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My upgraded 2015 SG Standard


Strong Heavy
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Hi,

I made cool upgrades on my SG :

- KLUSON Revolution machine heads  (GForce removed)

- Historic TRC

- TUSQ GraphTech adjustable nut

- Les Paul custom tenon cover

- 5 ply 60° bevel pickguard

- M69 humbucker rings

- Gibson ABR-1 bridge

- Vintage repro knobs smooth top

- Heavy knurled Switchcraft nut, Historic switch tip

 

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One thing you can say about 2015 Gibsons, they make great mod platforms. The brass z-fan nut was a mistake and hardly anyone likes the g-force tuners, but otherwise they're really well-put-together guitars - or at least, every one I've tried has been.

This is my 2015 Les Paul LPM.

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Mods, from headstock to base:

  • G-force swapped for Grover Roto-Grip locking tuners
  • "LPM" truss rod cover replaced with a blank one, but only because I broke the original around one of the screw holes
  • Brass zfan nut replaced with Graphtech Tusq XL one
  • Back of neck rubbed down with scouring pad to take the gloss off
  • Strap buttons replaced with Schaller strap locks
  • Switch replaced - original switch tip broke off during rehearsal with half of the threaded shaft still in it, still don't know how that happened
  • Poker chip removed. It was a black one, and I just didn't like the look of it.
  • Magnet reversed in neck pickup for out-of-phase sound
  • Tailpiece replaced with Duesenberg Les Trem ii
  • Speed knobs relplaced with reflector knobs, and thumb-bleeders added
  • Cavities shielded with copper foil and conductive paint
  • Original PCB (basic three-way toggle switching) replaced with Scrinia Engineering Jimmy Page Mark 2 control board, which gives me coil taps, phase switch, series-parallel switch and treble bleed
  • Black plastic jack plate replaced with black metal one (after it broke around one of the screw holes)

It didn't come with a pickguard, which suits me just fine - I prefer them without.

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On 3/30/2020 at 4:00 AM, Strong Heavy said:

For information, the KLUSON Revolution tuners are fantastic, they are light weight (perfect on the Gibson SG), nice vintage design, 1:19 high ratio, smooth tuning keys and ultra stable.

A locking version is available too but not necessary imho.

 

I've always had reservations about Klusons - mainly because I think the thin shafts the buttons are attached to look a bit flimsy. I'm a bit clumsy, and sure I could bend one of those and make the tuner unusable. These have solved that problem.

If I was going to, I'd get the locking versions - the Duesenberg Les Trem tailpiece is open at the top, so the strings aren't really securely held until they're pulled tight, and locking tuners make string changing so much easier.

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