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Gibson SG valuation and year - SG Deluxe

Gibson SG valuation and year - SG Deluxe
« on: January 11, 2011, 03:10:17 PM »
I came across a vintage SG that I'm looking to purchase.
The guitar is made prior to 1975 so the Gibson website is of no use.
What should I look out for?
S/N 638869
Some photos:

Thank you in advance

Gibson SG valuation and year - SG Deluxe
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2011, 03:15:48 AM »
It's a SG Deluxe, only made a couple years around 1972. VG Price Guide lists it as 1971-1972, $1,300 to 1,600. 8)  The SG Standard has been in production since it was introduced as a Les Paul Standard in about 1961, with the exception of the two years the SG Deluxe was made. This short lived model took the place of the SG Standard until it was discontinued. The raised Les Paul like pickguard and the Control Plate make it easy to identify.
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It is defintely a Deluxe
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2011, 11:49:08 PM »
I own one. If you look further down the list of post it says 1970 SG Deluxe, that is mine, that was before I found out they weren't made in 1970. My serial number falls in 1970, but according to Gibson they didn't come out till 71. Not real expensive guitars, but I wouldn't sell mine. It is a killer player, has a slim taper neck which I really like, and the tone is great. I paid $1275.00 for mine. If you are looking for an SG and the price is right I think you'll be satisfied if it plays and sounds anything like mine. I looked at the serial numbers from Gibson and apparently the 1971 and the 72 serial numbers both have six digits and start with 6. Isn't this fun. From the pic it looks to be in good shape. I guess it all depends on what you really want. Hope this helps.
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Gibson SG valuation and year - SG Deluxe
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2011, 04:32:45 PM »
Quote from: Kicker;15144
What should I look out for?

Well it looks in relatively good condition. I can't see any major issues, but pics do not always tell the whole story.
You could check:
That the pickups/pots/wiring are original - pots should have a code something like 13771XX, soldering should look neat. Post photos here if you are not sure
That the truss rod works, and the action is reasonable. (sometimes the tip can break off the truss rod, and unless you remove the cover this isn't obvious)
That there are no cracks/repairs where the neck meets the headstock, where the neck joins to the body, on the body itself, near the input jack. These guitars are generally tougher than models just a couple years earler, so you probably won't find anything. Worth a good look though.
Let us know if you get it


« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2011, 08:48:16 PM »
I was checking out your pics again and the bridge isn't the same as the one on mine. Did they use different bridges on these guitars? I'm not sure. Jules did nail it as for as the pots and pickups go. If the bridge was changed and everything else is original, I wouldn't let that keep me from getting it. I would look for the correct bridge, there is no doubt one to be found.

Gibson SG valuation and year - SG Deluxe
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011, 11:18:09 AM »
Wow, thank you guys. your posts are most appreciated.
Unfortunately, the seller is selling the guitar for far too much cash than it is said here, so all I can do is to wait it out a bit. If I get to see the guitar in person these days (really busy working at a movie set atm), I'll be sure to check out the serials on the pots and snap some better/clearer/macro pics of her.

Thank you again

PS, If everything goes well I might be opening a small business dealing with vintage guitars and amps, so I might be looking for more inputs on hopefully many old guitars. When that happens, you guys will be the first to know, cos' I will need someone with personal interest and experience in dealing with vintage guitars (don't really know a lot of people like that in my country). Your efforts will be payed of course and the pictures will be more revealing. But that will be another subject in hopefully a not too distant future.
Don't forget me, and thank you again.


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