Okay, I've been experiencing a Gibson SG fetish lately. Lots of Zappa and Frank Marino in the stereo recently, and I've gone through a couple of cheapo options for SGs, but this weekend I finally found a keeper. It's an SG3, which was a limited run that Gibson recently discontinued. I got the last one that Chuck Levin's here in the DC area had, and at a blowout price. Leave it to Gibson to discontinue the best SG in their lineup...
This is a three-pickup model like the old SG Custom, but unlike the Custom this one has a six-way rotary switch that gives all kinds of cool sounds. It's probably too fiddly for stage use, but for studio stuff you can dial in amazing sounds, including the middle pickup by itself. I was very impressed with the neck on this one. Many of the non-Historic SGs now have big ol' baseball bat necks, but this one is just the perfect profile for me. Once I adjusted the truss rod, it became a very nice shredder.
It has Gibson '57 pickups, which are nice and open-sounding. I may experiment with swapping the bridge '57 Plus for a Duncan JB, just to get a little more 'punch' out of it. I have a patch in my Axe-FX with a Plexi model, lots of distortion from the pedal module, a phaser in front, and a chorus and delay in the back. Using this SG with that patch just nails the late '70s Zappa sound, though again maybe missing just a little mid-range punch from the bridge position.
Anyway, here's a bad pic:
Moar pics plz. KTHXBYE.