Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by sayeth, Jul 5, 2019.
How about a free trip to the local landfill? We can drink beer and slug rats!
Thanks guys! For the help AND the education. Very helpful. So, I'm thinking this is one of the GC Standards from 2012, based on what I'm hearing here and what I'm seeing online. Next string change I'll pull them out to confirm what they are, but could they burstbuckers?
According to link below...
498T / 490R with coil splits.
It’s not uncommon to find incorrect info on spec sheets online with typos.
You will know for certain when you remove the batwing and check the labels underneath the pickups.
My 2012 Standard 60 GC exclusive has a BB 1 and 3 if that helps.
They called them the Standard 60 because of the neck profile I guess.
2012 SG Standard 60 is probably the actual model name of OP’s guitar now that you mention it. I remember seeing that description before in other listings online and believe the “60” designation refers to 1960 Slim Taper neck.
Curious as to what is written in the bottom of bridge pickup cavity. Should have model name abbreviation there and maybe the “60” designation will be present.
My inspection card says: Model - SGGC6HBCH3
I think the GC6 is short for Guitar Center 60 and the HB is honeyburst?
SG - Model
GC - Guitar Center Exclusive
6 - 60’s neck profile
HB - Humbucker ?
CH - Chrome Hardware
3 - Third run of the series
HB is usually Honey Burst, but I have only seen that on Les Paul and not SG.
Since we know this is an SG Standard, it’s possible the “HB” in this case designates the pickup type since there was a limited run of SG Standards in 2012 with P-90’s.
The neck pickup cavity should have the color abbreviation which will probably be “HC” for Heritage Cherry” and the bridge pickup cavity will have the model name abbreviation. Maybe “SG60”.
whew! That's a lot of info!
...you go, guys.
It seems like the OP has a great instrument to add to his collection. A fine tonal alternative to the earlier 'J" model.
Both are desirable for different reasons of course.
This GC-60s model seems like one that has limited numbers.
Also, many 2012 Gibsons (including mine) were made with
baked maple fretboards. Because Gibson had been raided by Government goons, trying to enforce the laws against importing contraband tone wood, sourced from third world countries with dodgy political situations.
Can a worms, eh? For us guitarists, the concept of a Gibson guitar with
a fretboard other than Ebony or Rosewood was difficult to accept.
I read a lot of Gibson bashing posts, and decided that I was interested
in the idea, contrary to the bashers. A closed mind is nothing to be
During this time, because Gibson had had their rosewood and
ebony confiscated, they came up with the baked maple as a substitute.
I thought, North American hardwood for fretboards! What a good idea.
No more waltzing with Tin-Hat Dictators or their Ministers of "Forestry."
So I bought one. Support the concept in the only way I know how.
Turns out, in spite of all the negativity the baked maple fretboard is actually
excellent. As we expect from Gibson. But it was unpopular... so the 2012
models with baked maple were undervalued. *grins ...Translate that to
MARKED DOWN... So I got a really good deal on a fine 2012 SG special, and
have been playing it ever since.
Anyway, for the OP, that makes his 2012 with Rosewood fretboard even more
desirable and cool. I believe Gibson reserved their remaining stocks of legal
rosewood for expensive Les Pauls, and maybe some like the OP's GC model,
intended to reward Gibson's most athletic supporters (buyers).
Congratulations on an excellent find.
I will definitely be sure to get all the info I can and post it during my next string change. I'm curious too!
I can say a few things as a result of this thread and everyones post. The first being that I have only been here a short time and the amount of resourceful and helpful members who are willing to communicate their knowledge is really cool! Another reason to be excited about coming over to the wonderful world of the SG. Second, I am excited to have found something a little more special than I originally thought. Ultimately, it just plays and sounds SO good, so the extra info I'm obtaining about it is icing on the cake.
The Honeyburst was exclusive to the standard 60. On mine its more of a solid honey amber with almost no burst as compared to my naturalburst. The 60 has the rosewood with slim taper while the Ltd. has baked maple with rounded profile.Look at the cool grain on the baked maple board on the Ltd in the foreground.
There's a real interesting article in Vintage Guitar, Aug '19, latest issue, about how this luthier uses mineral oil mixed into paste carnauba wax to treat the fretboards he works on. Several applications and polishing evidently darkens the boards and brings out the grain, as well as creating an even more satiny feel to the action.
Good to know.
I had no idea that any SG were finished in Honeyburst and thought that was only a Les Paul finish color option.
So the "HB" does indeed designate the finish color as it does in all other model numbers that I have seen. I have never seen the pickup type represented in the model number before. The OP will probably have "HC" in place of "HB" since that SG appears to be Heritage Cherry.
I'll stop by on my next trip to Cottage Grove.
Great. I'll supply the beer. Weed has it's own brewery. Good stuff. Bring guitars.
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