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NBD - 2014 Gibson SG special

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bogdan101, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. bogdan101


    Dec 25, 2013
    London, Canada
    Hi all,

    my first post here :bassist:, and my first bass :hyper: . I play guitar, but got interested in bass lately. I picked this one up from my local store, and it went back for a set-up the next day, because of buzz on the A and D strings at the 12th fret. It actually needs a fret leveling I think, but I'll see what they can do.

    The other thing I noticed is the E string sounds weaker than the others on the neck pickup. The bridge sound is fine. Is this typical for this bass, or should I exchange it for a different one? Btw, I love the feel of the short scale neck.


  2. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Take it back, and make them do it right.
  3. progrmr


    Sep 3, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    Pics or it didn't happen!!
  4. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY

  5. FourNotFive


    Dec 30, 2011
    Congrats! If you are coming from guitar the SG neck may be a good transition for you.

    See how it is when you get it back from the setup before deciding if you should return it.

    If your name is Bogdan shouldn't it be "Zivio" instead of "Cheers"???
  6. bogdan101


    Dec 25, 2013
    London, Canada
    Thanks guys! I don't know what zivio means, probably cheers?.. :) I'm Romanian.

    I'll post pics when I get it back, hopefully tomorrow.
  7. bogdan101


    Dec 25, 2013
    London, Canada
    Update: the tech at the shop couldn't fix it and they sent it back to Gibson; now I'm waiting for a new one to show up.
  8. bogdan101


    Dec 25, 2013
    London, Canada
    Update again: got a new one and it's a keeper! And it smells good too :bassist:

  9. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    Looks good! Enjoy it, and play lots

    Does the neck pickup have better volume balance for the E-string this time?
  10. bogdan101


    Dec 25, 2013
    London, Canada
    Thanks!... Yes, this one sounds good all around. The G string sounds a little thin, but maybe it needs to be played a bit. What strings do you guys put on your SG basses?
  11. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    This has been an issue with them. Check it out at the bass outpost. What I remember is the inner pickup under the cover is not aligned correctly. Remove the pickup and check its alignment.
  12. ih8law


    Aug 8, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Can you explain this some more, because it doesn't make sense. The cover has holes through which the pole pieces go, so if there is an alignment issue I would think it would effect the cover as well.

  13. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Congrats! Those are killer basses. :bassist:

    I really like Labella white nylon tapes on mine. Felt and sounded oh so right. Just make sure to get the medium scale as the short scale set just barely fit mine.
  14. shorty4life


    Dec 22, 2013
    I just strung my shorty with medium guage LaBella flats last week and they are awesome. So evenly balanced from string to string and the fretted notes sound almost same as the open notes. I was definitely going for the vintage sound though. Also the medium guage feels pretty tight. No slop issues...
  15. I believe the pole pieces aren't actually functional and are there only for looks. I think what barkless dog is talking about is the foam or springs that support the pickup not aligning the pickup to balance output between the strings properly. The neck pickup is a TB+ and not an actual sidewinder like the original mudbucker.
  16. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    That looks stunning! If I went for a short scale it would have to be this!
  17. jason the fox

    jason the fox Often rocks and rarely rolls. Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Nova Scotia, Canada

    I've had mine for a little over a year and it still smells like some kind of vanilla lol.

    Nothing says rock and roll like a vanilla scented bass :bassist::bassist::bassist:
  18. I have only had my SG since last fall. I keep mine on a stand so I sadly have lost that maple syrupy smell. I have two baked maple necked basses and love opening the case for that lowdown breakfast smell.

    I know it is sacrilege but I have the original strings on both My 2012 and 2013 Gibson's. I have used round-wounds since 1979. With rounds it helps to let them age a bit. I usually use GHS Boomers but haven't decided which way to go on the Gibby's yet.