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SG 65

Unread post by Asmikace » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:40 am

Hello everyone. I wanted to show my two new toys, one Yamaha I just won from the JYA and the other a sweet, non Yamaha guitar from a pawnshop.

The first is a SG 65. It wasn't on my must need list but I love the series and it came with cases goodies like manual, truss rod tool, and guitar strap that made me want it. I just won it today so I should get it by the end of next week or so.
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The other was a Roy Smeck Stratatone. I got it at a Pawn shop in Oklahoma for around $450. The place originally quoted over a grand since were looking up what people on Ebay were listing but since it has some wear (most notability most of the headstock logo is gone) and it was in small city with no major music industry, it sat for over a year. Love the pickups and love playing blues stuff even though it could use a nice setup by a professional
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Re: SG 65

Unread post by Buzzard » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:59 am

DOUBLE HNGD to you. :D

Both twangers look GREAT.

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Unread post by balston11 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:18 am

Lovely SG I have never come a Roy Smeck before but looking at the Reverb prices looks like you got a bargain. Would be interested to know more about how the Roy Smeck plays and sounds.
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Re: SG 65

Unread post by Saul » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:24 am

Congrats on your two new additions to the family ;)

One of the many good things about living in the USA is you have all these bargains all over the place. Here in the UK we only have a huge amount of "charity" shops, mostly filled with useless junk and the odd VERY overpriced interesting item. Pawn shops we don't actually have that many and the ones I have come across seem to be full of jewellery, watches and electrical items. Never yet come across a guitar :(

Anyway, thanks for sharing the photos. Really like that Stratatone. Never heard of it before although I "think" they might have been sold under the 'KAY' brand name here in the UK?
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Re: SG 65

Unread post by Asmikace » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:26 pm

Saul wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:24 am
Congrats on your two new additions to the family ;)

One of the many good things about living in the USA is you have all these bargains all over the place. Here in the UK we only have a huge amount of "charity" shops, mostly filled with useless junk and the odd VERY overpriced interesting item. Pawn shops we don't actually have that many and the ones I have come across seem to be full of jewellery, watches and electrical items. Never yet come across a guitar :(

Anyway, thanks for sharing the photos. Really like that Stratatone. Never heard of it before although I "think" they might have been sold under the 'KAY' brand name here in the UK?
The age of finding sweet guitars in pawnshops are pretty much gone, they are filled with low end import stuff usually but you do get the diamond in the rough occasionally. The Roy Smeck line was under Harmony who made the Stratatone but often Kay and Harmony borrowed a lot from each other just as the Japanese manufactures did. The pickups on it are a blast and the guitar is chambered so its easy to pickup and jam. I believe the pickups are the Dearmond but I am not sure.
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Re: SG 65

Unread post by Saul » Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:30 pm

I have a feeling my first Les Paul type guitar might have been a Kay. Was bought from a junk shop near my home back around 1977 I think. Didn't even own an amp at the time but it looked good and was fun to play ;)
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Re: SG 65

Unread post by Mimasu » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:17 pm

Great catch, both off course, but especially the SG65 8)

I know the feeling...... old case candy makes me wild too :lol:

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Re: SG 65

Unread post by Asmikace » Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:18 pm

The guitar arrived at the warehouse will come in later this week, but I want to show off the unbranded Kay amp from the 60s I pickup for $50. It needs some work but still fun to play with the Stratotone. I am on streak with finds.
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Re: SG 65

Unread post by jeff-carolina » Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:09 am

HNGD x 2
Both very nice looking guitars!
Pawn shops are always on my radar.
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Re: SG 65

Unread post by NYGeorge » Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:19 am

Great score on those 2. I'm sure you will like the Sg A solid slab for sure.
My next door neighbor has one of those Roy Smeck jobs. I think his came from a yard sale maybe a dozen years ago now. His headstock logo was worn too. He doesn't really play so it's just a wall hanger.
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Re: SG 65

Unread post by Asmikace » Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:10 pm

NYGeorge wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:19 am
Great score on those 2. I'm sure you will like the Sg A solid slab for sure.
My next door neighbor has one of those Roy Smeck jobs. I think his came from a yard sale maybe a dozen years ago now. His headstock logo was worn too. He doesn't really play so it's just a wall hanger.
That is a shame. These guitars are a blast to play and the pickups are awesome. You ever had the chance to play it?
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Re: SG 65

Unread post by Asmikace » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:17 pm

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She came yesterday. Only for a few tiny dings, its in really great shape and even has the wood sticker on the back cover plate. Frets have live which is surprising for these guitars and plays well. Glad to complete the SG 45 series with just a great example.
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