Pros and cons of the Gibson SG... educate me please

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  1. lespaulreedsmith

    lespaulreedsmith Member

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    Yes, gassing for one but have never owned one (I've owned just about everything else though lol)... Give me the upside and the downside please. Your likes and dislikes.
    Pics (of course) are appreciated ;)
     
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    They sound and play great, but I have always had an issue with the thin body and they tend to be neck heavy. Those things don’t keep me from wanting a Jeff Tweedy sig model. A Pelham blue beauty.
     
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  3. ahab

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    They sound great with p90s, but I would always go for a Les Paul over an SG (P90 Les Pauls sound and feel even better to me).
     
  4. mrsongbird

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    Pros:
    Great, and I mean great, upper fret access.
    Excellent choice for p90s.
    Light weight
    Seems like it’s easier to find a neck you like- lots of variance (maybe I’m wrong about this)
    Ergonomic- hugs your body like a strat
    Look and sound like Pete Townshend

    Cons:
    Some folks have trouble with neck dive.
    I can’t think of any more.



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    Dislike: Very shallow, thin neck pocket - One bad flex and it's cracked. Lighter body = Increased potential for neck dive. Face-mounted jack input = Increased potential for busted-out control cavity wood if someone falls/steps on the straight cable, even with relief. And of course, the ever-present delicate angled one-piece mahog headstock.

    Likes: Sculpted body. Upper fret access. Looks cool on players 6'0" or taller.
     
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    Nebakanezer Silver Supporting Member

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    That is an awesome specimen right there!!!
     
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    I had a couple that I really tried to like, one of them a Historic, but never really became a fan, thus my cons (ALL IMO of course):

    -They don't sound as good as a LP due to their thinner body and different pickup placement.
    -They feel differently enough to play with a necessarily farther reach due to the design, that I never found comfortable to handle.
    -As previously mentioned, not only can they feel neck-heavy, but the neck design can sometimes result in less stability, contributing to tuning issues.

    That said, they do look kinda cool however. :)
     
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    I had one for a while, and it was a very nice guitar. A little bit of neck dive, but nothing crazy. Played wonderfully and sounded great... At it's style...

    It might be that my playing was "less refined" than it is today, but I have found SG's to be good at a couple of styles. I gutted mine and replaced the pots and pups, but it was still only a blues/rock machine. To be fair that is it's job, but it wasn't versatile enough for me to keep around.

    I suppose this isn't so much a knock as it is my personal experience with this platform.
     
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  10. holden_caufield9

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    Pros are all covered here

    My cons:

    volume/tone knobs blocked by pickup switch
    volume/tone knobs too close together for my tastes
     
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    • Batwing horns - personal Preference
    • Big pg, I’d only consider a small pg
    • Front Jack, toggle switch, V/T knobs all clustered up in one place
    • Neck dive
    • Neck heel strap button
    • Thin body
    Like
    • Tone
    • Lightweight
    • Classic Cherry finish
     
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  12. FLYING V 83

    FLYING V 83 Gibson Geezer Silver Supporting Member

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    Pros: I have 3 SGs
    Cons: I don't have 4
     
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    Comfiest guitar in the world with the best upper fret access - makes a strat feel clunky and heavy. Can sound great but lack sustain and body - more of a raw and wirey sound than the refined chunk and sustain of a Les Paul. Strap button position is a bit annoying but you can still get it to hang nicely if you sling it on your hip. Not neck heavy if you get a good one. I prefer humbuckers in mine, a bridge p90 just feels too thin and weak for it. Some days I think they look cheesy as hell, especially a cherry one.

    Overall great guitars, I've always had a love/hate relationship with mine. I think I would rather have an LP Jr/special or doublecut for the P90 thing.
     
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    I love the piss out of mine. The neck and middle tones are more usable than an LP thanks to less mud and added clarity, and the bridge tones scream rock and roll.
     
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    My SG Standard is brilliant. Sounds great to me (498T/490R pickups, I think), amazing action. Has pretty much the same sustain as my Les Paul and I think it gets better playing from me than the LP. My SG makes me often wonder why I have a Les Paul.

    The only con is that the clean sound is a bit bland. They need a bit of dirt to sound good, but who plays a SG clean anyway?

    As for neck dive: might be a problem for Elvis or Paul Stanley, but I tend to hold the neck of my guitars.
     
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    Pro- total bargain, well built, plays great, sounds fantastic, light weight, ergonomic, great upper fret access.

    Con... none. Lots of people complain of neck dive... not me...could be because I use a wide strap maybe.
     
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    Pros:
    Light and very comfortable once you get used to the neck being farther out and adjust the guitar placement to the right / down accordingly.
    Maybe coolest guitar ever made.
    Brings the doom, sounds great.
    Relatively inexpensive for Gibson.

    Cons:
    Neck dive (some worse than others).
    Questionable tuning stability.
    Fragile.

    They're sometimes annoying and finicky but I love mine anyway, I just riff out on it more easily than anything else. There are probably "better" guitars for the money, but few have that mojo.
     
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    I'm hoping that post was a joke.
     
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    I love em but sitting down the neck feels really long, like everything is shifted to the left as compared to a LP...
     
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    Have you actually owned one? Because I've literally owned dozens and have never, ever, experienced anything remotely close to this. I have heard some weak neck issues from the very first models, so I suppose if your only experience is with a real '61 then, maybe. Otherwise I gotta call BS here.
     
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