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19?? Gibson SG-style Bass

19?? Gibson SG-style Bass
« on: October 24, 2006, 03:23:23 AM »
A friend of my son found this pretty beat up Gibson bass in a dumpster and wants me to refinish it. I thought I 'd find out more about it before I got started. It has a 6 digit serial number that starts with "954" that I guess dates it to '69? Both pots have this number "1346615" which is supposed to indicate that the part was made in the 15th week of '66, right? It looks to me like someone replaced the bridge as the string spread is wrong.

Any opinions on keeping this all original? The owner doesn't care, but I don't want to destroy any vintage value.

Thanks for any input,
Marty Knapp

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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2006, 04:47:33 AM »
well.. refinishing it would reduce its vintage value, wouldn't it?

That is a SB300, isn't it? That bridge has gotta go, though..


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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2006, 05:49:57 AM »
wow thats a pretty good find!

made 71-73, that number could be any of those years to be honest, but my money would be on 73. Those pots do seem a bit old - maybe they are replacements?

Does it need a refin? I'd probably settle for a thorough clean up - the finish looks acceptable from those photos

They are not particularly valuable - you won't knock much off the value by refinning, but its always nice to have things original where possible (just my opinion)

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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2006, 06:08:38 AM »
man that's sweet, i'm looking in the wrong even though i found a 800 dollar table on the curb once, it's amazing what people toss out.
Aint this great!!!!

nice find!
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2006, 12:46:04 PM »
My 1 st restore proj was a sb400. I have a couple bridges in various degrees of repair if you want. Id get some period knobs and a bridge and leave it . As you can see mine is  a custom at this point . Its aldar and not very pretty so I did it white. Made the surrounds out of holly and dropped LoZ LP Guitar pups. Good lookin white mongrel tho,eh?


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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2006, 08:34:52 PM »
Thats a nice restoration - looks good in white!

What are the surrounds made of? what's holly?

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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2006, 08:29:14 PM »
Holly is a kind of wood.

How are those LP geetar pups working out for you Shadow? Great to see you rockin with the 460 by the way (considering the unjust pummeling it's functional reputation has taken on the Pit).

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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2006, 11:30:38 PM »
"Holly is a kind of wood."

Somehow, Jake, your posts are always enlightening. If I can find the intellectual switch that is ...   :? I was always under the misconception that Hollywood stood for a (misspelled) "Holy Wood", but that is probably more of a term of endearment for a physical state young men have in their morning hours.

You live and learn.

« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2006, 08:41:38 PM »
It is from the holly tree. like what is used at the holidays to decorate. It is used in woodworking in place of ivory. It has a tight grain like european beech used a lot on wooden plane bodies(no not the kind that fly,Uwe). Hard ,stable and nice cream color(...Uwe!!!).. Im gonna use some on a dark body at some point. Too many projects goin' at once Gold Tbird HO is the top one now.. I also have a Kalamazoo K1  Im doin an aged Pelman Blue. I found a great paint site.Touch up for cars. All you need is the code from the color :twisted:


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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2006, 12:33:25 AM »
oh, HOLLY - the answer was so obvious I didn't see it

>I found a great paint site.Touch up for cars. All you need is the code from the color

so what is the code for pelham blue. I got a 65 EB0 and a 69 EB3 both being considered for it?

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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2006, 04:00:28 AM »
hi everyone,

i kinda have the same problem.

I bought a Gibson SG Bass and was told it was made in '63. But its been reconditioned (not perfectly) so i'll like to know if anyone can tell me what year its from by the number on the head??

its 23768

any help would be great!!! I tried looking at the stuff on and couldnt get my head round it!!!

« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2006, 10:08:11 PM »
you need a color code for a car paint color. I got the Pelham # from a vintage guitar site. This guy has all kinds of historical  info. The blue is from a 1992 izusu(sp) color.(Astra Blue Mica" as used on 1992 Iszuz vehicles is an excellent match, Sherwin Williams color code 718/B204 and Dupont ChromaBase H-9623K. )
This paint isnt laquer,but its great to use. :twisted:


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