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    Quote Originally posted by Gio View Post
    The SG models are the tested battle axes of many guitarist from jazz to rock ... From Robby Krieger of the Doors
    to Angus Young of ACDC .

    IMHO ... these originals and copied/modified models (in the right hands) create unique varied tone sound (s) which are easily recognizable and distinguishable in their design.
    I agree, and I have actually been pondering recently that the SG has never gotten the same amount of love from guitar reviewers as the Gibson Les Paul, the Fender Stratocaster or the Fender Telecaster. Even if we only go by the guitar reviews posted at the Andertons YouTube channel, then they're constantly bringing up Strats, Teles and Les Pauls, but rarely ever an SG. Even an ES-335 gets more love.

    But SGs have indeed been used by many notable guitarists in the history of the electric guitar. While he was in Cream, Eric Clapton played an early 1960s SG Standard called Emily, which had been painted by a Dutch group of artists collectively known as The Fool. Carlos Santana played an SG Special — technically, a Les Paul Special, because it was still one of the early 1960s SGs marketed as Les Pauls — at Woodstock, and for the recording of (among other things) "Samba Pa Ti", as well as that he played a white three-pickup SG Custom later.

    Jimi Hendrix also owned and played a (late 1960s) white SG Custom with three pickups — the Gibson Custom Shop is currently offering a replica of that guitar. Terry Kath of Chicago also played a white three-pickup SG Custom. Barry Goudreau exclusively played SGs during his time in Boston, and then later in RTZ. The legendary jazz-fusion virtuoso Alan Holdsworth also played a three-pickup SG Custom for a long time. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath also only used SGs. And of course, the 12-string/6-string twin-neck Gibson EDS-1275 that Don Felder used on "Hotel California" and that Jimmy Page used for the live renditions of "Stairway To Heaven" is based upon the Gibson SG design.

    Still, somehow the Les Paul has always been and continues to be more popular. And yet, sonically there isn't all that much difference between an SG and a Les Paul. There is some difference, yes, but it's only a small one — so small that it probably disappears in the studio mix. Furthermore, an SG is much easier to play than a Les Paul, because it's thinner, significantly lighter, ergonomically contoured, and you have unimpeded access all the way up to the 22nd fret.

    Myself, I own three SGs, and I'm quite happy with them, although I will admit that I bought one of them as primarily a collectors item and that I haven't played it much yet. It was a 2007 "Guitar of the Week" limited-edition model of which only 400 were going to be made for the whole world, with three narrow single-coil pickups with "rail" pole pieces and a six-way rotary pickup selector switch. It wasn't terribly expensive — actually, only about the price of an SG Special at the time, i.e. about €1'200, hard-case included — and given that it was only going to be made for a week, I immediately ordered one. I think I've shown it to modwiz in one of our video conferences.




    My other two SGs are a 2007 SG-3 model that was not officially a limited edition but that was nevertheless in production for only two years — with a similar configuration as the one mentioned here-above, but with three '57 Classic humbuckers, gold-plated hardware, and a small "early-'60s" pickguard instead — and then my very first ever Gibson, a 2002 SG Special "Pete Townshend Signature", with dual P-90 pickups and a compensated wrap-over bridge/tailpiece. And I'm sure that I did show that one to Radagast, because he's a fan of P-90 pickups too.

    A tested battleaxe, yes, absolutely. But also a bit of an unsung hero. And that's kinda sad.


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    Re-Creation: Lindsey Buckingham
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    Quote Originally posted by Gio View Post
    Re-Creation: Lindsey Buckingham
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    I have that album — "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac — on vinyl. Sadly, I don't have a decent record player anymore — I do own a record player, but it's not a very good one — but luckily, you can find some decent quality digitalized versions of the album (or of individual tracks thereof) on YouTube these days.

    Here's another (and more famous) Fleetwood Mac track from that same album, in which the guitarist below is also using the Acoustasonic Jazzmaster, and I'd rate this performance as good as the original.


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    Quote Originally posted by Aragorn View Post
    I have that album — "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac — on vinyl. Sadly, I don't have a decent record player anymore — I do own a record player, but it's not a very good one — but luckily, you can find some decent quality digitalized versions of the album (or of individual tracks thereof) on YouTube these days.

    Here's another (and more famous) Fleetwood Mac track from that same album, in which the guitarist below is also using the Acoustasonic Jazzmaster, and I'd rate this performance as good as the original.

    What ever happened to those classic guys, I really liked their style of music ... it was great.

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    Quote Originally posted by Aragorn View Post
    I have that album — "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac — on vinyl. Sadly, I don't have a decent record player anymore — I do own a record player, but it's not a very good one — but luckily, you can find some decent quality digitalized versions of the album (or of individual tracks thereof) on YouTube these days.

    Here's another (and more famous) Fleetwood Mac track from that same album, in which the guitarist below is also using the Acoustasonic Jazzmaster, and I'd rate this performance as good as the original.


    There seems so be certain albums that just age well like "Rumors", I liked it as a kid and still like it just as much today. I don't even have anything in the house to listen to music in the house any more, but my trusty old Ford F150 has a decent sound system, and Fleetwood Mac is part of the stack of CD's kept in there for being out and about on the road, when it's time for a change of pace from the daily talking heads.
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    Quote Originally posted by Chuckie View Post
    What ever happened to those classic guys, I really liked their style of music ... it was great.
    Ah, you mean The Classic Rock Show? Well, they've been doing some live shows again since a while ago — after the pandemic had mostly gone, because they're an international band, and with the travel restrictions in place, they couldn't play live anymore — but they haven't been uploading any newer stuff to YouTube anymore. Or that is to say, no new music videos, because they have uploaded some footage from behind the scenes and from an after-party after one of their shows.
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    Quote Originally posted by Aragorn View Post
    The owner of Red Witch is an interesting character. He really loves his pedals and treats them like special 'ladies'.

    I have a delay pedal from that company. A mini-version.
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    Quote Originally posted by modwiz View Post
    The owner of Red Witch is an interesting character. He really loves his pedals and treats them like special 'ladies'.

    I have a delay pedal from that company. A mini-version.
    That stereo chorus pedal really sounded glorious to my ears, but unfortunately, Lee and Pete didn't show it enough love in that video. They both seem to gravitate mostly toward drive pedals and reverbs.
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