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1969 Gibson SG Special

Solid body electric guitar

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1970 Gibson electric solid bodies catalogue

1970 Gibson electric solid bodies catalogue

The image in the 1970 Gibson electric solid bodies catalog, is of this guitar, but even by 1970, the model was starting to change. For starters, it describes the neck as three-piece mahogany (it is still one-piece in 1969; shown here), and the open gear strip tuners have been replaced by closed-gear individual units.

Model: 1969 SG Special
Body: One-piece mahogany
Neck: One piece mahogany with rosewood fretboard. Dot markers, inlaid mother of pearl Gibson logo
Pickups: Two single-coil P-90s
Hardware: Chrome plated throughout. Maestro vibrola, tailpiece bar and three-on-a-plate tuning keys
Width at nut: 1 9/16"
Width at 12th fret: 1 15/16"
Weight: 2.98kg
Scale: 24 3/4"

This Gibson SG Special is a typical 60s Gibson in many ways. It was produced at the famous Kalamazoo Gibson plant, Michigan, USA. Naturally it has a mahogany body with a set mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard; in true Gibson style. The pickups are typical Gibson single coil P90s, as used by Gibson for many years, and the control layout, too is classic Gibson: two volumes and two tones, with a three-way pickup selector switch: neck, bridge, or both. Chrome-plated metal parts: Gibson TPBR bridge, Maestro Vibrola and strip machine heads. Note also the inlaid Gibson headstock logo without the dot on the i - again very much a feature of this period Gibson instruments.

1969 price $265 (cf SG Custom, $525; SG Standard, $355; SG JR, $199.50)

The SG series did change over the years (see the Gibson SG timeline, but the Special's Maestro Vibrola and full-body scratchplate are pure late sixties: 1968-1971. Pete Townsend played one exactly the same (although he removed the vibrola) around this time, including for the Who's iconic appearance at Woodstock in 1969, and for the 1970 Who album: Live At Leeds.

The twin P90 soapbar pickups are mounted with two screws going through the pickup (between the 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th polepieces)
The twin P90 'soapbar' pickups are mounted with two screws going through the pickup (between the 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th polepieces)
The Maestro Vibrola was a very simple, but pretty effective design
The Maestro Vibrola was a very simple, but pretty effective design
1969 Gibson SG Special rear body view
Reverse body detail. The SG had a mahogany body, set (glued) to a one-piece mahogany neck
1969 Gibson SG Special rear body view
Electronics are accessible via the control panel on the body reverse
The headstock front has a pearl inlaid Gibson logo - without a dotted i
The headstock front has a pearl inlaid Gibson logo - without a dotted i - a typical 1969 feature - but no crown logo. Note the two-ply, two screw bell truss rod cover
1969 Gibson SG Special headstock reverse with metal strip tuning keys
The headstock reverse holds the 6 digit stamped serial number - note there is no 'made in USA' below the serial - this was introduced in 1970. The tuning keys are metal open gear strip type.
1969 Gibson SG special - front

And it sounds great, with a wide tonal range - the two clips below are the guitar through a small vintage UK amp, an early 1970s WEM Clubman. There are numerous other clips of this guitar here.

Neck pickup only with the tone control rolled tone a little, amp mic'd with a Shure SM57

Bridge pickup only; again, amp mic'd with a Shure SM57

1969 Pricing sheets list four cases available for SG models at a variety of price points:

  •    0537 faultless case (plush), $73 (as shown)
  •    1237 oblong case, $50
  •    316 archcraft case, $26
  •    116 durabilt case, $17
1969 Gibson SG special and hard case

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1982 Gibson SG single pickup Special Made In USA Very Rare Guitar W /  OG Hardcase

1982 Gibson SG single pickup Special Made In USA Very Rare Guitar W / OG Hardcase

San Jose, California, 951**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1600

1982 Gibson, Made In the USA, SG, Special, Black Paint, Black pick guard, Original Gibson Hard Plastic Saw Case. All original everything. Sounds Great! You won??t find another one of these Anywhere! VERY RARE Instrument. Not many made with the one p-90 pickup configuration. Has some light dings and scratches. Tried to highlight them in the pictures. Zoom in on all photos. No major gouges, no cracks ??
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1970 1969 Gibson SG Special P90??s HUGE Baseball Bat FAT Neck 100% Original NICE

1970 1969 Gibson SG Special P90??s HUGE Baseball Bat FAT Neck 100% Original NICE

Noblesville, Indiana, 460**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5000

Selling my 1969 Early 1970 Gibson SG Special. Great Great condition. The P90??s sound incredible. Very articulate but will get nasty when pushed. 100% original including original Gibson Case. The best part about this guitar in my opinion is the neck. It is HUGE! If you love baseball bat necks and have been holding out for the right one. This is it!
Measurements are in the photos
Plays very well in my opinion and set up professionally with fairly low action
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GIBSON SG SPECIAL - 1966

GIBSON SG SPECIAL - 1966

Gunnison, Colorado, 812**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$10499

This vintage Gibson SG Special from 1966 is a true gem for collectors and musicians alike. Made in the United States, this guitar features a solid body and 6 strings for a classic sound. The iconic Gibson brand and SG series are well-known for their quality and craftsmanship. The model is SG Special, with a unique history and story behind it. Its exact year of production is clearly marked, adding to its value as a vintage instrument. Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, this ... more
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Gibson Vintage 1968 Gibson Les Paul ES SG Pots 500K 1969 ES 335 175 1960s

