Help Me Identify this SG!

Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Jacob Aguilar, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. Jacob Aguilar

    Jacob Aguilar New Member

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    Hey guys,
    my grandma gave me this Gibson SG Deluxe guitar. She doesn't remember when she got it and there is no sign of a serial number on back. It's been sitting in her garage for 40 years or more (confirmed) so I'm guessing the serial number was a decal that was rubbed off. The frets have a square pearl inlay (not trapezoid), and the truss rod cover says "SG Deluxe", which I haven't seen on any other SG guitars along with knobs that have no numbers. The color of the guitar is cherry.

    The 1973 SG Standard Cherry Guitar is the closest model I could find (head inlay is different)
    Here are some photos...
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  2. PermissionToLand

    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that is not a real Gibson.

    I also doubt that it's 40 years old because the practice of counterfeiting guitars largely started in the '90s when manufacturing started being outsourced to China. Before that, you had copies like Ibanez and Aria Pro II in the '70s, but they would never put Gibson's name on the headstock, and they were more crude, with bolt on necks and little to no beveling.

    Also, just based on the appearance, it looks like a more recent Chinese build. However, there is a possibility it's a later Japanese build that somebody put a Gibson overlay on somewhere along the line. Can't say without more detailed pictures.
     
  3. pancake81

    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    I don’t know what it is, but I do know what it’s is not; and that is not a Gibson.
     
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  4. Voxman

    Voxman Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think so …. that headstock decal is sold on ebay! The tuners look really funky along w/ that 1st fret inlay. Might as well check the pot codes for s%#@ and giggles
     
  5. everdying

    everdying Well-Known Member

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    maybe someone swapped the real 40yr old gibson for that fake...
     
  6. dub-setter

    dub-setter Well-Known Member

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    im with @PermissionToLand ..

    could be a later 70 ties japanese one
    or also korean till mid 80 ties...

    headstock seems to be repainted/redesigned.

    it´s def. no gibby..
     
  7. Jacob Aguilar

    Jacob Aguilar New Member

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    Thanks, I watched videos to help me identify a fake Gibby, sure enough this matches a couple of the descriptions.
     

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