My sg is a 78 standard or special or ....

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  1. nelson

    nelson Member

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    Need help to identify my sg 1978 black with pearl dot inlay....it is a standard or a special sg ?

    my guitar :
     

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    Special. Standards have bound necks. Note: Gibson did some weird stuff in the '70s, there's always the chance it's neither and some other edition I'm not familiar with.
     
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    In 78' the Standards had block inlays and bound necks.
     
  4. nelson

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    so gibson made sg special in 78 or it is another issue?
    i think the special didn t have humbucker.... ?
     
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    Yours is a special, here's the standard from the catalog, and my own '78 SG standard below that.
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    It's also true that the Specials were with mini-Humbuckers and not produced anymore in 1978, I think. So for me that guitar cannot be officially called Special or Standard. I know that Gibson did limited runs of models for selected guitar shops (SG R1 was one of this), so maybe that's one.
    They seem not to be that seldom, I saw them sometimes on the web. But I didn't had the chance to buy one yet ... yet... :-)
     
  7. nelson

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    anyone have idea of the value of a guitar like mine ?
    thanks
     
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    when KrisFord used to contribute here, he'd say that there was a time that the standard had no binding and no trapezoid inlays,but dot inlays.
    take a look at the link
    http://www.everythingsg.com/threads/identify-sg.20957/

    can't find the link where KrisFord (this guy was something like a gibson vintage guru master) said that a guitar like yours was the standard of it's time
     
  9. nelson

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    oh ok interresting |!!thx !!
     
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    It's damn nice
     
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    Tattooed Carrot's info is correct and without better photos and a more detailed assay, I would say your guitar is worth $1500 +/- $500. I saw a mint 78 Special with original case and all of the documentation sell for $2,300 recently, in a very heated auction. Nominal top price ought to be about $2000, imo.
    ;>)/
     
  12. nelson

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    ok i paid 2000 cdn funds....anyway i am verry happy with this skinny neck for my small hand heheheh

    it is easier for me to play on this SG than my VOS r7 les paul with a big neck.
     

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