My first Gibson SG, it has arrived!

17 Apr My first Gibson SG, it has arrived!

Some people says you don’t need expensive guitars, that you instead can buy alot cheaper guitars that supposly is just as ”good”..


Well, does one need expensive guitars? I’ll come back later to give my personal view about it later but now, let’s start with the whole story instead πŸ™‚


It began somewhere around after last year summer, i had grown tired of my Les Paul copy (which was an Vintage V100 Peter Green Signature), it was not a bad guitar overall but something just did not cut it, it didn’t work for me, it was not fun to play, simple.

So i had been searching for another guitar, and preferly an SG, Gibson SG and i wanted it to be an Gibson, no particular reason other than that it’s my favourite brand. So i looked around, tried to convince a local instrument store to order an simple SG Standard but even though the guy did not directly said ”i don’t want to” i got that feeling directly since he showed little interrest, tried to change topic when we spoke and other things as well.. So i deicided to look somewhere else, i don’t think this guy is an ass or anything but being lacking interrest, i’ve traded with him before and still does, but not any major stuff, just strings and stuff like that.


Anyways, i contacted another instrument store, which had interrest, so i gave an offer to trade my Les Paul copy and add money and a deal was made, this was around October or November. i choosed an Gibson SG Standard Reissue VoS with Tremolo, since i wanted an SG with specs like the old vintage guitars, i also wanted an complete guitar, not in need to fix anything, just plug and play. Having a hard time earlier to find an good issue guitar, realizing i didn’t have the skills to fix one either and not finding any good one close enought, i deicided to go for an new guitar, and it had to be a good one. Anyways i don’t regret the choice now afterwards, but anyways, the order were made.


So i waited, minutes, hours, days, months.. I’am normaly a patient person but this allmost drove me nuts.


It was a thursday, 31:th March, the weather was a bit grey , the sun tried to break through the clouds, i sat in a sofa , and suddenly like a lightning flash, the phone made a signal that a new SMS had been sended to me. It said something like..


”#XXXXXXXXXX has arrived at the store, welcome to pick it up!”.


I couldn’t believe my eyes.

The hair on my back rose straight up, and i got a very weird feeling rising up in my whole body, i smiled, the guitar devil in my body just wanted to get to the guitar, and fast, lol

Had to wait to saturday untill i got the chance to pick it up, but finaly i entered the store, wearing a big, big, big smile πŸ˜€

I entered the door, and walked to one of the sellers. ”Hey my name is Sebastian and i have ordered an Gibson SG Standard Reissue VoS”. ”Yes we have it in store, please wait here while i’ll get it for you!” as he walked down or up a stair, couldn’t see clearly but he went back after a minute or two, holding a large package. My eyes were wide open, ”this is it, now i’ll get it!” i thought to myself. He opened the large package, lifted up an large object. It was black, a black guitar case. It had a large logo saying ”GIBSON CUSTOM” upon it, so he opened it, the eyes were more open than ever.

And there she was.. ‘Rosie’.. Weird, i know, but a voice inside me just told me to refer to the cherry coloured piece of wood as ”Rosie”, i don’t know why, but obviously i stole it from AC/DC. People give names everything so i don’t see any problem with it, lol. Never the less, i picked it up, took a plectrum, and started to play it. Wow… The wood, the feeling.. Simply wow..


I plugged the guitar into an tube amp, and asked the seller if he had any pedals that can boost the volume of the amp, which he had, so he went after an Bluesbreaker i think. I plugged ”Rosie” into the amp, and it was a whole world of difference playing with the pedal. I took the Les Paul and my money and payed for my new guitar. It was quite expensive, but totaly worth it, i don’t know how much it was in Β£ or $ , but it was at least alot cheaper than the Gibson prices on their website, the Les Paul copy i had added lowered the sum a bit.


Remember when i mentioned if you need expensive instruments or not? Maybe, it depends on the induvidual i think, and what the induvidual needs. I don’t think the price matters as long as the instrument inspires you to become better, or simply makes you enjoy it, so both yes and no, an expensive guitar may sometimes be needed, but not neccecarily. As long as it gives you fun, no price should matter, and then you can need an cheap guitar, or an very expensive one, it wont matter, if it fits you as a glove, then go for it i would say!

