Author: Chris Moiny

28 Dec My 2005 Gibson SG CS VOS ( Blackie ) and 1976 Marshall 1959

Hello fellow SD Members,

I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with you. It’s been a while since something has been published, so I thought why not ? πŸ™‚

So here I am posting pieces of my gear:
1: 2005 Gibson SG VOS Guitar Center exclusive
2: 1976 Marshall Superlead 1959 with a hybrid design

Let’s start with the SG, which I called Blackie.

I acquired this one a bit over a year ago. She was initially cherry red, but since I wanted a black one just like Angus, I decided to refinish her.
She does look 1 to 1 like Angus’ SG on the 91 Donington Show. Stock Grover tuners, stock Trussrod cover with ‘ LesPaul ‘, stock knobs.


I changed the pickups though. I never liked Gibson pickups ( and probably never will πŸ˜† ). They’ve been replaced with what to me are probably the best Seymour Duncan pickups out there: Pearly Gates.
I am not a huge ZZ Top fan, and I didn’t even know that these where Billy Gibbons signature pickups, but the way the sound in that SG is just terrific !


Neck feels really great. It’s not as thin as a 60’s, but it’s round, really round, which makes it very comfortable to play. It is by far not as thick as a typical 50’s baseball bat. I’d say it is between a 59 and a 60’s neck.


Schaller security locks are fitted on as you can see. One of the first things I do ( besides changing pickups πŸ˜† ) when getting a new guitar: security locks !
Costs only a few bucks and may save you from a heart break, believe me, I know how it feels to get a broken headstock…


The guitar has been taken care of. No dings or dongs. Coming with a like new Ibanez leather ‘ Tree Of Life ‘ strap ( with the rest of the locks on it of course )

Here’s a recent video of me playing Blackie.
Note that it was recorded with a 50 bucks camera. Last solo is pure improvisation. I’m just way too lazy to learn note for note atm πŸ˜†

Sweet Candy

Let’s come to the Marshall:


As I said, it’s a 1976 Superlead, hybrid design, a design you don’t see everyday. I got this one a year ago, just before I got the TSR. I was gasing for one pretty badly, and it was the only around me, so I snagged it πŸ˜€ . First owner was the father from the seller I got it from, so you can say I’d be the second owner. It’s been completely taken over lately, new tubes, 2 small caps, 1 input and removed the PPIMV, which has been installed by the first owner ( that’s why there’s a hole in the back of the amp ).


Sounds as good as it smells when it’s running. The smell of a vintage Marshall is delicious. This sound is just fantastic, chunky and punchy, bright, cleans nicely down when you play with the volume of your guitar.


Tubes are as you can EL34 and ECC83 ( TAD’s ). They’ve been running for maybe 10 hours or less. I didn’t play it much since I got it back. Reason: I was mostly playing in small clubs and a few weeks later I got the Wizard… so yeah, you can understand why πŸ˜†



Let’s come to the interesting part of the post. I’m actually selling ( yes I am ) these babies !

For the SD community I’m willing to sell the SG for 2000 € ( excluding shipping ! ) Note that I advertised it on some forums for 2200 and that I considered european prices and markets. Shipping will be insured up to 3750 € and the costs are between 30 and 75€. Can’t tell you exactly how much since in depends on the country it will be heading to.Β Shipping receipt will be scanned and sent too if needed !

I’m willing to let the Marshall go for 1100€ ( excluding shipping ). Once again I considered the european market and, knowing this one has been fully set up and is now ready to be rocked, I think it’s more than a fair price. Shipping will be insured up to 2500€. Shipping costs for this one are between 30 and 135 €. I can’t tell exactly how much because it depends on the country. I’ll check that afterwards πŸ˜‰ Shipping receipt will be scanned and sent too if needed !

There are a few reason why I’m selling two beloved parts of my gear.
With the SG first: This is my best sounding SG, no doubt there, but I’m not emotionally attached to this one. I can’t sell my 94 Std because it was the first SG I entirely paid myself and it’s my year of birth, and I can’t sell my Angus Young VOS, present from my dad and well… it’s an Angus Young VOS πŸ˜†
Need to sell because I’m paying back the Wizard I got this year, so I gotta get rid of some stuff… Also I need/want to get a Strat with a floyd and humbucker, a new acoustic guitar and a few pedals.
Reason why I’m selling the 1959 is once again no emotional connection to this one. I have to keep my 2203 from 79, this was a present from my dad for my birthday last year and my first real Marshall, simply can’t sell that one. So the 1959’s gotta go, even though I know I’ll regret it ( Fil’s words, not mine πŸ˜† ).

