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OBG - '62 Reissue SG

 
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f5joe
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2007 9:19 pm    Post subject: OBG - '62 Reissue SG Reply with quote

I am looking at the subject guitar from 1988. Would anyone here have any pictures of comparable OBG's please?

The guitar I am considering is incredible sounding with, I presume, Gibson '57 PAF Classics in it.

Any thoughts are appreciated as well. Thanks, Joe
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2007 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi. I've a couple-three OBG SGs. I know saying that I love them isn't a very scientific recommendation but it's honest. They're light as a feather and are great sounding/playing guitars.
Here ya go...






My cherry and white ones are both '88's. The black one's a '92. Villager used to have a white one with fret-edge binding and I've also seen one with 3 PU's. Like any good SG, the necks, particularly around the headstock, are susceptible to breakage (but unless ridiculously severe, satisfactorily fixable) if you bang them into something.

The newer one has this type of pickup. It's been awhile since I cracked the other two open but I seem to remember that they have PAFs.


Click on my sig below if you want to see a few other OBGs...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Innadaze: Thank you VERY MUCH! You have a gorgeous collection.

The guitar that I'm looking at is far from pristine but does have a genuine reliced experience. The neck, as you say, is slim, wide and fast. But what really draws me to it is the tone.

I appreciate the help! Joe
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are a couple of pictures of the subject guitar. I cannot believe the playability and tone. The guitar is far from mint but appropriately "reliced" from natural use. I love the vibe.







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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's not bad at all! Before posting the pics, when you said it looked "relic'd" I was thinking it would be like a lot of the OBG SGs I've seen that were pretty chewed up and either played real hard or not stored/maintained very well or both. Tarnished hardware's no big deal, some guys like the vintage look. As long as it has no playability or sound issues, stays in tune and can be setup properly you're ready to rock on out.

The nitro on the OBGs cleans up very nicely. At least half of all my OBGs needed TLC when I first got them. Usually a good clean up is all I do and leave the hardware until I get tired of looking at it (or just lose the covers altogether like I've done to about half my LPs). Putting on new PU covers, bridge stuff (if it needs it), knobs, rings and/or OEM or upgrade tuners really transforms the way they look. Just doing a fresh setup and new strings on any OBG will blow you away at how damn good these guitars are and not even taking into consideration how well done the fit and finish is, A/B'ing them back to back (sound and play-wise) with any 3-5K+ Am Gibson is shocking.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Innadaze, it does have some bumps and bruises on the back. For now, I'll clean her up and leave the tarnished look on the hardware. I dig that vibe, as they say.

btw, I did a side by side with a new Gibson '61/'62 Reissue and a new '59 LP Reissue. I won't put the others down, however, this OBG did not take a back seat. The power and clarity of these twenty-year old pickups surprised me.

Thanks, Joe
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

f5joe- I hope you made the purchase because you will never regret it. I have an '88 as well and it is my main guitar. One recommendation... the Gibby pups that are stock are just ok, and mine tended to feedback a lot under high tube gain. I just swapped them out for SD Phat Cats and all I can say is WOW!!! I almost blew myself threw the wall with the first power chord. Loved the guitar before, bordering on unhealthy obsession now...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3pupLPC, welcome.

Thanks for the input. I did buy it and like it pretty well as is. All I can say is that they are the real deal.

Again, welcome.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks f5joe,

Just a question for you... does yours have a long-tenon? And are the pups the stamped-engraved Gibson USA or the circuit board HB-R/L (as mine were)?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3pupLPC: I haven't torn it down yet. I got it from a trusted friend who got it from a famed Nashville Guitar guy.

Personally, the long tenon thing seems overrated to me. I can't hear the difference.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UPDATE

I traded Joe out of this SG (who is a wonderful guy to deal with, BTW). The pickups are, in fact, the Bill Lawrence designed circuitboard pickups. No big deal to me.

Never having met a Gibby pickup that I like (I wouldn't have liked them if they were 57 classics, either), I had decided to swap some GFS Mean 90 pickups (similar to SD Phat Cats) as I really want a mahogany slab P90 guitar and I have multiple dual humbucker guitars. WOW, what an improvement. I can see how 3pupLPC obsesses over his. Nothing like a pair of p90's for unbridled rock tones.

Quick pick of the SG with the Mean 90's installed.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lookin' good! I know one thing, that neck and action are really sweet. I love mahogany and P90's. That ought to be great Mr. currypowder, my friend.

I didn't end up too bad either, iykwim.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the ticket Currypowder I tell you, an SG slab with the single coils is hard to beat IMHO......
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally got a chance to play the modified SG at practice last night. I had broken my thumb and it's finally healed up enough. I was playing through a Line 6 Spider Valve set to an overdriven AC30 tone with just a clean volume

Holy Schneike! I have to agree with you, 3pup, a mahogany slab p-90 guitar is hard to beat. Cleans up nice by rolling the volume off a bit. I have a couple of other P90 guitars, but they all have maple tops. This one is pure Rock & Roll.

BTW, I love the GFS pickups. Nice vintage output and sound (IMO) exactly how a good p90 should. The set was about half of what a set of SD Phat Cats would have run.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Mr. currypowder,

Please send more cash. LOL!

I'm glad the thumb finally healed up.
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