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Kirk Douglas SG?

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Got a decent deal available on one.

Never had an SG, always loved the look of 3 pickups.

Know they're quite rare so info may be thin on the ground but any opinions welcomed!!


Cheers
 
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Got a decent deal available on one.

Never had an SG, always loved the look of 3 pickups.

Know they're quite rare so info may be thin on the ground but any opinions welcomed!!


Cheers
Is this the one that you mean:http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/SG/Gibson-USA/Kirk-Douglas-SG.aspx, I actually thought when I first heard about it that it had with the actor Kirk Douglas for turning 100 years old, I don't know why, but that was my first assumption when I heard about a Kirk Douglas model SG.
 

Melj

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I had one but found it very wimpy sounding, so I moved it on. Didn't really find the togpot particularly useful and I'm not the biggest fan of the vibrolas, other than for looks. Neck similar to the 61 reissue, rosewood rather than ebony board.
 

tiktok

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Making the toggle switch also a pot to fade in the middle pickup. Huh. That is not a route I'd pursue.
 
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Didn't know about those. Looks cool. Interesting that they've somehow been able to sneak a blender pot into the switch ring. Not sure I'd use it much but it's certainly clever.

I have ergonomic issues with SGs myself, the geometry of a Les Paul is far more comfortable to me. Between that and the neck dive I've never really been able to bond with any of the ones I've had. I have held on to one cream-colored 3-pickup SG Custom though. Not that I play it a whole lot, but it's kinda too cool to let go.
 
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I had one but found it very wimpy sounding, so I moved it on. Didn't really find the togpot particularly useful and I'm not the biggest fan of the vibrolas, other than for looks. Neck similar to the 61 reissue, rosewood rather than ebony board.
You own any other SG's before or since this one?
I'll have to admit I've never even had an SG in my hands before, and I always imagine them having some balls.

I'm not in the position to try this one before buying so I'd be going into this one blind. As much as I love the looks I'd be buying it for the sound, weak sounding is the opposite of what I'm after. Can I ask what you were running it through amp wise?
 

Melj

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You own any other SG's before or since this one?
I'll have to admit I've never even had an SG in my hands before, and I always imagine them having some balls.

I'm not in the position to try this one before buying so I'd be going into this one blind. As much as I love the looks I'd be buying it for the sound, weak sounding is the opposite of what I'm after. Can I ask what you were running it through amp wise?
I've had a 61ri since 1990 (hard to beat that one...), a 70s SG special, a couple of custom shop numbers, a 65 special, SG Les Paul tribute, the Kirk Douglas, and probably a few others.

Running into an Audio Kitchen 17w combo and a Matchless HC30 / 2x12.

If you love the looks that's a good enough reason to go for it, otherwise I'd go for as early a 61ri as you can find or a Standard from the 90s onwards.
 

goodwater

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I had one and I did like it but I've never had an SG that I kept for more than a few months, including this one
 

hammersig

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The demo sounds great, which I expect because Kirk is a great player with good ears for tone. About the toggle/pot; does the switch turn, or the lock nut? Any idea where to get such a switch? I have a piezo-electric guitar that could be cool to try this with.
 






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