- Mar 18, 2010
- Paris France - Rome Italy
Early '61 style heel/neck. Note that the body ends below the halfway point of the lower horn.
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Later Style SG heel: Body continues almost to the top of the upper horn:
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In general, with Gibsons, any SG that is labeled as a '61 looks like the first sample. Any '66 looks like the second sample. But Gibson has a lot of other names for SG's, as does Epiphone, and Epiphone plays fast and loose with those rules. You really have to look at the neck joint if you have a preference. There are also small and large pickguards which match the early/late years but those are not a solid indicator either (at least with Epi). Ther've been a lot of variations over the years but these seem to be the only two in production in the last 20 years.
Neck thickness also varies a bit. Epi SG's are generally thin (slim taper D) but how thin and how tapered varies by model and year with no specified difference. Gibson has slim C and baseball bats IME.
If you have shorter fingers, you'll definitely prefer the thin'61 style. But it does come with some neck wiggle so it's best for people with a light to medium touch. The later style is thicker and solid - although it's still thinner and more accessible than any LP, Strat, or Tele. SG bodies are on the thin side and with the set-neck, they don't need any thickness behind the heel like a Tele/Strat... nor do they have the thick LP body to deal with.
Let me say a big THANK YOU for this post. I would have never noticed this difference I think, as I am not an SG player or expert. Very helpful, I'll know what to check out before buying.
Thanka a lot.