a selvåg (biff og løk), on 09 August 2010 - 03:32 PM, said:
I think for the 50th anniversary of the sg, Gibson should look to the future not in the past. The current standard can be as Les Paul renamed traditional. And the new 2011 standard could have new locking tuners Brand new pickups(make a partnership with Bare Knuckle Pickups and put in the warpig) Point markers on volume and tone control. Some new colors. maybe some new inlays. kahler or Floyd rose as an option. They should try make something for the next generation. It will maybe be a bit stiff price on this guitar, but we will have the old standard as the traditional to old prices.
As a Defender of the Faith for the old classic early/mid-60's SG to truly see a definitive "reissue" that lives up to its name, I have to also say that progress CAN be a good thing, like the LP "Traditional" thing. IN ADDITION TO THE "ULTIMATE SG STANDARD, CUSTOM and JR/SPECIAL REISSUES", along with the current USA '61 and Standard (which could be named the '61 Traditional and '67 Traditional respectively), you could also have a slightly tweaked version of either (or both, hey) with some of the upgrades like the LP Standard (Tonepros, Neutrik jack, neck options, whatever) for those "new generation" folks.
I mean, we see what has historically happened, much like "New Coke" people always come back to those classic designs ultimately, and not making the reissues (and not improving them what little they could use improving) would be a crime.
I've always said, as long as Gibson would really put some R&D into the SG reissues and really, truly make a breathtaking set of reissues for all tastes, there's no reason they can't "move forward" with some experimental designs or whatever. Just don't act shocked when people go back to the old-school standards.
OK, Henry: here's the perfect SG reissue recipe (I KNOW you can pull it off if you WANT to): Historic spec nice deep beveling paired with the '61 RI's more period-accurate thinner tapered horn tips (and leave a little more on that bottom horn length to give it that true "vintage" semi-symmetrical illusion!); or bring back the Maestro Vibrola as an option on the USA '61 Reissue (along with the 1999-2003 consistent deeper bevels, which as of mid 2010 seem to be creeping back onto the '61 RI). And make either or both (whichever you do) of them nice "new" deep cherry red (not "washed" or "faded", and with good filler to avoid sinkage/shrinkage & don't skimp on the clearcoat...let's see some nice mirror-perfect finishes like those originals!). Leave the slabby halfhearted-reissues to the copycat companies overseas and start taking pride in REAL LOOKING REISSUES for us at home. Then I'm a customer again and will sing the praises of the "Big G" again!