SG 90 (approx 1988) Anyone seen one?

Bruceman

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I like this SG 90, but I've never seen one anywhere. Anyone here own one, and if so, do you like it? The pic is from an '88 catalog.

 

dantedayjob

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The guitar in the pic is an SG 90 Double. I used to have a Teal Green SG 90 Single, which had the bridge pup only. The bridge pup was tapped by a push/push pot on the volume control. They had 25 1/2" scale, 24 frets and an ebony board. I seem to recall that it had Grover tuners. Very slim neck, not exactly sure what you would call the profile, but it was thin. Very resonant guitar, I quite liked it and it was my #1 for quite a few years. I don't have a digital pic of it unfortunately.
 

HoboMan

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I bought one brand new in 1990. It was a great guitar. I was in a top 40/Classic Rock band from from around 1993-1997 and it was the only guitar I used. Never even took a backup to the gigs and we played 4 sets a night.

Everything dantedayjob mentioned applies. The neck had a very slim profile but was wide at the nut. I never actually measured it but it felt wider than my 61 SG/Les Paul. It was a shredder type neck and was incredibly easy to play.
The body seemed a little thinner also. It was very light.

The bridge PU sounded OK in humbucking mode but split in single coil mode it sounded FANTASTIC. With both PUs on it got a very clean funk tone. It was a very unique guitar.

Unfortunately I had issues with my fretboard cracking. I had it repaired under warranty a couple of years after I bought it. About 15 years later it cracked again and I had it repaired out of warranty. A couple of years later it started to crack again so I sold it. This doesn't mean that it would happen to other SG90s. I could have just been unlucky with mine.

Here's a pic:

 
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Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!! My eyes, oooowwwww!! Fndr scale length, 24 frets, string-thru-body, dumbass pearloid 'guard, wrong neck p.u., black hardware, no f.b. binding?!?!?! That gtr is the antithesis of all that is cool about an SG; it's the anti-SG!! WTF could Gbsn have been thinking (or not thinking!)?!?! (just my opinion, of, course; glad you fellas dig 'em)
 

Bruceman

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Thanks for the replies. I'm going to start looking for one, if anyone knows of one. Thanks.
 

HoboMan

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Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!! My eyes, oooowwwww!! Fndr scale length, 24 frets, string-thru-body, dumbass pearloid 'guard, wrong neck p.u., black hardware, no f.b. binding?!?!?! That gtr is the antithesis of all that is cool about an SG; it's the anti-SG!! WTF could Gbsn have been thinking (or not thinking!)?!?! (just my opinion, of, course; glad you fellas dig 'em)
Definitely not your regular SG BUT, it is a GREAT guitar. Very versatile. Had high end appointments: ebony board, fretboard inlays etc.
 

Pete Faragher

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I was always intrigued by these. Didn't they also make one with a locking bridge? Sort of a trem/no trem thing?
Pete
 

Amp360

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I had one of the single pickup models back in the day. Why I bought it I have no idea, but I do remember thinking it was cool.

The main issue is the neck was really thin, I just couldn't get used to it. I bought mine from Vehamin's Music Emporium, which was like Musician's Friend IIRC.

Nice guitar, great build quality. Neck was not for me but a great guitar.
 




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