NGD - Cheap guitar surprise

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by disconnector, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. disconnector

    disconnector Member

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    Hi all!

    I walked into my local GC to grab a ‘68 Custom Deluxe Reverb a few days ago. I refuse to buy anything from GC without plugging it in so after it was unboxed I grabbed the first guitar off of the used rack just to check basic function.

    It was a worn brown Epiphone SG. It had a nice chunky neck, decent action, and the typical horrible SG neck dive. I almost put it back without trying it (I absolutely abhor neck dive) but I plugged it in anyway.

    I was surprised - nay shocked - to get a *fantastic* shimmering clean tone out of the guitar. Perfect intonation, reasonable action, and decent feeling controls - but the sound just blew me away. In the center position with both vols dropped to about 3-4 I got one of the best clean sounds I've ever heard especially through the '68 Deluxe. SGs have always been a bit dull and "blah" to my ears but this one is like a 300lb Telecaster! I looked at the price tag and it was priced at $200 . . . my debit card nearly melted from the friction of me ripping it out of my wallet. The amp and the guitar followed me home.

    She's not ugly. But as a lifelong Strat lover she looks a little odd to my jaded eyes . . .




    I just couldn't figure out why this one sounded so darn good so I pulled the pickups. Someone had dropped US Gibson pickups in it . . . the neck is a 57 Classic. Gibson is too retarded to properly label their pickups so I'm guessing the bridge is a 57 Classic as well? It's 4 conductor . . .

    Neck -

    Bridge -


    The neck dive is so bad that I literally melted about 8 ounces of lead (old .38 bullets) and made a counter weight for the control cavity. It still dives but not as violently - but I have a feeling this will be a sitting guitar. The tone is totally worth it though!

    Disconnector
     
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  2. morglan

    morglan Supporting Member

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    I've liked the necks on most of the Epiphones I have played.

    If I could get a Les Paul with a nice full neck like my Sheraton had, I'd be a happy player.
     
  3. Coopster

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  4. FLYING V 83

    FLYING V 83 Gibson Geezer Silver Supporting Member

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    Bridge could be a BB2, the 57s didn't have the engraving.
     
  5. sibyrpunk

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    I think the bridge is a 490 series!
     
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    tnvol Ufologist Silver Supporting Member

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    Nice score!
     
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  9. jwguitar

    jwguitar Supporting Member

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    I agree those Korean Sheratons have really nice necks. I haven't played the newer ones but I suspect they still well made.
     
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  11. tonedover

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    Cool

    Having owned a SG for a few years, ive decided i dont like the neck, the longer “perceived” scale length, the dive, the whole thing. Different guitars for diff players though!!
     
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  13. Ryno1331

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    Sometimes the guitar finds you...
     
  14. Caretaker

    Caretaker Silver Supporting Member

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    So you pretty much bought a set of pickups and the guitar was attached to them.
    Very cool.
     
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  16. Jonny G

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    Nice.

    Broad suede strap deals with SG neck dive.
     
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  17. shane8

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    they are cool guitars & you really got a bargain
     
  18. Calebz

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    Agreed - With the caution to not use schaller type strap locks like this (That's how I got it. They have been replaced with buttons and fender branded grolsch rubber washer thingies. So far so good):

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    As shown by the other horn-mounter, a nice strap button works great.
     
  19. jerrycampbell

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    Very nice!
    Cheap guitars were garbage when I was a kid in the late 60s/early 70s.
    Teiscos and the like were not patterned after expensive guitars, they were new designs with the skinniest necks they could make and weird hardware.
    Now cheap gear emulates expensive gear, the designs are solid.
     
  20. MikeMcK

    MikeMcK Supporting Member

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    I almost impulse-bought one (Sheraton II) based on the neck alone. A couple of days later an acquaintance showed me his new guitar and it was the same one I played. Great neck on those.
     

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