A link to the pictures of my axe! πŸ™‚


I think it’s made after 1961 or 1962 year model of Gibson SG Les Paul because of the Les Paul logo on the guitar head, my favourite year, since they would have the slimes necks and best (imo) pickups of the SGs era, P.A.F pickups. It’s wonderfull to play, and it’s so easy on weight! Allmost featherweight(well not that easy) compared to my former Les Paul copy, and it is easy to play on the frets, and the neck is very nice.


Does one need expensive guitars? Well, i don’t know about you, but this is exactly what i needed , it’s so inspiring to play again because of it!

Now it’s only one thing missing, the amp.. But that’s another day when i’ve saved up for it πŸ™‚

Peace! – Sebastian πŸ˜€

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    Posted at 16:03h, 28 February

    I am considering upgrading my guitar, good as it is it isn’t flawless. Thinking of the wiring and pickups for few thing, but also will set it up properly.

    What i wonder is, what can i do more exept pickups and setting the guitar up properly and changing electronics?

    Fil, you have much more experience than my when it comes to this, and so lots of people here, just wondering, what can i do to make it ”shine” so to speak?

    I’ve heard of PLEKing the guitar, that might be interesting in the future. Right now i am a bit curious about just making something simple, changing both pickups to maybe Powerage or Mandilus pickups, or maybe have a Powerage neck and keep Angus Young signature that is still have, then change wiring to this http://store.rsguitarworks.net/premium-vintage-sg%C2%AE-electronics-upgrade-kit/dp/340
    and then figure out to get it setup properly with neck, bridge and everything and see if more stuff can be made.

    It’s much more open(broken in/alive)than when i bought it new due to alot of time used to playing on it, however sometimes i feel disturbed it is like you know , ”fighting” against me, well new strings often helps, and i dont have much issues i was thinking about perhaps changing some stuff so hopefully it will be better than ever before.

    Mine is the maestro version also as mentioned, did remove the tremolo arm as it was in my way mostly and couldn’t use it much unfortunatly, plus it was pushed out of tune when i put it into the bag too much.

    Anyways i am satisfied overall, not perfectly but just wonder what i can do to it, any kit or anything that might be recommended for it.

    What i’d like is it to play and feel so much better onto it, making it feel like it’s playing with me all the time and ”flow”/feel better more so than it does now, it isn’t bad but few things is sometimes annoying but it’s not much but still, you know. Everyone i think likes improvements on their axes so i am curius and really would appritiate some advices πŸ™‚

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      Posted at 19:42h, 28 February

      I’ve heard good things about PLEK, but I’ve also had good success using a luthier to work on my frets. You mention pickups. I tried a couple different Gibson pickups in my 2008 SG before finally deciding to buy a patent sticker T-top. Completely night and day difference right there. Also, most modern Gibsons use 300k volume pots, as opposed to the 500k pots used up until 1973ish. 500K pot lets more of the pickups natural sound out (it’s brighter too).

      But finally it seems like you are wrestling with your guitar, so I kind of wonder if you shouldn’t spend some time playing other SGs. Lots of diferent neck options out there. This could all come down to an issue of comfort and feel.

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      Posted at 20:31h, 28 February

      Wiring did change my SG a lot. I did all cloth covered vintage style stuff. See my 50″ wiring tutorial here:


      I have a part supply link there that will save you a lot of $ over the RS link you have above.

      One other thing I’ve recently done is change my bridge saddles to Nylon. Sweetened the sound for me and also lets the strings slide easier while bending (or in your case also maestro). Tuning stays a lot better now.

      If you have an ABR-1 bridge there are companies that make them. In my case (Nashville Bridge) I had to make my own. I’ll be debuting a tutorial for that in the next couple of weeks for the ones here in the same boat that want them.

      Hope that helps at least some πŸ˜‰

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        Posted at 22:00h, 28 February

        06AngusSG, completely agree that an expensive wiring kit is not required. good quality CTS pots are about $5 each. I typically use my volume between 6 and 10, so I actually use a linear taper instead of an audio taper, since it is smoother within that range.

        Very interested in your nylon saddle tutorial. Thanks

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      Posted at 12:20h, 01 March

      Well. A wire is a wire. Changing wiring won’t do anything. Changing caps and pots will only make a difference of you change values. I know people pay ridiculous money for so called “Bumble Bee” capacitors, and maybe, maybe – if you’ve done everything else and play on moderate volumes with little or no distortion you may hear a difference, if you have a trained ear.

      Compare with so called “audiophiles” paying mega-bucks for “monster-cables” and other stupid things.

