Gibson SG Standard Solid Body Electric Guitar (1969)

Gibson  SG Standard Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1969)

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Gibson SG Standard Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1969), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, cherry lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This is a very nice example of the Angus Young-approved late 1960s SG Standard, a very popular guitar over the years that is now most celebrated for the AC/DC lead guitarist's career-long patronage. The SG Standard from this period has several distinctive features setting it apart from both earlier and later models.

These include a large pickguard covering more of the face with the humbucking pickups mounted to it, a very dark cherry finish, and chrome hardware including the long-plate Maestro Vibrola. The knobs are the "Witch Hat" style common to the era and the tuners are Kluson Deluxe (by now carrying the "Gibson" brand) with double-ring buttons.

The pot codes in this guitar are 137-6929, indicating a build date of 1969. The late-'60s mahogany body has a bit less sculpting than earlier examples but offers one big advantage: a much stronger neck joint with a long, rounded heel compared to earlier models. As a result, these guitars almost never have the sort of heel breakage problems common to earlier '60s SGs.

The neck has the narrower 1 5/8" nut width adopted in 1965-6, but is deeper back-to-front than many with a nicely solid feel. This particular guitar actually has an exceptionally good neck angle for the model and the vibrato (complete with the oft-missing plastic-tipped handle) actually works quite well.

The SG Standard was then and remains a very popular guitar, with good reason. Although considered one of Gibson's classic designs, the SG standard is not nearly as common as many think. The design changed radically in 1965-6 to this variant, and was modified again in 1970, so this 1966-70 style Standard was only in production for less than 4 years. We try not to court cliche too obviously, but this guitar is the definition of a "Rock Machine", born to be cranked for Angus-style licks and beyond!
 
Overall length is 39 3/4 in. (101 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a nice, clean example overall; the finish shows some small dings and scuffing, but no heavy wear. The original Kluson Deluxe tuners have been refitted; the guitar had Schallers previously, and the evidence (typical compression rings on the face and screw tab marks on the back of the headstock) remains visible.

It is otherwise original except for correct repro "amp style" knobs and strap buttons. The bridge saddles have some corrosion from the players' hands resting on them but the rest of the hardware is quite clean.

This is a really good-playing and sounding example of this period SG Standard with two rampaging patent # humbuckers and an unusually good neck angle, complete in its original rectangular hard case. Excellent - Condition.