Nash Aged Gibson SG-61 NGSG-002  From Nash

The 2nd ever Nash Aged SG! coil tap humbuckers and aged to perfection!

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What We Think

This is the 2nd serial numbered Nash Aged Gibson SG ever!  The first aged SG sold within a week of it being at the Sound Pure shop!  We have a feeling these guitars will become just as popular as the Aged Les Pauls.  They have the same great coil tap pickups as the aged LP's and MAN do they bring out the vintage SG tone!  This Aged SG has a slightly lighter shade of cherry than the previous one.  They're all unique pieces coming from Nash!

Order online or over the phone today, or plug in at the showroom before someone else does!  This guitar does NOT disappoint!  A true rocker. Angus would approve!

Manufacturer's Description from Nash

The SG division is so new, they don't have a story to post here just yet!  Please read the Aged Les Paul description (posted below) for an in-depth overview of the vintage overhaul process! SG description coming soon!

 

These are real Gibson guitars that I purchase with the intention of doing a complete make over. There are a few models that make good candidates for this, depending on the final color (plain, flame or gold top). The faded standards, the classic standards and classic plus standards are all possibilities as a staring piece as long as they are in NOS condition when they land.

First step is to completely disassemble and separate the parts that will be aged and re-used, from the parts that we reject and replace. The “keeper” parts are then aged.

The finish, which is sometimes rather thick, is stripped off down to the bare wood. At this point some get stains applied, if required to get the desired color. Then the guitar gets re-finished in 100% nitrocellulose lacquer, keeping it as thin as possible to enable superior resonance. We do a variety of takes on the lemon, cherry, faded, un-burst, plain and gold top looks.

After curing, the guitar gets the complete aging treatment and is then frets are re-worked and dressed to our specs, then we are ready for re-assembly.

The pickups are replaced with what many of you may balk at as there are so many opinions about Les Paul pickups and tone out there. As always, I simply build a guitar that I would use and leave it at that. So, in my arsenal of personal guitars, my favorite and most versatile LP setup is using a DiMarzio Bluesbucker in the Neck and a DiMarzio Air Norton in the Bridge.

We re-wire the guitar so the pickups breathe better as well as use the neck pickup’s tone control as a coil tap for the Bluesbucker, which gives you an amazing strat-like sound from that pickup. Between 1 and 8 on the tone knob it works as a regular tone control, between 9 and 10 it shuts off the second/dummy coil. This gives you a tap without adding switches of push pull pots.

The Air Norton give you bigger output and rich harmonics without going over the top into the tone spectrum of faceless, modern, high output sound that so many specialized humbuckers are susceptible to. These pickups have a lower string pull and a much higher sensitivity to your dynamics and playing style.

If you care for more info on the pickup selection, setup etc., read on……

My problem with stock Les Pauls is that the pickups never seem truly matched to each other or the position that they inhabit. The neck pickup will sound too fat and lack clarity and character. The bridge will often sound harsh or weak. The middle position (both pickups together) has an incredible potential for sparkle and quack, but no stock Les Paul, I have had, other than an actual ‘59 burst had this. I always looked for a paul that could actually use the neck pickup for rhythm, but if I set my amps for that, then the bridge pickup sounded harsh and weak. If setting the amp for a smooth, but well driven sound from the bridge, then your neck pickup is overly thick and un-clear. Does this sound familiar?

Also, as many of you may have figured out, the method Gibson uses for wiring the pots is not optimum. The tendency towards the guitar getting muddy or sounding choked when anywhere but “10“. This gets re-worked when we re-wire.

Gibson installs frets on the fretboard prior to it getting glued to the neck and body. Maybe they do it as it is easier to do it that way, but it can really lead to all sort of fret issues (buzzing, fret outs, high action, dead spots etc). What happens is the neck and body glue, moisture, and all of the underlying structure will shrink, expand and or settle. The fretboard (and frets) will now adjust itself to the changes and you and up with “lumpy gravy”. The most noticeable and common issue is the hump at about the 14th fret, right where the neck gets really thick before it hit’s the body. So what we do is now re-work the neck and frets and take care of this to give the player better action, playability, sustain, bending etc.

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About Manufacturer

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to play a great vintage guitar, you know how it feels to play a Nash guitar. Bill Nash creates instruments that replicate the greatest aspects of vintage guitars in a reliable, affordable package. Taking cues from some of the best specimens of sought-after guitars from decades past, Nash goes to extreme lengths to give their brand-new axes the sound, feel, and look of something that has been played for years and withstood the test of time. Period-correct parts, finishes, sounds, and incredibly detailed aging processes create a piece that will feel comfortable and familiar right out of the box. 

Some of the most popular Fender guitar and bass models are represented in the Nash Guitar lines, as well as a few classics from Gibson. For Fender-style guitars and basses, the instruments are assembled from the ground up with hand-selected wood parts and period-correct appointments. For Gibson-style instruments, brand-new Gibson USA guitars are sent to Nash where they are stripped of everything from hardware, electronics, and finish so that they are starting almost entirely from scratch with just the bare wood. Variable levels of relicing are applied to each guitar--from light, medium, heavy, to very heavy--however each instrument that leaves the shop will have the same standard of playability and reliability regardless of the level of aging. This is to say that, while one guitar may have been heavily reliced in the Nash shop, it will not perform any better or worse than one with lighter relicing, the difference will be in the look and feel of the instrument. 

Whether you are looking for a solid workhorse guitar, a stand-in for that irreplaceable piece you would never take on the road, or just want a taste of the magic that made some of history’s most  coveted American instruments, Nash Guitars will satisfy anyone who craves that vintage guitar experience.

 

Specifications

  • Serial # NGSG-002 (That's right, SERIAL NUMBER TWO!!!)
  • Mahogany body and neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Aged Nitrocellulose Faded Cherry Finish
  • DiMarzio Air Norton in Bridge and Bluesbucker in Neck (w/coil taps)
  • Aged Parts and Hardware
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Corian nut
  • 1.695" nut width ±.050"
  • 22 frets
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Grover Deluxe tuning keys
  • 2 volume, 2 (coil-tap) tone control, 3-way pickup switch
  • Aged Black top hat knobs with silver inserts
  • Aged Mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and holly headstock inlay
  • Figured acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays
  • Antique cream fingerboard binding
  • Gibson hardshell case included!
  • Weight: 6.75 lbs

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