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Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by waltschwarzkopf, Feb 13, 2018.

Should I buy "inlay" stickers?

  1. NO!

    36 vote(s)
  2. Only trapeze for the frets

    0 vote(s)
  3. Only crown for the head

    1 vote(s)
  4. Both, trapeze and crown.

    2 vote(s)
  1. waltschwarzkopf

    waltschwarzkopf Strat-Talker

    May 17, 2017
    Hi guys,

    I've been playing guitar for quite some time and usually look at the classifieds for used guitars and amps that may be good offers. I only make NGD threads for the stuff that I think is worth keeping.

    This one is a 2010 Gibson SG Special Faded in worn red with 490 R/T pickups and a 50’s rounded neck (thankfully). I got it for 400 bucks, which seemed like a good price to me, I looked it up on reverb and eBay before buying and they sell for 400-600, so it was within range. The specs are pretty standard, 22 frets on a Rosewood board, mahogany neck and body, and AlNiCo II PUPs.

    I bought it on Sunday night, and when I got home it was too late to plug in the Gigmaster and raise hell, so I played it unplugged. I was amazed at how light this is! I own an Epi LP which is heaviest and a Gibson LP which is lighter, but this is feather light! It just hangs perfectly from my shoulders. I was looking for one without a slim taper neck, and this one has the same shape as my LP which I love, so it plays awesome. The satin finish and double-cut SG body make shifting from fret 1 to fret 22 effortless, it also sounded great too and quite loud for such a light non-amplified electric. It was hard for me to put her down and go to bed.

    On Monday I made sure get home early enough to let her roar, and she did! It sounds incredible through my amp (ENGL Gigmaster 315 + 310 cabinet). Nice and deep lows on clean through the neck pickups and clear highs through the bridge. Then I switched to my usual channel, where I keep the gain pretty low, but enough for crunch and to be able to drive it when I hit the strings hard. It sounds completely different to the LP (BB Pros), which is a good thing for me. It doesn’t drive the amp as much as the BurstBucker Pros, but it’s exactly what I wanted. The AlNiCo II magnet is really warm, the neck sounds great for Guns N’ Roses and does “woman tone” unbelievably well. The bridge is trebbly enough for Led Zeppelin and, of course, AC/DC.

    I’m really blown away by this guitar, I was looking for a light and affordable Gibson to take to the studio and leave the LP at home, but (don’t tell anyone) I think I like this one better than the LP. Enough talking, here are some pics. By the quality of the pics, you will see that I wanted to take them as fast as possible and get back to playing, lol.



    P.S. If you live in Zürich and want to get together and jam, send me a PM.

    P.P.S. I’m thinking about buying trapeze and crown “inlay” stickers, what do you say?

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  2. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 11, 2013
    Congrats. My SG Specials have been the workhorses in my stable.
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  3. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 5, 2015
    The EU
    You're on a Gibson roll, hm? Well, get 'em while they're solvent :D

    I'm all for tarting it up! It needs to look like an SG needs to look, especially so when it's red!

    And get zebra 'buckers to complete the look! :cool: Okay, one could argue about that...
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  4. ChatNoir

    ChatNoir Strat-O-Master

    Dec 11, 2010
    Peabody, MA
    Love the full guard look!
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  5. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 17, 2017
    In the shop...
    Looks good, congrats.........
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  6. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.

    Play that thing!
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  7. davidKOS

    davidKOS Musical Hermit Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    Don't bother with the decals...just play it!
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  8. tery

    tery Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 31, 2014
    Its a looker like it is - Congratulations .
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  9. waltschwarzkopf

    waltschwarzkopf Strat-Talker

    May 17, 2017
    I'm glad you like it. I guess the stickers are a no go, it was just a thought. But it would go against it's intended purpose, to to rock hard and be played, no to hang it and just look at it. Besides, as I mostly play standing up I can't even see the fretboard.
  10. dblvnm

    dblvnm Strat-Talk Member

    May 1, 2017
    Las Vegas Nevada
    HNGD, that is a beauty!! maybe one day I can convince my wife that I REALLY NEED an SG and a TELE. ;)
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  11. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    HNGD to you.

    I'm in the 'no decal' camp. I think it looks great just as it is.
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  12. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member

    Jan 22, 2016
    Sweet guitar! Don't bother with stickers, it looks like it should already.

    I have one just like it on the way here, but a 2005 model.
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  13. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    Nice find! Looks great as is.

    I do see what ya mean about the headstock. Add the crown.
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  14. garyhoos1

    garyhoos1 Huffing n Puffing.

    Jan 28, 2012
    North Wales and Somerset.
  15. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 10, 2012
    stamford, CT
    I'm in the 'just play it' camp
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  16. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 16, 2011
    Great guitar! Play it!
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  17. West Coast Idea

    West Coast Idea Strat-O-Master

    Mar 10, 2017
    Out on the Range
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018
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  18. Rob Moreno

    Rob Moreno Strat-O-Master

    May 28, 2017
    It looks great and in near-mint condition from what I can see. Nice guitar.
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  19. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    Tucson does cheesy translate? Those faded series guitars (SG and LP) were killer...if you're wailing no will give a hoot about the inlays.

    IMHO...that's a lot like guys putting fake stick-on engine compartment vents on their cars/trucks or use shiny metallic tape to edge their wheel wells.

    Oh...I'm in the No camp. :) (but, it ain't my guitar do what you wish)

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  20. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    My thought exactly.

    Who you tryin' to impress?

    Just play it.