Gibson 1961 Les Paul Tribute (SG)

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  1. Redstone

    Redstone Well-Known Member

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

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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Nice looking SG
     
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    I'm not a fan of the sideways vibrato but it does look cool.
     
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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.;):hbang:

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

    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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    Bring it to Frank and he'll set up your Maestro real good.:wave: 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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    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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    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 :D

    I have the RnR 'Angus' SG with vibrola, it's incredibly stable. Graphite in the nut!
     
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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.
     
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    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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    Sure, I'll get a few up tomorrow. It's sweet!
     
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    Thanks! Pics of the vintage? :D You always have great gear pictures Fil!
     
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    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 :lol:

    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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    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. :hbang:
     
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    Im on that record ....
    Frank can do amazing things with a Maestro...I just take mine off...
    I have nothing more to add to the conversation
     
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