      What I think you are describing is lack of playability. From my experience the playability of a guitar can be very different even on the same model/type of guitar. Things that affect playability includes neck shape and thickness, fingerboard material, surface of back of neck, fret size and most importantly – fret height. And then of course the setup of a guitar with neck bow, string height, intonation, nut height and nut compensation.

      First I will kill the PLEK’ing as something mysterious or a magic trick. The advanced version of PLEK is nothing more than a computer controlled file that is capable of filing each individual fret for optimum tuning and precise height. Period.

      If you have problems with tuning and/or fret height, you don’t need to start with paying a lot of money for a PLEK setup. It’s a waste of money if you haven’t done what you can, using traditional tools and methods first. For fine tuning, PLEK is a very good alternative, but no magic cure. What happens is still basic physics.

      Given that you already have a guitar with the wood it has and the frets that is mounted, I have the following suggestions of what you can do to improve playability. I’ve excluded all the “normal” stuff with string height, neck bow and intonation – you should know about that already. If not, google it.

      0) String thickness
      I don’t even give this a proper number, cause you’re not playing with strings you can’t handle, are you ?
      I played 010 sets for a long time but realized that with the limited numbers of hours every week my finger strength wasn’t enough. I did the mistake and thought that thicker strings meant tone therefore I couldn’t use 009’s. I changed to using 009-sets and now my playing flows better when soloing.

      I also went from 012 to 011 on my Malcolm Young’ish Gretsch DuoJet. Better for me, but there I don’t do a lot of bending πŸ™‚

      1) Finish of the back of the neck
      Some like them glossy, I’ve discovered that I like mine sanded with 2000-grit paper for that silk smooth satin finish fast ride

      2) Oil your fretboard regularly (= more often than you think)
      I shit you not. New strings and a freshly oiled fretboard can do miracles

      3) Polish your frets
      Combined with 1) and 2) this may be all you need. Polishing your frets gives your strings a smoother ride when you bend them. You can polish using car chrome polish, a cloth and some elbow grease. That’s all you need

      4) Neck thickness and shape
      Easily sanded and reshaped, but you may find the paint job and finishing too challenging

      5) Fret leveling
      It is very important that your frets are even in height if you want to avoid “dead” spots on the fretboard. It is also necessary to be able to lower the action of the strings

      6) Fret sanding
      If you experience that your frets are too high you can sand them down a bit for a “closer feel”. Mind you that Yngwie Malmsteen and Richie Blackmore is effectively doing the reverse, they are increasing the height by scalloping their fretboards. After sanding you do leveling and polishing – of course

      7) Tuning is bad ?
      If your guitar plays some chords nice but others sounds “sour” and you re-tune and the ones sounded sour now sounds good, but the old good ones sounds bad… sigh. Then you probably need a nut compensation.

      This is only valid if we talk about chords around frets 1,2 and 3’ish. The further away from the nut the less this problem becomes.

      A try to explain this in a simple way is; the reason why the saddles don’t align in a straight line on a well intonated guitar is the same reason why you (really) can’t have a straight nut on a “perfect” guitar. There is a certain amount of compensation already built in (you really need to google “nut compensation” to get this described properly) but sometimes you need to adjust it even further.

      There are “kits” available online. The “kit” is a thin plastic strip that you glue onto the face of the nut facing fret 1

      Good Luck,

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        Posted at 20:40h, 01 March

        Thanks everyone for the replies, i will try these advices out! πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 16:32h, 18 December

    Well, itΒ΄s my turn πŸ™‚
    Merry xmas to myself…
    My first Gibson SG, got it 2 weeks ago:

    Gorgeous ! or what? :=)

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      Posted at 18:52h, 19 December

      Congrats man! Great axe right there

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    Posted at 21:00h, 16 October

    I don’t know if this is the right place to ask this but I’ve recently been looking at a Gibson sg Junior, which only has one pickup. The default pickup is P90.
    I’m interested if anyone here has any experience with this model and if you can replace the P90 with a humbucker. I’m not sure if I’d want to do that though. What are the major differences? I’ve read that P90’s are basically a middle ground between single-coils and humbuckers.
    I’m not necessarily looking for THE AC/DC tone, but if I’d be able to get close, it would more than suffice. I’m looking for a good bluesy, blues rock sound. And sometimes I throw in some Black Sabbath. I know Tony used P90’s πŸ™‚
    I’ve already got an Epiphone SG Limited edition 66′ reissue which i like very much but I think getting a Gibson would definitely be a step forward. And a Junior isn’t even that costly and I’ve read only good things about it.

