#1
I plan on buying a Gibson SG sometime in the near future and I was wondering if I could get any tips from anyone on here as to which is the best for what I want to play and how much I want to spend.

The style of music i play ranges form punk rock to alternative, and I'm a college student so I have a price limit haha. The one I am really considering though is the Faded SG Special for $699. That's a nice price. If I do go with the faded I plan on switching the pickups with Gibson Dirty Fingers. I am willing to spend up to around $1200 though, so any tips from the Faded Special to the Standard to the regular Special and the Reissue would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Also, how is the Gibson Melody Maker?
#2
Look at the Epiphone Prophecy SG with dirty finger pups. I tried several and they perform and sound just as good if not better as their Gibson counterpart for less than $650.00. I have tried several of them and they are very consistent and better looking than most Gibby SGs I have seen

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-SG-Custom-GX-with-Dirty-Fingers-Pickups-Electric-Guitar?sku=515619


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#3
Gibson melody maker is OK, definitely OK for the price, obviously being Gibson, it is overpriced. I'm just not too keen on the finish on the back of the neck.
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#4
fadeds are nice
but there hit and miss play a few theirs some fantastic ones and some s.hit ones

don't bother with epiphone
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Quote by steve!
fadeds are nice
but there hit and miss play a few theirs some fantastic ones and some s.hit ones

don't bother with epiphone


they have a few at the local music store here, i'll have to try them out.
#7
Check it out most Guitar Centers carry them. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the sound, feel, playability and quality of the guitar. I plan on getting one myself eventually. Don't rule out the Tony Iommi Epi SG. I do have one of those and I love it the Iommi Gibson pups are IMO the best I ever played thru. While your at GC play a few Gibson SGs and compare the two.


John
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Quote by johnro6659
Check it out most Guitar Centers carry them. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the sound, feel, playability and quality of the guitar. I plan on getting one myself eventually. Don't rule out the Tony Iommi Epi SG. I do have one of those and I love it the Iommi Gibson pups are IMO the best I ever played thru. While your at GC play a few Gibson SGs and compare the two.


John



i like the fact that it has dirty fingers in it, i like how it looks too. ill have to check out the iommi one as well, i haven't heard of that one so thanks for brining it up. and yeah, im definitely going to compare a few before I buy. i wont be getting this next one i get online!
#10
I've played a few Iommis and didn't like a single one. Personally, I like the faded Epis and Gibsons- I just love satin finishes.
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Quote by RivercrestColts
I'd go Gibson Standard SG, Played one at GC and the neck is just super smooth and the pickups are just mean, but can play cleans good! Someday I'll get one, or put a 498T in my Epi SG and call it a Gibson


yeah the standard looks nice. i'm definitely going to try one of those out next time i go to the guitar shop here. i'll have to save a while longer for that one though. wish i was rich so i could get them all
and for your epi, maybe get a gibson decal and put it over the "Epiphone" logo haha.
#12
Unless you like pickin the the neck up off the floor I'd stay away from Neckdiving Epi SG's. The Gibson Sg standard is a Great guitar it's Light and perfectly balanced. If your wanting to swap pickup's you can find Faded Gibby SG's on craigslist all the time for around $500 and if you decide to sell it one day it will always be a GIBSON! a little porn for ya
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#13
Quote by mmjohn
and if you decide to sell it one day it will always be a GIBSON! a little porn for ya

From my experience selling them: SGs, unlike Les Paul depreciate fast. Maybe half of what it was new.

As far as Gibson SGs go - I've found that, like most Gibsons, they'll either suck completely or be awesome. But, when one is awesome, it really doesn't matter what model it is - aside from cosmetics, my SG Special Faded felt exactly like my friends SG Standard and Classic.
#14
hahaha, a little porn for ya, that made me laugh. wow that looks very nice. very sweet guitar. and yeah i check craigslist all the time. ill be watching it for sure.
#15
From my experience selling them: SGs, unlike Les Paul depreciate fast. Maybe half of what it was new.

As far as Gibson SGs go - I've found that, like most Gibsons, they'll either suck completely or be awesome. But, when one is awesome, it really doesn't matter what model it is - aside from cosmetics, my SG Special Faded felt exactly like my friends SG Standard and Classic.
THANX jeewar Good luck on your hunt!! And to Flying Couch It should feel the same............Same guitar different Pickup's and Finish. HALF Are you serious HALF. you might wanna do some checkin. Find me a Well maintained Gibson SG standard for under $600.00 and i'll buy it NOW!!
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#18
This is my favorite SG. They are out of production but they're not too hard to find. Epiphone made a version but you want the real thing.



EDIT: Duh it's a Gothic SG. Ceramic magnet 500R in the bridge. I've seen very nice used ones for $600.
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Quote by BobDetroit
This is my favorite SG. They are out of production but they're not too hard to find. Epiphone made a version but you want the real thing.



EDIT: Duh it's a Gothic SG. Ceramic magnet 500R in the bridge. I've seen very nice used ones for $600.

Same as this and they have a 490r and a 490t Just like the faded SG.
http://www.geocities.com/classicguitars/Specs/gibsggothic.html
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#21
Well thanks for all the advice guys! I know I said I wouldn't be getting my next guitar online, but I ended up going with a Melody Maker on ebay for $290. I figured I couldn't pass that up considering it's $200 off the new price. I still kind of took a gamble getting it online though.

But now I will be saving for my future SG!
#22
I have A gibson Sg Special fade it a really great guitar. I've never tried the standard but people have told me there's no major difference other than cosmetics.
#23
I would like to say check out the SG zoot suit!! Haha! I love it. I think it looks great. Pickups arent to bad. Playability/ reliability are unknown at the moment..
#24
the Zoot Suit looks crazy haha, pretty sweet. I actually also got an SG faded on Craigslist for $400. It's a little dinged up, and it was made in 2004, but for $400 I couldn't pass that up. It plays great, Gibsons are so nice. I think it's my new favorite guitar

oh and it came with a gig bag haha.
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