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    Sg Dickey Betts Black SG

    What about this SG? The pickup selector, input jack as LP, asymetrical horns. Custom made model or what?

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    From MLPForum: "The black SG is a one-off made by Gibson for him. Upper bout toggle switch, controls further up the guitar, side mounted jack - a lot more Les Paulish"

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    "I can't sing,
    I ain't pretty,
    And my legs,
    Are thin."

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    That guitar looks huge on him.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    I've heard from a few that this was a custom made deal for Dickey by Gibson- can' t really say more than that though- I wish some more facts about the guitar would come out. Definitely interesting though- for those of us who love the toggle switch where it usually is on a Les Paul- this is an amazing way to still have that AND have an SG too. Hard to believe this hasn't really been an option all these years. Hope some more facts come out on this soon!

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    I dotn see any big mystery here. The man wanted the selector switch in the LP position and the volume near his hand.
    And the Custom shop made it for him.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    ..no mystery at all- just wondering things like - will they come into production?- or was this a particular thing just for Dickey? Also wondering what made Dickey lean towards this and not his usual arsenal of Les Pauls or SGs? I think it sounds awesome - although Dickey can get an awesome tone out of anything. He has one of the all time greatest guitar tones in my opinion...

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    Quote Originally Posted by lespaul1970 View Post
    ..no mystery at all- just wondering things like - will they come into production?- or was this a particular thing just for Dickey? Also wondering what made Dickey lean towards this and not his usual arsenal of Les Pauls or SGs? I think it sounds awesome - although Dickey can get an awesome tone out of anything. He has one of the all time greatest guitar tones in my opinion...
    I dont think I am very far of point if I say he probably wanted a lighter guitar as many want especially after carrying a heavy LP for years.
    Last edited by c_wester; 05-27-18 at 03:43 PM.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    Might just be a progression of the ideas he might gotten from this guitar..

    "I can't sing,
    I ain't pretty,
    And my legs,
    Are thin."

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    What is that 5th knob on the pickguard ...close to the bridge?

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    Quote Originally Posted by toxpert View Post
    What is that 5th knob on the pickguard ...close to the bridge?
    I've read it was a(Master?) volume knob,The guitar itself looks like its one of his sig models..
    (The image of DB i posted with the red SG must be at least 6 yrs old, Unlike the one with the Blk SG, That one is from last week.)

    http://www.gibson.com/Products/Elect...-Betts-SG.aspx

    "I can't sing,
    I ain't pretty,
    And my legs,
    Are thin."

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    Quote Originally Posted by toxpert View Post
    What is that 5th knob on the pickguard ...close to the bridge?
    My guess is to make his signature violin swells easier a la Elizabeth Reed.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    the "new" black sg is incredibly offset. the upper horn attaches at the body a few frets higher than normal.. It's a weird looking machine.

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    Re: Dickey Betts Black SG

    Quote Originally Posted by zacknorton View Post
    the "new" black sg is incredibly offset. the upper horn attaches at the body a few frets higher than normal.. It's a weird looking machine.
    Just speculating here..

    Maybe they had to make the upper horn larger/beefier to allow for the routing for the toggle switch/wiring channel.
    "I can't sing,
    I ain't pretty,
    And my legs,
    Are thin."

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