I put vocals on five songs this morning. Two new ones and three re-recordings. This afternoon I put lead guitars on four of them. I decided a few days ago that I was going to stop using my ES-335 and use my SG instead. The 335 (and the Les Paul) is over 40 years old and best I can tell it’s never had a fret replacement. The SG is two years old. It’s all original. What’s that mean?
The frets on the 335 are old and worn. I’m going to have to have them replaced… soon… as well as all of the wiring and all of the pots. I’ve written about that a few times before. The frets on the SG aren’t worn at all, not even a little bit. What’s that mean?
Ouch, is what it means. Worn frets are lower and closer to the fretboard then non-worn frets. That means they are a lot easier on the fingers when you’re sliding around like a madman. Today, on the non-worn SG’s frets, I was sliding around like a madman for an hour and a half. What I thought were pretty decent sized calluses on my left hand turned out to not be that thick after all. A couple more rounds of me ripping my finger tips to shreds like I did today will fix that.
My Gibson ES-335 Pro was the 127th guitar stamped in Kalamazoo on Wednesday December 5, 1979.
My Gibson SG Standard doesn’t follow the same serial number method as my two 70’s Gibsons. There is much less to play with now as the first two digits are the model year (not necessarily the year the guitar was built, kinda like cars) and the remaining seven digits are just a counter for that model year. My guitar is the 22,586th 2018 model guitar.
I never noticed it before, but there is a Made in USA stamp on my Les Paul. My ES-335 does not have a Made in USA stamp, but it does have SECOND in it’s place. It was a factory second, kinda like clothes were a slight defect will keep the item from passing Quality Control, but it isn’t bad enough to stop it from selling at a slight discount. I believe my 335 is seconded because of a hole in the finish on the back of the guitar. It’s never bothered me in the slightest.
My SG includes both a Made in USA stamp and a 2018 Model stamp. Just in case the serial number didn’t give it away. I bought the SG new and I have all of the case candy. That includes a filled out QC checklist card that is dated 10/12/17… so my 2018 guitar was actually made in 2017. It has a model number too, SGS18HC… something or other… CM1, or CH1, or something like that. The hand writing is a little tough to make out. They also sent a picture of my guitar sitting on the QC work bench where it was apparently plugged into a Boss tuner pedal…. I don’t like Boss pedals. That actually makes me sad.
As for the model number, SGS is SG Standard, 18 is the model year, HC is probably hard shell case. The rest? I don’t know, and Google doesn’t tell me anything.
Well, that’s it for serial numbers for my electric guitars. I suppose I could go look at my Takamine acoustic 12-string but… I don’t wanna.