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!
 

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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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Hey AxemanVR, beauty there. Congrats! Hey, any noticeable difference in fret size/shape that you feel between the '22 Special & '20 Standard you traded towards it? Just initial first impressions that is.
 

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Hey AxemanVR, beauty there. Congrats! Hey, any noticeable difference in fret size/shape that you feel between the '22 Special & '20 Standard you traded towards it? Just initial first impressions that is.

The Special’s frets seem to have a flatter top, but to be honest I didn’t really notice any significant difference in playability between them.

I tend to automatically compensate for whatever guitar I play, so I never really have a problem either way.

That said, I did notice that the Special’s fretboard does feel wider and the neck profile seems thinner. Definitely something different compared to my other guitars.

I’ve learned to appreciate it. Others may not…


 

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What else did you trade?

I also traded in this 2016 Epiphone “Inspired by 1966” Century:

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It was a great guitar, but, I decided that I can no longer possess, in good conscience, any musical instrument made where it was made…




 

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I also traded in this 2016 Epiphone “Inspired by 1966” Century:

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It was a great guitar, but, I decided that I can no longer possess, in good conscience, any musical instrument made where it was made…




Fair enough. Where is the rest of your stuff made?
 

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Fair enough. Where is the rest of your stuff made?

I currently have 6 guitars made in the USA:

2012 Fender Custom Shop ‘69 Relic Stratocaster with an American Original 60s neck.

2003 Fender American Vintage ‘52 Telecaster.

1991 Gibson Les Paul Studio.

2022 Gibson SG Special.

2007 Guild D40.

1981 Carvin DC200.

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I also have 5 Mexican made guitars:

2020 Fender Duo Sonic HS.

2020 Fender Vintera 60s neck on a Fender Classic Series body.

2018 Fender Road Worn 50s Strat.

2015 Fender Standard Jazz Bass.

1996 Fender Standard Telecaster:


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In addition, I also proudly own 2 Korean made guitars:

1999 Fender DG22CE acoustic electric.

1997 Epiphone Casino VT.

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I would gladly purchase musical products from Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan or Indonesia, so I’m certainly am not opposed to considering buying any imports in general, as long as the country’s name doesn’t rhyme with “dyna”…



 
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I currently have 6 guitars made in the USA:

2012 Fender Custom Shop ‘69 Relic Stratocaster with an American Original 60s neck.

2003 Fender American Vintage ‘52 Telecaster.

1991 Gibson Les Paul Studio.

2022 Gibson SG Special.

2007 Guild D40.

1981 Carvin DC200.

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I also have 5 Mexican made guitars:

2020 Fender Duo Sonic HS.

2020 Fender Vintera 60s neck on a Fender Classic Series body.

2018 Fender Road Worn 50s Strat.

2015 Fender Standard Jazz Bass.

1996 Fender Standard Telecaster:


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In addition, I also proudly own 2 Korean made guitars:

1999 Fender DG22CE acoustic electric.

1997 Epiphone Casino VT.

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I would gladly purchase musical products from Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan or Indonesia, so I’m certainly am not opposed to considering buying any imports in general, as long as the country’s name doesn’t rhyme with “dyna”…



 


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