Can someone give me some information about this SG?

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  1. Abaspace

    Abaspace New Member

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    I know it's from 1989. It might be my first Gibson guitar (mainly used Fender guitars before) so this is a new territory for me.

    -If I buy it how much should I spend? Seller is asking 800€. I think that's a bit high (heard the value is around 400-500$?)
    -I can't see "Made in USA" stamp on headstock. That concerns me a little bit. Is this legit or some kinda cheap copy?

    English is not my first language, I'm sorry if there's errors in a text. This is also my first post on the forum, I hope this is correct way to start thread here. Thanks. 1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg
     
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    DrBGood Well-Known Member

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    All I can tell you is that it's friggin beautiful !
     
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  3. HackeIommi

    HackeIommi Active Member

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    Price is yes a little bit high. 600 € max is fairish I think. (max 500 € is fair) This is an economical -Faded, Special- type model. I remember 3 knob model SG guitars were way cheaper than Standart SGs back in the '80s.
     
  4. Col Mustard

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    Welcome to ETSG! Gibson maintains a service where you can look up
    the serial number of your guitar. Here is a link:
    https://www.gibson.com/Support/Serial-Number-Search

    Your serial number means the guitar was made on the 66th production day
    of 1989, and was the 40th instrument stamped that day.

    I believe it is genuine.

    It looks like a fine specimen of the Gibson "three knob" SG special.
    Those are desirable guitars IMHO, several of our members here own
    them and swear by them. Yours might have an ebony Fretboard, it looks
    lovely on a white SG.

    Prices for used Gibsons have risen lately, so it's your decision
    whether to offer less to the seller.

    Prices are always negotiable, and it will come down to how badly
    you desire this instrument, or how badly the seller wishes to raise money.
    Good luck in your search.

    My personal opinion is that there is no virtue in "older" guitars worth what sellers
    get for them. I believe there are lots of excellent newer guitars available that are
    no more and no less than they seem. With this in mind, you can offer what you
    can afford for this SG special, and if the seller won't move, then you can happily
    move on and find something else that will serve you just as well or better.

    Pay no attention to Gibson bashers who claim that all the new ones are crap.
    This is just blowing smoke. Guys have been singing this same chorus since I was a
    teen guitarist in the sixties. It was never true.

    IMHO the only reason to pay a premium price is if you go looking in person, and
    you find a guitar that seems to come alive in your hands.
    THAT ONE is the one to buy, even if it costs more.
    That one is the guitar of a lifetime.
    Remember to get it professionally set up right away, and consider
    the cost of setup as part of the price of the guitar you buy.

    Searching for guitars online is like gambling. I don't like gambling.
    I like a sure thing
    . So I always suggest you play it before you buy it.
     
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  5. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    You can never pay too much, you can only buy too early.

    She’s a beauty and looks legitimate.

    If she speaks to you, take her home.
     
  6. Huntroll

    Huntroll Active Member

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    It's old guitar so you might be happier with a newer one.

    1980's Gibson SG guitar:

    Based on condition :
    MINT/LIKE NEW - over $500.
    USED - depends on condition, maintenance and/or repairs needed.
    Under $500 to zero value.

    May the buyer beware.
     
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  7. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    YDDDYPPP
    YY = Year
    DDD = Day of Year
    PPP = Plant and/or Production Number
    001-499 = Kalamazoo 1977-1984
    500-999 = Nashville 1977-1989

    Year = 1989
    Day of Year = 066
    Plant and/or Production Number = 549
    Plant = Nashville
    Production Number = 49

    1989 SG Special
    Not a Faded model
    2002 was the first year for Faded models
     
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  8. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    This is an SG Special 3 knobs ebony fretboard

    SG 3 knob 2.jpg
     
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  9. chilipeppermaniac

    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    MY 3 knob is an 87. It brought me here, It bought me to finding a wonderful friend in Col Mustard, it brought me to love SG's. It is as COL says, one guitar that a number of members own. Mine has the original circuit board Bill Lawrence pups in it. Another friend has swapped in Duncan pups in his, but he also touts his as being his Number 1.

    Haggle on price, if seller comes down, great. If not, there are zillions of SG's out there
     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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