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The Gibson SG is a true design classic that has stood the test of time, remaining popular for almost half a century. The list of SG players is a who's who of the guitar. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Pete Townsend, Carlos Santana, Angus Young. And so on.

The SG Custom and the SG Standard were available first in early 1961. The high end Custom had gold plated hardware, 3 pickups and pearl inlays throughout. A very fine guitar. Both models sold well. A letter to Gibson dealers from late June 1961 explains "The New Model Les Paul Custom ... AND the New Les Paul Regular ... are enjoying tremendous acceptance. Sales of both models have already passed last year's entire output."

This sucess lead naturally to the addition of more models to the range: SG Junior, SG TV, SG Special, ranging in price from low to high. Even the Melody Maker was redesigned from it's popular body style to the SG shape. The number of SG models available fluctuated, reaching a peak in the early 1970s when there were also the SG Deluxe, and entry level models SGI, SGII, SG100, SG200 and SG250.

The SG is a Gibson staple, and hasn't changed significantly in nearly four decades. But of course there have been changes in hardware, neck profile, construction methods and so on - common to all Gibson instruments made in a factory always trying to improve upon its designs whilst remaining profitable over the long term. Models came and went. Have a look at the Gibson SG 1960s timeline and the SG 1970s timeline for some examples of these variations.

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1970 1971 1972 Made in USA Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar Brown

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Tim Comment left 2nd February 2017 23:11:56 reply
I have been told this sg (I inherited from my father) is a 1971 or a 1973 I think it's mahogany It's in very, very good condition serial# 104787 Can you give me an estimate of it's worth?
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 3rd February 2017 12:12:16 reply
Hi Tim, unfortunately the serial number alone doesn't help value your guitar - the precise model and condition are important. Can you post some pics in the forum and i'll tell you what I can. Thanks
nick simmons Comment left 24th March 2013 21:09:05 reply
Trying to find value of a Gibson S.G.guitar made in early 70's.Ser #397925
jimmy hendrix Comment left 8th July 2012 16:04:22 reply
Need a valuation of a 1964 SG Standard. Please email as soon as possible