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Unread 10-26-2013, 04:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute (SG)

I kinda like it. I wonder if it stays in tune though



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Re: Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute (SG)

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Re: Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute (SG)

I'm not a fan of the sideways vibrato but it does look cool.
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Re: Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute (SG)

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I kinda like it. I wonder if it stays in tune though

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It can stay in tune if you set it up right. Even the Maestro vibrato can do extreme dive bombs & stay in tune. Check out this video and tell me if these type of vibratos stay in tune or not.


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I'm not a fan of the sideways vibrato but it does look cool.
They look nice, but they are beyond unusable. They knock the guitar out of tube straight away, as does the tailpiece on my SG. I like the look of both though.
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It can stay in tune if you set it up right. Even the Maestro vibrato can do extreme dive bombs & stay in tune. Check out this video and tell me if these type of vibratos stay in tune or not.

Frank Marino - Guitar Solo 1979 - YouTube

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The maestro on my SG is solid as a rock for tuning as long as I don't use it

I might prefer it for its looks. I've been thinking of selling my LP and picking up one of these SGs and a 1960AX or BX. I love my LP but I'm an SG man at heart.
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Re: Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute (SG)

Gibson makes a new guitar every week, I can't keep up. Looks to be similar to this one

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The maestro on my SG is solid as a rock for tuning as long as I don't use it

I might prefer it for its looks. I've been thinking of selling my LP and picking up one of these SGs and a 1960AX or BX. I love my LP but I'm an SG man at heart.
Bring it to Frank and he'll set up your Maestro real good. But the Maestros are also good decoration pieces for sure...just ask Derek Trucks.

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Bring it to Frank and he'll set up your Maestro real good. But the Maestros are also good decoration pieces for sure...just ask Derek Trucks.

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I still think that guit needs a pickguard. I was thinking of buying one a while ago, but I played one and wasn't a huge fan. I often find that the 1st SG from a batch might be better than the 2nd and the 4th might be better than the 3rd. I basically find that sometimes, it is hit and miss when it comes to Gibsons. My Angus SG is beautiful, but my old 61' RI was fairly bad, but I played another 61' RI over the summer and it was much better.
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I still think that guit needs a pickguard. I was thinking of buying one a while ago, but I played one and wasn't a huge fan. I often find that the 1st SG from a batch might be better than the 2nd and the 4th might be better than the 3rd. I basically find that sometimes, it is hit and miss when it comes to Gibsons. My Angus SG is beautiful, but my old 61' RI was fairly bad, but I played another 61' RI over the summer and it was much better.
That's the best way to tell a good guitar from a bad one. I always physically play a guitar before I buy it. I'm not into buying online because you never know...the guitar may be a dud. That Derek Trucks SG looks nice, but the non-functioning Maestro would drive me nuts. I always thought about adding a Bigsby to mine or even a Maestro. I might do that with an Epi G-400. I've played a few of them and they felt more solid than my Gibson.

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Re: Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute (SG)

Redstone,

Find a Custom Shop (VOS if you like) '61 reissue and swap the bridge out for a Manlius T-Top replica. Plek'd goodness.

And the smell of the nitro is worth every penny

I have the RnR 'Angus' SG with vibrola, it's incredibly stable. Graphite in the nut!
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Redstone,

Find a Custom Shop (VOS if you like) '61 reissue and swap the bridge out for a Manlius T-Top replica. Plek'd goodness.

And the smell of the nitro is worth every penny

I have the RnR 'Angus' SG with vibrola, it's incredibly stable. Graphite in the nut!
What this guy says (it's true).
However, I REALLY like this model (1961 Standard with sideways).

Let's keep in mind that this new sideways, it's NOT internally the same as the vintage one. I have three of those installed on three different, original 1961/1962 standards, and they all basically are poorly conceived mechanically.

I LOVE them as pieces of hardware though; I haven't removed nor I will.
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Redstone,

Find a Custom Shop (VOS if you like) '61 reissue and swap the bridge out for a Manlius T-Top replica. Plek'd goodness.

And the smell of the nitro is worth every penny

I have the RnR 'Angus' SG with vibrola, it's incredibly stable. Graphite in the nut!
I actually played 2 SG VOS models over the summer when I bought my LP. I found that the one with the one with the Maestro was very poorly setup (shops fault) so I couldn't really get a good feel for it. The one without the meastro felt really good. It was setup properly with just the right heigh action I liked. It even crossed my mind to cancel my LP order and buy this SG instead, but I wanted to try an LP for a while and I much prefer SGs with the Maestros (for the looks). Who knows, maybe I'll swap out my LP for an SG o maybe I'll keep it. I'm waiting for some strings that I've ordered to arrive for it. I'll play it for a while and see how I feel. It's fairly difficult to sell anything here in Ireland, especially an expensive custom shop gibson though.

EDIT: Also, do you have any pics of your SG lying around? Also, is it possible to fit a larger SG pickguard to these guitars?
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Put a Bigsby on your LP, they look pretty cool.

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EDIT: Also, do you have any pics of your SG lying around? Also, is it possible to fit a larger SG pickguard to these guitars?
Sure, I'll get a few up tomorrow. It's sweet!
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What this guy says (it's true).
However, I REALLY like this model (1961 Standard with sideways).

Let's keep in mind that this new sideways, it's NOT internally the same as the vintage one. I have three of those installed on three different, original 1961/1962 standards, and they all basically are poorly conceived mechanically.

I LOVE them as pieces of hardware though; I haven't removed nor I will.
Thanks! Pics of the vintage? You always have great gear pictures Fil!
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Sure, I'll get a few up tomorrow. It's sweet!
Thanks. Also, was the RnR Angus guitar you mentioned above the Rock and Roll Relics Angus SG? I've been staring at those for a while. I'd love one in black with a black pickguard, but I'm not a big fan of artificially reliced guitar. I like some reliced guitars, but I prefer to beat my own history into it

Maybe if I ask them, they might make a non reliced one. I'm not sure if they do customs orders like that though.
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I might do that with an Epi G-400. I've played a few of them and they felt more solid than my Gibson.
You'd also like the one you just linked. The Elitist G-400 is a hell of a guitar. Pretty rare, but MiJ Epiphone goodness.
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Im on that record ....
Frank can do amazing things with a Maestro...I just take mine off...
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