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Gibson advertisement (1973)

Already Standards, Always Special

Gibson SG special, Gibson SG standard

Full page early seventies advert for two Gibson solid body guitars: the redesigned Gibson SG Standard (below, Cherry finish, Bigsby vibrato) and SG Special (above, Walnut finish).

Both of these SG models were briefly discontinued a year before this advert was produced; the 1972 SG range saw the Deluxe and Pro replace the Standard and Special respectively, but this change was quickly reversed, and the older models were listed again in the 1973 solid body catalogue.

Rock and Roll is what they're both famous for. Gibson's SG Standard and Special have been rolling in the arms of some of today's greatest rockers. They've played everywhere from the Filmores to Shea Stadium. Talking about My Generation, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Foxey Lady and even making Good Vibrations get better and better.

Gibson advertisement (1973) Already Standards, Always Special

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Vintage Gibson SG Custom Cherry 1973

Vintage Gibson SG Custom Cherry 1973

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson SG Custom Cherry 1973
An excellent player's grade SG Custom - basically it's an original husk with all changed parts. A silky smooth, skinny neck that plays great anywhere on the fretboard. The triple humbuckers kick out rich, robust tones. Professionally set up with fresh strings & low action so it's ready to play straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: Very clean with various surface ... more
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1966 Kalamazoo Gibson SG Guitar

1966 Kalamazoo Gibson SG Guitar

Saint James, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


First new bridge cost of 50 dollars custom pick guard 25 dollars epiphone p 90 from casino 100 dollars Kalamazoo neck 250 dollars and up
The parts are worth more than the guitar but I do not have the time to set up the electronics buy a switch etc so I am putting the guitar for suction

For sale is a vintage 1960s Kalamazoo neck attached to the original sg body
This is a project guitar
The electronics have not been set up yet
This includes 2 epiphone p90 pickups from a ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1960s SG Les Paul Standard Backplate Control Cavity Cover 1966

Vintage Gibson 1960's SG Les Paul Standard Backplate Control Cavity Cover 1966

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and original
Vintage Gibson 1960's Gibson SG Standard Backplate / Control Cover
Original 1960's Gibson SG cavity cover in great shape! This is the mid / later 60's version that accommodates the larger control cavity shape Gibson adopted in the mid 60's. This will also fit the SG "Melody Maker" and SG "Special" From the same years
The REAL DEAL in killer shape!
Great original condition with ... more
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1972 Gibson SG III Cherry Sunburst Electric Guitar with Case

1972 Gibson SG III Cherry Sunburst Electric Guitar with Case

Placentia, California, 928**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


No cracks or breaks. Electronics all original, pots / switches a little scratchy. Tuners non-original, but quality Schallers. Tune-o-matic added long before I purchased, not sure when or where it was done, but appears to be well done and solid, no tuning / stability issues at all. Case non-original TKL. Truss rod works and neck relief within factory spec. Frets are on the low side, probably able to crown one more time before it would need re-fret. Sounds great and wood grain on top is epic! Less... more
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1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w /  Pat # T-Tops, Case

1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w / Pat # T-Tops, Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1969 Gibson SG Custom in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This extremely well-kept SG features a gloss Walnut nitro lacquer finish, the original trio of Pat # T Top humbuckers, and a long frame Maestro Vibrola. This particular instrument comes from the personal collection of Slipknot??s Jim Root, aka #4
The tonewood complement comprises solid mahogany neck and body construction, offering a rich ... more
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1971 Gibson SG Deluxe White

1971 Gibson SG Deluxe White

Antioch, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very good condition 1972 Gibson SG Deluxe. No breaks. Very light. Refinished, looks to be done a long time ago. This one has a thinner neck, not too chunky at all. Replaced knobs. Bigsby removed. Billy Gibbons in the neck, Pearly Gate in the bridge. Original tuners. Super full and resonant sound to this guitar. Some nice finish checking happening as well. Comes with pictured soft shell case. Willing to ship or drive a reasonable distance
... more
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Vintage Gibson Guitar Case circa 1970 Rectangular Orange Interior Les Paul SG

Vintage Gibson Guitar Case circa 1970 Rectangular Orange Interior Les Paul SG

Nogales, Arizona, 856**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson Guitar Case circa 1970
Rectangular case with orange interior
Probably for SG's and Les Pauls
This was the economy case of the Gibson line, not fitted to the guitar
Normal wear
Someone added a second handle which is actually useful
because your hand grips both handles and if a latch was left open the case stays closed!
Local pickup in Tucson, Arizona only
... more
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1971 Gibson SG Flameburst Electric Guitar in case

1971 Gibson SG Flameburst Electric Guitar in case

Waldport, Oregon, 973**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Selling some of my personal guitars. This is a nice one.... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson SG Standard "Batwing" Pickguard - 1967 1968 1969 Original!

Vintage 1960's Gibson SG Standard "Batwing" Pickguard - 1967 1968 1969 Original!

