#1
I'm looking at a '98 Gibson SG but I'm somewhat weary. I've owned a new 2007 Gibson SG standard and ended up selling it b/c it was nowhere near worth the price I paid. Would it be safe to say that this instrument is of high quality? The seller describes it as in mint condition, but I am more concerned with Gibson quality a decade ago.
#2
You should be more concered about Gibsons quality now than a decade ago.

Nineties Gibbies were fine.
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that's comforting, I was tossing around buying that 98 SG or an original 1974 SG (which is in good condition but had a broken headstock that was professionally repaired)
#5
That '74 SG will be far, far better...

The '98 Special... will be meh. The mid-90's were the last time Gibson were really good, late 90's is when they started to go downhill again so I woudl be wary of a '98 model. Also the 'Special' model was always a low-end model (like the Studio or Faded is now), which would make me even more wary.
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The repaired break in the headstock scares me lol

What is the significant factor, other than a decade, that makes a '74 SG so much cheaper than a '63 or '64?
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In the '70s Gibson was owned by CBS. Under CBS their quality generally went down, giving rise to the lawsuit guitars.
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So you Bought a Guitar, didnt think it was worth the price, then Sold it for less than you paid originally...

Anyways, If you can play the guitar before you buy it, then that is always a good thing. How much are you paying for this 90s Model? it should be pretty good quality, although there are always exceptions which is why its best to try it out, and g ive it a good look.

Chances are if you didnt like the Feel of your '07, then you wont like the Other SG's either.
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In the '70s Gibson was owned by CBS. Under CBS their quality generally went down, giving rise to the lawsuit guitars.


That was Fender in the 1960's and 70's, not Gibson.
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90's Gibsons in my opinion were alot better than post-2000 models. You can generally see that appreciation by looking at the prices commanded for alot of early 90's models, such as the Les Paul Studio Gem, Classic, and Classic Plus etc. which are almost collectable these days. Can't say much about the SG because I never was still am not a big SG fan.
You can't really complain about value for money of Gibsons anymore because everyone now knows they are ridiculously overpriced but people seem to just roll with it anyway.
Since you're looking at a '98 model, I really don't see how much better it can be than any other current SGs in terms of sound, but in terms of quality it could be a different story. Good luck with it all, just don't have sky high expectations.
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Quote by Raijouta
In the '70s Gibson was owned by CBS. Under CBS their quality generally went down, giving rise to the lawsuit guitars.


u sure ur not talking about fender? cause i think they were owned by cbs for a bit
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Quote by Raijouta
In the '70s Gibson was owned by CBS. Under CBS their quality generally went down, giving rise to the lawsuit guitars.


Gibson was owned by Norlin, and like CBS and Fender, it's generally thought the quality of Gibsons went down during this period also.
Norlin era Gibsons can usually be identified with a volute behind the headstock.
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that's comforting, I was tossing around buying that 98 SG or an original 1974 SG (which is in good condition but had a broken headstock that was professionally repaired)

I have a '74, and I must say, it is a fine instrument. I'd go with it rather then a 98 one.

Either of them will be MUCH better then any new Gibson's, though. I can't stand their new guitars they make.
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Don't get a gibson one, get a lawsuit era japanese one, way better
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my 2005 sg standard feels and play fine. don't have any issue with it


Have you compared it to any of the older SGs, though? I do admit the new ones are alright instruments, but they're terribly overpriced, and aren't nearly as good as the old ones.