As you can see, I am not a vintage obsessed guy. False, I am.

HOWEVER šŸ˜€ I do in general like old guitars, not just old but aging, so not necessarily vintage.

Just as a well-read classic book has tatty pages, old guitars have the appeal of something I call ā€œplayedā€.

Well, supposedly they have been played. Although thatā€™s not always the case (some have been stored under a bed) I make sure ā€“ when looking at older guitars ā€“ that theyā€™re battered, dirty, or possibly cracked somewhere.

All this means that theyā€™ve been loved a bit, desired and used. I like this because it is a sort of additional guarantee that the guitar sounds good ā€“ or sounded good ā€“ and felt good to someone. Therefore, me likes!

Thatā€™s the case with this 1993 Korina, almost 20 years old, so relatively recent SG.

The irony is, back in 1993 ā€“ when I still sucked nuts at guitar playing ā€“ I bought one just like this. I canā€™t remember what number it was out of 500, but I had one.

The color and ā€œpancakeā€ fashion (itā€™s made of different layers of wood) had caught my attention, even back then when I knew nothing, or very little, about guitars.

These were made from Korina ā€“ a supposedly protected African wood. Hereā€™s Gibsonā€™s own claim:

ā€œThis guitar follows in the tradition of the 50ā€²s era Gibson Explorer and flying V guitars with its beautiful Korina wood body and neck. This African hardwood is renowned for its resonant acoustical properties that impart this SG with amazing sustain and great string definition. Itā€™s very well balanced and light, weighing in at 6.6 lbsā€.

Unfortunately I sold it almost immediately after purchasing itā€¦ā€¦..

The memory of that guitar has haunted me for years, especially since Iā€™ve started to know and understand more about guitars. Iā€™d always thought that that SG had sounded well.

So, when I eventually saw another one on eGay, I went for it.

This one arrived in the condition you see here, except that the neck was bent like an arch because the guy who had it before me used piano strings instead of guitar strings (just kidding, but heā€™d used huge strings!).

I had to set it up myself and now itā€™s virtually perfect, with super low action, no buzz and good resonance and tone.

The only thing that still bothers me is the wiring. I think these are wired (i.e. the internal circuitry and the way the pickups and switch selector and connected) following the modern method.

Instead, I prefer the ā€™50s style of wiring which basically lets you clean up the guitar as you roll the volume down, however the guitar still remains bright in tone, not muddy at all. So possibly Iā€™ll have to modify the circuitry, Will update you here, watch this space.

Oh, and By The Way, when I found out that Angus has one (with which heā€™d used to record the album ā€œBallBreakerā€ ā€“ this picture is in fact a BallBreaker studio Angus guitar rig image, i.e. he is one of the 500 owners of these), that helped me pull the trigger!


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Adaptation By Robert Taylor

Note of the author for the more ā€˜particularā€™ reader: these articles on SoloDallasā€™ gear are not intended to be egotistical, neither am I intending to show off. They are for passion, documentation/information and sharing pleasure with those who have a similar interest. Thanks for your trust and understanding, SD