Epiphone '61 SG Special P90 50th Anniversary

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Epiphone '61 SG Special P90 50th Anniversary

Post by vancouverois » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:38 pm

Long time no see, I've been quite busy lately. :roll:
A colleague took a sick leave since February and she's still ill, in the meantime I do her tasks at work.

A while ago at lunch time, I found this little Epi on sale, tried it and... GAS did the rest :shy:
The neck is really nice, it seems it is close to the Gibson '60s slim neck.
The neck joint is almost at the 22nd fret, going to the higher frets is very easy.
I can feel the strings vibrations in the neck and the body while playing.
It sounded very well stock but I had some unused Lollar P90 in my drawer so I replaced the pickups.

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The treble pickup is not exactely at the same location as a Gibson. Both pickups combined have a Fenderish quack.
The wraparound bridge is ok, intonation is spot on and it sustains well.

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Very well built regardless of the name on the headstock.

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A few sound samples

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Bridge Crunch - Vox Tonelab ST (JTM45) + OCD
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Bridge Clean - Vox Tonelab ST (JTM45)
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Neck & Bridge - Vox Tonelab ST (JTM45) + Light Compression
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Neck - Vox Tonelab ST (JTM45) + OCD Clean Boost
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Re: Epiphone '61 SG Special P90 50th Anniversary

Post by VikingBlues » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:25 am

That sounds really good. :thumbsup:

The feel of the vibrations is often a very good sign - a guitar alive with vibration usually seems to be one that sounds really good when plugged in too. :dance:

The Loller upgrade will have helped .... out of interest was it conventional wiring in the control cavity?

Much better SG choice than I made I think!

The work thing sounds familiar - you spend extra time and effort covering for someone being absent and instead of that being appreciated it's assumed you must have had too little workload before and you can just keep doing the cover for ever. :wall:
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Re: Epiphone '61 SG Special P90 50th Anniversary

Post by 12bar » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:32 am

vancouverois wrote:A while ago at lunch time, I found this little Epi on sale, tried it and... GAS did the rest :shy:
Congrats! Looks and sounds great. Lucky one!

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Re: Epiphone '61 SG Special P90 50th Anniversary

Post by vancouverois » Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:14 pm

Thanks guys! :beer:
VikingBlues wrote:The Loller upgrade will have helped .... out of interest was it conventional wiring in the control cavity?
The replacement PUs are nice and of course brought an improvement, mostly clarity and some "air".
The original PUs were good sounding and had some kind of rock grit/attack.
The wiring is conventionnal but it's not the so called '50s wiring, four full size 500K pots and 3 way switch.
No fancy PCB like the recent Gibson production.
VikingBlues wrote:The work thing sounds familiar - you spend extra time and effort covering for someone being absent and instead of that being appreciated it's assumed you must have had too little workload before and you can just keep doing the cover for ever. :wall:
I hear you, it's so common nowadays that it became a rule of thumb.
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Re: Epiphone '61 SG Special P90 50th Anniversary

Post by ratfinkdan » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:32 am

Nice SG, looks really good and really liked the sound clips! Can't go wrong with Lollar P90s, I have two p90 guitars and have lollar p90s in both, 50s wind in one and an underwound in the other and they both sound really good noticeably better than the pick ups they replaced, much clearer and more balanced sounding. Sweet looking guitar!! Dan

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Re: Epiphone '61 SG Special P90 50th Anniversary

Post by HalfBlindLefty » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:15 pm

Great sounds and looks. Sounds like a keeper !
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Re: Epiphone '61 SG Special P90 50th Anniversary

Post by MichaelRobinson » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:50 am

Sounds good to my ears. Hope you will enjoy your purchase

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Re: Epiphone '61 SG Special P90 50th Anniversary

Post by vancouverois » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:45 pm

Thanks a lot ! :D
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Re: Epiphone '61 SG Special P90 50th Anniversary

Post by tytlblues » Wed May 01, 2013 4:23 pm

She's a beaut!!!! any guitar that feels good in your hands, and makes you want to play is a great axe!!!!! have fun with her, and lets hear a song!!!
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