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I am going to be getting a new SG Standard in the Heritage Cherry finish, and just have few questions

 

I owned a SG Special a few years ago, and was fairly happy with it, wasn't to crazy about the dot neck and the faded finish and the pick ups seemed muddy (Could be that I am used to playing a hollow body electric with P-90S) Are the stock pick ups in the new SG Standards any good? I have heard of guys swapping the out with the '57 Classics. Also the neck width, is it thicker that then Specials, it was an '04 model, and I have recently played a new SG so can't compare. Also what about the tuners, will Grover Rotomatics drop right in? I have also seen guys put them in as well. Any help would be appreciated.

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The Limiteds have the baked maple fretboards opposed to the Standards with rosewood, not a big fan of the idea of a baked maple board

 

I have one, and the I do like fretboard. The pickups - I like them, and not sure you need to worry about the tuners either. These are pretty solid SGs all around.

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I have a Special Faded too with the baked maple and love it. Like baked maple more than rosewood now. The neck is the same as my Standard it just has the thinner finish so u feel the wood grain and that might give the illusion that the neck is thicker. Also, the lack of neck binding makes it seem different. These are just my opinions and I'm sure you'll get people that like to argue about stupid crap who will disagree.

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The Limiteds have the baked maple fretboards opposed to the Standards with rosewood, not a big fan of the idea of a baked maple board

 

I think you'll likely change your mind about the baked maple fretboard after trying it. If you can feel the difference between rosewood and ebony, the baked maple feels very close to ebony because it's so dense and tight grained. These maple fretboards are also very smooth and fast playing with excellent response. Don't let those who keep whining about it sway you, most who whine about the baked maple have never even tried one, and once you play your new guitar you'll see what I mean.

 

I have a baked maple fretboard on my LP Classic Custom, and it is just awesome, IMHO!!!

 

The SG Standard has the 490/498 pickups, which are hotter than the Classic 57's and the P-90's. I can still get very clean tones with my SG Standard with no problem, and I can also really give it some punch and snarl when I want it, too.

 

Be sure to post some pics when you get it and let us know how it turns out for you!!! [thumbup]

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Whats the deal with the baked maple fretboards? Do they need to be oiled regularly or what?

 

The maple fretboards being used by Gibson are not sealed or finished. So, yes, you can oil them about every six months like their other guitars.

 

Richlite is the fretboard that does not get oiled.

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Pics for sure. Ive also heard banter over the case that comes with it being made of cardboard like material. And that the guitar "moves" around inside. Anyone?

My SG fits my case like a glove, also came with shroud, but this is an '07 model, so things may have changed lately.IMG_3878.jpg

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The whole topic on the rosewood or baked maple fretboard is interesting. I just recieved an email back from Gibson telling me that the SG Standard still comes with a Rosewod fretboard? But i have heard of guys saying theres is baked maple? Has Gibson gone back to Rosewood?

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The whole topic on the rosewood or baked maple fretboard is interesting. I just recieved an email back from Gibson telling me that the SG Standard still comes with a Rosewod fretboard? But i have heard of guys saying theres is baked maple? Has Gibson gone back to Rosewood?

 

Not sure if it's on the 2012 Standard Limited. Those all had baked maple, but the reissues and some of the others, apparently still have rosewood boards.

 

The one I picked up about a month and a half ago is baked maple.

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