GIBSON SG DELUXE, 1972
This version of the SG Standard was produced only for two years and was launched on the market in 1971 with the name of SG Deluxe, in order to emphasize a parallelism with the Les Paul line. However it was an atypical design, which kept the same woods as the Standard - and the same twin-humbucker circuitry as well (both pickups had the embossed logo on their covers). All the electronics were installed on a large semi-circular plastic plate. The guitar you see here is a very fine example of the model: as you can see, the hardware includes a modern Tune-O-Matic "Nashville" bridge and Grover tuners with the double brand Grover/Gibson. Gibson brand appears also on the Bigsby-style vibrato tailpiece. The body is entirely made of mahogany, just like the three-piece neck, in the tradition of the SG line.
This guitar is in excellent and 100% original condition. The four potentiometers are dated March '72. There is some light playing wear both on body and neck, some re-soldering trace in the pickup covers, a good refret job with larger jumbo frets, a rubber-foam pad inserted under the bridge pickup. This Deluxe is in overall great conditions, solid, and professionally set-up, plays and sounds great and has always been kept with care. A quite rare version of the SG with a classic sound and a different look, which comes with a non-original hardshell case.