I like to trade guitars and gear. My wife says I may like it more than playing. I’m not sure about that, but she’s at least onto something. I was the same way with comics and guns when I was younger.
I lust after something, work to acquire it, and if I like it, I keep it. Because I know how I am, I try not to get too attached to ”things.” A notable exception might be my RGA121. You guys advised me to snag that when I had a chance and it was great advice, thank you.
If I were to lose that in a fire or something, I’d go out, find another just like it and install the same pickups – DiMarzio Titans. That guitar is just… well, perfect for me.
Through all of this swirling GAS, though, one guitar still haunts me: the Gibson SG Standard… red, to be specific.
My first guitar was a black Epiphone SG Special. I wanted a red one, but Guitar Center didn’t have that color and the salesman convinced me to buy the one he had in stock.
I took a stab at expelling my GAS last year as well, when I picked up a Gibson SG Special Faded – no luck, of course. Baseball bat neck, uncomfortable; not a bad guitar, just not the one I wanted. I should have known better.
So, I kept researching and looking and longing.
Lately, I’ve been practicing more, getting more serious about my playing - thanks in large part to Joey - and settling into the music I want to play. And, as it happens, February 8 was my 51st birthday… so I convinced myself to stop fucking around and get something done about my SG lust.
My Zzounds account was zeroed out and they’d just drop the price on this guitar, it was the one I wanted, so I pulled the trigger. Here it is.
It’s a Gibson SG Standard 24 Fret Limited Run in Heritage Cherry. Tony Iommi humbucker in the bridge and a Firebird mini in the neck. Mahogany neck and body and rosewood fretboard, of course. The large ’65 pickguard and push pull splits on the volume pots.
It arrived today with a hardshell case and as did my full erection.
Please excuse the shitty picture. I’ll post more ASAP. It may be tomorrow. Tonight I think I'm going to play.