NGD: 1969 Gibson SG Standard (pics)

Astral Traveler

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I have wanted this one since I started playing, and now it's finally here. Player grade early 1969 SG Standard in the deepest cherry red. So grateful for this one.

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That is super cool!

Congratulations and welcome!
 

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The pot codes date to week 52 of 1968, so it's definitely been assembled in 1969. Isn't the missing dot over the i a 1969 only spec? The B stamp in the cavity and the three pickup route should also indicate 1969. Bevels on the horns look shallow compared to 1967 and early 1968. Crown inlay is 1969 and later spec with the taller base.

The missing dot was indeed consistent throughout 1969, but can also be found in just about any year; mistakes happen. That's why dating has to be a holistic approach; no one feature is a definitive sign of anything. The totality of features must be taken into account.
 

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The missing dot was indeed consistent throughout 1969, but can also be found in just about any year; mistakes happen. That's why dating has to be a holistic approach; no one feature is a definitive sign of anything. The totality of features must be taken into account.
I agree completely. Many SGs are incorrectly dated based on a single feature. This particular SG has a mix of 1968 and 1969 features, and with the pots codes it was most likely assembled in early 1969.
 

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Dude, awesome SG. The '67-'71s seem to be one of the least popular SG gens (and we've never seen them reissued apart from the Robbie Kriegers), as they get a bad knock from their skinny necks and 'Norlin' stigma, but they are my absolute favorite SGs. I grew up loving these guitars, and will continue loving them.
 

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Dude, awesome SG. The '67-'71s seem to be one of the least popular SG gens (and we've never seen them reissued apart from the Robbie Kriegers), as they get a bad knock from their skinny necks and 'Norlin' stigma, but they are my absolute favorite SGs. I grew up loving these guitars, and will continue loving them.

I would kill for a reissue of these, with the only change being the nut width. I have a hard time arpeggiating chords with the standard 11/16" and the '71 Junior I once played made it clear to me I couldn't live with one as much as I love everything else about them. I'll probably make my own before Gibson ever gets around to doing a proper reissue!

To think that Gibson has reissued the freaking "The Paul" but not a batwing SG is so absurd...
 

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That's an exceptionally nice guitar, congratulations. The '61s are obviously lovely, but I like this later 60s style with the batwings even more.

A '61 junior, a '64 special and a 67 (or 68 or 69) standard would probably be a perfect trio for me.
 

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Wow! I have been trying to figure out what to do with one I have that has similar features as this one, but not nearly that nice. I will post the info on it separately to get some input.
 

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Very nice guitar! Does the pickguard overlap the switch ring? When I installed a full size guard on my 1964 standard, I removed the ring because there wasn't room for it. I have seen many photos of 1960s models with batwing guards where that seems to be the case. I am leaning to the conclusion that this condition is due to how the neck was set. Any variation in the position of the end of the fingerboard to the body would affect the pickguard placement in relation to the switch.
 

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Very nice guitar! Does the pickguard overlap the switch ring? When I installed a full size guard on my 1964 standard, I removed the ring because there wasn't room for it. I have seen many photos of 1960s models with batwing guards where that seems to be the case. I am leaning to the conclusion that this condition is due to how the neck was set. Any variation in the position of the end of the fingerboard to the body would affect the pickguard placement in relation to the switch.

The pickguard does indeed overlap the switch ring, but the ring is not original, so I thought it was just because the ring was slightly larger than the original spec.
 

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I have wanted this one since I started playing, and now it's finally here. Player grade early 1969 SG Standard in the deepest cherry red. So grateful for this

Flipping GREAT for you! It's so rare when a dream comes true. I'm glad yours did!
 

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Did it have a heel joint repair/rebuild? There are seam lines in both cutaways but no photo of the back. Very cool guitar regardless, congratulations!
 


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