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 🙂
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 😀
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 £ 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! 🙂
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 🙂
Peace! – Sebastian 😀