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Gibson SG-I

Entry level single pickup SG-style electric guitar

1973 electric solid bodies catalogue

The SG I appears soley in the 1973 electric solid bodies brochure.

The description given was as follows:

Hardwood, solid body construction; double cut-away; buffed and polished, high lustre finish; one powerful, new design, Gibson humbucking pickup; volume and tone controls; tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece; laminated neck construction; rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays; chrome plated parts; available in Cherry or Walnut finish; 13 1/8" wide, 16" long, 1 5/16" deep; 24 3/4" scale length; 22 frets

The SGI was a briefly-produced solid body SG-style guitar, first launched at the 1972 NAMM trade show, alongside the SGII, and only included in one US guitar brochure, the 1973 solid bodies. It was a replacement model for the also briefly-produced SG100; both were entry level single pickup SG style solid body guitars, though the SGI was fitted with a humbucker, rather than the single coil unit of the SG100. Like the SG100, the SGI took the styling and basic construction (set neck, nitrocellulose finish) of the classic SG guitars of the 1960s, but used less expensive woods (an alder body and maple neck, rather than the mahagany of the high end SG models) and simpler construction methods (bodies only routed one side, electronics pre-assembled onto a control plate) to create a great looking, and playing but competetively priced guitar.

The SGI was first listed in a Gibson US price list in June 1972 (with a price tag of $229.50), and remained until February 1974 ($259), and was gone by May 1974; however shipping figures suggest a very small number of guitars were shipped as late as 1978, with around 80% of them sporting a Cherry finish.

Almost half of the SGI guitars produced were shipped in 1973. The Shipping figures are as follows:

1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 total
SG-I Cherry 241 844 548 136 68 7 1844
SG-I Walnut 85 210 109 18 40 23 2 487

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Tai Comment left 11th February 2016 16:04:14
i have a dark cherry finish 1972 Gibson SG-1 with mini hum bucker and harmonica bridge- it sounds and plays great- very snappy- It appears to be solid one piece Maple body and 3 piece maple neck- rosewood fretboard

narrow at the nut - great for small hands-

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