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and completely original
Vintage Gibson 1960's SG Standard "Batwing" Pickguard
Killer 50+ year old patina!
This is correct for your mid-late 60's SG - Great shape!
Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT
... more
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Vintage 1976 CMI SG System SG-212 tube amp Gibson USA

Vintage 1976 CMI SG System SG-212 tube amp Gibson USA

Springville, New York, 141**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Pick up only
Vintage 1976 CMI / Gibson SG System SG-212 amp. Built like a tank. Uses two 8417 power tubes. Wattage is somewhere around 80-100 watts. Phasor does not work. Everything else does. Two Eminence 12" speakers. Sounds great. Sorry, no shipping on this one. Pick up only. Please email questions.... more
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1973 1975 Gibson SG Standard walnut finish with case

1973 1975 Gibson SG Standard walnut finish with case

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 189**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


vintage 1970s Gibson SG Standardaccording to serial number sources online it should be 1973 , serial number 000224looking closely at the pots codes which are not perfectly clear it seems it could be 1975 (pot date codes possibly look like 1975 but hard to be certain)nice big frets which in my opinion have been changed. BIG fret wire, they look great and are all polished outneck is straightplays and sounds greatthere are a few finish cracks and possibly minor cracks in the body as ... more
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1970 Gibson SG Custom Olympic White Gold Hdwr Exc All Original

1970 Gibson SG Custom Olympic White Gold Hdwr Exc All Original

Debary, Florida, 327**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is a beautiful 1970 Gibson SG Custom in Olympic White. This guitar is in excellent, all original condition with no repairs, cracks or issues and includes the original case. The frets are excellent, neck is straight, plays effortlessly,   and sounds fantastic!. Please message for answers to any questions. Thank you
... more
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Vintage 1976 Gibson SG Standard Cherry Red CLEAN w /  Original Hardshell Case

Vintage 1976 Gibson SG Standard Cherry Red CLEAN w / Original Hardshell Case



Vintage original 1976 Gibson SG Standard in original Cherry Red finish
A very clean example and completely original
Original Gibson Patent Stamped humbuckers are super warm and fat, with a real thick and meaty tone. Classic vintage SG Standard tone
Neck is straight and easy to play. It is somewhat slim, and very easy to get around on
Serial number dates the guitar to 1976 and the pots are all dated 1975. All pots, wiring and electronics are completely original and untouched... more
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1969 Gibson EBO Bass Which Hat Knobs SG Es 335 Eb1 Eb2 Eb3 Melody Maker

1969 Gibson EBO Bass Which Hat Knobs SG Es 335 Eb1 Eb2 Eb3 Melody Maker

Buffalo, New York, 142**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


See pictures ask questions

No returns or exchanges on used parts
... more
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Vintage Gibson Short Maestro SG Special Standard Vibrola Tailpiece Epiphone 1960

Vintage Gibson Short Maestro SG Special Standard Vibrola Tailpiece Epiphone 1960

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1960's "Maestro" Tremolo Vibrola Unit
Correct for your mid 1960's Gibson or Epiphone
These rare and very cool little units are frequently found on SG Specials, but also Standards, Melody Makers, various Epiphones and many others! We've even seen these pop up on early 60's ES-335's!
100% original and in FANTASTIC condition - the unit is cosmetically perfect and ... more
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Vintage 1984 Gibson SG Standard - Black  /  Ebony

Vintage 1984 Gibson SG Standard - Black / Ebony

Mount Juliet, Tennessee, 371**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is my 1984 Gibson SG. It??s a great guitar with cool patina! It comes with the case in the photos.

I have no clue what pickups are installed in it. The frets are a little low but it??s playable. It??s just more difficult to bend notes. I can message any additional photos if you need to see any.

FREE SHIPPING! It will ship cheapest method but insured and signature required.

No returns or refunds! Please ask any questions before buying!
... more
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1967 Gibson EB-3 Vintage Short Scale SG Bass, 100% Original

1967 Gibson EB-3 Vintage Short Scale SG Bass, 100% Original

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson EB-3 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a padded softshell case. Introduced in 1961 and crafted at Gibson??s Kalamazoo factory, the EB-3 features a short 30 1 / 2?? scale length, mute-equipped bridge, dual pickups, and gloss Cherry nitro lacquer finish
Described in the 1967 Gibson catalog as ??the ultimate in an ultra thin, hand contoured solid body Gibson Electric Bass, ?? the EB-3 sports solid mahogany construction with a ... more
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Gibson SG Les Paul Standard 1965-68? Cherry Vintage Guitar

Gibson SG Les Paul Standard 1965-68? Cherry Vintage Guitar

Fountain Valley, California, 927**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson SG Les Paul Standard 1965-1968 ?
Serial no. 505325
Very good condition - Play and sound great
Vintage warrior with used scratch and mark
Neck is smooth and low string setting
Headstock seems to have a repaired crack along the tuners - hold tune fine - no issue
Please view all pictures as my description may miss something
Gibson hardshell case included
... more
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Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w /  OHSC

Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / OHSC

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Rock and Roll Discounts that'll make your jaw hit the floor, with 24% off in 2024!!!
Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / Original Case PAFs Sideways Vibrola
Hey now! You're looking at one of the most iconic guitars ever made This is a vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG electric guitar, in Cherry Red It weighs 6 lbs 11 oz, 24 75" scale, 1 67" nutA very well kept example - original case, and PAFs This is the legendary guitar that so many guitar ... more
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Gibson Melody Maker SG w / Vibrola and DimMarzio mid-late 60s - Pelham Blue

Gibson Melody Maker SG w / Vibrola and DimMarzio mid-late 60's - Pelham Blue

Riverside, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very nice and solid late 60's Gibson Melody Maker D w / vibrola. All original parts and finish. The pickup is one DiMarzio single coil it's super strong and snappy It has been used but has been taken care of VERY WELL! All electronics still work and comes with original hardshell case.... more
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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.