Gibson SG Special Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Gibson  SG Special Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)

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Gibson SG Special Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 331475, cherry lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This gleaming cherry SG Special is a bit of a "transition" model as it was built in mid-1965, the last year of Gibson's classic electric era. The C-profile neck is the slimmer 1 5/8" style used from this time until the end of the '60s, but all the other features (old-style neck joint, small pickguard, small control cavity) are still '64 and earlier spec.

This guitar mounts two very hot P-90 pickups, older-style "capped" plastic knobs and the mix of nickel and chrome hardware that is typical in 1965. For connoisseurs, this was the last great year for the SG series; by 1966, the design was heavily modified to speed up production. This one has an untouched wiring rig with pots dated the 26th week of 1965.

The SG Special was and remains a very popular guitar, with good reason -- anyone who has seen live footage of The Who in the late '60s knows what these ultra light and responsive SG Specials are capable of! One of the classic rock guitars of that or any era; more versatile than many think, with a "special" sound unto themselves!
Overall length is 40 in. (101.6 cm.), 13 1/4 in. (33.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm.) deep. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

A very nice and all original example with just some light wear. No neck or heel cracks ever; a totally solid SG with an excellent neck angle. The only alteration is copper shielding added to the inside of the control cavity (which could be removed if desired), which left the wiring rig original and unaltered.

There are small dings to the finish, mostly on the body edges, and some minor belt buckle wear into the finish on the back, as well as light checking overall. The cherry color is still very rich with virtually no fade. The frets have been rounded down a but have plenty of meat left, and the guitar plays very well and sounds great. Includes a recent HSC -- a useful addition, as it probably came swathed in cardboard originally! Excellent Condition.