GAS for a Gibson SG..........

lespauldawg

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I have always enjoyed the feel and playability of an SG, any advice as which model or year to take a closer look?
I am seriously considering picking up a used one.

Suggestions?............
 

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I have a 1993 Gibson SG Special and am loving it (more and more).

Definatly a model/year I would highly recommend :thumb:
 

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I have a 2013 50's Tribute with 24 frets and P90's that is excellent and I like small necks so I don't think the neck is a 50's if all 50's are big.
 

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Great ones are out there from all eras and I see lots of screaming deals on '90s-'00s Specials (which are humbucker guitars). My wife's 2000 Special might be the best SG I've ever encountered. It's loud as **** unplugged -- just rings out like a piano, percussive and punchy, plus it's got a nice thick-ish neck.

The only ones to maybe avoid are the early '70s ones that tend to have ridiculously narrow nuts. They're fine guitars, but it's tough for most folks to get used to them. I used to have a '74 SG Custom and it was a great guitar, but I couldn't handle the neck...
 

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Don't ignore the SG Classics either. Dot inlays, Bound 50's neck, P-90s.
 

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I recently picked up a 97 SG Standard... ABR-1 w/ real 6-32 posts into the body, 490R/498T (which work great in it), lightweight (6.71lbs), and well balanced w/ no neck dive. Killer guitar... it converted me from being "meh" when it came to SGs to being a fan! :D
 

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Great ones are out there from all eras and I see lots of screaming deals on '90s-'00s Specials (which are humbucker guitars). My wife's 2000 Special might be the best SG I've ever encountered. It's loud as **** unplugged -- just rings out like a piano, percussive and punchy, plus it's got a nice thick-ish neck.
Same for my 2001. :thumb:
 

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So many cool SGs out there. Here are mine:









...and they all have different pick ups!
 

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How about your budget, pickup and neck preference?
 

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1974 SG Standards are always great guitars and my personal favorites. I've had around 7 of them over the years and every one has been spectacular. Ebony fretboards with a really unique neck profile. The late 80s/early 90s SG Customs are phenomenal as well. Here is a video of one of the 74's I've had

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOvTqfCZXB8[/ame]
 

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How about your budget, pickup and neck preference?
My price point is around 1k....preferably less if possible!
concerning necks, anything that just feels right.I am a weirdo in this regard because I enjoy a fatty as much as the next guy...: haha
but seriously I am open minded in this area, it must feel right!
 

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1974 SG Standards are always great guitars and my personal favorites. I've had around 7 of them over the years and every one has been spectacular. Ebony fretboards with a really unique neck profile. The late 80s/early 90s SG Customs are phenomenal as well. Here is a video of one of the 74's I've had

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOvTqfCZXB8
Love the family portrait!
 

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My price point is around 1k....preferably less if possible!
concerning necks, anything that just feels right.I am a weirdo in this regard because I enjoy a fatty as much as the next guy...: haha
but seriously I am open minded in this area, it must feel right!
In that case, I would second someone else's recommendation on an SG Classic from around 8 years ago or so. You can get those for under $1K.
 

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You can't go wrong with a 2013 SGJ - if you can find one now.
Well within your budget.
Some people have a problem with the unconventional looks but the feel and sound are terrific. 490R/490T pups.
Mine is my current regular gigging instrument.
 

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My price point is around 1k....preferably less if possible!
concerning necks, anything that just feels right.I am a weirdo in this regard because I enjoy a fatty as much as the next guy...: haha
but seriously I am open minded in this area, it must feel right!
I understand you -- I've got so many different-shaped necks in the house that I enjoy. I really would try to find an early '70s one to play in person before buying one of those sight-unseen, though. As much as thin/thick, narrow/wide doesn't phase me, there's a limit with nut width and the '74 Custom I had was just too narrow for me. Trying to cleanly fret chords at the nut (which I don't even do that often) was way too difficult. And I don't have particularly thick fingers, either.
 

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I'd just look on Craigslist (or here) for one that catches your eye and is a good price. I bought a 2016 Standard in ebony - from ebay - because I got a decent deal on it and wanted to get one in time for my birthday. Of course it came with only a (nice enough) gig bag, not a hard case and cost me about £640
A few weeks later I found a 1999 locally, 1999 standard in cherry, which had a Gibson hard case. And I only paid £500 for it!

I absolutely love both of them, they're both 10/10 guitars but it shows you how bargains can be found on SGs.
 


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