The Fool SG replica I had made from a 63 SG Jr...

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  1. Southbay Ampworks

    Southbay Ampworks Senior Member

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    Guitar Specs: 1963 SG (Jr. converted to Standard specs, measured off my 61 SG Std.), Brazilian board, MOP trapezoidal inlays, TonePros AVR-II bridge, old lightweight aluminum tailpiece using the original studs, CTS 500K pots/Bumble Bee .015 neck cap/.033 bridge cap, WCR Crossroads neck pup, WCR Goodwood plus bridge pup, Grover tuners, bone nut, stainless steel frets, reissue 61 SG plastic, old knobs, new wiring.

    Inlay, logo, face cap restoration, routing, final nitro clear coats/sanding/buffing and setup done by Jim Foote (Luthier) of MusicWorks.

    Paint: Jim O'Connor (O'Connor Graphic Design). 60 colors applied via airbrush, 9 days of painting.

    It's a loud guitar, it's light, it sustains for a long time, and it has no tuning issues, probably due to the Grover tuners, and new bone nut. The neck is bigger than my other SG's, probably due to the Jr. origins, I suspect. Small heel, easy access to the upper frets.

    My thanks to the the Jims involved...Wagner, Foote, O'Connor, and my lovely wife for buying me the 63 SG Jr. as a project guitar in 2004.

    The entire conversion process from start to finish is here:
    http://southbayampworks.com/63sg/63SG.html

    My three early 60's SG/Les Pauls L-R: 61 Special, 63 Jr. (Fool SG conversion) and my 61 Standard w/PAF's.

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  2. murkat

    murkat V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    I contributed that to your big ass hands...:naughty:

    The Axe looks killer in person, better than the original ;)
     
  3. FLICKOFLASH

    FLICKOFLASH V.I.P. Member

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    63SG :thumb: :cheers:

    Thanx for the conversion pix :cheers:
     
  4. Southbay Ampworks

    Southbay Ampworks Senior Member

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    Thanks murkat! I never realize how big my hands are until I see photos of my playing a guitar...I just think their "normal" size... :wtf: :shock:

    I like the Fool better than the original as well, too. :)
     
  5. GuitarGal

    GuitarGal Senior Member

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    I love the middle guitar~ :thumb:
     
  6. Southbay Ampworks

    Southbay Ampworks Senior Member

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    You can see it change from a 63 Jr. to the Fool here, if you're into watching the step by step build process.

    http://southbayampworks.com/63sg/63SG.html

    I like it the best of the three SG's I have as well. :)
     
  7. GuitarGal

    GuitarGal Senior Member

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    Wow, NEAT~ Thanks for the link~ :thumb:

    If I get my own guitar someday, I would def pick design for hockey or dolphin~ :naughty:
     
  8. Todd Louis

    Todd Louis V.I.P. Member

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    Got to get me a Fool!!!:thumb:
     
  9. Todd Louis

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    I'm still thinking about doing this to my 61 Historic

    I hope the old offer still stands !! :naughty: :rofl:
     
  10. Southbay Ampworks

    Southbay Ampworks Senior Member

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    Keep in mind that the Fool SG paint job runs anywhere from $1400 to $2400 for the hand painted version, with sealer put on it.

    The paint job you see on mine was all airbrushed, then nitro lacquer clear coated so it's absolutely smooth and very vivid in person (pics on the net do not really do this guitar justice). The hand painted model is more "authentic" to the original Fool paint, but I liked the more vivid air brush result of mine (and of course, yeah, I'm biased! LOL).

    As a comparison, here are some pics of a Fool SG painted by another artist vs my Fool SG painted by Jim O'Connor. The hand painted one with a brush has the Lyre tailpiece, mine has the stop tailpiece.

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    Back closeup:
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  11. Todd Louis

    Todd Louis V.I.P. Member

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    I was going to get it done ( Hand Painted for me ) a while back with my old 61 Historic with the Mistro But I sold the guitar..
    Now I got another 61' and am satrting to think again:naughty: :naughty:
     
  12. BCRGreg

    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    That thing is BAD ASS!!!!!! O'Connor is great, he's done a bunch of cool Hamers for the factory.

    He did this little gem...

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  13. Southbay Ampworks

    Southbay Ampworks Senior Member

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    Hey Greg...nice Hamer that Jim did with Marilyn in the artwork.
     
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    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    Jim's a GOD.
     
  15. GuitarGal

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    I really like this one~
     
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    Had the pleasure to play that guitar...work of art. Sounds amazing, and Jim's finish work is stunning.

    My favorite OConner work is Lukather's Robot Valley Arts strat.
     
  17. VictorB

    VictorB Formerly LZF Super Mod

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    WOW! It looks great! Excellent work!
     

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