Discussion in 'Vintage SG' started by c20500, Jun 5, 2015.
Nice guitar and Amp
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Cool man. I too have a '78 standard w/ dot inlays ( 1st fret, also ) & unbound neck. s/n 71658177, in black. Somewhat rare, I think. Nut width on mine is calipered. @ 1.715" , 1 23/32.( A FULL 1 11/16 " ) w/ "Action-Jackson" action !! Is your bridge pick-up original ? Question to panel. Is this "Dot-Standard" valued the same as "Standard SG" ?? Also, what size are the string saddles on the "groovy" harmonica bridge & what type is recommended for replacement.
What makes you think it’s a Standard?
The crown inlay on headstock does not make it a Standard.
‘78 Standard - bound neck, small blocks
‘78 Special - unbound neck, dots
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So these are a weird model that either slotted in between the Special and Standard, or replaced the Special for a short time. It was never included in a catalog, though, so it remains un-named.
The frequent confusion over these models is because '70s Specials had mini-humbuckers. Also, the Standard had an unbound neck from '74-75.
I think it's just a Special because of the dots and two pups.
Specials have had P-90's, Mini Hums, Humbuckers throughout their history.
There's plenty of recent Specials where they have been silkscreening crown inlays on the headstock. That should have never happened IMO because it used to be that was a mark reserved for the Standards.
It's ridiculous that in recent years they come up with all these different model names just because one feature is tweaked when at the core it's still the same guitar with most of the features of the base models (Junior, Special, Standard, Custom).
Yeah, if I had to lean one way or the other, it seems to be more of a Special. Especially because the old mini-hum Specials were winding down production at that time; they were dropped from pricelists in 1975 and small numbers were shipped until 1977. This model seems to have filled in as the affordable model until The "SG" debuted in 1979.
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