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Various websites, although nothing official I can find on Gibson's, are claiming that Gibson is going to be issuing a Jeff Tweedy Signature SG for this year's 50th anniversary of the 1961 SG, in blue with a maestro vibrola, for under $2000.

 

Does anyone have any idea whether this might possibly be true, and, if so, how one might go about attempting to buy one of these? I certainly realize the utter folly of believing that celebrity-endorsed instruments have special powers, but a blue 1961-specs SG with a maestro tailpiece for non-custom-shop prices sounds like a deal too good to be true, no matter the name is on it.

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Various websites, although nothing official I can find on Gibson's, are claiming that Gibson is going to be issuing a Jeff Tweedy Signature SG for this year's 50th anniversary of the 1961 SG, in blue with a maestro vibrola, for under $2000.

 

Does anyone have any idea whether this might possibly be true, and, if so, how one might go about attempting to buy one of these? I certainly realize the utter folly of believing that celebrity-endorsed instruments have special powers, but a blue 1961-specs SG with a maestro tailpiece for non-custom-shop prices sounds like a deal too good to be true, no matter the name is on it.

 

I guess I have to start saving now, that bad boy can join my Tweedy Breedlove, sweet!

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I heard about the guitar last December from a reliable source, so I think you can assume it's true. Something about a white double pick guard, too? I don't know anything about the price, though, or when it will be available or how you'd buy it. So ... maybe this isn't that helpful.

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Thanks so much for the information. But now you've done it, after seeing that picture I have serious GAS pains.

 

Is there any way to find out whether lovely specimen is going to become an actual production guitar, and, if so, which dealers might get one? Bizarrely, amazon.com lists a Tweedy SG as "in stock" for $1699 but then says it "usually ships in 4 to 7 months," which makes me think that they don't actually have one in stock, and also I'd be awfully nervous ordering a (perhaps nonexistent) guitar sight unseen from amazon as opposed to a reputable guitar shop.

 

Interestingly, it looks from Gibson's site that they're currently selling another "50th anniversary" signature SG (Robbie Krieger) with a lyre tailpiece, in the conventional SG red, for less than the cost of the ordinary 1961 reissue. But if there's any possibility of getting one in blue with a white pickguard for a mass-production price, then I'm going to save my pennies for that.

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Oh man, I want that guitar. I have actually looked for something similar but the closest I could find was the Eliott Easton model. Sounds like a decent price too.

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I've never really felt comfortable with an SG, but I'm a big fan of SGs in the hands of others (Townshend, Iommi, Tweedy, Angus Young, Zappa, Derek Trucks, etc.). Tweedy's blue one is one of the coolest looking SGs I've seen and would look damn fine and very tempting hanging in any music shop.

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My local shop (a Gibson dealer) is trying to get hold of someone at Gibson who can (hopefully) provide more definitive information. I will let you good people know what, if anything, they manage to find out.

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I am not much of an electric guy, but seeing the blue SG makes me want to get it just to play the solo on ALTWYS!

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I got a reply from my local guitar shop when I asked about it on facebook:

 

"Yes! Troy just said we will be getting 4 of these in a couple weeks. Thanks for the post."

 

If they are showing up in stores in a few weeks, why does there seem to be no mention of them on the Gibson website or really anywhere else?

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Not to rain on everyone's picnic, but I've never been a fan of SG's.... I think they look dumb and the neck is too fat for me.. If I want to play an acoustic, I want a fat neck... If I want to play an electric, I want a small neck..

 

If I were to buy a signature guitar, I'd want a Nels Cline Signature Jazzmaster. :thumbup

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If this one's made to the same specs as the 1961 reissue, it should have quite a skinny neck indeed - like 60s telecaster skinny.

 

Much as I adore Cline's playing, personally I'm never going to play like him nor get realistically the most out of the things that make a jazzmaster unique (playing behind the bridge, figuring out how to use those rhythm circuit switches).

 

In that video Auerbach is playing a 1959 Supro Coronado - finding an original would be quite difficult, I think, but Eastwood Guitars makes a very affordable modern copy, they call it their Airline '59 Coronado.

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I remember going to the rock and roll hall of fame and they have an SG hanging there that was used on a bunch of George Harrison songs and then a bunch of Badfinger songs (baby blue, no matter what, etc...), then I saw Tweedy play Spiders (Kidsmoke) at red rocks with a blue one. Then Tony Iommi, Angus Young, Eric Clapton.... Yeah, I want one.

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If this one's made to the same specs as the 1961 reissue, it should have quite a skinny neck indeed - like 60s telecaster skinny.

 

Much as I adore Cline's playing, personally I'm never going to play like him nor get realistically the most out of the things that make a jazzmaster unique (playing behind the bridge, figuring out how to use those rhythm circuit switches).

 

In that video Auerbach is playing a 1959 Supro Coronado - finding an original would be quite difficult, I think, but Eastwood Guitars makes a very affordable modern copy, they call it their Airline '59 Coronado.

 

Thanks! Beautiful guitar.

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Not to rain on everyone's picnic, but I've never been a fan of SG's.... I think they look dumb and the neck is too fat for me.. If I want to play an acoustic, I want a fat neck... If I want to play an electric, I want a small neck..

 

 

I'm guessing you played a 70s SG. A '61 reissue, for starters is technically going to be a Les Paul, and as stated by YellowMarmot, will have a very skinny neck.

 

Fantastic news about the guitar, BTW!

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bumped, because i thought there'd be more info on this by now. Anyone got any juicy details?

 

Maybe the Gibson shakedown by the feds is delaying this.

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Maybe the Gibson shakedown by the feds is delaying this.

 

That's what I was thinking. They still put out a bunch of 50th Annie sig models, though. I think that was a bit before the feds thing though.

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Here is the e-mail I just got:

 

Hi Marshal,

Thanks for the email!!! We have 4 of them coming!!! They will be here shortly and here is the info. We need a 3rd down to reserve it. Have a great day!!

Body: Mahogany

Neck: Mahogany

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Hardware: Chrome Lyre Vibrola

Electronics: Dual ‘57 Classics

Case: Hardshell $1,699.00 with free ground shipping!!!

Thanks,

Troy Benns

Wildwood guitars

303-665-7733

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