Fans of The 'Oo you might like to see and hear my 1965 Gibson SG Special in cherry

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by rze99, May 7, 2021.

  1. rze99

    rze99 Gretschie

    Aug 8, 2017
    London, England
    Hi all. My first professional standard guitar was a 1968 Gibson SG Special bought when I was 16. I'd done local grocery delivery rounds to earn the cash. I used to plug it straight into my '70s Marshall JMP stack. Sounded incredible. I don’t remember thinking it was vintage or anyone making a deal about it. Back then you just got what was available in shops or privately. I traded it for a white Strat a couple of years later because I was obsessed with Jimi Hendrix at the time. I could only afford one guitar.

    I really missed the ’68 so it so I got one of the SG Classics about ten years ago to fill the gap which is excellent, but not the same as an original. I still have the JMP stack.[​IMG] But I still hankered after a vintage SG Special. I recently bought this 1965 SG Special. It’s in overall pretty good condition, it has some dings, a few bare finish spots and plenty of natural lacquer checking over the still vibrant Cherry finish.

    The specs are early ’65 transition in that it was the wider nut 1.69” or 43.11mm but with chrome bridge and tailpiece. The body is a one-piece slab of Honduran Mahogany, as is the neck. The fretboard is a richly hued Brazilian rosewood with some lovely dark red hints in strong daylight. Shows signs of some rough fret finishing and tool markings other scars. Pretty shiny and waxy and smooth. Frets that have become a touch lower over the years, but still plenty to play with. The original compensated bridge isn’t too bad, but I have Tonepros AVT2 wraparound on it currently which enables perfect intonation and the notes ring out truly. (shown in the final picture)

    It has the short Vibrola tailpiece and compensated ‘stop bar’ bridge in chrome the original strip-mounted Kluson Deluxe button tuners. Incredibly low action. The original bridge has had string grooves cut into it. Pots and electronics are the originals with no signs of molestation. The pickguard is a bit warped, but nothing too Dali Clocks.

    The P-90s are magnificent I think, especially the bridge which is perfect for me. Lots of top end and chimey, they retain the top end as you roll back and get lovely warm silvery cleans. Into a gainy amp it does what it need to. Pots have a quick tail off so adjustment is quite fine in a live setting. The neck pickup isn’t as flutey as a Les Paul or as twangy and hollow as Strat. It’s a sort of in between tone, capable of some variety. Hits the scales at 6.6lb and balances perfectly.

    I also made a Pete Townshend inspired sound demo, here. Tried not to play any actual Who tracks to keep the lawyers happy:

    Pics below with more here:


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  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Beautiful guitar and it sounds great too . Enjoy and congratulations
  3. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    Love that one! Beautiful guitar!

    Dali clocks.jpg
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  4. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Looks good, sounds good. Enjoy that one.
  5. JLD4133

    JLD4133 Country Gent

    May 10, 2011
    Mequon, WI
    That is amazingly beautiful! Clearly she was never abused and much loved by previous owner(s).
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  6. afire

    afire Country Gent

    That seems like a pretty big understatement. For 55 years old, that guitar looks fabulous.
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  7. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Now this a very fine looking guitar!
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  8. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Slab of mahogany + P90s = Win
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  9. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    Wow, looks amazing! Congrats!
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  10. AZBrahma

    AZBrahma Gretschie

    Dec 18, 2020
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  11. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Gorgeous. Beautiful. An iconic guitar.
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  12. JC higgy

    JC higgy Gretschified

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Congrats,sounds great,and it's in quare nic for the age!
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  13. MigueldeAlmeida

    MigueldeAlmeida Electromatic

    Apr 10, 2021
    Portimão, Portugal
    Great sounds and beautiful guitar
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  14. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Wow, love it!
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  15. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

    Aug 30, 2017
    Sounds like a who concert somewhere in Tommy
    Seen a few of those
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  16. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Stunning guitar in great shape! Great score!
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  17. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Beautiful guitar. My first really good guitar was a Gibson SG and I owned a hiwatt custom 100 back in the day. Totally nails the Pete Townsend sound. I miss that, makes me thinking I need another hiwatt. What model are you using on this recording ?
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  18. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Congratulations on that - your pictures bring back lots of memories!
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  19. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    All sorts of SG goodness there. And yeah, you absolutely nailed the Live at Leeds sound, right down to those little quivers of vibrato. Nice job. Were you using a modeling app or a real Hiwatt stack?

    Congrats on the purchase!
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  20. heinzman

    heinzman Synchromatic

    Absolutly not my style... sounds dramatically cool to my ears !
    Well equipped and well played! Cool Sir !;-)
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