    Another thing I’ve noticed is that it doesn’t have a tune-o-matic bridge. Is that a problem?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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      Posted at 12:21h, 17 October

      I wouldn’t change the P90. Really good pickups, with a nice rock tone.

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        Posted at 23:58h, 18 October

        I went to a local instrument shop and asked around about this particular guitar. The clerk said that he had played it and that he didn’t really like it. He recommended the PRS Mira, which they have on sale – €1300
        I’ve played it and it feels good but so can the Gibson, I wouldn’t know, right?
        I understand he may have just been doing his job by telling me that, since his job is, obviously, to sell instruments they have in stock.

        So any guitar freaks reading this, please feel free to shed a little light on this subject.

        He also told me that under €2500 Gibson guitars’ quality is rubbish in terms of build and precision.

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          Posted at 17:23h, 03 January

          That “under 2500 EUR is rubbish” -comment is totally crap. If you’re on a budget, go get an SG Special aded model. It sports two humbucking pickups so that you at lest can get some variation in sound, the right basic looks but not the bells and whistles (i.e. cosmetics) of the expensive ones.

          You can do miracles with p/u changes. Personally I don’t like the Classic Β΄57 that comes on the moderatly expensives SGs. Neither the 498T which is standard on the SG Standards. I honestly like the 490T better, which is the one on the SG Special Faded models.

          A humbucker equipped SG can be loded with P94s which is a P90 in humbucker casings. Easy. The other way around requires routing the wood. Wrap around tail pieces normally suck, though there are ones out there that you can intonate (which is important).

          If you like Angus type of sound but can’t afford an expensive Gibson, but still want a Gibson – go get an SG Special Faded and swap the p/u for either a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates or a Gibson Angus Young model. Both these p/u sounds great in that guitar. At least to my ears.

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            Posted at 17:48h, 03 January

            …and, most important – go and get yourself a decent tube amp. This has considerably more impact on your sound profile than any SG-type as long as you use pickups that you like.

            The SG Special Faded comes today at bargain prices due to 1) the drop in value of the USD 2) the recession.

            Here in Sweden the prices has been more or less halved over the last 5 years !

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    Posted at 16:27h, 06 January

    Not sure this is the right place to post this, but just canΒ΄t figure out how to make a new topic… (I know…)

    What in your opinion(s) is a good first SG (with which pickups) within a budget of about US$ 1000 ?

    Many thanks for your precious advices !

    Rock on !

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      Posted at 16:41h, 06 January

      Well, good question! I have no idea πŸ™‚

      I could say that.. Maybe.. You find one for that price that feels good ofcourse, model, pickups e.t.c, i’am not sure if i am the best person to ask to be honest, i mean if i were you i would try to look for some good guitar in the aftermarket, i guess you can find a good Custom Shop SG at a decent price if you look around, some may even be played and a bit worn down if you are lucky which may mean the guitar is broken in a bit πŸ™‚

      Fil, what do you think he should do? I think Fil can answer that question better than i can do to be honest πŸ™‚

      What i will do with mine is to get it pleked again since i’ve heard Gibson doesn’t make a really great PLEKing to save time or whatever it was, and i will also change the whole circuit and both pickups, will try to change caps, the wiring, pots, and change to Rio Grande pickups but that wont happend yet, and to not make it sound snoobish, i’am certein that many people being members on this site having alot better quality in their instruments than mine, mine is no special than other members guitars really, just saying so no one takes anything i’ve written to sound snoobish or ”elitist” πŸ™‚

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      Posted at 21:54h, 06 January

      All guitars feel different, and it depends how long you have been playing.. Just visit as many stores as you can and play as many as you can. In my opinion and with you budget in mind you cant go wrong with a Special Faded..

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        Posted at 22:29h, 06 January

        ThankΒ΄s Jase,
        I know itΒ΄s kind of a stupid question, I fully understand that they are many many parameters to consider to achieve great AC/DC tone, I just donΒ΄t wanna be way off on my first Gibson SG purchase…P90Β΄s is a good choice?

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          Posted at 22:36h, 06 January

          P90s? No, not for AC/DC tone. Better go for the standard Humbuckers in a SG standard or an AY signature pickup. Or one of the boutique pickups.

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            Posted at 23:52h, 06 January

            Thank you Banane!

