Mystery SG

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  1. kingsxman

    kingsxman Silver Supporting Member

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    Serial appears to be 18510*
    No holly on headstock.
    Bridge "looks" to be a mini humbucker. Trying to find out if this is just an illusion or not..but another pic of full guitar seems to point to the same thing.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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  2. Smakutus

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    That is a weird one.. Pull the neck PU and see if it was routed later for the humbucker. If not.... Really cool.

    Jeff
     
  3. Sprinter

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    Interesting guitar. You might try this website: www.everythingsg.com It's a website & forum devoted to the Gibson, SG.


    Sprinter
     
  4. kingsxman

    kingsxman Silver Supporting Member

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    Already did. Hitting multiple sources. :rockin
     
  5. Whiskeyrebel

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    The large neck pickup and narrow bridge pickup almost give it an EB3 look. Looks like it may have started as a dual-soapbar model with both pickups later swapped...?
     
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    Very strange - mini humbucker and the pots are very close together as well

    i would say it's original though
     
  7. michael patrick

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    I used to have this one:

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    It had two black-covered mini-hums, which were stock. It was called an SG Deluxe or SG Custom, something like that.
     
  8. kingsxman

    kingsxman Silver Supporting Member

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    That appears to be the animal. Interesting. No holly on the headstock also. I would make sense then that a full size humucker was maybe added to the neck on this one.
     
  9. Ohzoso

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    I have one of these with the two black covered mini hums. It`s called the THE SG special. Just like the THE Paul serie, nothing fancy but good instruments, built for the lower budget.
     
  10. kingsxman

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    So the "THE" in front of it makes it different than a regular SG Special with P90's? How do the pickups sound? Whats the neck like? Any idea how much their going for?

    Thanks
     
  11. Ohzoso

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    Pickups sound similar to regular mini-hums to me, pretty low output, great with a fuzzface.
    Neck measures 39mm on the nut, 46mm on 7th fret, 50mm on 12th, 54mm on 19th. Between 5th and 7th it feels like a 59 rounded profile, little wider at 12th. A pretty good weapon for fast solos.
    No idea on its value. I`ve found only 1 pic on the net with the black covered mini-hums so i guess they are pretty rare.
     
  12. michael patrick

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    The 1973 Gibson catalog lists it as a SG Special. Mine was a '73 as well. The photo in the catalog shows it with a tune-o-matic bridge, but none of the ones I've seen (only seen two or three of them, including mine) had the TOM.
     
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    Both these mentinoed in the thread have block inlays as well. I see the special doenst. Hmm..
     
  14. Ohzoso

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    Mine has serial# 401369. According to guitardaterproject.org it was built approx. in 74-75.
    Here are a few shots:

    headstock w/ not original Grover tuners
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    black covered mini-hums
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  15. big jilm

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    Doesn't the 'Gibson' inlay look kinda funny to anyone else?
     
  16. bulletbob

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    That SG originally had two black plastic minis... Later on I think it was called an SG-1 or something.. It was upgraded at some point to a chrome mini and full size bucker.. Gibson never mixed these pickups on an SG, and never offered an SG with chrome covered LP Deluxe style minis.. Nice SG that probably sounds killer, but its got upgraded pickups... bob
     
  17. kingsxman

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    Thanks Bob.
     
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    my first thought was "funky old mid-70s Norlin".
     
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    Are you sure you did not overlook one digit?
     

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