Gibson SG

  • Gibson SG

The Gibson SG is as iconic as any guitar that has ever been made. At a glance, any guitarist can instantly recognize this guitar!

There have been Japanese copies and of course the Epiphone line that is also owned by Gibson and recreates a very similar product. However, this is the guitar that has not only ROCKED the world, it has also ROCKED the ages!

What kind of a list might we have if we just looked at some well known SG guitarists? Well, for one, Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin who used the double neck guitar for Stairway to Heaven…

How about Tony Iommi with Black Sabbath and his Black Guitar? I know what you’re thinking, but I play right handed (unlike Tony who plays left handed).

We cannot forget Angus Young who managed to bring so much life to three chord melodies. Truly an artist at work!

No I’m not done, … not by a long shot! How about Robby Krieger of The Doors, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia of the Greatful Dead, Frank Zappa, Frank Marino from Mahogany Rush. Need I go On?… How about Pete Townshend from The Who, Jimi Hendrix ( another left handed guitarist), Mick Box from Uriah Heep, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Blue Oyster Cult. Judas Priest, The Allman Brothers, hey I know there’s a lot more out there that should be getting their props as well, but the point is, the SG is here to stay!

Now, if perhaps you are thinking of buying your own piece of the pie, you may very well purchase a brand new one from a certified dealer, or perhaps you are going to buy a used guitar; you may even wish to get your hands on one that is a piece of history. Anyway you cut the mustard, I’m sure you are going to want to know you have the real deal and you’re going to want to know what you’re getting (which brings us to the real nuts & bolts of things), … What’s the Serial Number and how do I know what it means? Well, I will try to tell you some info that might steer you in the right direction.

They use a series of numbers to determine when the guitar was made and by who. Here are some Serial numbers from 1968:

500000-500999 ~ 501601-502706 ~ 503010-503110 ~ 503405-530993 ~ 600000-600999 ~ 750000-750999 ~ 800000-800999 ~ 895039-896999 ~ 899000-899999 ~ 900000-902250 ~ 90300-920899 ~ 940000-941009 ~ 942001-943000 ~ 945000-945450 ~ 947415-956000 ~ 959000-960909 ~ 970000-972864

Record keeping sucked back in those days, but as the story goes, If you have a number on your guitar that isn’t on the list, it could be a fake or perhaps a stolen guitar that was re-stamped, or it just never made it on the list… who knows… Anyways everything is rather sketchy up until 1977 when they re-did the Serial Numbers. After that, they used an 8-digit number system to keep track of things better. The system they used was “YDDDYPPP”. YY= the year it was produced, DDD= the day of the year it was produced, and PPP= the number produced off the assembly line that day. So to try to keep you up to speed with me, … There is one more thing I have to throw at you, … There were two factories making these guitars up until 1984. There was the Kalamazoo factory and the Nashville Factory. Each of these factories used their own production numbers so that they could keep track of who made what. Kalamazoo closed it’s doors in 1984, so after 1984, you didn’t need to use this, but if you have a guitar manufactured before 1984, you will want to keep track of that.

Here are some examples:

If the Serial Number is 82763501, This guitar was made in 1983 on the 276th day of the year (Oct 3rd), and was the first guitar off of the line that day. It was also made in Nashville.

If the Serial Number is 70108276, this guitar was made on January 10, 1978 and was the 276th guitar off of the Kalamazoo production line that day.

If the Serial Number is 80465507, this guitar was made on February 17, 1985 and was the 507th guitar off of the Nashville (and only) production line that day.

One more thing I would like to add before moving on, and that is guitar seconds. Guitar seconds were guitars made on the production line that were not up to the usual standard of perfection. Perhaps a blemish in the lacquer or a nick in the paint. It never compromised the playing aspect or they wouldn’t even sell it. For whatever reason, these guitars were sold usually to factory workers or for demo guitars and they were not only sold as seconds, but were stamped to verify that this is not the usual guitar that one might expect to purchase from Gibson. Prior to 1984, these guitars were stamped with “2” below the serial number and in 1984 and thereafter, they were stamped “SECOND” below the serial number. So if you see one, it isn’t a bad thing, but I would expect to pay less for one of these guitars.

I guess this about concludes this article. I hope you found it informative…

Take Care,

mark

 

DigiTech RP-300 Pedal Review

 DigiTech RP-300

 

 

Review:

DigiTech is a well known name in the music industry. Here we have an RP-300 Multi-Effects Processing Pedal. The RP-300 has a lot of options for you. Let’s take a look at some of the features that DigiTech has put into this multi-effects pedal.

By just looking at the face of this pedal, we can see that there is a lot going on. The 6 character alphanumeric and 2 character numeric displays combined with the 5 knob-matrix editing system provide a simple, straightforward user interface. To set sounds of your patches, you really won’t need to look at the user manual because it is all right there in-front of you (where it belongs). There are 2 foot switches allowing you to move to different patches, and there is another switch on the right that allows you to switch to the “A” and “B” patch that each user patch has. This feature doubles the amount of sounds that you have.

The Digitech RP-300 also has an expression pedal that can be assigned to a number of different functions; from volume and gain control to Crybaby wahwah sounds and more. The built-in expression pedal can be assigned to control your choice of parameters as you play. Each effect includes up to 5 adjustable parameters which provide the flexibility to create the exact sound you’re looking for when you need it.

There are 40 artist pre-set sounds that are factory set and each one has an “A” and “B” channel giving you 80 different sounds. There are also 40 user patches (also with “A” and “B” channels) that you can save your own sounds in. This gives you 40 user patches and 40 factory patches and each having an “A” and “B”. So the total number of sounds you have is 160! Although 80 is all you can change, still, I think for most working musicians, it will cover all the bases.

The RP-300 uses the tones of 12 of the best in vintage and modern Amps with 26 fully programmable, studio quality effects, and you can have 12 of the effects on simultaneously.

The built in Drum Machine is a great tool for improving your timing with your choice of 30 different patterns with an adjustable tempo and volume level.

The RP-300’s chromatic tuner lets you quickly check or tune your instrument to one of 4 different tuning references.And you do it visually. The RP-300 mutes your amp to eliminates the annoying “Tune-Up Song”.

The RP-300 also includes DigiTech’s Learn-A-Lick feature which samples a phrase from your favorite tape, CD, or MP3 player and slows the playback from 1/4 speed to full speed without changing pitch, which allows you to learn solos note for note.

The rear panel features a single 1/4″ input, 1/4″ left and right outputs, 1/8″ stereo headphone output (for late night rehearsal), and a 1/8″ stereo Jam-A-Long/Learn-A-Lick input.

I have been playing guitar and bass for some time and I like the flexibility that the DigiTech RP-300 provides, and at a price that doesn’t break the bank. I am not going to tell you that this is the only way to go, but for the money, it has me sold. I can get just about any sound I want. I won’t lie to you, there is a bit of a learning curve for getting the sound you want. Experimentation is the key. Try different effects at different settings and before you know it, you will be making YOUR guitar (or keyboard or bass) sound how you want it to.

I also would like to add that these effects (and really any digital effects) are made to imitate sounds. They will never truly sound like the sounds they are trying to imitate. And if you are playing through a combo amp, don’t expect it to sound like you are playing through a Marshall Stack. I believe that this pedal does a good job and sounds great!

Below are links to my videos that will hopefully answer all of your questions. If not, just ask and I will do my best to let you know.

I hope they are helpful.

Take care,

mark

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

Part VII

Part VIII

As A Looper

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