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    i went to a guitar show today, and ended up playing an SG (special i think - deffinately wasnt the standard - it had humbuckers though)

    it was priced at 500 new.. and fit my hands perfectly and more to the point sounded really good

    what i wanna know is, do you think its worth gettin this one or saving up for a standard?

    bear in mind that resale value really isnt an issue at all

    and i might put some duncans in it but im not sure what combos suit an SG for hard rock

    stock pups werent too bad from what i heard - but i was playin through a boogie combo (tweedy coloured thing - no idea what it was called but it wasnt a gain monster like the recto)
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    Originally posted by Rid
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    i say if you like it, and think its worth it, buy it! I own the special faded and it has an amzing tone (same pickups as the one you looked at) the special you looked at had a nicer cosmetic finish, and thats the only real difference. If your a costmetic freak then go for the standard. if you like a simple guitar with great tone, build quality, and most of all personality ( i think sg's can have great personality's) then id go for it!

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    • #3
      Re: Gibson SG Special

      I dunno im not a big fan of the gibson sg's at all. They feel to neck heavy and feel odd playing. Bodies are too thin for my liking. I standard i dont mind playing but whne i played the faded sg special i foudn the freats were not done very well and needed some serious fret work.
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      • #4
        Re: Gibson SG Special

        I own an SG Special and love it. Note that it isn't a "faded" model.....it has the wine red look to it. IMO the extra money to go from that to a SG Standard wasn't worth it....it was mostly a cosmetic upgrade for the inlays.
        Overall it's got a versatile sound that can do nice cleans to mean bites (once I dropped the Duncans in).
        PRS McCarty Korina loaded w/Godwoods
        PRS Custom 22 loaded w/Dragon IIs
        GJ2 Shredder loaded w/Habaneros
        Rivera Knucklehead 55 Reverb/Blackstar HT-1/VHT Special Ultra 6
        Avatar 2X12 loaded with V30 & G12H30
        various pedals

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        • #5
          Re: Gibson SG Special

          The regular SGs Specials are pretty nice, I'd avoid the faded SGs. The only major difference between the Special and Standard are the pickup covers, binding, and inlays. Other than that, they're basically the same guitar. A friend of mine had an SG Special with C5/59 in it and the thing sounded awesome. Too bad the fool sold it to buy an LTD...
          Originally posted by crusty philtrum
          And that's probably because most people with electric guitars seem more interested in their own performance rather than the effect on the listener ... in fact i don't think many people who own electric guitars even give a poop about the effect on a listener. Which is why many people play electric guitars but very very few of them are actually musicians.

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          • #6
            Re: Gibson SG Special

            Originally posted by strat_master
            I dunno im not a big fan of the gibson sg's at all. They feel to neck heavy and feel odd playing. Bodies are too thin for my liking. I standard i dont mind playing but whne i played the faded sg special i foudn the freats were not done very well and needed some serious fret work.
            I'd say mine is perfectly balanced. However the previous Epi SG G-400 was unbalanced, the body itself was too light.

            Concerning the "Faded Specials", they ALL have that frets problem, due to the different fingerboard wood used, in this case Ebony which is more sensible/reactive to temperature/humidity (opposed to Rosewood on Specials which is more stable).
            Edwards Jimmy Page, Fender AmDlx Strat, PRS CE24, Edwards E-FV, AGILE Valkyrie Double-neck, Ibanez EP9. Metroamp 50w, Fender SFSR, Blackstar HT40 VP

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            • #7
              Re: Gibson SG Special

              I heard/read that the Gibson SG specials are made out of multipiece mahogany.
              Quite some differences from the standard: Wood, pickup covers, binding, inlays and probably some small things everybody overlooks.
              But I'm absolutely shure the SG special smokes with some Duncans in it! Maybe a '59/Custom would do hardrock good? At least that's what I've read on this forum a couple of times.
              Nightburst
              Ultimate Tone Slacker
              Last edited by Nightburst; 05-04-2004, 10:13 AM.

