Discussion in 'Vintage SG' started by Kevin James, Feb 16, 2012.
I’ve owned this all-original 1968 Gibson Cherry SG Special since 1993. Two years ago (2018) I found the time had come when my 50 year old SG needed a refret and some general maintenance of the electronics. I had originally planned to ship her to the Gibson factory for the refret but was advised to bring her to Phil Jacobs, owner of the Philtone Guitar Company in Baltimore, MD, if I wanted the work done the way it should be done http://www.philtone.com/
Before opening his own shop, Phil was a luthier for the Paul Reed Smith (PRS) guitar manufacturer in Stevensville, Maryland.
I made an appointment with Phil for the 2nd week in March, at which time we went over what was needed and what I wanted as well as his expert input as to what should and shouldn't be done and what was possible.
I was able to pick up my SG 15 days later with a complete refret, new Mojoaxe "compensated" wraparound tailpiece, new bone nut, sorted out wiring and electronics, cleaned fretboard, polished body and a Plek. The intonation is spot-on, the black P90's PuPs scream and the turnaround time for the repair was absolutely stellar - all at a cost that was more than fair. I've owned this SG for 27 of its 52 years and can state with complete confidence that it probably never played this well or sounded this good, even when it was brand new from the factory in 1968.
(No worries, I still have the original bridge, nut as well as the original frets that were replaced, and the Maestro vibrato bar is in the original case). These were pics I took of my SG in 2005.
That black one has the elongated pickguard of a late 1960 or early '61 model. I'd be curious what the serial number is.
my only Gibson 67 0r 68 SG Standard given to me by a brother from another mother 10 year back. found in closet of old home, headstock had been broken an glued back with a slight high E string tilt above nut. Headstock sanded down an painted flat black, all logo, ser.# gone . Body an neck striped an slathered with polyurethane, ugly. But glue job is solid truss rod intact neck good fretboard an frets good and all original hardware on hand in good condition, covers removed from PAF pickups ,black bobbins F / R ,re bridge pickup damaged from a wax potting attempt open coil. So i refinished with a rub on poly ,mahogany red came back, cleaned everything , installed new Gibson pickup , assembled polished frets, strung up with 46 to 10's tuned adjusted action, bing bang boom plays great holds tune!!! headstock tilt not a bother any more, damaged like me as i'm a A/K amputee left leg . There it is SG brothers an sister. All Love
Nice, is that a rare Natural finish '71 Standard?
EDIT: Just saw your followup post. Good job with the restoration!
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