Speaking of which....
I finally got my SG. For me it's always been the most beautiful regular production electric guitar. I've "sort of lusted" after one for about 45 years, since the days of high school dances. The Jerry connection is just icing on the cake (now that
makes me feel old- I wanted an SG before
Jerry started using one
)Live Dead has always been my favorite "official" Dead album, IMHO that was around the peak time. So having my Tiger and all I sure as hell wasn't going to be plunking down big bucks for an SG (not if I liked sleeping in my bed and not on the couch- or in the garage...). A few weeks ago I found an interesting hit with my compulsive "lefty Gibson SG" ebay search- a guitar repair shop had one up that had come in in three or four pieces (thanks for starting all that Pete...), they put it back together and had it up for bid as a solid player- if you weren't interested in the cosmetics. That's me! I bid what I thought it was worth to me, got it, and was pretty impressed when it arrived- looked better than I expected, plays great, and has a good dollop or two of mojo to boot. It was obviously a real road warrior, but it sure has some serious tone. Smells like a smokey bar, original beat up Gibson case- what's not to like?
My inclination would be to "restore it"- take it apart, clean it up, replace rusty screws, etc., but I'm sort of liking the "authentic relic" vibe it has. I'm considering taking up smoking and wearing sunglasses inside.
It has a Custom Shop decal on the back of the headstock, Gibson tells me it is a 1997 '61 Reissue special ordered and Custom Shop built because they didn't offer a lefty. Someone has been in the control cavity, gobs of solder in there, I think the pickups have been changed- they should be the two-wire '57's but they are four wire, I won't know until I pop them out.
So far I'm lovin' it- looks and sound. Alongside the Tiger it's "Beauty & the Beast"
And those first notes of St. Stephen sound just perfect through the JBL Ks!
"Do not write so that you can be understood, write so that you cannot be misunderstood." -Epictetus
First show: 8/16/69 (Woodstock)
Last show: 3/19/95 (Unbroken Chain breakout)
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