New Guy Curious about SG Age

Wetley49

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I've got an old SG that I picked up on a trade about 15 years ago. I'll post the pics that I have. I'm thinking it's a '69, but it's probably a '70. Truthfully, I have no clue as to what I've got. Thanks in advance. If more/better pics are needed just let me know and I'll get them up here ASAP. Click on the link below.


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Pics will help serial number as well.....if you can pull the pickups and give picks of the back of the pups and the inside of the control cavity I am certain the skilled vintage guys here will answer your quarry quickly.
 

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I'm no expert but I'd call it an early 1970 based on the features. The pot codes may give you a more specific answer but I don't know how to decode them.
 

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I believe the pot codes are 1377041. Since that's close to '71 would you still call it a '70? Also, there's no "Made in USA" on the neck, but has the volute. Shouldn't the usa stamp be on there? Should I still pull the pick guard and look for the patent stickers on the pups?
 

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They phased in each new feature one-by-one, so that helps narrow it down. By '71 they definitely had "Made in USA", but even late '69s didn't have such pronounced volutes. No doubt there are Pat no. T-Tops in there.

Pretty close to Angus Young's first SG (a late '70/early '71). I'm jealous!
 

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My best guess is 70, but it doesn't really matter...it's a cool guitar!
 

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Does anyone know when Gibson went to the dotted "i" in their logo? A book I have shows beginning in 1972 but some models as far as 1978 without the dotted "i", and apparently factory records says officially late 1976 the dot was added in.
Also, the book says 1970 was the first year for the "Made in USA" stamp, and the serial number should be 1970-1972.
 

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Does anyone know when Gibson went to the dotted "i" in their logo? A book I have shows beginning in 1972 but some models as far as 1978 without the dotted "i", and apparently factory records says officially late 1976 the dot was added in.
Also, the book says 1970 was the first year for the "Made in USA" stamp, and the serial number should be 1970-1972.
I've been trying to work that out aswell.... I've seen a 1970 SG for sale that has the dot on the i.
 

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In SGs the dot returned very early 1970. It seems that the typical combination is like having pot code from week 10 of 1970 and already the dot is there. And in '68 SGs the dot is there. So it looks like the missing dot version is most likely a '69, but I guess there are still some variation in it.
 


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