|Gladiator GG-174-BNS Guitar
Brand New, Flamed Maple Top + Back
This is a brand new Gladiator GG-174 BNS guitar -- not a demo or a customer return -- but one of the very last ones to ship new from the Saga / Gladiator factory. The guitar still has on the shrink wrap on the PUPs, Pickguard and Control Panel, and comes in the original shipping box.
These are now discontinued, and are referred to as modern lawsuit guitars, as Gibson brought legal proceedings against Saga / Gladiator to halt production, as it is too close to the Epiphone G400 Flametop Deluxe -- or the $3k Gibson SG Supra!! This guitar is in many ways better than the the Epi version, AND it sold for less -- so Gibson wanted to retain complete control of the high-quality SG copies.
This is a thicker bodied SG, capped with flamed maple on both the top and the back. The hardward is all Wilkenson, which is in every way better than the Epi PUPs and hardware. The neck profile is 50s, but not baseball bat 50s, just a gentle, thicker, wider 50s profile.
Craftsmanship is beautiful. These are high-quality guitars made by Saga, who also make the Blueridge line of acoustic guitars -- widely regarded by many to be above Eastman as the best of the Chinese-made acoustics. These Gladiators are in that same high-quality level.
They sound great, and have high-output Wilkenson PAFs, and they do sound fantastic -- with no harshness, but with plenty of solid PAF tone that breaks up nicely. All in all, a fantastic value in a flamed maple SG copy, with a gentle 50s neck profile. I have 2 of these guitars available: NEW GG-174 2TS (2-Tone Sunburst), and NEW GG-174 BNS (Brown Sunburst) so please check my other eBay listings for the other Gladiators, Gibsons, PRS, Aria and other guitars, cases, and pro audio gear. This may well be your last chance to get a brand new one of these Gladiator GG-174 lawsuit SG copy guitars, since all the other dealer new stock is by now long gone.
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