NGD - 2018 Gibson SG Special

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  1. ukepicker

    ukepicker Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I've been wanting something all mahogany and set neck lately. So I bought this today.
    I've played SG's before, but this one really seemed to fit me.

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    Except the pickups are not that great.

    So I also ordered a set of mini-hums from Tim at Sunday Handwound (he ran a sale on instagram this weekend - setting this whole thing in motion).

    It was news to me - but these Gibson-mounted mini-humbuckers are the same size/mounting hardware as a P90. So I get the feeling I'll be having Tim wind some P90s for me eventually, too.

    Cheers!
     
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  2. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats !!I love them mini hum's...adjust em all around maybe before ripping em...
     
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  3. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's

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    I love SGs! My old one was an ugly duckling so I part-exed it for a Strat. It left a gap. A '61 reissue is on the potentials for the guitar that I get myself when I hit 40... As is a 335. The SG is cheaper and a little easier to lug around...
     
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    I haven't had it at home in my own rig yet. There's no telling what they'll sound like there, really. I don't mean to talk bad about them.

    But I know from experience that Tim's stuff is always an improvement. I have his pickups in all my guitars. Well, except for that '63 silvertone - nothing touches a 50 year old lipstick pickup.
     
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  5. ukepicker

    ukepicker Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I just spent a few minutes with it at the office - acoustically - and I'm really, really, really loving the feel of this thing.

    Super light. Perfect balance on my lap - no neck dive. But the neck feel 10 miles long! Snap. Spank. Warmth. Clarity that far outshines all my other electrics. Great string balance. It may be the easiest playing guitar I've ever owned.

    I really can't wait to get it home and plug it in.
     
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  6. studio1087

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    Nice guitar!

    I love the plucky quality and the dead quiet quality of the Gibson mini humbuckers. Give them some time before you tear into the guitar!

    Congratulations. Really nice guitar.
     
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  7. ukepicker

    ukepicker Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I'm not down on Mini-humbuckers at all. I'm excited to try them.
    I just wasn't too impressed with these - playing through a PRRI at the store.

    But I have a freshly wound set headed my way. You can see them here and here.


    .........
    Okay. You want the real story?

    so the real story is:
    I've been looking for a junior. Like crazy. Everywhere. I wanted a P90 and mahogany set neck and shorter scale than my fenders.

    Then, last week, Tim wound a set of mini-hums (I follow him on instagram). And I thought to myself, "man, those look sweet. Wonder if they sound a little like the Double Raw PAFs he wound for me? Maybe a little more single-coily? Those Double Raws are the best humbuckers I've ever heard."

    Then I saw the SG on Saturday morning. And LOVED the way it felt. But the store wanted about $100 too much for it. And it wasn't a junior. So I left it there.

    Then, Saturday evening came and Tim put up a flash sale with a discount on a set of mini-hums. It was a sign, right? So I bought them.

    And when I went back to the store today, I asked and they came off their price $100! Sweet!

    No more junior GAS. And I've got my set-neck mahogany place filled (man, it'd been empty for a long time). And the easiest, sweetest playing guitar I think I've ever tried.
     
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    Thanks, John.
    Plucky and dead quiet are a few of my favorite things. Thanks for saying that. Now I'm extra excited to try it out.
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    X-so-lent! Congrats!
     
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  11. ukepicker

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    Finally plugged in at home last night. I got about 10 minutes with it.

    Mini-hums ROCK. Best gain sounds I think I've ever gotten.
    Cleans are great, too. I needed to up the treble a little at the amp, but the neck wasn't too far away from that warm strat neck pickup tone I love. And the bridge pickup is plenty spanky - a really nice middle ground between broadcaster and PAF (and WITHOUT any hum)!

    I'm anxious to try the new pickups.

    This guitar has SERIOUS potential for being my only electric. The more time I spend with it, the more it makes me happy.
     
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  12. rze99

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    Great - P90s are the way to go for me on SGs, but mini-humbuckers I like too. Got to have the right pots and circuit to get the best out of them.

    if you don;t want to play along to live at Leeds I'll eat my hat.
     
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  13. ukepicker

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    Hope you're hungry. . . .
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  14. Flakey

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    I'm curious, what is the ideal circuit for a P 90 setup?
     
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    Love some mini hums
     
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    Congrats! That is a beautiful guitar, even if I am a bit biased...

    I picked up this very same model, same color, a few months ago. My first Gibson, my first guitar with buckers. At first those pups really freaked me out, but once I sat down and messed with the tone and volume knobs an amazing array of sounds started coming out of them... From warm, organic cleans, to beautiful chime, to singing, expressive lead tones. Throw the knobs way up and I was getting sustain and overtones that veered towards incredible, musical feedback at bedroom amp levels.

    After thirty years of playing Fender single coils, this guitar has changed my brain.
     
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  17. ukepicker

    ukepicker Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    YES! I forgot about that. Just a hint of feedback. And seemed to stay pretty controllable.

    I need more time with it. Maybe tonight.
     
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    I had an 2016 SG Naked for a short time. I loved the P-90's with that guitar, but it had some manufacturing issues that made me return it.
     
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    Love it! Congratulations.
     
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  20. Zepfan

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    Glad you like the mini's now and congrats on the SG. If you still didn't like those mini's, I was going to suggest Real Firebirds or mod the mini's you have.
     
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