So there you have it all πŸ™‚ . If you’re interested and got any questions feel free to comment on here or shoot me an email: depuis1899@gmail.com

Thanks for reading and a happy new year 2015 with everything you lovely folks could wish for ! πŸ™‚ I know what I want for 2015, and already got part of it πŸ˜‰



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12 Aug FOR SALE: 1972 Marshall Superbass + Cab (superb condition except head not working)

Hey folks,

I’m making this post for one of our new members, Lois, who is trying to sell a 1972 Marshall SuperBass with its cab which belonged to her husband. Serial is: SL/A 5997D
She is pretty new in this vintage gear world, so we will try our best to help her out.
The amp itself is in an amazing condition ( I’ll attach the pictures in a bit ) except that the head is not working. We don’t know what it is. It’s been like this a few years now. Lois told me that her husband intended to try something new, so he was waiting to fix the amp.
From the condition in which the amp is I personally don’t think it is a big deal.
Okay so I keep talking so much about how beautiful this amp is, I’ll throw you guys some pictures now πŸ˜† .
1972 Marshall SuperBass amp, David 2014-08-10 026 (960x1280)

1972 Marshall SuperBass amp, David 2014-08-10 020 (960x1280)

1972 Marshall SuperBass amp, David 2014-08-10 032 (960x1280)

1972 Marshall SuperBass amp, David 2014-08-10 031 (960x1280)

Seriously guys, isn’t this beautiful ?
As you see it is in a SUPERB condition and has been looked after.

Here are a few pictures from the inside of the amp:
1972 Marshall SuperBass innards 2014-08-11 001 (1280x960)

1972 Marshall SuperBass innards 2014-08-11 006 (1280x960)

1972 Marshall SuperBass innards 2014-08-11 005 (1280x960)

1972 Marshall SuperBass innards 2014-08-11 002 (1280x960)

1972 Marshall SuperBass innards 2014-08-11 003 (1280x960)

So Lois is trying to sell this amp. We talked about fixing it, but since she lives in New Mexico, it might be hard to find someone trustworthy. Fixing the amp is in stand by right now. I personally don’t think it is a big deal. I mean look at its condition; it is pretty rare to find such a piece in this condition. Probably tubes, a few little components, fuse etc, but can’t be a 100% sure until it has been checked.

Shipping is another thing. We know these amps+cabs are super heavy and not easy to carry around. Local pickup is best even though it might be hard to sell it since she lives in New Mexico.

The price… What price could she ask for something like this ?
First of all, we know that if this amp was in a working condition it could easily go for 2000$+ ( head and cab of course ), but since we don’t know what’s wrong with it, we can’t really fix a price.
I talked to Lois, AndrΓ© and Franz about it, and we think best would be to let someone make a serious offer.
The cab is working perfectly. The amp is first hand and has never been modded.

Now that I mention mods: Guitarists ! Attention ! A Superbass can be turned into a Superlead pretty easily ! πŸ™‚ You can find tutorials for this on almost every forum ( Metroamp, Marshall… ) and you can bring it back to Superbass specs at any time !

So if any of you folks are around New Mexico and would like to help Lois out or get in touch with her just post on this thread. If you know a trustworthy person who could fix it we would be very grateful.
If you are interested in buying the amp and cab please get in touch here. Lois will be checking the website and replying as good as she can.

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚



New pictures of the inside of the cab. Needless to say that it is amazing !
1972 Marshall cab- inside 2014-08-18 004 (960x1280)

1972 Marshall cab- inside 2014-08-18 006 (1280x960)

1972 Marshall cab- inside 2014-08-18 007 (960x1280)

1972 Marshall cab- inside 2014-08-18 001 (1280x960)

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10 Jan First thoughts and impressions on my TSR GT #018 ( Update with advice and a Strat + 1st audio file )


Hello fellow SD members !

I am the lucky first who got to play his unit on this day, 10th of January 2014. I didn’t sleep much to be honest… Excitement all over my body; woke up at 7:30 ready to receive it πŸ˜† . It arrived precisely at 10:39 am ( I’ve never opened a front door so quickly ), but I couldn’t play it until 11:45 ( had to help a friend of mine with university stuff, if you wonder,a girl… yeah girls right ? πŸ˜† )

Franz kindly asked me if I was willing to make a review of my TSR, and the least I could say was ” Yes, of course “. After all Franz has done for us lately regarding the TSR project I had to say yes, and it’s an honor for me to do this πŸ™‚ ! (more…)

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