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1965 Gibson SG Special Cherry

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by rze99, May 3, 2021.

  1. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Thank you. Yes, I replaced the original bridge to correct the G string intonation which wasn’t too bad but just not perfect enough for me.

    The final pic shows the Tonepros in place which provides perfect intonation.

    In the recording, I actually don’t use the Vibrola at all, I just use the manual neck bending technique just like Pete.
     
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    Fabulous guitar and sound!

    @tintag27 I played a friend's walnut 1971 SG a few times. It was one of the best guitars I've ever played in my life.
     
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    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Volume knobs and pickup selectors are wonderful things on a good-sounding ( and setup) guitar.
     
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    jondanger Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    The guitar I regret trading most was a 65 SG special. I would trade every guitar I have now to get it back - and I would have to. They’re insanely expensive now. I bought it for $800 in 2003, now I’d have a hard time finding a player for 3 times that.

    This one is a Cherry for sure! Super jealous. Play Gloria on it for me.

    I used mine with a JCM800 and no pedals. Set the neck pickup volume on 5/6 and the bridge on full, nice round cleans on the neck, and tear your head off on the bridge.
     
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  5. rze99

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    Yes they are. It’s an old school art.
     
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    Yep, great straight into a Marshall.
    They are indeed expensive now but when set against some other vintage guitars, they are a great deal.. IF you can find one you want. Take a lot of hunting now.
     
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    Stubee Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    That is sweet! I had a ‘65 though it was a rat: vibrola taken off, finish stripped—nicely—down to wood from I think white and a headstock crack. Everything was there and I bought it for $100, had the crack glued and doweled for $50 and played it a bit off and on for about 25 years. I finally sold it for of course a profit but a fraction of a clean one. The P90s were GREAT but I’ve always been just one tone & volume knob guy and stayed with my Fenders.

    Yours is remarkable!
     
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    Yeah, I feel like I have a really specific memory of the way that guitar played and other 65 SG Specials might not get right into that spot. Funnily enough I picked up a 61 L-48 recently that is about 180 degrees from an SG, but the neck is really similar, and I have really been enjoying it. If I came across one for less than $2500 that had original pickups and felt good, I would probably go ahead buy it and find the money in my LP and guitar racks afterwards.
     
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    Congratulations!
    A beautiful guitar. Lucky guy.
     
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    Wow, this is a thing of beauty. Congrats!
     
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    I was definitely chasing a memory of the first one I had but not just for sentiment, I wanted the practicality too. It’s light and can do sweet cleans and monster dirt. Fits the bill. Along with Teles of course.
     
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    Sounds and looks great!! I'm guessing you've only listened to "Live at Leeds" maybe 900 times or so which is a great tutorial and one of my top live records.
     
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    You got it. I first heard Leeds when I was maybe 14 when my band mate’s Dad played it me and made me a cassette of it which I wore out. I still play it. And, more so, Live at Hull, recently reassembled from tapes. I was in a punk/New Wave band at the time, but the ‘oo were an ultimate live rock machine and I loved it.
     
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    That is a perfect Cherry. Looks just like the candy apples they sold at the state fair when I was a kid.
     
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    Me too, age wise only mine was on an 8-track tape and later the record. I'd play the tape at bedtime since it was endless, and the record during the day. A record made to NOT be played at "bedroom" levels.
     
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    looks and sounds fantastic - nice score and thanks for sharing! Those pics are great!
     
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    Really nice.
     
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    Kewl!
     
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    Man that is nice.
     
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    Very nice!!! Great back story too.
     
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