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RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Jun 20th, 2019 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Needless, to say.....I've been a busy boy.

Out of the box, the fretboard looked a bit dry and,thank goodness, the guitar needed to be tuned up to pitch. Once tuned, the setup wasn't bad at all....but....I knew I needed my standard strings on it.....D'Adario XL 100's, so on they went.

After the fretboard was oiled and new strings went on and were stretched, I made a minor adjustment to the saddle height on the bass side, and was good to go.

The Alnico V pickups are clear, tight and articulate, and with the audio taper pots and orange drops inside, have a nice, full sweep in volume and tone settings. When I dig in, particularly in the middle switch position, I can get that classic Gibson SG "Snarl and Snap" in the upper registers.

The Fit, finish and attention to detail are just about perfect, and, somewhat pleasantly and surprisingly, after the string stretching ceremony and lubing the nut slots and saddle notches, the guitar stays in tune when using the Maestro Bar as intended. I wouldn't dive bomb with this guitar. My Eric Johnson Strat is the perfect guitar for that, as far as I'm concerned. But for light bends, it's good.

The Maestro Vibrola Design is good and stable on this guitar...the color, which is VERY nice, "Vintage Cherry" is a bit lighter and a tad more "orange-y" than Gibson's previous Heritage Cherry SG's.

Neck is round and comfortable, and the nut slots are cut right.

Based on what I see in this new 2019 Gibson SG Standard 61 Maestro Vibrola, I think the new Gibson leadership is on the right track.

Back-to-basics Gibson quality done right.

Sounds Even Better Than It Looks!

Leftee
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The Escalator
Jun 20th, 2019 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice! Congrats!

Gene from Tampa
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Press On Irregardless
Jun 20th, 2019 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Score!

Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

Rhythm & Lewd Guitarist
Jun 20th, 2019 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oooo!!!!!

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Manchester, TN

Ask me how I know!?
Jun 20th, 2019 12:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

""Vintage Cherry" is a bit lighter and a tad more "orange-y" than Gibson's previous Heritage Cherry SG's."

Yes, that does look great!! Congrats!

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Jun 20th, 2019 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

You sure that's not a Dean guitar...??? ;-/)

LOL!

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Jun 20th, 2019 08:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is great! Saw the Jayhawks last week and the main guy, Gary Louris, was playing a vintage SG with the Vibrola and it sounded fantastic.

(This message was last edited by professor at 10:52 PM, Jun 20th, 2019)

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Du riechst so gut.

Jun 20th, 2019 11:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dang!




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Jun 21st, 2019 01:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats! That is a beauty! I've got a couple SG's and they're great. A Gibson SG Future, and a

Gibson SG Standard Limited Edition Gold Series

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Tbird Greg
Jun 21st, 2019 05:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Now you got me wanting one! Congrats!

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Jun 21st, 2019 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh hell yeah! That's a nice looking SG. Enjoy!

RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Jun 21st, 2019 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

professor.....interesting......

That's a NICE SG that Gary Louris has!!

Did you know that many of the Vintage 60's SG's and other 60's era Gibson electrics (think Firebirds, 335's) came equipped with stock Nylon Saddles?

Some of Gibson's Limited Edition guitars were spec'd with 'em too, including one of my personal favorites, the Elliot Easton Tiki Firebird. It's a GREAT guitar!!!

Nylon Saddles DO contribute to Vintage-y Tone!

Nylon Saddle Bridges

(This message was last edited by RainboGuy at 09:38 AM, Jun 21st, 2019)

Leftee
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The Escalator
Jun 21st, 2019 07:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

Love the Tiki Firebird! I’ll snag a used one some day.

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You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Jun 21st, 2019 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool guitar.

Another Jayhawks fan here - it's almost enough to motivate me to get another SG...

Mike the marksman

Kansas City, MO

Jun 21st, 2019 01:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm glad they're making it with the lyre vibrola again! I don't know why they still insist on calling it a '61 reissue though- 61s had the sideways vibrola and were still labeled "Les Paul"

(This message was last edited by Mike the marksman at 03:15 PM, Jun 21st, 2019)

RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Jun 23rd, 2019 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mike the bluesman:

You're right, the lyre vibrolas are, for sure, good, simple designs that do a better job of maintaining tuning stability than the Gibson sideways trems that I've owned.

And I've owned two of them. I like the lyre with the walrus tooth....works better, looks cooler, too, I think!!

Also right on the '61 SGs being labeled Les Pauls....I have a friend who owns one and he paid $8,500 for that guitar....and it's worth it......

RainboGuy

USA/Wisconsin

Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
Jul 14th, 2019 05:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

A quick update on the guitar and a bit of a tip:

So, after fiddling with it for close to a month, and me being a "feels and plays like buttah" perfectionist myself, I decided to take the guitar to my luthier yesterday to have him run a general check on it and see what he could do to "Butter it up". he found that:

1. The guitar had a bit too much relief.
2. Intonation was off.
3. Nut slots cut too high.

And this is on a brand new Gibson guitar (it was made in May).

I'm not complaining, per se, about the guitar's quality control......on the contrary......Gibson is making some WONDERFUL quality guitars these days.......SERIOUSLY! And this is one of them...

My point is this: No matter what new guitar you buy......you can expect that it will need an expert setup by a skilled luthier to make it sound and play it's best.

For a few minutes of my time and $20 out of my pocket, my luthier:

1. Re-set the truss rod.
2. Cut the nut slots to the correct depth.
3. Intonated the guitar, reversing the "G" string saddle in the process.

When he was done, his comment to me was..."Wow. What a GREAT guitar!"

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Jul 14th, 2019 06:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Love the look!

Peegoo
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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Jul 14th, 2019 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

With a new guitar, neck relief changes from factory settings 99.9% of the time on 99.9% of all guitars :o) It's as certain as taxes and death.

And it really is rare for everything (nut slot depth, saddle slot depth, etc.) to precisely match a maker's advertised specs.

Having a pro tweak the setup on virtually any guitar, new or used, is money well spent.

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is STILL dark and cold.
Jul 16th, 2019 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of my brothers used to have an SG.

Tone machine!!! Lovely sound.

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