Original Custom Color Vintage SGs

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  1. Stella

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    Apart from Polaris white, Pelham blue, or Cardinal red, was it possible to get any of the following custom colors on anything other than Firebirds in the 60s?

    I’ve see a few TV yellow SG juniors and specials, but I know that they’re really rare.

    If anyone has pics of vintage original custom color SGs (or really any vintage Gibsons other than Firebirds), please share them here...

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  2. Stella

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    Maybe a dumb question but am I wrong to assume the colors with "poly" in the title are polyurethane instead of nitro?
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    In this context, “poly” indicates metallic, not polyurethane.
     
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    Yessir, every single custom color was available on any model.

    Here's a Junior in Vintage Sunburst:

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    And a Custom in Heather Poly:

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    Maybe it's just me, but I can't see the photos above in PermissionToLand's post.
     
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    No - it’s not just you. @PermissionToLand please repost them...
     
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    Let me help out with the two photos...

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  10. Stella

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    Ah ha! I knew there had to be a Heather Poly SG out there.
     
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    That looks sweet! Almost looks like gold (Golden Mist) after all these years. :cool:
     
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    The first link is Gloss Yellow, not TV Yellow.

    TV Yellow is a translucent finish where the grain is visible through the color and sometimes referred to as Limed Mahogany.

    It’s my favorite color found on LP Juniors and Specials such as the example pictured below. It’s rare to find it done right on an SG unless it’s a Custom Shop model.

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  15. Stella

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    Thanks to the contributions so far...more please.

    I’m dying to see an original Silver Mist Poly, Kerry Green, or Frost Blue SG.
     
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    It seems like LP Junior doublecuts are more of the opaque yellow. Did Gibson transition from TV when they changed from singlecuts?
     
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    I've seen a lot of variations of the finishes. Some are opaque and others translucent. Also the shade of yellow is not consistent which is expected as different batches are produced and the guitar ages.
     
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    TV Yellow was actually a standard color option in 1961, but was replaced with Polaris White in 1962.

    It's not the most translucent example, but you can see the grain if you look closely:

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    I don't know if Gibson even offered an opaque yellow back then.
     
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  19. Stella

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    Here are a special and Junior over at Well Strung. The special appears to be more opaque than the Junior, but maybe that’s just how each aged.

    https://www.wellstrungguitars.com/p...cial-in-tv-yellow?_pos=1&_sid=a24146fea&_ss=r

    https://www.wellstrungguitars.com/p...-junior-tv-yellow?_pos=2&_sid=a24146fea&_ss=r
     
  20. Herbie74w

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    Gibson would do whatever you wanted if you waited and paid more!
     
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