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            Posted at 07:23h, 30 March

            Could anyone tell about the
            SG Standard VS SG 61 reissue ?
            Is the overhaul feel/sound/quality difference as big as the price difference?
            Many thankΒ΄s for your inputs !

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    Posted at 21:22h, 27 December

    Ok. I just got off the phone with Gibson. I gave them the serial number and they say it is a 2007 Angus Young SG. It has the ’57 pick up on the neck and Angus Young pick up on the bridge. It is not with me right now, but I will send you a pic tonite when I get home. Gibson said it was sold to my dealer in 2007 and never registered, so it is basically new, with all warranties in place. I feel much better about it now. I am still playing with the sound. Did not have much chance to play with all the family stuff this past weekend. Looking foreward to playing around tonite. It is dark cherry stained, non-vos. I love the very retro look of it, and it feels great in my hands. I really appreciate your insight.

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    Posted at 21:05h, 06 November

    I think it’s made after a 1964 Gibson SG

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      Posted at 14:07h, 07 November

      It has a Les Paul stample on the headstock and i think those got stuck up to 63 at max i think. The neck is pretty thin as well. It seems to indicate it to be around 62-63, not sure though but at least it’s an early model SG it’s made after πŸ™‚

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        Posted at 06:17h, 27 December

        Hey, I noticed the pic of your sg in your profile picture. I was wondering what year that sg is?

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          Posted at 14:23h, 27 December

          I is made this year 2011, and weirdly enought i got it the same day as Angus Young’s birthday, which is 31th march πŸ˜€

          As i said it is also made after something like 61-63 year SG/Les Paul models, it has the Les Paul sticker on the headstock which was gone something like 1964 i think, and the cutaways are pretty deep, it also has a neck which i think is reminding of the very first or second year of the new Les Paul/SG design made between 61 or 62, it is super thin, and it looks similar i think to an SG Custom model(those with 3 pickups that is with white paint).

          I’am gonna change the whole circuit, i would like 500k pots, bumblebee caps, 4 conductor wiring with 2 tone/2 vol knobs as well as another set of pickups like Rio Grande but i leave it as it is for now untill i can afford it, i’am gonna get another cabinet soon if everything is flowing as i’d like it to, then i will have a complete full stack πŸ™‚

          As it is now, i haven’t cleaned it, it has alot of scratches upon it, mostly as a result of sometimes being knocked into stuff even slightly but it adds up to the whole worn look so i wont fix it, and it already feels it’s loosing up alot and beginning to break in properly due to aging and playing πŸ™‚

          I would really recommed to anyone, that if you are unable to get a good vintage sg like an issue guitar Fil has been recommending, if you are unable then i would strongly suggest one of these Custom Shops guitar if you would really like a modern but good reissue SG, the quality is great and they can sound really great, but in any case i would advice that anyone who would do that to try out alot of them if you really can, as not any guitar is like the other like with all instruments, you might try out ten of a single model and just one feels like an exstension to you and fits you like a glove so try out many if you plan to buy one , these guitars rocks allmost all standard line SGs Gibson makes nowadays that i’ve tried πŸ˜€

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            Posted at 17:37h, 27 December

            The reason I asked is that I just got an “Angus Young” Sg that looks just like yours. Only difference is that it says Angus on the tailpiece, and a devil engraved in the head. My wife actually bought it for me for Christmas (I’m very lucky to have her:). I was questionining whether or not it was an Angus because it looks exactly like the Robby Krieger 50th anniversary SG. It also look just like yours, but it does not look like the Angus SG at the Gibson website. I am just questioning whether it is a 2011 Angus, and also what pick ups it may have in it. I am going to call the store and Gibson today, but I was just curious about yours because it looks just like it. It is beautiful. Yours is beautiful too. Thank you for your imput. I have not been playing all that long, but I really love learning.

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              Posted at 17:57h, 27 December

              Does it have some serial numbers? Why not mail Gibson themselves about it and ask since, i mean, it’s an Gibson they should know what model e.t.c is inside it πŸ™‚

              Do you have pictures of it? I’d like to take a look if i may do so πŸ™‚

              How much did it cost?

              Does it sound in the range of how the Angus Young signature pickup sounds like?

              Is it having high output on the pickups?

              Is it like a darker cherry paint or?

              Does it have any sticker on it saying custom shop or anything?

              Special details exept for what’s been mentioned?

