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I DID SOMETHING WEIRD... I BOUGHT A GIBSON

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  1. JP68

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    I've never had much interest in humbucking guitars. Always played Fender single coils and loved 'em -- they sound like "my music." But last year when I was looking for an American Pro Strat, the only one I tried that I really bonded with was an HSS... I went back and forth on it, but ultimately realized I wasn't into that kind of guitar and found a wonderful SSS Am Std from 1988 that feels just right. Case closed...

    Until a few months ago... I was at the home of a guitar playing friend and he pulled out his SG for my to try. It was so playable and nice, and plugged in was very sweet with just a hint of edge to it -- and I started thinking, "This is something I could put to use" and started thinking again about humbuckers.

    So when Fender announced the Vintera Line I started getting the hots for some of their Tele Deluxe/Custom models and looked forward to checking them out. Meanwhile, I found a used "Bankruptcy Special" 2018 SG for cheap at my local GC. I played it, ostensibly to check out an amp, and it had a lot of soul.

    Still I couldn't see myself buying a Gibson, and when I realized Fender had put out an Am Pro Tele Deluxe I was excited to check them out and maybe keep things in the family. I found a good deal on a used one, but when I played it it was listless, felt really tight, and just not my thing. The next day I checked my GC and the SG was still there...

    So...

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    I'm still kind of freaking out over this guitar. It felt SUPER WEIRD to buy a Gibson. Almost wrong. When I brought it home I had the knobs all the way up and it was wild, overtones from the open strings rolling around, and hot noise. Definitely not single coily.

    I brought it into my shop to have them take a look at it since I have 45 days to return it. The intonation needs adjusting, but he found nothing flawed about it. He lowered the pickups to back them off the strings a little, and that helped a lot. I was getting a lot of pick noise, so I switched to a heavier pick, and that helped too. Then my friend, whose SG I originally played, suggested I roll back the volume knobs to 6 or so, and once I did, wow, this thing started to sound GREAT! It's a whole new thing.

    Anyhow, I'm still conflicted. But this is one gorgeous guitar. I think I'm gonna keep her.
     
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    It’s like trying a new brand of basketball shoes after you’ve worn only Nikes forever. You’ll be a much more open-minded guitar-tryer-outer now. It’s a dangerous game. Soon you’ll be wanting to play that Rickenbacker you’ve seen hanging on the wall in the local shop for a while, something with filtertrons...no limits. Good luck and Godspeed!
     
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    Those are pretty good guitars. The small HB's seem to be decent pickups, not exactly like the full size but not a P90 either.

    Have fun with it.
     
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    Gibson SGs are awesome guitars.
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    Is that a soft shell case, or a "chainsaw" type case?

    I have a chainsaw type for on of my Gibsons, and that looks similar
     
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    Over the years, I've owned a lot of Les Paul guitars, but I've never ventured into SG territory. I really want to though! Congratulations on your new guitar!
     
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    Thanks everyone!

    I take solace in knowing Sister Rosetta Tharpe rocked an SG!

    It's chainsaw shaped but what they call a "soft case"... a super sturdy thick-walled gig bag with lining... Really pretty nice!
     
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    With the volume rolled back I can get a sweet, very natural almost acoustic tone... Roll it up a little and it's kind of an old Kinks sound... Chimey and bright but with some grit on it. Very versatile. Turn things way up of course and it becomes a monster!
     
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