NSGD… It’s a Special…

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So, long story short, I had a couple guitars I needed serviced at Dave’s Guitar in Lacrosse Wisconsin and I had a couple other guitars I wanted to get rid of at the same time, so I brought them along in case something caught my fancy.

To be honest, there was this one guitar that I was interested in but it got sold before I could get there. I still took my trade ins since I wanted to get rid of them anyway.

Fast forwarding, I saw this guitar and, having really loved playing P-90 Gibsons in the past I decided to give it a try and I was instantly hooked:




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Its brilliant vibrant tone and ringing soaring sustain produces a unique sound none of my other guitars can emulate. I don't know if it's the light mahogany body or simple stop tailpiece, but this SG Special has a lively resonance that really lets it sing.

I even got a decent deal for my trade ins and only had to shell out around $200 and I was out the door!

Full disclosure: One of my trade ins was a 2020 Gibson SG Standard. It had a rather noticeable dent on the top, so I knew it was going to take a bit of a hit on trade in value.


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I know that trading a Standard for a Special seems crazy, and, don’t get me wrong, the Standard was a nice guitar, but my main humbucker Gibson is a 1991 Les Paul Studio (back when they came with ebony fretboards) and I'd be more apt to grab it if given a choice:



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I also have a customized 2020 Fender Duo Sonic HS with an awesome Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates bridge pickup that sounds remarkably close to the SG Standard's 490T bridge pickup, and I don't need both (the 1998 Pearly Gates also has sentimental value, since I've been using it for over 24 years):


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Anyway, I feel the new SG Special really fills a gap in a way that my other guitars can’t quite do and satisfies my P-90 fix at the same time...


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Imagine your SG Special with a 5 ply wide bevel pickguard ...

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5 ply wide bevel on ny SG Standard,

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So, long story short, I had a couple guitars I needed serviced at Dave’s Guitar in Lacrosse Wisconsin and I had a couple other guitars I wanted to get rid of at the same time, so I brought them along in case something caught my fancy.

To be honest, there was this one guitar that I was interested in but it got sold before I could get there. I still took my trade ins since I wanted to get rid of them anyway.

Fast forwarding, I saw this guitar and, having really loved playing P-90 Gibsons in the past I decided to give it a try and I was instantly hooked:

Anyway, I feel the new SG Special really fills a gap in a way that my other guitars can’t quite do and satisfies my P-90 fix at the same time...



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Welp, looks just like the SG I bought about a month ago. I too got a good deal on mine, but not as good as you -- although I didn't trade in any guitars to get it. Anyway, if you're like me, you'll love your new guitar. There's just something special about the SG Special.

Oh, and HNSGD!
 

AxemanVR

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There's just something special about the SG Special.

Yes, somehow the deceptively “primitive” setup on the SG Special serves to give it something “unique”. Something that’s definitely different than anything else I’ve ever owned anyway.

Those P90s sound excellent, and even though I know the Special’s not “top of the line” per se, I feel like I’m in on some tone secret that only SG Special owners (like you and I) understand.

All I can say is that I never really bonded with my SG Standard, but I feel like I instantly bonded with the SG Special…


 
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