Gibson Vintage 1968 Gibson Les Paul ES SG Pots 500K 1969 ES 335 175 1960's

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$385

** Vintage 1968 Gibson Control Pots 1960's **
Fair ConditionPot Dates 32nd week of 1968500KOne shaft brokeSee PhotosShipping Lower 48 $19 00We Ship Worldwide 051724... more
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Gibson SG Standard 1969

Gibson SG Standard 1969

Hyannis, Massachusetts, 026**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6850

Gibson SG Standard Guitar / Cherry / Circa 1969 with Engraved Lyre Tail piece with Vibrola
Ser # 855530
Vintage Gibson SG in good condition. There is evidence of a neck repair at some time. In production since the 60s this iconic guitar has withstood the test of time. This guitar has cosmetic wear marks and a few battle scars (see photos) but plays beautifully and looks great. Original hard case included
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1970 Gibson SG Special

1970 Gibson SG Special

Winchester, Massachusetts, 018**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3200

1970 Gibson SG Special
Beautiful instrument with low action, original paint throughout, original volume and tone controls, and one original pickup (another from the 1980s). There was a neck joint repair at some point in its life. This guitar produces a huge sound
Non original hardshell case included
NO RETURNS
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Vintage Gibson 1962 SG Special Cherry

Vintage Gibson 1962 SG Special Cherry

Mount Laurel, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6250

The real deal!! Not a reissue!!
Summary:
Finish: Original neck finish with oversprayed body
Body Details: Solid one piece mahogany body. The pickup and control cavities have black shielding paint added, which is under the clear overspray
Neck Material: Mahogany
Fingerboard Material: Brazilian Rosewood
Neck Profile: "C" profile
Neck Thickness (IN): .82" (1st fret), .87" (12th fret)
Nut Width: 1-11 / 16 "
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1969 Original Gibson SG Special Made in Kalamazoo

1969 Original Gibson SG Special Made in Kalamazoo

Schoolcraft, Michigan, 490**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6485

1969 Gibson SG Special 100% Original Kalamazoo made Serial # 845243
No breaks, No repairs, No upgrades, No refrets. Still has that summer of "69" smell when you open the case. You will find this to be in very good to excellent condition.
Set up with fresh GHS Nickel Rockers 42-9's
Narrow Open Book headstock
Walnut finish option
3-pc laminated neck
Rosewood Fretboard
Nut Width 1 11 / 16 "
Compensated aluminum bridge
Short Maestro Vibrola
Black Witch Hat knobs w /... more
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1969 Gibson SG Custom original owner

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Rock Hill, South Carolina, 297**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$22000

In 1969 I was very fortunate to see Jimi Hendrix in Nuerenburg, Germany He played a Strat for all songs except for Red house when he went behind hisamps and came back playing a white Gibson SG Custom. Wow!! I had never such abeautiful guitar! I had to have one. Living in Germany it took 3 months forshipment from the States (which is a very long time for a 16-year old). Theguitar has been with me ever since
The guitar is actually in a pristine condition. Used 99% for home recording
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1973 GIBSON SG SPECIAL W / GIBSON BIGSBY STYLE TREMOLO

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Van Nuys, California, 914**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3475

Original case in fair condition and included. Some belt buckle rash. a few pocks on the neck. very underplayed. It sat under my friend's bed since 1985. Looks like some mold got under the lacquer. This I do not know about. I am not the owner. This is owned by a dear friend who wants some help selling it. He was the third owner when he bought it in 1980. A few of the black screws that hold the pickguard have been replaced with silver ones. Other than that, all electronics and hardware are ... more
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1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w /  Pat # T-Tops, Case

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

$17500

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
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Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$51


For Repair
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Vintage Cherry
The headstock is broken off the neck. The electronics have been tested and are functional. The bridge is included. The included case is in very good condition. No strings included
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1969 Gibson SG / ES 335 BRIDGE BASIS USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£222

chrome has wear
* NO saddles included
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1969 GIBSON SG STANDARD MESSING ABSCHIRMUNG USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£88

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Vintage 1972 Gibson SG Special Cherry Burst Walnut Electric Guitar

Vintage 1972 Gibson SG Special Cherry Burst Walnut Electric Guitar

London, UNITED KINGDOM

£1995

This is a very good example of a 1972 Gibson Special originally in a very nice cherry finish but still some remnant??s of its former self!
Gibson SG Special was nearly identical to the SG Standards of the time, replacing the full-sized humbucking pickups of the Standard model for the newer mini-humbuckers that Gibson acquired in their purchase of the Epiphone factory
Specification:
Body
Body Shape - SGBody Material - MahoganyFinish - Gloss Nitrocellulose LacquerNeck
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1969 Gibson SG STANDARDKNOPF USA

1969 Gibson SG STANDARDKNOPF USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£69

1 knob ONLY
* WORN
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1969 Gibson SG STANDARD TUNER USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£111

1 tuner ONLY
fits LOW E side
GIBSON LOGO VERSION
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1971 Gibson SG Special P90 Large Guard with Vibrola - Superb Player

1971 Gibson SG Special P90 Large Guard with Vibrola - Superb Player

Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£3995


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1969 Gibson SG Melody Maker D mit seltener original kundenspezifischer Oberfläche

1969 Gibson SG Melody Maker D mit seltener original kundenspezifischer Oberfläche

Genève, 1***, SWITZERLAND

$3700

1969 Gibson SG Melody Maker D electric guitar in a rare custom dark red burst finish
A beautiful guitar in great condition, the only damage is a small knock on the peghead. One volume knob has been replaced, and some of the original screws are a little rusted (purely cosmetic). It sounds fantastic while being easy to play.
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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.