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Opinion thread: Favourite SG style guitar
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Rhysyrhys
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:53 pm    Post subject: Opinion thread: Favourite SG style guitar Reply with quote

So after dipping my toes back into the water of guitar buying with the black Jazzmaster that I got from HNB, the thirst has reawakened and now I want all the guitars.

I've wanted to own an SG style guitar and so I've been doing a little market research and so far I've found:

1) Yamaha SG-xxxx models

2) Reverend Guitars are very well respected these days it seems and do a bunch that fit the bill

3) Gibson, of course (though the headstock break issues with Gibson are disappointing at best)

4) ESP LTD Viper - seems they don't make US version

5) Guys like Westfield, FretKing etc.


If you were going to buy a SG stylee, what's would you get?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was also going to mention the PRS vintage-y looking ones, but I feel they are probably more equatable to a Les Paul IRL. The Mira and the wassamacallit.. you know the ones.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a nice Agile Valkyrie at Guitar Center

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had a lot of SGs, and can confirm that the Gibson SG Classic is the best SG you can get.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're counting the Yamaha, you should probably include Ibanez Artist?

Although I sort of regard those as double cutaway LP style guitars and not SGs, because they don't feel like flimsy neckdivey toys.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SGs are the only guitars that can pull off gold hardware, in my humble opinion. So make sure it's got gold and one of those Maestro vibratos
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gibson SG Standard 2013 or SG Classic, if you can find one. 61 Reissue SGs are amazing (which is why I listed the 2013, same specs).
Epiphones don't feel the same at all.
Have tried plenty of lookalikes, but nothing beats the original Gibson.
Neck drop is mostly a meme. A leather strap fixes it, if there's even any in the first place.
The nitro finish smells amazing.
Very versatile guitars.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Gibson SG special and a Yamaha SG800 both excellent guitars but the Yamaha is more Les Paul like rather than SG. The Special is all the SG you'd need if you're after classic SG tones:


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love my Yamaha SG200 but it is more of its own beast than a Gibson-alike tbh. Kind of Les Paul-y but not quite. If I was specifically looking for an SG then I wouldn't bother because I don't think it even looks similar enough to scratch that particular itch.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a few Gibson's, Epiphones and Yamahas.

The Yamaha were the best value for money but if you want to get purist about it (like I did), you may as well go the whole way and buy a Gibson.
An Epiphone G400 will more than see you through but you'll still end up wanting the real thing.

The problem is which model? Some of the Specials are garbage and I've heard some bad reports on the newer standards.
Like Strats, I'd say try before you buy.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Epiphone Wilshire
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Gibson 60s Tribute SG I had was great. I don't think you'll find a better SG for the money (£200-300 used). I traded a Squier Jazzmaster for mine. I only got rid of it to get my 79 Strat. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate SGs, but if I had to pick one, I'd choose a Kalamazoo.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That SG800 looks lush Dezb.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always liked the Guild S-100 Polara. Especially in white.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have three Gibson USA SG's and two Epiphone China SG's. I prefer the pickups on the USA's, but I'm quite proud of and pleased with the Chinese guitars as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EPIPHONE MELODY MAKER SPECIAL




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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw a 60s reissue sg at a guitar center for 800 in the used section, almost walked out with it. Love SGs. The comfort is unreal, such a sculpted guitar that sounds so good clean or distorted. One day I'll have one.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SAVEStheDAY wrote:
I've always liked the Guild S-100 Polara. Especially in white.


That's on my to get list to complete the trilogy.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BearBoy wrote:
That SG800 looks lush Dezb.


Aye t'is a peach of a guitar was the only bidder on it on the evilbay a couple of years ago replaced a lesser yamaha sg I stupidly sold in my youth... this one will not be for sale again in my lifetime. Only seen one like it.
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