Hi everyone, Long time lurker, first time poster here! This is going to be a lengthy post, I apologize in advance, but I think y'all might appreciate the story. Here is the story behind my 1965 SG Special: During the mid '80s, when i was around 15, I was taking guitar lessons at the local mom and pop music store in my small hometown. One Saturday morning after my lesson I walked upstairs to find this old, ugly, ragged out SG sitting on a stand for $195. It was listed as a '68 on the tag. I fell in love immediately and had to have it! My parents were against it, and it took a lot of nagging before I finally convinced them to let me get it. My main argument was "Its a Gibson SG, they are the best guitars ever made!" They finally relented, I plunked down $15 to secure it, and paid it off in installments. This SG was my first real guitar. Someone had stripped the original finish and it looked like they had tried to refinish it with brown shoe polish. The head stock holly was bare. The rosewood fretboard had a lot of grooves, especially up by the nut. It was missing the truss rod cover and the switch tip. Everything else was there, all original controls, both P-90s, lightning bridge, short vibrola with arm, pickguard, strap buttons, poker chip, and the original MOP Gibson inlay. It had some old Grover tuners on it too. This is the guitar I first started to really learn to play on, and it was a blast! I painted it white with a spray can at some point and thought it was great, until the same music store had a nice looking Goldtop Les Paul on consignment sitting in the window. I was no longer taking lessons there but was still able to buy the Lester on installments with them. I can't believe they let me pay installments on a consignment piece, I guess they financed it themselves to the owner once they had a committed buyer, but that was different time back then. Very cool of them, it was a nice place to do business with! Anyway, once the Les Paul entered the picture I decided to redo (?) the SG. I sanded it down again and spray painted it in primer grey. I plucked the original MOP logo out thinking the original could be reinstalled (ouch, way bad move!) I wrote down the barely visible serial number and got it ready for the upcoming professional automotive body shop spray job. This was around 1988. Unfortunately I do not have any real good pictures of this SG when I originally got it, but here are a couple. Please ignore the hat, we were just goofing off - but not much, after all it was the '80s!