Any idea what model this might be?

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  1. Aahzz

    Aahzz Member

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    Got offered this in trade, all the seller knows is that it's from the 70s. I can only find that tailpiece on an SG custom from 1976 when I google, but the pickguard isn't right for that, and he doesn't want to send me the serial - thoughts? IMG_1273.jpg IMG_1274.jpg
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    SG Standard

    1971 was the last year in the 70’s that had trapezoid inlays before switching to small block inlays.

    That photo does not look like a 70’s SG.

    Serial number probably has at least 8 digits. 1st and 5th digits will indicate the year if 2nd digit is not a “4” or higher.
     
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  3. Aahzz

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    Thanks for that. Does the tailpiece look right for '71? Just trying to make sure I don't get burned...
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    No.
    That is a Gibson TP-6 tailpiece.
    Every 1971 SG Standard that I have seen had a Maestro Vibrola.
     
  5. Aahzz

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    Thanks again!!
     
  6. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Also they didn’t use Nashville bridge in ‘71. This looks too new or refinished.
    The color of the inlays are not green enough to be a ‘71.

    A 1979 SG Exclusive would have a TP-6 tailpiece, but this one is obviously not a 1979 SG Exclusive.
     
  7. skelt101

    skelt101 Active Member

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    If that's the original case, I'm guessing it's around a 2006-2007 SG Standard in Natural Burst with the TP-6 Tailpiece.
     
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    koaguilds Well-Known Member

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    Mid to late 2000's SG Standard in Natural Burst.
     
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    100% not from the 70’s. I would wager a 2008 natural burst. Grab the serial numbers and let’s see what we really got
     
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    Looks like a nice but way newer SG.
    One minute detail I notice on 70's Gibsons is the pickup covers - the corners are more rounded. I'm guessing that the tool or die they were using for 30 years was finally getting worn out and they changed it.
    Any newer Gibsons I have seen (90's and up) have had very crisp corners on the covers.
    I have no Idea when it changed but it did.
    You said the guitar was offered in trade? It is a nice guitar but not for 70's money.
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    This SG Standard Natural Burst was made after 2002 and before 2012, The Gibson TP-6 tailpiece is an upgrade.
    Is it a dark back or burst ?
     
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    To me it looks like mid 2000 Honey burst, there was few all the way up to 2012. with batwing pg. Definitely not the 70s
     
  13. nunyabinezzz

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    No wonder he doesn't want to give you the serial. Dudes like this are the freaking worst, trying to screw people out of gear. Only thing worse than this kind of guy are outright guitar thieves.
     
  14. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    All they had to do was look at the 1st and 5th digits of serial to determine the year since it's obviously newer than 1977. Everything about this guitar looks like a mid 2000's SG Standard with the TP-6 tailpiece added as everyone here has pointed out.
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    It looks like an $800 guitar including the case.
     
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