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New (Another) Gary Clark Jr. Signature SG - WOW!

michael.e

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Critical thing for me would be neck angle. I like 4 degrees. My 50th Anni. Townsend has that and it feels perfect. I have no tuning or intonation issues.
 

ampguy

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The Gary Clark Jr. Signature SG is a great guitar, stays in tune and the middle pickup with the plastic covers is not an issue (any more than a strat is). Definitely a keeper and highly recommended!

I have a 1970 Jr. (Maestro), a 1970 Special (Maestro), a 2003 Custom Shop 61 Reissue Standard, and a 2007 Classic (Special, no trem). Now for a 3 pickup Custom humbucker-loaded model to complete the collection. Well, and maybe a few models in colors other than vintage cherry. Oh, and maybe an EB-O .... you can't have too many SGs.
 

cvansickle

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I got to play one last week, and I was very impressed. Too bad I already have a red SG...
 

mikejr555

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I learned a lot from this thread. Apparently adding two frets over the body, that have nothing to do with the neck itself, will magically make the neck flop around like a noodle. Also all of the SG's in constant use, on stages all over the world, are doomed to never play in tune because the internet says so. Who knew?

The SG in the OP is sweet.
 

BarryE

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Just tried one today. Didn't work for me because I kept bouncing off the middle pickup when I was picking. I do need to look at my technique apparently. Otherwise very nice.
 

Jim85IROC

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Why would a 24 fret neck be less stable? I'm inclined to think it would make it more stable because the pickup route is moved further down, allowing for a more substantial neck tenon.
 

Felixun1

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Some of my all-time favorite sounds were created using SG's: early Santana, Clapton ala Crossroads, Zappa, Robby Krieger, etc. But with the ones I've owned, I never got close to those tones at all. And I never got comfortable with the ergonomics, or lack thereof, of the SG. So I'll probably be trying another one soon.
 

jbcohen92

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Not to revive a dead thread... but I am going to revive a dead thread.

I just played the GCJ signature 3P90 SG. It is a really comfortable guitar. The action was nice and low and it played great. I love the neck shape it was wide but not too thick.

I played it through a Vox AC15. I was not crazy about the middle position. Nonetheless, the bridge and neck cleaned up beautifully. Lowering the volume knob also cut a bit of treble.

Overall, it is a nice guitar. Would I buy it to be my main guitar? No, probably not. I am not a huge SG guy and liked the sound of the bridge P90 in my Les Paul Junior more. But, as someone who loves GCJ music, I can really appreciate the instrument. It feels very versatile, too.
 

Ducksteino

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Not to revive a dead thread... but I, too, am going to revive a dead thread.

I got a Gary Clark Jr SG 3 weeks ago. My first SG! So light! So cool looking! Middle pickup is not an issue for me, I'm used to 3 humbuckers. And p90's, yes indeed. The original owner replaced the original pickups with noiseless Lindy Fralins, so I can't address the original pickups' beefiness. I have mainly played Les Pauls for 15 years, with some jaunts to Strats & Tele's.

Things that are cool: Blending in the middle in any position is an option I really like. Gives a mild strat quack to very subtle overtones. Not to be cork-sniffy about this, but it's more subtle than the out-of-phase positions on a strat. I feel like blending the middle in affects the way you play more than the way you sound, if that makes sense. Blending the middle in sounds good with some light to medium gain, IMO. I am toying with the idea of replacing that volume pot with an on/off toggle.

Things that I'm adjusting to: The neck profile. It's kind of a slim D, like a slimmer neck from an Epiphone Casino. But I played it exclusively for the first week, I realize everyone has their faves, I'm fine with it. It was more a case of getting things I love: SG's, P90's, and 3-p'up guitars, and this is the neck that's on there. Sure, I could wait for Gibson to make a new model to give me a neck I'm used to, but, meh, I played it every night for a week & I'm fine with it.
 

cheezit

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Things that I'm adjusting to: The neck profile. It's kind of a slim D, like a slimmer neck from an Epiphone Casino. But I played it exclusively for the first week, I realize everyone has their faves, I'm fine with it. It was more a case of getting things I love: SG's, P90's, and 3-p'up guitars, and this is the neck that's on there. Sure, I could wait for Gibson to make a new model to give me a neck I'm used to, but, meh, I played it every night for a week & I'm fine with it.
You necrobumped a thread just to say that you are able to handle to a slightly different neck shape? Wow.

You're on TGP, where a millimeter is the difference between awesome and unplayable... and grown adults dream about custom-ordering a guitar with the hyper-specific specs that will finally scratch some strange itch, and then get mad when they can't sell it. Getting used to a guitar by playing it and being fine with it? That's just not done.
 

cheezit

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So you'd buy a guitar after playing it and thinking "i don't like this neck"?
"This neck is a little different" < that's fine
"This neck makes my hand hurt" < nope

That's why I don't own any Ricks, and some of the Gretsches I've played have been wonky too. But I own a strat with a quasi-baseball bat neck, and a superstrat with a wide, thin shredder neck, and a bunch of guitars with different necks - they're all fine as long as I can get around on them ok.
 

cutaway

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"This neck is a little different" < that's fine
"This neck makes my hand hurt" < nope

That's why I don't own any Ricks, and some of the Gretsches I've played have been wonky too. But I own a strat with a quasi-baseball bat neck, and a superstrat with a wide, thin shredder neck, and a bunch of guitars with different necks - they're all fine as long as I can get around on them ok.
so the short answer is no. cool. thanks.
 

cheezit

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so the short answer is no. cool. thanks.
Of course. I'm just pointing out that some people have very strict requirements for necks...and I don't. Life is a lot easier if you can be a bit more flexible. If I were the type to spend $4K on a custom guitar, I might be pickier about what I get, but I'm not.

And honestly I can't relate to those who are so picky, hence my sarcasm. If someone has a physical issue, that's different, but that aside... I don't understand how someone can go from Yngwie to Chuck Berry when the nut width is 2mm narrower than their perfect spec.
 

cutaway

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Of course. I'm just pointing out that some people have very strict requirements for necks...and I don't. Life is a lot easier if you can be a bit more flexible. If I were the type to spend $4K on a custom guitar, I might be pickier about what I get, but I'm not.

And honestly I can't relate to those who are so picky, hence my sarcasm. If someone has a physical issue, that's different, but that aside... I don't understand how someone can go from Yngwie to Chuck Berry when the nut width is 2mm narrower than their perfect spec.
I wish I were like that. But I'm super picky about necks. Luckily, there's a lot to choose from.
 

Corey112

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I’ve also never been picky about a neck. I’ve honestly never handled a guitar I thought was unplayable because of the neck. I have no health issues with my fretting hand so maybe others do. I’d like to think someone can hand me almost any neck shape and I’d be able to play without discomfort.
 

zombiwoof

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I can play any neck, but I have neck profiles I prefer, and that is a rounded profile that isn't too slim. Having a neck that I am more comfortable helps make me play better. I also don't have any hand issues, but when I had an SG with a slim taper neck, if I played it for for an extended time during a gig I would get hand cramping problems. A rounded neck just feels better to me. Others that play with a different technique may prefer a slimmer profile.
Al
 




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