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NGD - Custom Shop '61 SG/Les Paul

Any Name You Wish

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Last time I owned an SG I was in high school in '78, it was a '68. Boneheadedly traded it for a '74 Les Paul. Having a blast with this one. Played a heck of a lot of SG's over the past few weeks and Wildwood Guitars (no affiliation). Neck is .82" 1rst fret and .91" at 12th. Has some shoulders so feels really good in my hands whereas the ones that didn't have shoulders felt too skinny for me personally. Fantastic tone. I was a little skeptical about the underwound Wildwood pickups in an SG, but I'm extremely happy with the tone in all switch positions. A little on the heavy side for an SG at 7.7 lbs, but all my guitars are right around 8lbs give or take a few ounces. Nice dark fretboard with tight rosewood grain. Beautiful wood grain in the body and the gloss ultra faded mahogany is a sweet color. I get some clean Tele-like tones out of it at times and other times could be mistaken for my R9, but overall it is Dickey Betts all the way and it begs to be cranked up!


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Sadly, due to the guitar proliferation treaty of 2005 in my house, if one comes in, one has to go. So my Custom Shop (Nashville) ES 335 is up for sale on reverb. The big comfortable "C" neck (.93" at the 1rst fret) has been giving my hand some trouble past few years unfortunately, but It is a gorgeous tone machine and I'll miss it. Who needs 5 guitars anyway:) As I said I played a lot of SG's lately so happy to relate and answer any questions.
 

renderit

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More peeps need to try oot SG's.

I have a Wildwood 61 in white that has a chunky neck and screams awesomely!

I love yours and would have preferred that color but white was the only one I could get without the whammy bar.
 

Ken Fortunato

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Gorgeous!!! Congrats!!! If I wanted one, that would be my first choice in color...

Now that I think about it... How is it possible that I don't already own one??? :LOL:
 

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I like the cherry red finish but wanted something a little different. There was both "natural," and "ultra faded mahogany" - the one I ended up with. The "natural" color is like caramel, no red in it at all. I didn't want/need "Vibrola" that came on most of the '64 models. The '64 ones came with larger rounded necks too. I agree that more players should try a few of these out. I was not big on SG's until I went to WW Guitars and started exploring them. Super high quality, easy to play with not as much neck angle as my R9 Les Paul and a sharper/brighter tone that's enough different from the R9. I can certainly tweak the vol/tone knobs on the amp and guitar to get them to sound nearly the same, but that's not the point. I was also never crazy about the SG horns and all, but I am really liking this one in this color with a lot of wood grain details.
 

Midnight Blues

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Nice! Congrats, HNGD
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and play her in good health!
 
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