              Now i’am curius about your guitar πŸ™‚

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                Posted at 18:07h, 27 December

                Just to mention, I think my AY signature is one of the last “old” style i.e dark cherry with vibrola & Angus on the headstock. its a 2009. One thing I will say is that the bridge humbucker sounds very different to the Angus Young one I put in my 2005 SG special. It should be the same but it isn’t, it has a very hard tone, one of the reasons I hardly ever pick it up. I will no doubt change it at some point. πŸ™‚

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                  Posted at 17:09h, 06 January

                  Hello Rugster,
                  does your Angus SG have the serial number on the back of the headstock?

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                    Posted at 21:01h, 06 January

                    Yes, I had it checked out when I first bought it as I was concerned it wasn’t genuine but it is which was a relief. It even came with the original Gibson shipping box.

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    Posted at 21:47h, 22 July

    If you’re still lookin’ for a pickup you maybe wanna check out Barfuss-Pickups (www.barfuss-pickups.de). A really really nice guy who understands his business and who makes pickups that got soul and make you playing…exploring the tones and the range of your instrument. I played a lot of his humbuckers on my search for the SG (or better Angus?) tone and I wish, Fil would do also…
    I’d wish to hear the Barfuss PAF and T-Top (not an easy decision) so much in one of Fil’s vintage gems lately to compare it to the sound of mine (2009) and to hear what he thinks about them. I surely think, that it is no comparison to what you get in a regular music shop and one of the best alternative to original vintage gear, not to mention the prices for such stuff. I sold all my duncans and gibsons and stuff and play Barfuss PAF’s in my Les Paul and my SG.
    Fil, I talked to David a few times and told him of your amazing work you’re doing here and I’d bet, he would send you some I you just want to.
    I now, it all sounds like a big advert but it was just that I remembered as I read chabums comment what it was that came after I bought my Gibson that I dreamed of since I was 13 – it was the feeling I got when I ripped out the 490s and put these pickups into my SG…I suddenly could feel it’s breath and it’s vibe, it’s voice…

    Best Regards, Eric

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      Posted at 20:38h, 02 September

      I’ve deicided to try optimizing my own sound, i’am basing it upon Angus, but i want it bigger, rawer, more powerfull, i think i could get to it by gluing two or three Fender Extra Heavy and play equally hard(i’ve tried and it sounds more powerfull), modify amps to extra wattage for increased headroom and power(wont use 50 watters since ”it’s to small”, at least 100 watters but preferly modified amps for 200 watt so you are forced to use stacks which makes it even louder, louder than everything else is my motto lol), using the boost pedal that will replicate Angus Wireless to make it as raw as possible, using slightly more overwound pickups than any angus young style pickup e.t.c, i’am really exited about developing my own sound and style, i wanna play it like him but make my own sound and playing inspired by him, using custom made amps without master, playing it as loud as i can stand e.t.c, i have dreamed of it, i want to do it, but it will take time. Thanks for the tip by the way πŸ™‚

      It aint no way but the hard way! πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 15:39h, 01 May

    Congrats on the guitar. looks fantastic and I’m sure plays great too. I bought my first SG in about 1992 for the princely sum of Β£420. It was an early 70’s SG special. Unfortunately I didn’t really know how to play so it rarely got used and spent most of its life in its case under my bed. πŸ™ . Then about 3 years ago I found Fils channel. This spurned me on to dig out the axe and actually try and learn how to play a few of my favourite tunes. Since then I’ve bought 3 more SGs, including a mint 2009 Angus Young signature, (which I daren’t play, its too nice!) The one I use most is a 2005 SG special (with AY pickup). This just feels more comfortable. No idea why. πŸ™‚

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      Posted at 20:40h, 02 September

      I can tell that she allready is waking up, the wood starts to come alive and i’ve struggled to make it so, she sounds better for every day!

      ”Which i daren’t play, it’s too nice!”

      Beat her, play her, treat her like a guitar is made for, rock the shit out of her cause she’s gonna reward you! lol πŸ˜›

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    Posted at 16:57h, 18 April

    Okey everyone, i’ve deicided to do a minor modification, i would like to change the bridge pickup to an Angus Young Signature pickup, it’s gonna take about 3 weeks to get it, some of you mention an older series, i don’t know for sure but how different is the supposed ”older” series against the current series? I’ve heard soundclip and like the sound i can hear, and i’ve been thinking about it for a long while.. Any advice to it? Fil, what do you think?

