Coolest SG I've ever seen

Dave Locher

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During the final few years of the Mad Henry J. era, as he was battling demons, sacrificing all
to find the holy grail of Gibson Lifestyle, he fever-dreamed the Zoot Suit SG:




25+ layers of Birch, dyed (not painted) & pressed together w/ no finish
Same w/ neck: tiny strips of dyed Birch - not Mahogany -
Zoot Suit SG was the fever dream of a mad king battling the encroaching darkness of his last days:

I've never seen one in real life - what does all that birch & glue feel like & sound like?
 

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Gurn

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I've never seen one in real life - what does all that birch & glue feel like & sound like?

I've never seen one either.

A Robbie Krieger 50th Anniv. SG recently sold on Reverb <$1800 .
But sellers want 2x that for Zoot Suit SG's.

There were also Zoot Suit Les Pauls but I prefer SG models.

Earlier video says they have a rounder neck - maybe like a Strat?
They're probably heavier. Video sez his weighed 8.2 lbs.

100% complete collection of Zoot Suits-including Les Paul



Mad Henry J. might have found a way to make a snap-resistant Gibson headstock.

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80smetalhead

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This is my all favorite SG. The neck is thinner than a standard, love the vibrato and the Angus Young pickup makes it a slam dunk. I was lucky to get this signature guitar.
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Sweetfinger

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Did they make a true brown in the 60s, or is this just a deeply faded red?

Walnut brown was brought in as a finish option around '68 and was immediately pretty popular. Earlier than that and it's more likely a faded cherry.
Only her hairdresser knows for sure....
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So, ...here's the SG most likely to elicit oohs and aaahhs: My '64 Junior.

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scelerat

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During the final few years of the Mad Henry J. era, as he was battling demons, sacrificing all
to find the holy grail of Gibson Lifestyle, he fever-dreamed the Zoot Suit SG:





25+ layers of Birch, dyed (not painted) & pressed together w/ no finish, but featuring a carved top like a Les Paul.

Same w/ neck: tiny strips of dyed Birch - not Mahogany - pressed together.

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Inside the cavities of guitar, you also see dyed layers of Birch.

Made w/ Steve Perry of Cherry Poppin' Daddies,

Zoot Suit SG was the fever dream of a mad king battling the encroaching darkness of his last days:

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I’ve always wondered how much these weigh.

I dig em
 

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Walnut brown was brought in as a finish option around '68 and was immediately pretty popular. Earlier than that and it's more likely a faded cherry.
I got a brown SG Jr. in 1967. The store had it and a cherry one hanging side by side on the wall. A buddy bought the red one. That was a great guitar. Wish I had never let it get away.
 
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