Let's see your vintage SG!

Discussion in 'Vintage SG' started by Kevin James, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Well-Known Member

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    I thought about that too, the bottom of the fretboard is rounded, which is not a Gibson trait...would have to see a legit 67 tenon to compare.
     
  2. knedy

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    Thanks for the info, guys! And yes the "hole" in the routing is only shallow and was made to fit the switch.

    The heel of the fretboard was something I didn't think about, you're right it is too round so it must have been messed around with. Seeing that the lacquer was pretty shabby applied and the pickguard which I believe to be the original, was PAINTED black.. It's fair to say the previous owner who made the bulk of the modification to this guitar was no master luthier. ;)
     
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    wish i owned this one
     
  4. Mike Kay

    Mike Kay New Member

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    Newbie here. Owned this SG Special for 44 years. Thought it might be a '67 but now, after reading a bunch here, I think it may indeed be a '66. Serial # is 700807 and the CTS pot code reads 39th week of 1965.

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    Around 1980 I installed a paf humbucker in the bridge position. I never used the P90 in that rear spot as it sounded too thin anyway. I still have it along with the vibrola and original bridge. Came with that metal pup switch cover too.

    I played in a Prog band "Pentwater" through the 70s and in those days I strung it like Townsend did. That is, I yanked the vibrola and wrapped the strings around the stock bridge. Later I added the tune-o-matic bridge and a proper stop tailpiece.
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    This is a really cool group you guys have here! Thanks again!
     

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    Relic61 Well-Known Member

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    Very cool Mike Kay. I love the story & the history behind the guitar. It makes this SG unique & interesting.

    These are the guitars I love seeing because they were improved upon by real players in a time before these Gibsons had substantial collector value & were seen as the instruments they were & used as the ultimate tool for making music by the musician who owned it, & still does!

    Congrats on owning & holding on to such a fine piece of history. She still holds her beauty after all these years & the mods only serve to make her that much more desirable in my eyes. Keep that back story alive by typing it up & sticking it in the compartment of the guitar case. Some one many years from now will just love it.
     
  6. Mike Kay

    Mike Kay New Member

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    Thanks alot for the kind words Relic.

    Years back I played with an older cat who schooled me well about the dos and don'ts of vintage guitars. He said never refinish one, be carful about customizing things, and that changing out tuners was OK. He also told be to hang on to all the old parts,etc so you could find your way back to stock if you ever wanted to.

    Adding the paf humbucker did require a small amount of routing and trimming of the pickguard. But like you mentioned, these guitars were tools for us and not museum pieces. They had to earn their keep. So in pursuit of the tone I was looking for I made this change.

    Back in 1970, it was my first serious guitar purchase. It cost me $175.00 (The college bound guy I bought it from came down off his lofty $200 price) and I saved quite a while for it. I would never sell it as it's my favorite material possession of them all. I have stepsons that both play so they are in line for it someday I guess..

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    Hi Mike Kay,
    Great story and a beautiful guitar! Welcome to ETSG.
     
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    Thanks for sharing yours and guitars story.we love this kind of stuff.
     
  9. frostys

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    Here's my '68 FrankenSG. Replaced tuners, pickups, wiring harness and pots. Vibrola replaced by a stoptail, I bought a vintage Lyre and had it put back on. I'm not sure about the bridge or the knobs. I think the pickguard's original, though. Based on the wear, it was played hard, but there's no breaks at the headstock or heel.

    Tuners are Grovers, pickups are vintage patent sticker T-tops, one from the 60s, one from the 70s, pots are from 1963 (WTF? Why did somebody do that?) And it came in a chainsaw case.

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    52.jpg My pride and joy!
     
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    Here's my newly acquired '61...
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  12. Sghiwatt76

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    Hi, here's my 66 special
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  13. Six String

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    Wow....

    Welcome to ETSG....... frostys, hmarrero, bossaddict and Sghiwatt76! That's a lot of 61's coming out of the woodwork.... :smile:

    All beautiful! :thumb:
     
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    Here is my 1978 Black SG
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    Ok folks, here's my new one. The crown Jewel...1965 single owner pelham blue and not a reissue. Took 10 years to get one, but I can die in peace now.
     
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    Nice !!!!!
     
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    Here is my 68 special, weird finish on it that's for sure
     

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    Nice one giMike.walnut finish
     

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