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Emiel
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:49 am    Post subject: SS500 (SG Special) owners? Reply with quote

Anyone got experience with an early '80s SS500, the SG Special model with P90s? How's the neck on these things and are they finished in nitro lacquer? I am looking for a quality SG with P90s and used to own a Gibson SG Classic but the neck on that one was just too big...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Gibson Classic too and yeah, the necks are beasts. Had a nice Tokai USGP90 Special that had a much less chunky neck.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcusnieman wrote:
I have a Gibson Classic too and yeah, the necks are beasts. Had a nice Tokai USGP90 Special that had a much less chunky neck.


Cheers. Yes, if it just had a different neck on it! I tried the new Gibson '60s Tribute but it felt much more like a cheap Epiphone. The Tokai seems nice but I definitely want a nice lacquer finish...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a 1979 SS500. Sandwich construction. I think it had a poly finish.

It was in rough shape and I had too many guitars so it got sold.







One with P90s would be cool I think.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yours is a SS600 I think? See this catalogue. Does that mean the SS500 has a poly finish as well? That would rule it out for me...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a 600. Dot in lay etc. But mine is a 1979 so the models may have changed in 1980- ?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:25 am    Post subject: Re: SS500 (SG Special) owners? Reply with quote

Emiel wrote:
Anyone got experience with an early '80s SS500, the SG Special model with P90s? How's the neck on these things and are they finished in nitro lacquer? I am looking for a quality SG with P90s and used to own a Gibson SG Classic but the neck on that one was just too big...



Yeah I've got a 1980 super real SS500. Nearly positive it's poly. Surprisingly one of the nicest poly finishes I've ever held. Very thin.

Growls like crazy. Love it.

the neck is pretty nice. It's not the super wide SG type neck but it is a bit wider and thinner than a "normal" Les Paul type neck.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 3:10 am    Post subject: Re: SS500 (SG Special) owners? Reply with quote

soundcreation wrote:
Yeah I've got a 1980 super real SS500. Nearly positive it's poly. Surprisingly one of the nicest poly finishes I've ever held. Very thin.

Growls like crazy. Love it.

the neck is pretty nice. It's not the super wide SG type neck but it is a bit wider and thinner than a "normal" Les Paul type neck.


Cheers! Sounds like the neck is up to my liking. If you know of any other one for sale, please let me know. Would you like to share any pictures of the guitar with us?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=20794&highlight=

i got this one
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

muccax wrote:
http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=20794&highlight=

i got this one


Nice! But there are two problems: it has only one P90 and it is not for sale?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi
who need 2 pickups
and you could try and give me a offer
all the best
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks but I really want the two pickup model (a la Pete Townshend).

Did Navigator/Bacchus or any other brand made a high quality, nitro lacquer, double P90/cherry model?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi
the greco ss500 model was not expencive ,,,, but they are rare
you dont see them for sale very offen
all the best
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacchus does/did:

http://bacchusdo.com/product/bsgspcr.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah here it is...



They come up every so often on yahoo japan auctions. Mostly the mint collection....obviously cause they were made for many more years.....but even the super reals come up now and again.

And with the SS500 I don't think it really matters with "super real" vs mint collection because the "hot licks" pickups were always made by fujigen anyway. Basically you get fret end nibs on the Super Real and the bell truss rod cover.

I prefer nitro finishes too but honestly this greco poly is so good I barely notice a difference.
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