mystery SG??????

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  1. mike lemon

    mike lemon New Member

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    I'm trying to identify a guitar I had. Gibson SG with large pick guard, maestro vibrola, and standard humbuckers. The mystery is it had DOT inlay not block, the crown and logo were pearl, also the white sg.png handle on the vibrola is smaller than normal.......so it seems the body is a "standard "but the neck is a "special". It did not seem like a "conversion" switching a special to a standard......so what was it????? Cant find any matches anywhere to identify this guitar
     
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    pancake81 Well-Known Member

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    if you don’t think it is a special that was upgraded to standard features, I would suggest the most likely scenario is that it is a standard that suffered a broken neck/headstock, that was replaced with a special neck.

    questions:
    1) did you buy it new? That would eliminate the replaced neck theory.

    2) Was the crown in the headstock MOP or was it silkscreen?




     
  3. everdying

    everdying Well-Known Member

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    the pickguard horn looks off, and the bridge pickup looks slanted.
    so probably the pickguard is aftermarket, which would mean whatever that crown inlay is is probably modded too.
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    It has features from two different models.

    SG Standard body and headstock
    SG Junior neck (unbound with dots)

    It's a hybrid of the two.

    If you purchase an SG Tribute, add pickup covers and Maestro Vibrola, it would essentially be the same guitar.
     
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  5. Go Nigel Go

    Go Nigel Go Active Member

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    If it is from the period 1969-1976, "odd and unusual" features and appointments seems to be kind of the norm, and even for un-molested original examples it is actually the rare guitar that has exactly what was specified for the exact model in question. Some more photos might help narrow it down a bit to the general period.
     
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    from that pic? it's impossible to tell what's going on.

    Modified JR??

    it's just so blurry. The pickups looks like they might even have the embossed gibson logo on them.
     
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    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

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    It's a picture of a physical photograph, so the bending of the photo is warping the proportions.

    Without better pictures there is no way of knowing. Are you sure the crown inlay was a real inlay and not a sticker or something? It would have to be either a Special with a new headstock overlay to cover up a headstock repair and humbuckers added (more likely), or a Standard with a replaced fretboard for some reason, and for some other reason they decided to downgrade the inlays (less likely).

    The weirdest part to me is the missing inlay at the 21st fret. Did it just fall out, or was there never an inlay there at all?
     

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