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  1. I have 3 options: 1 Leave it as is. just clean it up / set it up and use it. Actually, I have been doing just that this last week. It looks a lot better. 2 Relic it - clean up some of the battered parts. Re-profile the frets a little. I may do this. I have the tools. Get Gibson machine heads, or Grover locking ones which I like. And fill the holes. 3 Strip it completely and either leave it as wood if it turns out nice or paint it black again. I like black. I think #1 for now as I am busy and then plan for #2. Only problem is in some places the paint/lacquer is cracking and falling off. It has been abused somewhat I would say. I can always go for #3 if #2 fails ...
  2. I just picked up a ratty old 1998 Gibson Special for just over $200 and the sound is much closer to what I am after. I can detect a slight difference to my SG - a little more raspy somehow. Very happy!
  3. The Gibson logo has mostly come off, except for the b of Gibson. 'Les Paul Special' is still visible. I just did a serial check and it is a 1998. Also just tuned it up and it plays quite nicely. Needs properly sorting. Should I get some Gibson tuners or some locking ones that fit the Gibson holes? Any recommendations as for locking ones? Have to admit - I am quite excited by my new find/project ...
  4. The Gibson logo has mostly come off, except for the b of Gibson. 'Les Paul Special' is still visible. I just did a serial check and it is a 1998.
  5. I just got myself a well used and abused Gibson Special for just over $200 or so. One the one hand, it's battered state might look like the road wear that so many chase after but in reality is a bit of a shipwreck. Wrong tuners, leaving holes - not even fitted straight, loose jack plug, wonky toggle switch, bent strap point, flattened frets 9but not too bad), badly chipped paint and lacquer. So .. should I strip it and all the paint and redo, or, try to fix it up as a relic?
  6. Thanks for the info :-) It is appreciated.
  7. I watched a few YouTube vids about adjusting he truss rod and some seem to contradict each other with their explanations - or - they are just not clear. To me, it would make sense that the strings pull the neck forward towards the bridge as they are tightened into tune. Therefore #1, the truss rod surely must pull the neck back in the opposite direction. Therefore #2, tightening the truss rod would straighten the neck against the strings and decrease the string action on the frets; therefore #3 loosening the truss rod would allow the neck to bow towards the bridge and heighten the string action over the frets. Would that be correct? At least, that is the way I thought it to be before I got confused watching YouTube.
  8. Thanks for that. At least I know - they are interchangeable and will fit. I know the sound will be different. I just can't get over the Les Paul sound. The sustain was way batter than my SG too. Obviously a very different piece of equipment. I can solder :-) being a bit of a hobby engineer. I also have a very good Korean PRS SE - maybe I should try Burstbucker Pros in that one instead.
  9. Posted in wrong place - sorry - not sure how to delete
  10. My first question - newbie to the forum: I have a 2012 SG standard with 490R and 498T pickups. I recently tried a 2008 Les Paul and it sounded amazing. The 2008 LP has Burstbucker Pro pickups. If I bought some would they fit straight in my SG? Would it sound better or would I be wasting my time/money?
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