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[16 Aug 2011 | Comments Off on Reinforcing A Broken Headstock | 14,046 views]
Reinforcing A Broken Headstock

A while back, I outlined a (slightly) unusual method of repairing the broken neck of a Gibson SG. I mentioned that guitar would make another appearance soon and here it is.
The guitar suffered a broken headstock while still in its case. A neck-break in the case was the final straw for the owner—who’s had more than one Gibson require a neck repair— and he wanted to consider options to help prevent it happening again. We talked over the pros and cons of the various solutions and eventually decided on a …

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[29 Jul 2011 | One Comment | 13,511 views]
Broken Necked SG Gets Strapped

Nobody likes to see this. It’s the headstock of a Gibson SG and, as you can see, it’s broken. Ouch.
Something slightly unusual about this is that this guitar suffered a headstock break while still in its case. This is unusual but not unheard of. I’ve seen a few in my time (and I mention it in my general article about Broken Necks). It’s a real pain to hear this but even a good case might not protect your guitar in all circumstances. If you want to be even more safe, …

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[3 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on What To Do If You Break Your Guitar’s Neck | 39,629 views]
What To Do If You Break Your Guitar’s Neck

I’ve written a little about specific headstock repairs and it occurred to me that might be a good idea to give you an overview with some tips  and considerations on how to prevent broken necks and what to do if the worst happens.  It’s a little long but could well prove useful to know…
The worst thing in the world?
You’re finished the gig and you’re enjoying a well-earned beer at the bar. You’re careful to keep an eye on your pride and joy, propped up against your amp on stage, to …

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[10 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | 35,456 views]
Prevent Neck-Heavy Guitar Headstock Diving

Hey! Look at me man! I’m standing here with my arms folded and my Thunderbird headstock isn’t diving for the floor. I’m so frickin’ cool.
This could be you. Well, if you order the Heads Up guitar strap, it could be you.
Many of us have experienced it. Some guitars just don’t balance well on a strap. Many very cool looking guitars have a strap button somewhere around the heel which makes them neck-heavy and, if you happen to take your fretting hand away (to put it in the air like you …

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[26 May 2010 | Comments Off on SG Special Raw Power – Holy Maple Gibson! | 10,569 views]
SG Special Raw Power – Holy Maple Gibson!

The SG Special Raw Power… Hmmm, something’s not quite right here. What is it? What is it?
Of course. It’s the crazy mapleness of this SG.
Gibson announced these a few weeks back and, no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you – that really is a maple SG. Maple’s worth as a tone wood isn’t in doubt and nobody can dispute the handsomeness of a nicely figured example but, this is the first all-maple SG. Oh sure, the guys at Gibson have dallied with maple tops and whatnot, but an SG made …

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[25 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Good Times: Johnny Marr’s Stolen Guitar Returned | 3,350 views]
Good Times: Johnny Marr’s Stolen Guitar Returned

Johnny Marr’s Gibson SG, which was stolen ten years ago, has been returned.
After a gig in Scala nightclub, Kings Cross, in 2000 the guitar was stolen by a fan.  The ‘fan’ apparently came across the guitar backstage and noticed it was unattended.  On a “spur of the moment decision”, he picked it up and walked out a fire escape.
The guitar, a 1964 SG in cherry red would normally be worth around UK £6,000 but the prosecutor in this case forwarded an estimated value of £30,000 because of the link with …

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[14 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | 7,889 views]
Gibson Angus Young SG Standard (Custom Shop Model)

If you’ve already read the previous article on the production model of the Angus Young SG, you’ll know a lot of what this revamp of the Angus signature line is all about.
This one is the Gibson Custom Shop version – the Angus Young SG Standard – and while it’s similar, it does have a few important variations that are worth considering in their own right.
First off, the finish here is not the black of the production model.  Instead, Gibson tell us this is ‘Angus Cherry’.  We all love a cherry …

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[14 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | 7,002 views]
Gibson Angus Young SG (Production Signature Model)

So, Gibson have seen fit to seriously tweak the Angus Young signature line.  Not before time.  While the previous Angus SG was a very, very fine guitar, it just wasn’t really very ‘Angusy’.  We couldn’t really imagine him duck-walking around the stage with a lyre-type vibrato attached to his SG.
Well, many of the previous wrongs have been rectified with not one, not two, but three new Angus Young signature SGs.  It’s like waiting for a bus.
I think we’ll look at these over two separate posts. In this first, we’ll …

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[1 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Gibson Cats Get Hip | 13,790 views]
Gibson Cats Get Hip

Wow! No denying that it’s eye-catching. This is the new Gibson SG Zoot Suit. Really, Zoot Suit. It’s made from a sandwich of multiple laminations of birch wood. Each is dyed before being pressed into a single block. Those crazy stripes you’re seeing are the edges of each thin layer of the laminated body – it’s not a paint effect. The images here show the Rainbow finish but it’s available in a number of two-colour finishes that sport alternating laminations of black and red, black and orange, red and blue …

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