Gibson SG Special 1964 Cherry. Wide 42mm (1 11/16″) Nut. 8/10 Very Good Vintage condition.
When the SG debuted back in ’61 it was considered pretty radical for the time, clearly focussed on raw power and playability. Quickly becoming a fan favourite with players like Pete Townshend, the SG found itself a permanent member of the Gibson roster. The Gibson SG Special is the stripped back younger brother to the original SG’s. Now re-issued by the Gibson Custom Shop!
The guitar appears to be all original, including frets and electronics with untouched solder joints. Period correct Kluson tuners have been sourced and fitted with new aged conversion bushings added. 6 small holes have been filled on the back of the headstock from previous Schaller tuners, fitted sometime over the last 59 years. The screws have been replaced on the back control cavity plate. The bridge is a mojo axe aged replacement, the original is in the case and fully functioning.
Weighing in at 6.5lb this is a killer playing and sounding example of the classic workhorse SG Special. The guitar has the sought after 64 neck profile and has had no breaks or repairs to the neck or neck joint. The body features a beautifully faded cherry finish with some lacquer checking as you’d expect with only minor wear and discolouration to the front and back of the body and neck. There are a few dings here and there as you’d expect with any vintage guitar but nothing significant. See pictures.
The guitar has aged beautifully with the neck binding worn in nicely along with a beautifully dark, tight grain Brazilian Rosewood fretboard. This SG is a really slinky player, very resonant and easy to get along with. Tone wise it can really sing. Fitted with pair of punchy P90s from Gibsons golden era it really can do it all from smooth cleans all the way to gnarly grit. The guitar appears to have been factory wired out of phase in the middle position which happened occasionally in the mid 1960s.
Manufacturing Year: 1964, serial 229726
Potentiometer codes: 1376421 (21st week of 1964)
– 1-piece mahogany body
– 1-piece mahogany neck
– Bound Brazilian Rosewood fretboard with dot-marker inlays
– Gibson “Lightning Bar” bridge.
– 2 x original Gibson “Soapbar P90” pickups.
– Original electronics with untouched solderjoints
– 6 x Kluson “double line, 3 on a plate” tuners
– Later 1970’s red lined Gibson SG case. Fully working exactly as it should.
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