"73 SG with black PU's?

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  1. Russell Foote

    Russell Foote New Member

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    Greetings. I have 4 Gibsons. Today I've been asked "what pickups do you have on your 1973 SG 175102 Made in USA? They are 2 black with black frame and a screw in each corner. I've yet to see them elsewhere. Can someone tell me the name?

    1973 USA Gibson SG Mahogany with Dark Cherry Finish (my phone shows a pink wall as orange, so it doesn't show the red.)#175102. Really nice. Original case. Not much use at all. Bridge was beginning to pit from palm acid sweat so I cleaned it up and painted it black. Screws could be replaced as well as bridge, but these items are insignificant cost-wise and I chose to leave the rest of it all original. I am the second owner and the first owner replaced the tuning pegs with Schaller Roto Matics. I have a good idea what it's worth and I can take a long time to sell it. Original case included.
    Having the "MADE IN USA" stamp shows it was not a 60"s The same numbers were used in the 60's, but no USA stamp. The serial # shows it was made between 1970-1975 according to Gibson. The only way to date it down to the exact year, is to read the stamp on the potentiometers (volume and tone "pots"):
    137 73 36
    "Guitardaterproject.org"
    date guitar by the potentiometer codes

    "This potentiometer was made by
    CTS Corporation (Chicago Telephone Supply)
    in the 36th week of 1973
    This means that (given this is an original part) this is the earliest possible date your guitar (speaker) was made."
     

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  2. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    That's an SG Special.
    The pickups are Mini Humbuckers.
     
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    Looks like the bridge has been swapped.
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    I believe the original would have been a harmonica style, no?
     
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    Thank you and I believe you, but can U give me any reference that no one could doubt?
     
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    No, original, but thanks for reminding me; I swapped out 2 saddles to put on my LP about 30 yrs ago. I just took them out of the LP case where they were in a bag after that bridge was replaced. Now The SG bridge is 100% original.
     
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    I visited the link you gave. So i went thru a dozen pages and nothing like mine. I the pickup page, they only show the backs on many like the Tarback. It was introduced in 1972, but no clue what it looks like except the back. I'll put up more picks. It's not a special from what I've seen so far they have those funky lookin 6 pole screws and all in the middle of PU. Mine are regular looking and there is a top and bottom placement with the pole screws across one side.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    It is an SG Special.
    The actual year is debatable.
    Could be 1974.
    Pot codes are only an indicator of earliest year the guitar build was completed.
    It's not uncommon to use left over pots with date stamps from previous year.


    https://themusiclocker.co.uk/shop/vintage-1972-1973-1974-gibson-sg-special-cherry-electric-guitar/

    https://reverb.com/item/27704922-gibson-sg-special-mini-humbuckers-1973-mahogany

    https://reverb.com/price-guide/guide/7587-gibson-sg-special-with-mini-humbuckers-1974-walnut
     
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    OMG! You found it! That looks walnut, mine is cherry. Now, if you can find what the name of the pickup is... Thank you so much for your time!
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    The pickups are Mini Humbuckers.

    During the 1970's...

    SG Juniors were discontinued in 1971.
    SG Specials had Mini Humbuckers.
    SG Standards and Customs had Humbuckers.

    Brief history of SG Specials...

    1961-1971 SG Specials had P-90s.
    1972-1976 SG Specials had Mini Humbuckers.
    1977-1978 SG Specials had Humbuckers.
    1979, SG Special was renamed to "The SG".
    1983 SG Specials reissued with Humbuckers.
    1999-2010 SG Classics were reissue of late 60's SG Special.
    SG Classics have TOM instead of Wraparound bridge.
    2002 first year of SG Special Faded.
    Sometime in 2010's SG Special Faded renamed to SG Faded.
    2016 SG Special reissued with Mini Humbuckers.
    2019 SG Faded renamed to SG Tribute.
    2019 Early 60's (1963) SG Special reissued.

    Of the four basic models (Junior, Special, Standard, Custom), the SG Special went through more changes over the years than the other three models.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    SG Specials are my favorite.

    spe·cial \ ˈspe-shəl \

    1. distinguished by some unusual quality
    2. held in particular esteem
    3. readily distinguished from others in the same category
    4. being other than the usual
    5. designed for a particular purpose or occasion

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special
     
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