SG-type makers

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  1. deejayen

    deejayen Member

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    I see a few threads listing makers of other types of guitars (eg Juniors and LPs). They've got me wondering who makes SG-types. I know of the ESP Viper, and Gordon Smith (UK manufacturer) make a GSG model, but both these seem a fair bit different from a regular SG.

    If there aren't too many builders making these, why do you think that's the case?
     
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    56Tweed Sub-Octave Member Silver Supporting Member

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    What do you consider SG-type? There are some that I think check some of the boxes, but not many direct clones. It was a pretty unique design with some real design issues IMO. That neck joint is a recipe for disaster, and the one SG I've owned was damaged in shipping despite being well packed.
     
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    I was thinking about a fairly close clone.

    My first electric guitar when I was a wee boy was an SG copy with 2 humbuckers and a Bigsby. I remember loving the way it looked, even though an SG isn't really a guitar I've longed for since then. It's the only guitar I've sold - my parents traded it in for a Strat a few years later. I've been playing Strats and Teles since. However, after buying a Gibson LP Junior I'm beginning to really like it, and have started to think of other guitars in the same vein. I think it was a video of the Brian Ray SG Junior which caught my attention.

    I thought my LP Junior's neck was a bit whippy after my Teles, buy everything is settling in now. I thought an SG Junior might have a longer neck tenon, but I'm sure there are other problems (such as a neck-heavy design).

    I'd have to try an SG, but if the overall design appealed I'd be interested in an SG Junior/Esquire mix - eg an SG but with ash body, set maple neck and fingerboard, P90 and through-body stringing. I'm only dreaming at this point, so I can see I'm probably introducing all the worse aspects of an SG (wobbly neck, 3-aside headstock etc) onto a P90-equipped T-style!
     
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    Thanks! That Case looks beautiful - I'll look at their website later...
     
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    I am in line to have Valery Vashenko make a left handed one for me. 10th on the list. Now trying to figure out the exact specs I want. Don't know the neck dimensions I will go with or try a side jack instead of the top-mount. His prices are awfully hard to beat and the craftsmanship is stellar.
     
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    Here’s one of Valerys - Korina body and neck:
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    Scale model guitars makes SG(ish) guitars.. there were some on Carter Vintage's site..
    And theres the Rock and Roll Relics angus model..
     
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    Framus makes an SG type. Phil X plays one.
     
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    Thanks. There are some interesting options here!

    I also remembered that Guild made/make something along the lines of an SG.
     
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    Seger Guitars makes some badass SG-style guitars. I’ve never played one and don’t know much about them beyond what I see on their Instagram though.

    https://www.segerguitars.com/
     
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    Agree. Stunning take on an SG.
     
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    Edwards is the vintage line of ESP/E-II/LTD, and they build the SG (not a Viper).
     
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    Thanks - I didn't know that some ESPs were branded as Edwards.

    On another note, some of the guitars mentioned above appear to be slightly thicker than how I remember an SG is. Perhaps there's some variation of the contours, but are some of the guitars chunkier than an SG?
     
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