Best Source for a Build Year of a Vintage SG

lawrev

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Hi All,

I am in the process of possibly purchasing my first vintage Gibson guitar. The dealer has it tagged as a 62 SG Junior. Serial Number 99986. It has the Les Paul name on the headstock, no breaks, respraying, etc. A little shrinkage on the pickguard but that is not unusual for something this old. With the serial number of 99986, on one site it would be a 63 model.

Is there one site (short of emailing Gibson) that is definitive about production years? Thanks.
 
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The neck heel joint would be different on a '63. '62 is a split year with the '61 style in the first half and the '62 style in the second half, but '63 is different again.

Take a look at this:

 

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The neck heel joint would be different on a '63. '62 is a split year with the '61 style in the first half and the '62 style in the second half, but '63 is different again.

Take a look at this:

As quoted above, the SG Wiki is a great source of information! :dude:

It's likely a 62 Junior from that serial number. The Centralab pots will help with the date, as well.

You could also email Gibson Customer service, and they could tell you when the guitar was shipped from Kalamazoo.

Did you buy it yet? :cool:
 

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The neck heel joint would be different on a '63. '62 is a split year with the '61 style in the first half and the '62 style in the second half, but '63 is different again.

Take a look at this:


I should state that the heel joints aren't a super reliable way to date, especially in the early '60s because there seem to be a lot of exceptions.

@lawrev Pot codes are your best indicator by far. If you can't get a peek at them, or they were replaced, you want to look at the totality of all other features. There's no one feature that is the be-all-end-all. Serial numbers are very unreliable for dating in the '60s.

In addition to the page linked above, this one will help you as well:


The Les Paul script on the HS at least means it's built prior to mid-1963. If the bridge is compensated, it's most likely not a 1962.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. I haven't bought it yet - it is collecting dust at the dealer. :)
I emailed Gibson 10 days ago about this guitar and never heard from them.
I will update the group when I have some good news. Thanks again.
 


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