Valuing a 1970s sg

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  1. Marty

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    Hello forum, I am considering buying a vintage mid1970’s sg special. What advice can you give about how to understand how to establish a fair value?
     
  2. Marty

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    I will add it is a special with mini-humbuckers.
     
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    i usually just check ebay completed listings or reverb etc.
     
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    A true pro tip. Many people just look at what people want for their stuff, not what they actually got.
     
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    Thanks both I checked eBay completed listings (never saw that before) and in fact there is a decent gap between asking of the item I’m looking at and recent sold values of similar models.
    Appreciate the advice.
     
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    If you go to Reverb and add this to the url you will find a listing and graph of all sales in the last 6 months:
    /p/gibson-sg-special-with-mini-humbuckers-1972-1977
     
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  7. Southpa

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    I have The Vintage Guitar Price Guide from 2018. SG Special 1972-1978 w/ mini-hums lists at $1100-$1475 US. Prices are for excellent condition (low-high), unfaded finish, cherry finish faded to brown reduces the value by 20-30%.
     
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    Even that is too high IMO when you can buy a new USA SG Special in Pelham Blue wth P90s for the same price. And that won't have worn to death frets like most '70s SGs or the narrow nut width that most people can't get along with. If the '70s specs suit you, more power to you, but don't pay as much as a new Special, I say. And make sure the frets aren't toast. Don't buy that "fretless wonder" nonsense. Only Customs were fretless wonders.
     
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    I have a 1974 that I paid a little too much for a few years ago, but it was the best example of an older SG at the manhattan GC and I simply wanted it. I paid $1450 after tax for it iirc. It was stickered $1499. I bought the same guitar but a 1973 on Reverb a year later for about $1000. So long and short:

    $1000-$1450.


    I would say $1100 in bad condition and $1350 in player wear condition. $1450 for pristine.
     
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    That's not so unreasonable. Sellers these days are asking over $2,000 for Nolrin SGs and I say they are off their rockers. $1450 like a new Standard isn't unreasonable if you're into the narrow nut. And thanks to the wannabe collectors, you'd probably have a hard time even finding a decent one for that price today.
     
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    For 70s SG Standards I think the prices I see lately are $1400-$1800 . I think thats fair at the moment. Anything over $1800 is too much except for maybe a 1970-1971 one in mint.
     
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    I'm probably thinking more of Deluxes. Which are ironically the least desirable Norlin SGs.
     
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    Agreed not a fan of those
     
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    Neck pickup looks a bit crooked on that one, no?
     
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    Yikes. Crooked pickup, both PUPs are unoriginal, the finish looks awful and somebody paid a grand for that? I'll take a modern Special in way better shape for $700 all day.
     
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