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1970 SG Deluxe


1970 SG Deluxe
« on: September 06, 2010, 11:51:32 PM »
New to forum. Hope I'm doing this right. I just recently purchased a 1970 SG Deluxe and I am trying to find out what kind of pickups are in it. I don't know a lot about this guitar. The covers have Gibson embossed in them. Not sure what they are, but they sound great. Anybody out there have an answer?

1970 SG Deluxe
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 08:33:17 PM »
Think the Deluxe has a pair of standard Gibson Humbuckers...are the covers chrome? Les Paul type sratchplate,controls on a front mounted black plastic plate? I used to have a `71 SG professional..wish I still had it!!!


1970 SG Deluxe
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2010, 05:33:39 AM »
Yes the covers are chrome I think. If they were nickel I don't think they would still shine like they do. Nickel usually gets cruddy and loses its shine. The knobs, switch, and jack are on another plate. The pickup covers also have Gibson embossed into them. It has the slim taper neck and is a great playing and sounding guitar. By normal are they Alnicos, or something else. I'm not really sure what Gibson was using at that time. Thanks for your help.

1970 SG Deluxe
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2010, 12:28:07 AM »
From what I recall, when Gibson went back to making the SG Standard, (after the couple years they made the SG Deluxe,) they added a Super Humbucker, replacing the bridge humbucker. I believe that this was the first of many humbucker variants to come. Yours should have two standard humbuckers.


1970 SG Deluxe
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2010, 03:46:44 AM »


1970 SG Deluxe
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2010, 05:20:13 AM »

That is an SG Delux
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2010, 09:10:52 AM »

Using what is my bible for early 70s Gibson which is The Gibson Guitar from 1950 by Ian C Bishop (published in 1977) in Chapter 5 which is dedicated to the SG he says...

In 1971 the standard and special were dicontinued replaced by the Deluxe and Professional....   Distinct from all others due to raised LP like scratchplate and the controls mounted on front fitted plate.  They were discontinued in 1973 - so a short production run.

Have to say the serial number indicates a 1970 but that seems to contradict Mr Bishop. Also I though the embossed pickup covers only came in briefly in 72 with some lingering into 73 so 70 serial number on a guitar not introduced until the year after with  pickup cover that came in the year after that....   easy this guitar dating lark isn't it!  NOT!  :)


Dating Gibsons
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2010, 03:28:12 PM »
I have tried my best to date this sweetheart of a guitar, but Gibson doesn't make it easy. All I have to go on is serial numbers which would put this as a 70, but we all know how accurate Gibson was with their numbering system around that time period. Either way for $1275.00 I got one heck of a players guitar. I'm not sure why they aren't that popular, this SG plays and sounds as good as any I've played and I've been playing 45 years. Their lost my gain.


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