Sg timeline with specs?

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  1. I owe me

    I owe me New Member

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    I'm curious if there is some sort of chart that details the sg body differences through the years. It gets kind of confusing which years have thinner necks, or different volume or neck joint..etc. then theres all the different models,, standard, special, custom, etc.
    Something compiled better than internet blog stuff. I'm lazy.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    You should buy "The SG Guitar Book" by Tony Bacon

    https://www.amazon.com/SG-Guitar-Book-Gibsons-Stylish/dp/1480399256

    it's a really fun book to own and keep, and I find myself re-reading my copy
    from time to time. Or looking up something. It's filled with excellent illustrations
    and Bacon himself is a fine writer, and he knows a lot, and he's interviewed everybody
    who is anybody in the guitar world.

    There is another book which covers the earlier years in some detail

    https://www.amazon.com/Guitar-History-Gibson-John-Bulli/dp/0933224206

    Bulli is very thorough, but not half as entertaining to read as Bacon. But he covers
    a lot of the nuts and bolts aspects of the Gibson SG from the beginning through the
    Norlin Years. He stopped in the eighties, so if you're interested in the technical
    stuff, you've GOT to own this book for a reference.

    But remember this: Gibson guitars have always been made with a lot of hand work.
    So trying to make general statements based on year class seems kind of like shovelling
    doo doo to me. Lots of guys do it, on lots of internet fora, but to me it's mostly
    blowing smoke. And after you've finished shoveling, you still have a pile of doo doo.

    Also, Gibson SGs have been made by three different companies: Original Gibson (Kalamazoo)
    and then Norlin Gibson 1967-1984, and then Henry J's Gibson from 1985-2018.
    The Norlin company really messed with the design, and when they realized no one wanted
    their altered versions, they made some effort to re-invent the SG in the Nashville plant,
    using different machines, different workmen, different wood...

    More modern versions of Gibson guitars are cut out by computer controlled robot saws
    etc, but they still have some hand work. So guitars made since the middle eighties might
    be more consistent than earlier models. If you limit your quest to guitars made since '85
    you might be able to make a meaningful chart... *shrugs

    OR NOT!

    In general, my feeling is that Gibson SGs are mostly individual, and you have to
    play one before you know if you want to buy it. ESPECIALLY if you're picky about
    neck shapes, or heel joints. If you are, then you should NEVER buy a guitar unseen
    and unplayed, based on comments from internet posts by strangers like me who
    know nothing about your music.

    You have to play it, that's how you know.
     
  3. pedecamp

    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at this: https://solidguitar.fandom.com/wiki/SG_Standard#2013
     
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  4. PixMix

    PixMix Well-Known Member

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    That's a great resource, thanks for posting @pedecamp !
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    @pedecamp -Thanks, it's a resource! Great? Better than nothing I guess. I remember when we had a great reference section right here on ETSG until the owner/admins/it nerds FLUSHED IT AND ALL OF OUR ORIGINAL PICTURES DOWN THE CRAPPER! But I'll get over it, someday, I'm sure!
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Biddy youre so contrary, you gotta relax. Hows the new home, hows the wife liking it? Hey I got a new amp, I'll post a thread on it for all to see. :yesway:
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    I'm plenty relaxed. The new home is great, my missus is trying to make it as crowded as the last one by ordering tons of crap we don't need. We're both having surgery next week, her on Monday, me on Tuesday. Hopefully I'll have more to tell later!
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Good luck to both of you on surgery day! Who's gonna take care of the two of you, surgery just a day apart?
     
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    Our kids are close by and my sister lives with us. I hope to be relatively mobile after a day or two.
     
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    I was just about to post this recommendation too, right on! Very entertaining book and great cataloguing on all the SG's up to about 2015 I believe in the back reference section.
     
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    PixMix Well-Known Member

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    It's an editable page, just click on "edit" and fix the incorrect info.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    The 2001 SG Standard Korina that I had in the past has a fat '50s Rounded neck, not a '60s.
     
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    Wow! Fingers crossed for you and your wife, Biddlin.
     
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    Update: due to pre-op error, my missus' surgery will be rescheduled.
     
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    Good luck to both of you. Wishing you a fast recovery.
     
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    +1 on Tony Bacon's book! Super informative! Love the pics too!
     
  18. I owe me

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    Thanks for the replies and info, guys. I will look into the books and the link. Sorry I got back late to respond.
    I bought an sg new, I think in '84. (I cant remember) and was curious about which year, if any, it shared similarities with. I love the look of the sg but never learned of the timeline differences. Mine is a walnut color, small pick guard, square inlays and came with the kahler tremolo (I replaced with a bridge and tailpiece) side jack input, selector switch over the knobs. Its in my avatar pic
     
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