the electric guts together once they're in the guitar. The ground wire from the bridge, the pickup wires, and the output jack are all fitted with plugs, which simply plug in to the board. It must cut guitar production time down significantly.
  5. Never seen that before either. I imagine that there's no real componentry apart from the usual pots and caps (correct me if I'm wrong, someone), they just seem to be using a piece of board to mount it all on, and using plugs instead of soldering some connections. No reason why they shouldn't, it's probably what any mass producer would do, and frankly it's surprising why they didn't do it years ago. As for coil-tapping or hot-rodding Searcy, I can't see how a board necessarily makes that any easier to do, it was always an option for anyone with a soldering iron, the right components, and some wire. Go for it!
  6. Is that a new thing they are doing? Never seen one before. Presumably a further move down the road for mass production?
  7. There is no PCB (printed circuit board) inside a Gibson guitar. It's simply an alloy plate with the pots and capacitors on it. Built as a unit for ease of production. See here for a Les Paul example. If you can see any printed circuits, let me know.
  8. Ah, but are they proper PCB's as we know them? Or do they simply have volume and tone pots and capacitors mounted on a board for ease of assembly? If so, one wonders why they didn't think of doing it years ago.
  9. That looks gorgeous, has the correct and very rare Gibson-badged Bigsby, and apart from the bodged machineheads is in remarkable condition for a guitar of that age! This is from my '73 custom in the photograph. and They had 'black-back', resin potted pickups.
  10. I think there's a lot to be said for 'less hot' '57 pickups. Perhaps they sound a bit sweeter somehow. However my V has the standard Gibson pickups, but I only found out after buying it that they had been overwound by 10%. I do know that everyone says it sounds superb, which kind of trashes the less hot theory though. Both my SG Carved Top and 2007 LP have Burstbucker/Pro sets though, and they sound good to my ears. The SG Custom has been completely renovated, and has a matched and calibrated set of three Bare Knuckle Riff Raff pickups, which are not particularly hot, along the lines of Angus Young's. But as it simply hangs on the wall and I've never actually played it in anger I can't say what it sounds like. I did want to get the original 1973 'black back' resin-potted pickups re-plated, but was warned against trying to remove the covers for damaging them. They checked out at 7.4K for the bridge, down to 5.2K for the neck. I don't know what they sounded like either because as soon as the guitar arrived it went straight to the guitar shop for the restoration. Guitars are so subjective, you love one or you don't. I think you were wise to leave the SG neck alone. I don't like Fenders because they just don't feel right to me, although they sound great.
  11. I've never seen an SG with 3 P90's before, so I can only imagine it might be an artist custom model, or perhaps an odd Custom Shop job because it doesn't have the split diamond headstock inlay of the normal Customs. The gold hardware is usually reserved for Customs too.
  12. My '73 Custom (and all of the SG's I've seen that have been manufactured around that period in time) have a narrower neck at the nut than later SG's. I don't know if that was specific to the Norlin era guitars though. As a comparison, the Custom neck measures 40mm wide at the nut, and my later guitars, both SG's, Les Paul and Flying V '67 are 43mm wide. The Custom neck is a little deeper than my other guitars, about 2mm so where it starts to blend into the body, and I believe the vast majority of the Customs had ebony fretboards. The Custom neck profile however, is not bad, just different. The new SG Carved Top neck is the chunkiest, with a very rounded profile, although it does tend to stay in tune better than the others. The best neck to my feel is without doubt the '67 Re Issue Flying V, but you pays your money and takes your choice.
  13. Is this a quiz? If so, maybe sometime in the early 90's is my best guess.
  14. Looks good to me, apart from the truss-rod cover.
  15. One more thing on the neck angle: Bit difficult to see, but this is the '73 Custom neck angle. It's virtually flat.
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