red. We haven't had too many SGs in the past few years, but the ones we've
had were all great guitars: this one is no exception! Light and resonant
mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, small headstock with old-style
pre-pantograph logo with open b and o, rosewood fretboard. The latter has
the classic trapezoid inlays and the very special feature of the
Gretsch-style zero fret. Original and untouched "Patent
Number" humbuckers, all the four pots have the same date stamped,
52nd week of 1968. Lyre Vibrola, tune-o-matic bridge with nylon saddles,
"top-hat" knobs, Kluson Deluxe 'double line - double ring'
tuners with D-169400 patent #. In other words logo, construction and
hardware are typical mid-60s features.
Excellent conditons: an original and beautiul guitar, which shows normal
traces of constant use: lots of neck wear (clearly shown in the pictures
below), some finish checking on body, neck and headstock, good refret job,
a few nicks and dings, the heavier of which runs from the back pots cover
to the lower side. Said that, it is a very nice, solid, huge-sounding and
original guitar, ready to play live.
Serial number suggests three possible dates: 1966, 67, 69. Clearly it's
not a late '66 as we can see from the knobs style and the lower position
of the crown headstock inlay, as introduced in '67. And pots date tells
it's not a '67 either. The mid '60s style logo and December '68 pots date
both suggest late 1968 or very early '69 as date of production.
Nice action and great sustain rich of harmonics, thanks to a perfect
intonation and two very hot pickups. Yes, it sounds like an SG and not
like a Les Paul, but with a special heat we have rarely found in a
"little devil", unless he was coming up directly from hell.
Very nice original hardshell case, black with Gibson logo.
case - body1
back - headstock