Rescuing an early 70's SG Special. With a nasty head stock break...

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Pretty scary stuff. Had a very Low investment. Came out NICE! Another MONSTER back in play. Dowels installed in the holes, those mini humbuckers from the early 70's just are incredible. It actually scared the crap out of me, but was worth a try! Before and after pics follow. It's a KEEPER! Plays like a dream!
 

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Pretty scary stuff. Had a very Low investment. Came out NICE! Another MONSTER back in play. Dowels installed in the holes, those mini humbuckers from the early 70's just are incredible. It actually scared the crap out of me, but was worth a try! Before and after pics follow. It's a KEEPER! Plays like a dream!
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I have to ask. Did you do the work yourself or take it somewhere? Either way looks awesome. Congrats!!! And if DIY that's very handy work.
 
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You're a lucky man! The repair looks great.

That style of Special was not introduced until 1973 though. The block inlays came in around '74 and by '75 the bridge was no longer a Harmonica, so I'd call that a 1974 Special. ;)
 

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You're a lucky man! The repair looks great.

That style of Special was not introduced until 1973 though. The block inlays came in around '74 and by '75 the bridge was no longer a Harmonica, so I'd call that a 1974 Special. ;)
I called Gibson, read the number, they said 71-72, now way to know for sure.but the pots date 73
 

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I have to ask. Did you do the work yourself or take it somewhere? Either way looks awesome. Congrats!!! And if DIY that's very handy work.
All by my self!
 

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Hell yes! I loves me Norlin SG, i was just rippin on it minutes ago. Good job and GREAT Score.
 

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Fortunately the original headstock logo was saved, my biggest worry.
 

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Well, you turned something that was sold for $5 at a garage sale
into something fine, something that's a piece of history and also
something that plays music.
 

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I called Gibson, read the number, they said 71-72, now way to know for sure.but the pots date 73

Serial numbers are notoriously unreliable from back then. Like I said, that model simply didn't exist yet in 71 through mid-72. Pots give us the best idea. After "73" on the pots, they should have two more numbers that denote what week of the year they were made. Then, you have to account for the fact that pots are not installed immediately, they're made in big batches that can take a while to get through. I've seen guitars with pots dated nearly a year before the introduction of features that are present on the body.

With that said, I'd call it a late '73 or early '74 then.
 

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You did a terrific job! My cherry SG was bought stripped from eBay with a repaired break about the same place, and all it took was a little sanding and polishing of the joint area and it's nearly invisible now. Since the glue is stronger than the wood, I have to fear that the repair won't last.

Tom
 


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