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1965 Gibson SG Special Cherry

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by rze99, May 3, 2021.

  1. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hi all. Finally got around to posting this non Tele content.

    My first professional standard guitar was a 1968 Gibson SG Special bought when I was 16. I used to plug it straight into my 70s Marshall JMP stack. Sounded incredible. I don’t remember thinking it was vintage or anyone making a deal about it. Back then you just got what was available in shops or privately. I traded it for a Strat a couple of years later because I was obsessed with Jimi at the time.

    I really missed the ’68 so it so I got one of the SG Classics about ten years ago to fill the gap which is excellent, but not the same as an original. I still have the JMP stack.:)

    But I still hankered after a vintage SG Special. I recently bought this 1965 SG Special. It’s in overall pretty good condition, it has some dings, a few bare spots and plenty of natural lacquer checking over the still vibrant cherry finish.

    The specs are early ’65 transition in that it was the wider nut 1.69” (43.11mm) but with chrome bridge and tailpiece. The body is a one-piece slab of Honduran Mahogany, as is the neck.

    The fingerboard is a richly hued Brazilian rosewood with some lovely dark red hints in strong daylight. Shows signs of some rough fret finishing and tool markings other scars. Pretty shiny and waxy and smooth.

    It has the short Vibrola tailpiece and compensated ‘stop bar’ bridge in chrome the orginal strip-mounted Kluson Deluxe button tuners. Incredibly low action. The bridge has had string grooves cut into it. Pots and electronics are original with no signs of molestation. The pickguard is a bit warped, but nothing too Dali Clocks.

    The P-90s are magnificent, especially the bridge which is perfect. Lots of top end and chimey, they retain the top end as you roll back and get lovely warm glassy cleans. Into a gainy amp it has that sound. Pots have a quick tail off so adjustment is quite fine in a live setting. The neck pickup isn’t as flutey as a Les Paul or as twangy and hollow as Strat. It’s a sort of in between tone, capable of some variety.

    It is set-up with a super low action, it has smooth frets that have become a touch lower over the years, but still plenty to play with. The original compensated bridge isn’t too bad, but I have Tonepros AVT2 wraparound on it currently which enables perfect intonation and the notes ring out truly.

    Hits the scales at 6.6lb and balances perfectly.

    I made a Pete Townshend inspired sound demo, here:



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  2. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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  3. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    Gorgeous
     
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    Me loves some guitar pr0n, especially if it is an old SG.
     
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    That is plenty alright!
     
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    A really really good looking guitar! Congrats!
     
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    darkwaters Friend of Leo's

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    Love SGs. My oh my.
     
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  8. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    Great looking guitar, love the checking. I sold a '63 Special earlier this year and replaced it with a more couch friendly ES140 but having owned 5 early 60's SG's in the past I don't doubt I'll get the itch again somewhere down the line.
     
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    cat dude Tele-Meister

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    Wow!
     
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    Well....that’s.... holy heck! Oh my! B.A.utiful!

    Ha! Dali clocks!
     
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  11. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    No, they're just black whatever it is they used.
     
  12. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nice. Great couch friendly guitar! My couch guitar is a Casino.. perfectly light and just acoustic enough.
     
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    Congrats. That's in nice shape for a 56 year old guitar. Love the sound you are getting too.
     
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    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    Sweet
     
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    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

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    Gorgeous guitar. I had me one in white back in the day. Stupidly sold it in '76, something I regret with all my being.

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    I'm thinking you just got yourself a perfect '60's rocker
    Beautiful and sounds great- tou can really hear that 'clarity with snarl' vibe
     
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  17. rze99

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    Yeah. I had correct my mistake... if that’s what it was. I really wanted a Strat - and I really loved that Strat - until it was stolen. It I had to get an original SG Special back. And that’s not a mistake!
     
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    thank you. Yes. And I it means you can cover a lot of ground in a mix
    Just using the volume knob.
     
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    tintag27 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Great playing and a glorious sound from that amp! Yes, a beautiful guitar - you replaced the bridge.. ah yes I missed that comment.
    I had an SG Standard from around 1971 (volute) in the unusual 'walnut' finish which was probably the best neck I had ever played, but I could not get to love the Vibrola, and eventually took it off... (it sounds wonderful on yours though!).
     
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