I need help please Gibson sg special

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  1. Sandra Engleby

    Sandra Engleby New Member

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    I have a Gibson sg special and I don’t know the making year. Could somebody help me please

    serial number is 136604
     

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  2. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Can you post a photo of the entire view of the front and back of guitar?
    6 digit serial number with Made in USA stamp.
    That would be early to mid 1970's.
     
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    Welcome to ETSG Sandra

    I hope you find what you are looking for.
    Gibson SGs from the early to mid 1970s can be confusing to identify.
    The men and women who worked for Gibson then would probably be astounded
    to see how closely all the details of the guitars are studied now.

    At the time, I believe they were fairly casual about installing this part
    or that one. Also the serial number sequences were changed by Gibson's
    new management at that time. This causes many headaches for owners
    or buyers of guitars from that time.

    Gasket is right... the more photos you can post, the more likely some of us
    can help you identify your guitar. So you have found the right place to ask
    about it.
     
  4. Sandra Engleby

    Sandra Engleby New Member

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    everdying Well-Known Member

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    looks like a mid-70s Special.
     
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  6. Sandra Engleby

    Sandra Engleby New Member

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    Could anyone tell me how much it maybe worth please
     
  7. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    That's odd it has Humbuckers.
    Normally those have Mini Humbuckers.
     
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  8. Sandra Engleby

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    They are mini humbuckers with oversized pickup rings
     
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    I have an SG with a 6 digtit number without " Made in USA" very early 1973. I would say yours is late '73 early '74. Check the pot codes of volume and tone to verify.
     
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  11. Brooklyn Zeke

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    According to the "Blue Book of Electric Guitars, Sixth Edition, Gibson Serialization":
    In 1970, the words "MADE IN USA" was impressed into the back of instrument headstocks (though a few
    instruments from the 1950s also had MADE IN USA impressed into their headstocks as well).
    Year(s) Approximate Series Manufacture
    1970, 1971, and 1972 100000s, 600000s, 700000s, 900000s
    1973 000001s, 100000s, 200000s, 800000s and a few “A” + 6 digit numbers
    1974 and 1975 100000s, 200000s, 300000s, 400000s,500000s, 600000s, 800000s
    and a few A-B-C-D-E-F + 6 digit numbers
     
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    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

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    The Blue Book has very vague and incorrect information on this. A big Norlin fan over at the Les Paul Forum gathered together much more accurate info, which I've added to my wiki here:

    https://solidguitar.fandom.com/wiki/Dating#6-Digits_.281970-1976.29

    Serial: Year:
    9xxxxx
    Early 1970 - mid '71
    6xxxxx Early/mid 1971 - late '71 / early '72
    7xxxxx 1972
    8xxxxx Early 1973
    0xxxxx - 1xxxxx 1973 - early '74
    2xxxxx - 3xxxxx Mid - late 1974
    4xxxxx - 5xxxxx Late 1974 - '75
    8xxxxx - 9xxxxx 1975 - early '76
    1xxxxx 1975
    6xxxxx Late 1976

    It's far from iron clad, but much better than the Blue Book info.
     
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    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

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    Your USA stamp was probably very lightly impressed. They are often difficult to see.
     
  14. Wild Bill212

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    Bro, just call Gibson USA @ 1 800 4GIBSON A-K-A 1 800 444 2766, they can tell you the exact date of the Guitars manufacture if it was made in 1989, or since! OR what the Guitar is 'CONSISTENT' w/in terms of it being manufactured before 1989...I do know that the 1965 SG Standards all started with the serial number 255XXX and that the 1964 SG Standards, the last ones that were manufactured in 1964, have 250XXX as the 1st 3 digits of the serial# on the back of the headstock.GIBSON USA informed me recently, as I was looking into a '64 SG Standard, that Pots and anything else the Guitar may have on it are never used to determine date of manufacture, its the Serial# that rules in terms of date of manufacture.

    Gibson USA will help you, just call them !
     
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