Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Weird plexi-bodied guitar with 1970s Gibson SG neck
This guitar is a real oddity. You cant but help noticing the distinctive Gibson logo on the headstock, but the body is totally unlike anything that Gibson ever built - plus of course it's been fashioned out of clear acyclic. Of course, it's not a Gibson at all, well other than the neck, that is, which was taken from a 1970s Gibson SG. It does beg the question of what happened to the original SG, but looking closer at the back of the neck you'll notice that the headstock has suffered a break in the past so it might be a safe assumption to say that the original guitar suffered some considerable damage - perhaps through some ghastly accident or possibly at the hands of a Pete Townshend wannabe.

Although I've got a bit of a "thing" for acrylic bodied guitars, I can't decide whether or not I like this one. The body design is rather mis-shapen; in fact it reminds me of a melting ice sculpture, but maybe that was the intention. Part of me thinks it should have been made to look more Gibson-like in keeping with the provenance of the neck, but another part of me applauds the maker for doing something different with the design.

This guitar is currently listed on eBay with just over a day left before the end of the auction, currently has no bids and a starting price of $499.

G L Wilson

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  1. Maybe this is just the previous guitar's ghost?

  2. May prove more comfortable to play than an SG. Whether intent or neglect, only its creator can say. Fancy the acrylics myself and this not without appeal. Loads of snap neck SG's and LP's on Craigslist and of course they're all "expertly repaired".

    Like there's some measure of expertise to globbing glue and tightening clamps. Personally I don't care and if it were mine, I wouldn't be throwing it out. When they all snap at the same exact spot that's called a..?

  3. "Maybe this is just the previous guitar's ghost?" Good one.

    "When they all snap at the same exact spot that's called a..?" Gibson

    Some one took the time to remove the neck from the body in the most difficult manner. If the body were salvageable the neck would be sawn off and the pocket rerouted to accept the tennon. In most cases.

    1. I was hoping for:

      Design Flaw; FATAL Flaw or Recall! But... we have a winner! Without add'l bracing [internally] all a "glue up" strikes me as accomplishing is, time bought. I just know so many players that seem to all had the identical issue.

      And each of them has a story as to how that took place. Normally stage antics ( read Guitar Fail ) gone horribly wrong. Sorry, it's just hard for me to believe.

    2. By no means is Gibson the only maker with snapped neck syndrome. Those guilds with the built in stand,

      It's rare to find one of these intact.

      I just sold a 1980's BC Rich bass, headstock snapped and glued...twice.
      The cavity for the truss rod makes for a weak spot.

  4. I have had a Gibson 335 that has had 3 breaks all is slightly different places. It's obviously the angled headstock that causes it. I have never seen a Fender neck snap accidentally. It's all too easy to have a guitar fall over. I have had to do refrets when a guitar falls forwards and the frets hit on something. That can be annoying. By the way it is not the most difficult job to remove a neck from a Gibson in one piece without damaging either neck or body.



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