NGD Gibson Les Paul (SG) 61 reissue

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  1. vortexxxx

    vortexxxx Member

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    I got this a few days ago but didn't get around to photographing it.
    I always wanted one of these with the sideways vibrato.
    Technically it's a Les Paul and it has that engraved on the TRC. It comes with 57 Classic pickups that sound pretty good but I'll be installing a set from WCR pickups (who nobody seems to talk about anymore. WCR is one of my favorite pickup makers)

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  2. vortexxxx

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    I opened the vibrato cover and it looks almost just like the old one. I'd need to see them side by side to spot what might be different.
     
  3. LesPaul59

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    Awesome guitar!

    WCR (Jim Wagner) makes some of my favorite pickups too! He is also a great guy! :aok
     
  4. JRC4558Dude

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    Beautiful.

    I'd swap out the Nashville bridge for an ABR1, though...
     
  5. AParrotLooksAt4O

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    Holy smokes, that makes me want to ditch work and head home to my ’61 Reissue!

    …oh wait, so does pulling out of the driveway, commuting, working, etc…

    Seriously, congrats! The best SG Gibson makes, IMO. :beer

    For what its worth, I’d love to hear back from you on how the WCRs change or improve your sound. I’ve been considering testing them out in my own ’61RI, either the Godwoods or Betts set, and would be interested to know which set you choose and how the differ from the ‘57s. I love the ‘57s, though!
     
  6. ledzep618

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    hoooowee that is sexy. '57 Classics are killer pickups though man, I'd give them their far shot before ripping them out.
     
  7. AParrotLooksAt4O

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    I second this, especially in that guitar. But I've heard only stellar compliments of WCRs in the SG, though.
     
  8. vortexxxx

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    I've had 57 Classics before and I like them quite a bit but they can't really compete with WCRs. I heard Gibson changed something in the 57 Classics recently. Is that true?

    My Les Paul r9 had 57' Classics. I ended up installing a real PAF into it and a WCR Filmore. The pair sounded great together. I eventually put 2 PAFs in it.
     
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    I'm planning to but I want to get the pickups installed first so I can hear how different the Callaham bridge that I'm thinking of getting will sound compared to the stock one.
     
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    I guess these reissues didn't sell that well as I hardly see anyone talking about them on forums. There is also a black one with three pickups and gold hardware. (I don't recall ever seeing a vintage black one though)

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    I have WCR pickups in all my guitars.
     
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    That is a great looking SG!! Which WCRs are you going with?
     
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    Awesome guitar man! I've owned 2 SGs.. a 2008 standard and a 60s tribute p90 which I regret selling every day..What WCRs you going with? I've tried every pup under the sun except Jim's
     
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    I went with a combined set this time. I haven't heard these pickups in person but the WCRs that I have heard were all great, so I'm not worried.
    I got the DarkBurst neck combined with a Godwood bridge.

    Here's what his listing says about the DarkBursts:
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    These pickups were wound to the specs of Duane's
    "DarkBurst" (hence the name), his last axe. Although
    the name suggests they are a "dark" pickup set, that is
    a false impression. That is only the name derived from the
    axe itself. They are a slightly over-wound version of the Crossroads
    Set, and tonaly have a sound like Duane from "Eat a Peach", Free,
    Bloomfield's"Super Sessions," EVH's brown-sound, etc. Priced the same as Fillmores or Crossroads, they are in a class all by themselves.
    Reviews all over the net resound.
    We have a good many customers tell us they have yet to find out what these pickups CAN'T do"

    Here's what he says about the Godwoods:

    "This pickup set is the fattest, juiciest of
    the bunch, and has become a favorite among our customers.
    With a good bottom end bite,great wood in the middle position, smooth top-end roll-off, great harmonics,
    overtones, and sustain, they are unbeatable in the Patent -Applied-For class.
    They have evolved over the past few years into a very remarkable pickup set that have characteristics of a few
    of our other sets rolled into one!.
    Renowned for their ability to either sing a baby to sleep, or blow the balls off a charging rhino at 100 yards,"

    I can say that the Fillmore pickups capture Greg Allman's sound from the Live at the Fillmore album. I'm not quite sure how he manages to make them sound like specific pickups, but somehow pulls it off.
     
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    Because these guitars weren't too popular, you can sometimes find them on ebay for a really cheap price. I got mine for $1,299. or something like that.
     
  16. althekiller

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    Nice man! Requesting sound clips when those new pups are installed! I've been temped with with Godwoods so many times.
     

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