Hi all, glad to be part of the forum. If you haven't guessed, I like AC/DC :P
Last night, after a 6 month special order process with Guitar Center, I took delivery of a lefty 2017 SG Standard T, heritage cherry. The SG has always been my favorite guitar with its sleek looks and thin body. I've been playing for about 10 years and have owned many guitars in that time, but never a Gibson. When I found out Gibby were making lefties again for 2017, I put my pre order in the first day I could. I've got it here at home now and it feels great and sounds amazing, but there are some quirks!
Most noticeably, the fretboard feels super dry! It's almost blasphemous to say this, but the fretboard feels like a rosewood fretboard on a $80 guitar I had years ago. I'm going do the Fret Doctor thing today and polish the frets up and see what we can get. But you'd think for how expensive these Gibsons are, the board would have a better feel right out of the box. I'm curious if other players have had the same experience, and if so, what they did to get a better feel.
When I got the axe home, plugged in, and went to turn up my volume, I realized the knobs are wired the wrong way! Now, if you don't know, knobs on a lefty guitar are wired the opposite way from a righty. So when you turn the volume up (louder), the knob turns counter clockwise. I've had cheap import guitars with special knobs with their numbers arranged the opposite way to account for this. It's a nit picky detail but I appreciate it. Last year I bought an American Strat that came with standard righty knobs. I guess California didn't know the difference! Anyway the SG has the same quirk, except that this time the Gibson luthier actually wired the pots to turn the opposite way (from a lefty) so that when the knob reads 10, you're on 10, and you have to turn the knob in a counter-intuitive way to get back to zero. What a hilarious over sight! It's a good thing though - I usually mod my guitars but was on the fence about leaving this one how it came from the shop vs putting in a Fishman Powerbridge. I guess if I have to open up the control cavity anyway... :P
I was under the impression that Standards were built with 1 or 2-piece bodies. Mine is a 3-piece. This doesn't really make a difference to me, and to be honest at the time it sounded like buzz word sales speak. I would have gone with a Faded in worn brown but felt like the mahogany neck of the Standard was vital to the vintage sound of an SG.
The 1/4" jack was loose (like on pretty much every guitar). I like the absence of the "rhythm/treble" chip.
The 5-ply pickguard, beefy brushed aluminum strap buttons, and locking Grover tuners are a nice reminder where the money went, but part of me wishes the guitar had vintage klusions!
I am a little weird about how the guitar sits in its case. It came with a vintage style hardshell Gibson USA case, but something about the neck angle and how the body sits in the case doesn't look right. I've heard of some people putting a folded-up T shirt in the case to sit underneath the tail part of the body so the neck sits correctly. Anyone want to chime in on what they did? If it was even a problem?
Over all it's a spectacular guitar and I'm glad to have it. I've been lucky enough in recent years to make my mantra "quality over quantity," and this will be a welcome addition in my library of sound. If anything its quirks are like owning a classic car. Totally worth it!!
Thanks for having me and hope to learn lots of stuff from this forum!