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              • #8
                Re: Gibson SG Special

                Originally posted by Nightburst
                I heard/read that the Gibson SG specials are made out of multipiece mahogany.
                Quite some differences from the standard: Wood, pickup covers, binding, inlays and probably some small things everybody overlooks.
                But I'm absolutely shure the SG special smokes with some Duncans in it! Maybe a '59/Custom would do hardrock good? At least that's what I've read on this forum a couple of times.
                Mine is made of 2 pieces. Many Standards are also made of 2 pieces...
                Edwards Jimmy Page, Fender AmDlx Strat, PRS CE24, Edwards E-FV, AGILE Valkyrie Double-neck, Ibanez EP9. Metroamp 50w, Fender SFSR, Blackstar HT40 VP

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                • #9
                  Re: Gibson SG Special

                  Originally posted by Nightburst
                  I heard/read that the Gibson SG specials are made out of multipiece mahogany.
                  Quite some differences from the standard: Wood, pickup covers, binding, inlays and probably some small things everybody overlooks.
                  But I'm absolutely shure the SG special smokes with some Duncans in it! Maybe a '59/Custom would do hardrock good? At least that's what I've read on this forum a couple of times.
                  What's the wood difference? Difference in wood types or just quality?

                  The '59 and JB combo is real good in the SG Special....they cover alot of ground.
                  PRS McCarty Korina loaded w/Godwoods
                  PRS Custom 22 loaded w/Dragon IIs
                  GJ2 Shredder loaded w/Habaneros
                  Rivera Knucklehead 55 Reverb/Blackstar HT-1/VHT Special Ultra 6
                  Avatar 2X12 loaded with V30 & G12H30
                  various pedals

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                  • #10
                    Re: Gibson SG Special

                    I had a 2002 Cherry Red Sg Special ( bought it used ), in the Gloss Finish. It was OK. Played well, Sounded good. I sold it for $475. I mainly bought it just to tinker with. It was a Fun Guitar.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Gibson SG Special

                      I have an SG Standard from 1968. I bought it new. The new one are not as good ad the old ones that is for sure. Sg's are neck heavy. The can be a bit of a pain, constantly slipping down etc. The sound is real nice, but I prefer either a LP or my 335. I use the SG for som slide and a few other things. If you like the way it sounds and the way it plays I would say buy it. It is a good guitar!
                      "So you will never have to listen to Surf music again" James Marshall Hendrix
                      "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace."-Jimi Hendrix

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                      • #12
                        Re: Gibson SG Special

                        I would highly recommend it.. Those Gibson's are some of the best standard "NON FANCY" guitars on the market for the money.. Made in the USA too so they will hold their value pretty good!
                        Tim
                        Tim..

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                        • #13
                          Re: Gibson SG Special

                          I've never heard that Ebony is more sensative to temp, etc, than rosewood? Gibson even uses Ebony in their top of the line LP Customs for instance! Those rock! Ask Zakk! hehe..
                          Interesting though!
                          Tim

                          Originally posted by Thames
                          I'd say mine is perfectly balanced. However the previous Epi SG G-400 was unbalanced, the body itself was too light.

                          Concerning the "Faded Specials", they ALL have that frets problem, due to the different fingerboard wood used, in this case Ebony which is more sensible/reactive to temperature/humidity (opposed to Rosewood on Specials which is more stable).
                          Tim..

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                          • #14
                            Re: Gibson SG Special

                            Originally posted by DotNetTim
                            I've never heard that Ebony is more sensative to temp, etc, than rosewood? Gibson even uses Ebony in their top of the line LP Customs for instance! Those rock! Ask Zakk! hehe..
                            Interesting though!
                            Tim
                            Yes. But dont forget, its not a "bad" wood at all! But those Customs and other high-ends have the small nibs at each fret ends... so it doesnt make any difference if the wood shrunk for 0.5 mm
                            Edwards Jimmy Page, Fender AmDlx Strat, PRS CE24, Edwards E-FV, AGILE Valkyrie Double-neck, Ibanez EP9. Metroamp 50w, Fender SFSR, Blackstar HT40 VP

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