    – Sebastian

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      Posted at 00:28h, 21 April

      I have both Angus signature guitars and I would go with the Pearly Gates pickup in the newer Custom Shop Angus SG.. I think it sounds way better than the Angus Signature pickup in the first SG.. Fil, what do you think? You had a signature, and the new Custom Shop guitar.. Which is a better sounding pickup to you? KIRK

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        Posted at 13:06h, 21 April

        Allright, well i had already ordered an AY pickup, and i don’t consider it an permanent replacement of the stock pickup, i will at some point change it to another one, a better one, but for now i want a basic good pickup replacement. I have heard some clips and think it sounds good, but there are better ones.

        Might change wiring as well, not deicided yet, also want 50s wiring but that will be another time πŸ™‚

        Would like to hear Fil’s thought about all this though as well πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 09:53h, 18 April

    I got my first Gibson just last year and it was love at first feel…
    I’m 40 and I play since I was 15, rock, rock blues and maniac for AC/DC. I had other guitars, I started with Washburn, then Ibanez, a good one, a RG2550GK Prestige, pretty, very fast, good for metal but too much chill to play blues. I sold it and finally the dream of my life came true… a Gibson SG Standard… I dreamt of it since I was a child. Really amazing, the guitar of my guitar hero, my idol, Angus. It’s perfect for my finger, for my hands, my body, my brain… ther’s more feeling since the first touch, the sound is warmer than the Ibanez. I think I improved a lot my performance playing the SG. It’s funny, I feel as a child playing the guitar of my dreams, I feel better the sound, I can play with my heart, that is the rule number one playing the blues. Now I’m searching for the right tone, the Angus’ tone bacause, for the moment and I don’t have a great Marshall (second dream of my life) but a little (35W) Laney. So, what can I say? keep on rockin’ guys you’ll feel better.

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    Posted at 07:40h, 18 April

    Fil, what about your first SG? Do you still have it?

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    Posted at 07:33h, 18 April

    Congrats to the cool guitar and your first posting πŸ™‚ I’ve got mine about a your ago and do exactly know how this feel…just like a new family member arrives πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 00:38h, 18 April

    Congrats man! I’m a little jealous lol. I’ve been dreaming about having one of those vos reissues for a while now, hopefully one day I’ll own one. I’m sure you’ll have alot of fun with that beauty!

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    Posted at 00:10h, 18 April

    That’s awesome man, love that SG. Btw, did anyone else notice that it arrived on the 31st of March, Angus Young’s birthday!

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    Posted at 21:46h, 17 April

    That looks great! Congratulations.
    And it is always a good sign when your new guitar arrives on Angus’ birthday.

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    Posted at 21:31h, 17 April

    Sebastian, take a deep breath and enjoy the feeling.. This will not be your first or last Gibson guitar.. It’s a disease called G.A.S.. Guitar Aquirement Syndrome, or Gear, if you want. It never stops, it’s a beautiful feeling, costly but beautiful, when you unlatch the locks on the guitar case and peer at your new beauty.. Enjoy it.. Oh, take pictures of the guitar, and the head s/n, also photocopy the receipt and see if it can be covered under your, or your parents, homeowners insurance against loss or theft.. Just add it to the policy.. You never know, it happened to me, and I was covered. It’s a nice feeling to know if anything happens to Rosie, your safe.. KIRK

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      Posted at 22:44h, 17 April

      You read my thoughts, it will probubly not be the last one, was already thinking of an Les Paul burst or something, it got me.. the G.A.S i mean πŸ™‚

      Yes i will probubly insurance it, been thinking of it so i’ll probubly do it.

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    Posted at 19:54h, 17 April

    As BB King would say, “treat her well, and don’t play rock on it” πŸ˜‰ Hit it hard πŸ˜€

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    Posted at 18:59h, 17 April

    Try not to roll over on it in bed tonight πŸ™‚

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      Posted at 22:40h, 17 April

      Lol i wont πŸ™‚

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    Posted at 18:02h, 17 April

    Yey! Thanks for uploading it! πŸ˜€

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      Posted at 18:05h, 17 April

      No Problem πŸ˜›
      Good emotional Review. Reminds me of getting my first “Top Shelf” Gibson. Except I didn’t have to wait. πŸ™‚
      Beautiful Axe!!! 8)

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        Posted at 18:11h, 17 April

        Thanks! πŸ˜€

        Just out of curiosity, what axe do you play? πŸ™‚

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