mystery guitar

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what is this guitar??

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  1. Bad Lemon Mike

    Bad Lemon Mike New Member

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    I had an SG as a teenager in the 70's that I'm trying to identify. It was basically a standard with the vibrola and batwing pick guard but had dot inlay. I've never seen one with dots. It's not a conversion because it also has crown inlay on the headstock. This is the only pic I have. What is it??????
     

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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    That's just a blur. Sorry.
     
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    An SG.
     
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    it's a bad pic of an sg?
     
  5. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    SG Standards never had dots.

    Someone more than likely modified a vintage SG Special (bound neck with dots).

    P-90’s changed to humbuckers
    Wraparound bridge to ABR-1
    Short Vibrola to Maestro Vibrola
    Added crown decal to headstock
     
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    (I was just going to say that until I read the rest...long, hot day in the Twin Towns...) I had a Special someone added a Bigsby to, the one in my av, an old Polaroid I dug up...miss that li'l thing...
     
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    It's Graham Coxons guitar!
     
  9. Bad Lemon Mike

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    crown was not a decal- it was inlay- thats the mystery......specials did not come with that
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Isn't everything from the 70's blurry ?
     
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    rotorhead Well-Known Member

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    I know my memory of it is....
     
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  14. Brooklyn Zeke

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    The guitar in your photo looks very much like my '68 SG Standard (engraved lyre tailpiece, Maestro vibrato, walnut stain, "batwing" pickguard, crown headstock inlay & logo, trapezoid fingerboard inlays, witch hat knobs, tulip tuners, volute, neck bindings).
    Differences: your tremolo arm appears not to be Gibson-issue; dot inlay markers on yours; unbound neck; button tuners; indeterminate bridge type.
    Yours appears to have a hybrid fingerboard with dots. Maybe an owner previous to you (if there was one) had a luthier equip it with a replacement fingerboard. Sorry, can't help you with the year.
     
  15. jk67SG

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    The proportions are very strange, even if the lens wasn't that great. Note the upper bout of the body looks very wide, almost as wide as the lower bout. That kind of distortion can happen when the lens is shooting from above, like it appears to be, but look at the the controls... they look like they would if the photo was taken from below- they look like they're angled up (see photo below take at approximately the same angle... very odd distortion. Maybe just a really cheap camera with a plastic lens.

    I think the vibrola could be a Gibson, but with most of the white handle sawed off. There is about the right amount of bend in it. I'm not catching a triple ply in the batwing, if you look at the photo below, I think it would stand out more in the OPs photo, even if you couldn't tell it was triple ply.

    The thing that really sticks out to me (and there are many more people here to give expert observations than I, here) is that the part of the vibrola that the handle is attached to is hanging over the batwing scratch guard. That really doesn't look right to me, and looks very close to the bridge. Again, the photo looks unusually distorted, so it's more of a guessing game.

    The body beveling does look very similar to my '67 except when you get to the lower right corner of the batwing, where mine transitions to flat.

    My vote is for "None of the above"

    67 SG Body.jpg
     
  16. jk67SG

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    Sawed off Maestro handle? Or was short Maestro handle an option?
     
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