Please help with authenticity check - 2008 Gibson SG Classic

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  1. Ross G

    Ross G New Member

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    Hi everyone! Just about to buy my first SG. It's a lovely colour, and I'm pretty excited about the price (around $800CAD). I checked the SN - seems to match up. There's a bit of wear on the finish of the neck, which I'm not sure is a common trait. But the biggest thing is that I can't find any examples of 2008 SG Classics with the batwing pickguard. Was this an option? Is there anything about this guitar that stands out as concerning?

    It plays like a dream, if that matters :)

    Cheers,
    Ross

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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    That’s a 2008 SG Special Faded.
    Someone added the “Classic” truss rod cover plate and either changed pups or added covers.

    Those have a thin satin finish and wear very easily.

    Never seen a Pelham Blue one before, only Mist Blue which have dots on 5th and 12th frets only.

    Pull the neck pup from its cavity next string change or when you’re curious enough to see what color abbreviation is written at the bottom of the cavity.

    SG Classics have bound neck with dots and P-90’s.

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  3. ruster1

    ruster1 Active Member

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    Do the SG Classics have a chunkier neck in general? how about the faded? I have gotten so used to the slim taper on mine i dont like the wider necks now..
     
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    My SG Classic (2008) had a bigger neck than my Les Paul Classics, ruster1. It's not what I would call "chunky", but it is bigger than my guitars with a slim taper neck..
     
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    Looks like a special to me with the unbound fretboard. If only it had the blue / teal flip flop finish.
     
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    ruster1 Active Member

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    Classics had P90's as well I believe. A standard with P90's is on my short list.. I need a large guard version as well..
     
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    Ross, i am scratching my head on this one.. in 2008 era of specials.. Pelham was available as a special order color. The body and headstock look dead MINT while the upper neck and just below the volute area looks almost sanded to me.. do you think someone wanted a smoother neck and got a little crazy with the sanding? a guitar played that much to cause that would certainly have fret wear or refret.. and show signs of dings and dents in other places. If she plays like a dream and looks great.. she is a keeper.. let us know your opinion.. the control cavity looks to have original paint truth be told.. I think you have a special order on your hands.. but cerebralgasket has a good point.. check the pup cavity up front..
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    My SG Classics have chunky rounded neck profiles.

    2004 SG Classic
    Thickness at 1st fret: 0.845"
    Thickness at 12th fret: 1.00"

    2006 SG Classic
    Thickness at 1st fret: 0.825"
    Thickness at 12th fret: 0.975"
     
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    ruster1 Active Member

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    I checked my 1986 R-62 and it has 0.80" at 1st fret.. and 0.82 at 12th fret.. like a wafer.. but i really got used to it..
     
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    Most_Triumphant New Member

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    Like others have said, it may be a faded Classic, but the body mostly has been carved out to accommodate humbuckers. I don't believe P-90 holes can fit humbuckers even on a batwing SG.
     
  11. tbonesullivan

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    The neck on that has DEFINITELY been sanded. You can see a masking line just below the nut. Why someone went that nuts, who knows.

    Is there any possibility that the colors are off and that's really iverness green?
     
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    Looks like Faded pelham to me.. and some guys HATE sticky necks.. but yes, they did go a bit nuts.. the truss rod cover is an easy decoy.. and easy to swap back.. but a classic certainly would have had neck binding.. Its part of the classic charm along with the P90's..
     
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  13. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Not a Classic.

    SG Classic has P-90’s, bound neck and headstock logo as inlay. See my earlier post with photos of my two SG Classics.

    This one clearly has an unbound neck with silkscreen headstock logo with Humbuckers.

    Someone added the “Classic” truss rod cover plate.

    This is clearly a 2008 SG Special Faded.
    I’ve had several SG Special Faded in the past and very familiar with them.

    The Pelham Blue was probably a special run. There’s been special runs in non standard colors during the mid 2000’s exclusively for the Japanese market.
     
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