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  1. So, since there seem to be no nitro safe rubber materials, why doesn't anyone make felt/cotton stands? I'm probably going to make one myself so I can leave my nitro guitars out for longer than 3 hours. Just seems surprising that with the amount of guitars that still use nitro, that more hasn't been done to make stands that won't kill them. I've got some stand rash on my SG supreme, which I touched up and buffed out.
  2. get a silver cloth that trumpet players use on their silver plate trumpets. I believe those are probably nickel plated covers, so they are gonna age, slowly but surely. They don't have the resilience that chrome does.
  3. huh? the back of the headstock stamping has more to do with when the guitar was made, not what type of guitar it is. The "grain" people are seeing in the topmost post is in fact dithering from a cell phone camera... aka bad picture quality. The problem still is that neither an SG standard NOR special should have that color as the stock color if it is a 1977. The headstock inlay though shows it to be a standard. Now it says "SG" on the TRC, I don't know if that's correct. Honestly, I don't know enough to even venture a guess as to what it really is.
  4. is the seller the original owner? The fingerboard is neither bound nor blocked. I was under the impression that all standards were bound and blocked in that time period. Black definitely is not one of the listed colors. Unfortunately without seeing the guitar in person there is no real way to check out to see whether that is in fact the original color of the guitar.
  5. well, I guess I should qualify that with "useful if it works" A possibly MORE useful guitar would be one with a modular midi controller built in that could work with outboard effects unit, as opposed to an effects unit built into a guitar with a bizarre switching system.
  6. save up for a used Standard would be my advice. Or maybe one of the lesser known models from the 80's and 90s. there are a TON of good SGs out there for not too much money.
  7. Looking at it more... It's just a bad call. The robot guitars with auto tuning: that's awesome. Really useful to EVERY gigging musician, pretty much negating the need for a tuner, tuning, and also helps you set the intonation. The effects on this guitar are simply limiting, and the interface to control them is cluttered and not intuitive. far better would have been a buncha buttons with a display screen on the top of the guitar where you could just press the buttons for various effects and either turn them on or off, or switch sound profiles entirely. Instead you have to deal with a bunch of toggle switches, sliders, with mix controls around the toggles, and the "gear shift" knob, which has a nice display that you can't even really read while playing.
  8. the 57 classics are single conductor + ground. The conductor should go where the HOT wire for the pickups is. The ground conductor should go to the other part of the clip. Is the ground for the 490/498 spliced in with another wire?
  9. The current SG standard neck = batter up! it's nice and chunky but still feels great.
  10. I got mine for $1200, though it was originally listed at $1300. But, it was through a forum that I was a member of, so I probably payed a bit less than market price. No idea what the price would be in CAD though. I'm not sure how rare they are up there. Even though it's just across the border the market up there is a bit different. As for what it's like, it's awesome. They have a really nice classic SG sound due to the 57 classic pickups though this guitar seems to have had the pickups replaced. No idea with what. The necks are not as chunky as the SG standards, and they have the old-style neck joint. One thing to look out for if you get it: it's neck heavy. Make sure you use a thick grippy strap or else it'll be bombs away when you let go of the neck. When you've got a big head stock with Grovers on it, that's just the way it is.
  11. The ceramic pickups are kinda beefy sounding, but if you lower them a bit from the strings and use your EQ you should be able to get some smoking sounds out of that classic. The 57 classic pickups are nice, though they can be shrill at times compared to the more modern sounding pickups like the 498T and 490R.
  12. I blame him, tony iommi, and my friend Jayson who had a really nice SG in high school. Also my first "real" guitar was an old SG special.
  13. Interesting? Yes. Revolutionary, earth shaking, worth of destroying an SG over? I think NOT. It's pretty clear who this whole thing was aimed at: "non-luddites", and the creditors that Henry owes money too. Now I see they have a list of "revolutionaries" listed on the Gibson website where they are starting out with Orville Gibson. You can be that Henry J will be at the top of this list of revolutionaries. Nothing but a bunch of PR trash, which is exactly why it is getting bashed so much. Now, can someone enlighten me as to how these guitars are so much better than the 13-pin and midi output guitars that have already been on the market for quite some time?
  14. I don't see any issue with taking strings off. If you are going to have them off for a while, remove all tension from the truss rod nut, and it'll be fine. Then just set the relief again when you put the strings back on.
  15. "staggered" the music world? Yeah... it made them stagger alright. Just like they did with the Jimi Hendrix tribute stuff from Gibson, Baldwin, etc.
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