Gibson SG issue

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Gibson SG issue

Post by burpgun » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:47 am

Hey folks. On a lark, I just picked up a 2007 Gibson SG Classic with P90s. Quite a change from my Jazzmaster! One small issue I have to sort out: one of the tone pots is broken on the metal part you put the knob on. Otherwise, it functions. I opened up the SG but all the pots just say Gibson on the back, so I'm not sure what to put in there. Any thoughts?

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Re: Gibson SG issue

Post by Ceylon » Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:59 pm

If you're thinking in terms of pot value, you want 500k most likely, or at least that's what most Gibsons come stock with.
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Re: Gibson SG issue

Post by rumfoord » Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:54 pm

I'm assuming you probably mean that one side of the split-shaft is broken off. If that's the case, you could also probably get a knob with a set screw to stay on. (and they make conversion sleeves out of brass that you can get for the other pots if you want them to match)

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Re: Gibson SG issue

Post by BoringPostcards » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:47 pm

May want to look up that model year. It could have 300K pots.
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Re: Gibson SG issue

Post by Fuzzbuzz » Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:52 pm

Pretty sure the SG Classics use 500k pots, as someone also mentioned above.

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Re: Gibson SG issue

Post by jvin248 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:07 pm

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If you get 500k you can put a fixed resistor across the outer lugs and knock it down to 300k effective.

If you want to temporarily fix the guitar, you can cut a piece of wood or plastic to fill in the broken side and use a bit of that double stick foam tape where the 'gap' would be. then press the knob back on.

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Re: Gibson SG issue

Post by burpgun » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:02 am

Hey folks. Yeah, the biggest issue that that the one part of the shaft is broken off. So the pot is functional, but I can't get the knob on it. This was undisclosed on a craigslist buy. I get out there and the guy says he just noticed it when he took it out of the case. It was a $600 SG that definitely had some mileage on it, but ones with P90s don't seem to pop up much, so I just lumped it.

So it seems there's some uncertainty what kind of pot to put in there. I wonder if Gibson can help me sort it out. It's a nice guitar, insanely light compared to anything else I've ever owned.

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Re: Gibson SG issue

Post by burpgun » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:26 pm

Just to bring some closure here, turns out Gibson's got decent telephone customer support. The tone pot is indeed a 500K short shaft, so I've ordered one and hope it's not too much trouble to install.

I feel a little bit bad in saying this, but this SG, bought on lark, might push out my Jazzmaster as my main guitar. The neck is just effortless to play. I knew that I like flat radius necks, but the SG really drove it home. The guitar is also super light, but not in a way that feels like it was made out of cheap wood. The dude who owned it before me claimed there are Loller P90s installed and I haven't check it, but regardless I'm getting the sound I like out of this instrument. I've taken risks on guitars in the past only to be disappointed. This SG is a revelation to me.

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Re: Gibson SG issue

Post by wproffitt » Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:08 pm

Okay, congrats on your new #1 and all, but pics or it didn’t happen! ;D

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