Which Years Did Standards Have Small Pick Guards?

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  1. colchar

    colchar Active Member

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    Can anyone tell me which years the Standards came with the small pick guard?

    I am looking for an SG to be set up for learning slide. A friend who is the guitar tech at my local store showed me a Special that is available for $399 and I am considering that, but a used Standard or '61 Reissue would be even better if I can find a used one for the right price.

    The thing is, I have an affinity for the smaller guards so am only interested in those but cannot remember the years of production.
     
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    Thanks. I had forgotten about the zero nuty thingy on the '15s.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 models has a small pickguard.

    2013, 2014 and 2015 models has a '61 body and '61 body/neck joint.
     
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    wow, if you have a chance to get an SG special for that price,
    then it doesn't matter a fig what the pick guard is... either one works just
    as well.

    At that price, you can afford to get a fine strap and a hard shell case and still
    be way ahead of the game. The only people who see the Pickguard are those
    listening to you play. If you play well, the shape of the pick guard won't hurt you
    any, and if you don't play well, the shape of the pickguard won't help you at all.

    I'd snap that puppy up, and have your guitar tech friend set it up for you.
     
  6. colchar

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    I've got a spare strap, and the Special comes with a Gibson hardshell case.

    And thankfully, nobody will have to suffer hearing me play as I only play at home.
     
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    The '15s are out because of the nut and the horrid signature on the headstock.

    Did the '14s have nibs over the ends of the frets?
     
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    I’m not 100% on the nibs, but the 2014s do have the 120th Anniversary inlay at the 12th fret. Certainly not a deal breaker for me but might be for some.
     
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    What ? My lovely 2015 SG Standard ,

    SG Standard TBK 217 1.jpg

    SG Standard TBK 218.jpg
     
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    '14 have nibs, and not all have 120th Anniversary inlay. The one below is identical to '13 except it has push/pull volume pots for coil splitting.

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    Not having nibs is a deal breaker for me, but the anniversary inlay wouldn't bother me.
     
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    Thanks. I don't care for coil splitting, but that is an easy fix when I have '50s wiring done (I have it done on all my Gibsons).
     
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    Frets over binding giving maximum string playing area.

    GOOD Fret over binding.jpg
     
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    I prefer small nibs, but will accept the larger ones. I don't like Gibson necks without nibs.
     
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    My buddy the tech called today and said that he had set up that Special for slide (new nut, higher action, thicker strings). I picked it up this afternoon but have been out almost continuously since then so haven't tried it. Once I finally have some dinner (it is currently 10:16pm and I haven't eaten yet) and get my puppy to start believing me when I tell him it is time for bed, I'll plug the SG into my AD30 and start making sounds like screeching cats!

    It is a well used white Special with full pick guard. It also came with a Gibson hard shell case that somehow became attached to the guitar at some point. I got it for $399 so will use it to learn slide and will take my time searching out a Standard (small pick guard), a '61 Reissue, or a Derek Trucks signature model.

    Thanks very much for the info in this thread.
     

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