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Discussion in 'Vintage SG' started by K701, May 30, 2010.
Because he saw Mark Farner with scotch tape on his in 1971?
Agreed...that's what it looks like.
I buy into the sweat argument, as I remember seeing pictures where there was duct tape patched around the pickups (sans covers) so that the moisture could not easily make its way down into the coil wire.
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Just found something I had already dug out:
By the way,
I "found out" why Angus had his SG taped in the late '70s.
It was specifically around from August 1977 onward, for one or two years.
The Schaffer-Vega is the reason/answer.
Angus had a wireless unit - which immensely changed his sound, too - and the transmitter was fitted in the guitar control cavity for a time.
The guitar cable would come out directly from the cavity. All around it was taped.
Wait. Wait. How did they actually get such a big transmitter into a small cavity box ???
One of the many different uses of duct tape
It also cures warts
Have no whatsoever idea (I guess the transmitter was opened, taken out of its box and the its board inserted somehow into the cavity).
However, I was told it was so by Mr. Ken Schaffer in person who, in those days, not only was the inventor and seller of the thing but also, Angus' friend
That's gaffers tape fellas, not duct tape. You can remove gaff tape from a guitar, duct tape isn't coming off.
Best tape in the world! I still keep rolls around the studio and house and I use it all the time. One of the best things invented! I still have small rolls from when I was in the film business as ... A gaffer!!
If you use Duct Tape to do your Brazilian Wax, you may be a redneck.
I just got the Blu Ray of "Let There Be Rock" and the tape is on the back covering the control cavity of the cherry SG with the lyre vibrola. He breaks a string at one point and has to do an emergency guitar switch mid song to a black SG with a white pickguard which has no tape. You would think they would have them all taped if was not something specific to the cherry SG with the lyre vibrola.
Thank god it didn't effect his tone.
I used to work in a repair shop in Sydney that "serviced" Angus's guitars in AC/DC's early days.
One of the guys sid that when they returned to Australia from their first US tour, Angus had cracked the neck on his main SG, and somehow or other managed to crack the body on the lower bout through the control cavity - roadie's solution to keeping it playable - stick it all together with Gaffer tape!
On the note of Angus's sweat - apparently it is so corrosive that the frets had worn to the point that in places all that was left was the tang of the fret.
Wow! THAT I didn't know
Well, that concert seemingly has no SVDS on it. Although recent evidence (posted on solodallas.net) shows that the Schaffer-Vega was there, and it was turned on. So we don't know yet.
There was no broken string, despite the stories of alleged people who were there (they weren't!). It was sweat in the control cavity. You can actually hear the guitar signal dying, you won't hear the typical Lyre SG reaction to a broken string (i.e., tuning goes up and crazy because of unbalanced string tension).
You do hear the signal going away instead. That's why Angus switched to the custom SG.
Now i love the cracked Headstock on my 1971 Gibson SG!!!
Its even more "Angus-Like"!!!