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    '21/'22 Standard vs. Standard '61 Frets

    I am familiar with the concept of fairly small per unit savings having a significant impact on overall costs with large production runs, but really I can't see any potential savings here beyond a few milligrams of fret material per guitar. I don't think we can chalk this one up to Gibson...
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    Why are checking lines horizontal?

    As Colnago says, it all comes down to expansion and contraction. The amount of expansion or contraction in the finish and the wood can vary depending on the materials, sizes and shapes, and even whether the cause is humidity or temperature related. I have seen finish cracks go with the grain...
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    My SG standard '61

    Glad it worked out and you are now rocking! As long as the action isn't too high you can call it done. Even if the nut slots are too deep they can be filled and re-dressed to the right height which would allow you to lower the bridge again to get a lower action IF that is needed. Again, if the...
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    Any red flags with this SG for sale?

    Great price for a guitar that looks that good! :thumb:
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    My SG standard '61

    I would look for anyplace the strings could be grounding against frets, or even a high pickup. What you describe would easily be explained by strings touching somewhere. Also check that the notches in the nut weren't filed too deep. That can cause strings to kiss frets. It might be worth raising...
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    Nut slots cut too low

    +1 I would expect the super glue and baking soda fix to last decades as opposed to years as well. Removing an epoxied nut is a machining operation rather than a simple remove and replace. I would probably cut the bulk of it off, and gently file the rest out until I got down to wood. Probably a...
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    Long thread on the GearPage about SG's "flawed" design. Anyone else see it?

    People like to endlessly debate "bugs" vs "features" on the internet. Sometimes it is interesting, but most of the time I just find it tedious. At the end of the day everyone gets to decide for themselves what sort of guitar they want to spend their hard earned money on. We are certainly spoiled...
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    Any red flags with this SG for sale?

    I don't see anything that looks hinkey, just a nice looking used guitar that appears to have been well taken care of. Stolen stuff usually gets "disguised" in some way that would constitute significant modification, and this axe shows no signs of any such thing. Missing accessories ("case candy"...
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    Vintage potentiometers

    True, and personally I would do just that, but from a "value" standpoint I could see someone argue the that solder joint was no longer the one the guitar had when the "magic happened" and that might effect what someone is willing to pay for a famous guitar of unique provenance like putting one...
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    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    Bah! What you really need is my harmonically aligned Tone Wax. The patented molecular formation will enhance your sustain infinitely so every note will go on forever. You do need to very careful to play only the best notes though so they don't clash and ruin your sound forever. :naughty:
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    Vintage potentiometers

    Not much to add to the above. If you can't get it to clean up using the above, it is probably time to replace it. Unless you have some exceedingly rare and historic guitar replacing a failed pot should not adversely effect it's value. It will probably be worth more working properly unless the...
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    Is this a normal tailpiece height?

    I always find the tone/sustain debates frustrating to follow because so many people go down one silo of a particular measurement or part to the exclusion of everything else. Often arguments get based on theories that have some small basis in fact, but are misapplied or extrapolated to the...
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    Using The Pickup Configuration’s That Guitars Are Coming With.

    I agree, if you have it you may as well try it out and see what it can do for you. Worst case scenario is you have a feature or two that you just don't use.
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    Best aftermarket saddle?

    The wire was added to the ABR bridge to prevent the saddles popping out. The Nashville Bridge went a step further with the screw being captive, no wire needed. Most players won't even know what we are talking about, as I don't think this has been an issue for several decades. I am not aware of...
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    Best aftermarket saddle?

    Even with a backup guitar, I would not want a saddle to drop out when a string breaks during a show, Most of the places I ever played there is a better than even chance you would never see that part ever again, and unless you carried spares along with a file to cut the notch you are back down to...
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    Recommendations for first/only SG

    They do, and you should be able to do the same. The neck dive thing is something to consider, but is much less of an issue than most who fixate on it would have you believe. I don't trust any of my guitars to stay in my lap without 3 points of contact, and the SG is no different in that...
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    Recommendations for first/only SG

    As Rabbit says, it is amazing how small a difference in one dimension can make a major difference such that a different dimmension you thought was a deal breaker suddenly becomes very pallettable. For example, I find a slightly tighter fret board radius can make a much thicker neck than I would...
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    Recommendations for first/only SG

    A Vibrola or Bigsbey will definitely help with the balance, and if you like a vibrato on your guitars as a general rule I would definitely go for one. My particular SG is a super light (modified body, so even lighter than normal) hard tail and has just about every strike against it in the "neck...
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    Best aftermarket saddle?

    Word. Give it a good setup and see what you've got. Only replace what you have to after giving it a fair trial.
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    Can of Worms

    I agree with Norton above. It wouldn't bother me in the slightest. I would totally give it a test drive, and if it plays good I would probably rock it "as is", or possibly go for a custom paint job if that is what I wanted from it. Different strokes for different folks..


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