73 sg - reality check

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  1. Sean Hartwell

    Sean Hartwell New Member

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    Is $2200 Canadian (1400 US) a reasonable price for a 73 walnut sg with a bigsby? Most I would ever have spent on an SG so I’m a bit nervous...
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    If it’s in good shape not heavily modified and playable it doesn’t sound unreasonable.
     
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  3. Norton

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    So much went weird in the 70’s for sg’s.

    What’s the neck like? Does it have the narrow nut? If so I’d advise you to make sure you play it a lot to see if you like that narrow string spacing.

    Also the body shaping started to take a turn for the less shapely around that time, as well as the fingerboard inlays and neck binding options.

    If you like what you’re looking at and how it plays then $1400 is a totally decent price.

    They’re all over reverb for $1800 and up.

    Not my cuppa tea. But if it’s yours....then go for it!
     
  4. njpaulc

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    Me personally, I'd get a newer SG for less. Those '70 SG's are strange guitars, some are great, some stink, most are over priced by sellers who are only looking at the age of the instrument. What model? Top mount or rear mount controls? Which pickups?
     
  5. Sean Hartwell

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    I haven’t tried it out yet - it’s about an hours drive from where I live and if it was out of line I wouldn’t bother driving down.
     
  6. Sean Hartwell

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    It’s a standard with a factory-installed bigsby. Has the tar back pickups, ebony unbound neck with dot markers. Control plate is on back.
    I think this is a case where the seller looked it up on reverb and eBay and is selling on those market prices - apparently the guitar hasn’t been used in decades and the owner doesn’t and never has played guitar or any instrument.
     
  7. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Sure about the year and model?

    1973 SG Standards and Specials have unbound necks with small blocks. A Standard will have crown inlay on headstock and a Special will not have a crown inlay.

    Early 1973 SG Specials have bound necks with dots, including the first fret, no crown inlay on headstock.

    The nut width on a 1970's SG will be 1-9/16. Narrow nut was from 1965 until early 1980's.

    Photos would be nice.
     
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    unbound ebony and tar backs...but dot inlays? thats a first.

    but if its a 73...or say 74...with the tar backs...i would say go try it...u may just like it.
     
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    I don't think the price is unreasonable, but I agree with others who said they'd buy something newer for less money. I could get a used standard in my area for $800 or even less...that's what I'd do.
     
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    If it's stock, it's an OK price, and what I mean is it you really love it, you're not getting ripped off. The important thing now is how much you like the neck and the way it plays.
     
  11. Norton

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    For that money....and even if money wasn’t part Of the equation I’d go for a modern-ish 61 reissue 10 Times out of 10 over a 73 sg.

    If you’re focused on the “vintage” thing. I’d say don’t be... At least Not until you play a bunch of them. Those years for Gibson across the board are very quirky.

    Tarback pickups are ok. But so are a thousand other pickups, and I’m sure there are hundreds of spot on repro’s of tarbacks.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Nothing magical about old wood. After having a couple of older SG in the past, I prefer the modern ones.
     
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    There is if you believe!:smile:

    $2200 seems fair IF it is all original and has the original case. I had a 74 Standard that I paid $465 Canadian in 1988 or 89. It was stolen in 2003 and I still miss that guitar.
    I might be biased because it was my first nice guitar, but it was a keeper.
    Wish I still had it or could afford another one.

    NORLIN is now the working man's vintage collectable.
     
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  14. cerebral gasket

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    The 70’s Flying V are my favorite from that era.
     
  15. Gibbo SG

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    The reality is, that's a damn cool guitar ,especially at the price of $1400USD. Those deepset neck joints make for a more durable guitar, and the minimal bevels render it more massive. I'd jump on that deal before somebody else does. I need a '70s SG, my damn self!
     
  16. Col Mustard

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    Welcome to ETSG!

    The '70s SGs are the only "vintage" SGs that most of us will ever
    be able to SEE, much less buy or own.

    That said, I personally don't understand the attraction. They have nothing
    to offer that beats a modern SG that you can buy almost any day for like
    $800 U.S.

    I don't think the old ones deserve the veneration, or the extra money asked
    for one. I own two recent Gibson SGs, and they do everything I am capable
    of... so I speak from this experience.

    IMHO, it all comes down to your music, and what you need in order to make
    that music come alive. If you believe it's a '70s SG, AND you can afford it
    then by all means: go for it. The price you reported seems fair, if a little high. For that price, it ought to be all original.

    So many '70s SGs were ruthlessly modified (butchered) that when one
    emerges that was not butchered... it seems to be worth more.
    IMHO the 'vintage' guitar market is a nest of snakes... so I would normally
    avoid this like the plague that it is...

    I like the idea of buying a modern guitar that is no more and no less than it seems. There are plenty of great
    deals available with guitars that are straight forward like this. Old guitars
    really are no better (and no worse) so I would normally avoid the 'vintage"
    market... distrusting it completely.
     
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  17. Sean Hartwell

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    Well thanks for the welcome!

    Lots of good advice here. My feeling was the price was at the high end and I still haven’t had an opportunity to play it. I’ve done bit of research on the 73-74 models and this seems to be period correct - unbound block marker ebony boards or bound dot inlay rosewoods seem to have been the options at the time. The seller is wedded to their asking price so I’ll be moving on. I’ve seen some 62 les Paul customs/sg s that I would rather have for close to the same money.

    Thanks folks!
     
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  18. Sean Hartwell

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    My last post was backwards - the neck is unbound ebony with block inlay. Apparently other 73-74’s may have bound rosewood with dot inlays
     
  19. 58pit

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    If its right, thats really not that bad, if it's
    REALLY right, it could be a great buy!
     

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