Help identifying SG model

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  1. Stephen Larke Mejia

    Stephen Larke Mejia New Member

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    Hey guys,

    Apologies if this happens a lot but I thought a forum dedicated to SG's would be a great place to ask!

    I'm looking to value my Gibson SG - serial 127520597 which indicates it was made in 2012. Headstock says prototype on the back with 2013 model stamp too.
    It's a tobacco brown style colour, not sure of exact name for it. Not really a burst. Fitted with p90 pickups.

    I've attached a few pictures - I haven't been able to find anything similar online so I'm a little confused!
    Any help is appreciated

    Steve
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  2. skelt101

    skelt101 Active Member

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    Stephen Larke Mejia New Member

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    It is?

    It doesnt have the tuning thing on the headstock or "50s tribute" on the truss rod cover....
     
  4. skelt101

    skelt101 Active Member

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    Sure is! This model came standard with Grover tuners, and the Min-ETune as an "upgrade". The truss rod cover and speed knobs are not original to the guitar, nor is that string tree do-dad.
     
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    Stephen Larke Mejia New Member

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    Ok great. Thanks for the info!

    Looking to sell so probably list it as 'modified'.....!

    Any ideas of rough going price nowadays?
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    This is a "PROTOTYPE",

    Gibson SG '50s Tribute with a large pickguard
     
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    70's tributes had "prototype" stamp as well?
     
  8. skelt101

    skelt101 Active Member

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    This is most definitely an SG '50s Tribute. The inclusion of "PROTOTYPE" on the back of all SG '50s Tribute headstocks was part of Gibson's tongue-in-cheek response to the question nobody asked: "What if the SG began development in the '50s?" If the pickguard was included from the factory, dollars to donuts the pickups would have been mounted the same as on an SG Classic, i.e. height adjustment screws on the side and not through the pickups. Also, I don't recall "PROTOTYPE" on the back of the '70s Tribute...
     
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    This video seems very relevant to this thread:
     
  10. Stephen Larke Mejia

    Stephen Larke Mejia New Member

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    Thanks all. The previous owner did cut his own nut so I'll assume he must have replaced the truss rod cover, added a pickguard and new knobs.

    I see 2013 50s tributes going for around £500. Would this be a fair asking price do you feel?
     
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    jtees4 Well-Known Member

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    I think it will be worth a bit less than a used regular unmodded guitar. BUT there is no reason you can't start at $500 and go down as necessary, the interest in it will tell you what to do. Good luck.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    IMHO the Gibson SG '50s tribute is one of the most desirable guitars
    that Gibson has made in recent times. Think about that.

    You might reconsider selling it because of this.
    You might decide to keep it and play the hell out of it.
    I personally would NOT consider any low-ball bids.

    I believe Gibson only made this model for one year.
    The numbers of guitars with "prototype' stamped on the back of
    the headstock are limited.

    I would love to buy your SG '50s tribute from you, but I can't because of
    pressing medical issues involving my lady love. I'm not buying any more
    guitars right now.

    But if I were you, I'd consider your SG with P-90s and a "prototype" stamp
    from the Gibson factory to be a very special instrument, worthy of respect.
    Ignore all persons trying to tell you how little this instrument is worth.
    Wait for someone who really respects what it is (like me) but who has the
    money to back up their conviction.

    Such a buyer is out there IMHO. Good luck to you, if you decide you must
    sell this valuable SG.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    Couple more thoughts on the subject of the Gibson SG '50s tribute...

    Many of us, including me, scoffed at this concept when we heard about it.
    Like, there weren't any SGs in the fifties, so why would Gibson issue a "tribute."

    But then, look at what you have: A Gibson SG with P-90 p'ups (one of the classic
    tones)... but it also has 24 frets... something that no guitar maker considered back
    in those days.

    So the name means nothing. It's only what the guitar is that makes it important.
    The placement of a "prototype" stamp on the headstock is a humorous item...
    And Gibson is not known for a lot of humor concerning their instruments.
    IMHO it's actually very important.

    To me, the guitar is unique. There are other SGs with P-90s on the market,
    but NONE of them has a prototype stamp, and few have 24 frets.
    Personally, I treasure unique instruments. Many guitarists don't.
    Many guitarists want their guitar to sound like someone else's guitar.
    I don't get that, but I know it's true. Guys like that wouldn't buy your SG
    unless they were sure that some famous player had one like it.

    Let them pound sand. I maintain that the Gibson SG '50s tribute
    is a totally unique instrument. Anyone who likes the idea of unique tone
    and playability in their music ought to be able to put this guitar to work.
    And/or pay a fair price for it.
     

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