- Apr 17, 2020
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I've been on the hunt for a Korean made SG ever since borrowing a friend's and discovering how good these are. A couple of weeks ago I saw this 1996 SG pop up on eBay. It has a horribly mismatched piece of mahogany in the upper bout and I would normally not even consider it for this, but the more I looked at it the more it grew on me. After I bought it, the seller emailed me and said that he just realized the neck pickup did not work and offered a $50 discount, so that made the deal even sweeter. When I got it I opened up the back plate and the wiring (although untouched and factory) was a mess, with two or three wires broken off at the solder joint. One wire even broke off at the other attachment point and fell out as I was looking at it. I'm not sure why the wires were breaking, because the tuners, brindge, etc. were all in good condition and uncorroded. The bridge tone pot was very crunchy when turned, and then got stuck on a low tone setting, so I decided to gut it and replace all the controls. I finally got it hooked up this weekend and everything works great. The guitar is in fantastic condition for it's age, with only one ding in the back of the neck. It plays and sounds great, and I don't think I could have gotten a nicer one. The mismatched wood doesn't bother me at all. The only fault I can find is that the neck is a bit overset. The bridge is set somewhat high, but by no means maxed out. I did a top wrap to reduce the break angle.