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Anyone here tried a Gibson SG Junior? 

I've borrowed a 2004 one off my brother who isn't using it, and i fear i can see how this GAS will all end...

I normally play strats, and this definitely isn't one of them - a single P90, a wrapover bridge, late 60s batwing-style pickguard, fat 50s-style neck, dark red woodstain. 

But oh, the sound! 

Real snarl and bite from the P90 cranked to full, but rolls off nicely on the volume, and the tone control rolled off takes you into halfway-set wah wah territory and dark woody sounds.

Ironically, i can see me having to flog my USA HSS strat to fund this (if it comes to that - steady on!) and while this SG Junior does more or less just one thing, it does it spectacularly!

Oh yes, and it looks awesome.

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I always found that a single pickup guitar focused one’s attention marvellously and made you think of different ways to coax different tones from it. Leslie West did wonders with his LP junior back in his Mountain days. Vive la difference!

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Good shout ezbass! Yep Leslie West had a great sound. 

And yes you're right about a single pickup focusing the mind. 

As a lifelong P bass player I'm not really one for pointless fiddling - get a good sound, and then get on with playing. 

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I bought a 74 SG Special about 26 years ago. I wasn't able to play at full volume in the shop (Session Music, Belfast), but it felt great despite being so narrow at the nut. The mini humbuckers looked cute.

I didn't like the sound of the mini hums when I tried it at home. I replaced the one in the bridge with a Seymourised model, but it didn't improve things. 

Fast forward over 15 years and I sold the mini humbuckers for money to buy pedals and got a cheap P90 from eBay and installed it in the bridge. It sounded great! I got a friend to make me a custom scratchpad to cover the route for the neck number and the guitar now looks somewhat like a Junior.

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Absolutely! My brother recently picked a 1963 one up for £2,400 because the body had been professionally refinished (and the nitro crazed) to cover up a past bodge fitting a tremolo.

Absolutely gorgeous to play and the descriptions of the P90 sound above are spot on. Saw him gig it with Stonehouse the night he got it.

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That's a Flea bass through an SVT on teh left.

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On 21/05/2019 at 13:12, grenadillabama said:

If you like that SG you will like the new LP Jr. with one P-90 also. 

He's got one of those too.. although he shed a few to fund the SG Junior.

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There's a tech in Reading I know who has one.  I was surprised how well it intonated for a 1960s guitar with a wraparound bridge.

As previously posted, it was light as a feather.

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