SG modern to 70s conversion

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  1. Axelorox

    Axelorox New Member

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    Is it possible for a talented luthier to mod a modern SG standard to one with 1973-74 specs? I ask because I play left-handed and early 1970s SGs in good condition are exceedingly rare. Plus my nose doesn't seem to like the 'mojo' smell that most vintage instruments have.

    The 70s SG is very special to me because hearing/watching Jimmy McCulloch from the Wings Over America tour in 1976 is what inspired me to start playing electric guitar all those years ago. So some day I would like to honor that inspiration with a version of the guitar that started it all for me.

    Here are the best photos I could find of said guitar:

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  2. Norton

    Norton Well-Known Member

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    I’m pretty sure this question’s been asked, very recently.

    What exactly are the important features ?

    The things that make that particular guitar unique are mostly “features” that very few, if any players want. (Skinny nut, no bevels, big volute, wide paddle shaped headstock, no binding on the neck, janky harmonica bridge, just to name a few).

    If it’s purely cosmetic things you’re looking for, like the small block shaped inlays yes. That’s fairly straightforward.

    Didnt the recent 60’s tribute Sg have small block inlays and no binding?
     
  3. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    60's = Trapezoids
    70's = Small Blocks

    Food for thought...

    Find a 2017 SG Special
    Convert Nashville to Harmonica.
    Route pickup cavities to full-size Humbuckers.
     
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  4. Bad Penguin

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    I've never understood why the hatred for the harmonica bridge.
     
  5. Norton

    Norton Well-Known Member

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    I can only speak from my personal experience with the harmonica bridge.

    Mine were super rattly and too big to be ergonomic and to my eyes look damn silly.

    There are plenty of beautiful looking alternatives to the TOM out there. Italy in the 60’s-70’s, or the melita!!! the “harmonica” is close the the low water mark of guitar bridge industrial design to my eyes.
     

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