Regardless of the performance enhancing attributes that you’ll find on many of today’s guitars, there is still something magical and alluring about certain guitars from the 50’s and 60’s era – It might be the aesthetic appeal, the feel, the tone, a combination of factors, or indeed something else, that attracts you to any such vintage guitar – So let me introduce you to this Gibson SG Junior with a date of birth that appears to be 1967 – The serial number system around this period is not set in stone, but data does lean towards 1967, which is further supported by the ’67’ date that is just about visible on the original pots – Some buyers will always search long and hard for a ‘museum’ grade vintage guitar, that is 100% kosher and very clean, with a price tag to reflect its status – Others pursue a ‘players’ grade vintage guitar, that still retains vintage character, but to many changes/additions will ensure a significant reduction in the price, yet the feel and tonal character is still present and correct – Although not 100% original this SG has more than enough attributes that will attract player and collector alike
Host of fact and info regarding this 1967 Gibson SG
- As pics indicate, the whole wiring loom and shielding is original – No issues – Hard to read the date on one pot, but clearly visible on the other to indicate ’67’ – Pots still function with only a slight static crackle, which is pretty much acceptable on a 50 year old guitar
- Original P90 pick-up that kicks out a meaty 8.59K
- As pics indicate, the original Maestro Vibrato has long since gone – Slightly annoying as a couple of years ago I had one in my spares box, but sold it – But if required, you can find one and they are easy to fit – Search E-bay, Reverb etc as required – Truth be known, to a vintage purists, the missing vibrato is probably the biggest negative issue that you could throw at this guitar – Compared with other negative issues found on many other SG’s from this era, it is not exactly a big deal – My price has been adjusted accordingly to reflect this – Granted it would complete the picture, if available, yet many players choose to not use them, for various reasons and instead favour the format, as featured here, with the strings anchored to a wrapover bridge/tailpiece
- Still complete with the correct 3 on a plate tuners and a correct wrapover bridge tailpiece
- Original cherry finish to the body – no shortage of patina, or aged mojo, or indeed whatever you wish to call it – Certainly no need to give it the kids glove treatment, so you can buy it, play it and gig it to your hearts content – far more fading and lacquer checking, as against any serious wear, or nasty dings etc
- Neck – certainly no breaks or repairs – Some lacquer checking but no nasty nicks or wear down to the mahogany neck – Serial number still clearly visible – As per Gibson SG’s from this era, you’ll find a more narrow top nut width (1.575″ or 40.09mm) with a depth at the top nut end of .868″ and fattening out to 1.107″ around the 12th fret – Almost like the feel and size of a 50’s Tele with a deep C profile – I’ve looked at it many times to see if any sign of any re-fret and my thoughts and opinion are that they are original (low and wide profile) – Always a thorny issue to some, as a) I don’t see one Iota that a refret should devalue any vintage guitar – If they need replacing then just get on with it and a good re-fret should not present any issue b) In nearly all instances that I’ve come across, a good re-fin will seriously enhance the playing performance of many vintage guitars – Playing styles have changed over the years and in my view, modern medium/jumbo frets will seriously enhance the guitars playing performance – Granted a matter of taste and of your playing style – But if you planned on owning it and playing it for many many years, then something to consider
- Original rosewood fingerboard is in good clean order with no nail wear issues that need attending to
- Will benefit from a better case at some point in the future – currently supplied with a ‘home made’ case that looks worse then it actually is
- Re-strung and set-up with a set of 10’s
- Again a discussion point for many regarding tuners and the bridge – Both function as per original spec – Yet it might be worth sometime in the future leaving the original tuners in the case and replacing with a new set of tuners that utilise the same mounting holes – Ditto the wrapover bridge assembly – Old models like this were spec’d for a wound 3rd (G) yet most players today choose a plain 3rd – I’ve seen many such guitars over the years and the customer has installed a MojoAxe (or similar) wrapover bridge that is spec’d with a compensated adjustment for a plain 3rd – Still looks original and again can be replaced at will as required – But the tuning/intonation always sounds better – The current bridge has done the job for over 50 years, but worth considering an ‘upgrade’ if required
Playing and tonal character :- Hard to define in a few words – Yes it has character but I suppose it is a case of what you are expecting and how you plan to utilise it – If you are looking for the one guitar that allows you play so many styles and push your playing to its limits, then chances are you won’t favour many such vintage guitars – Yet play them for what they are and there is something in there that is magical, with no shortage of a mystical fairy dust (whatever that is) – They can be addictive, with a voice that is so suitable for one song, or a certain style and no modern guitars achieve the same – As part of a collection, such a guitar has its place – I sometimes think it is like owning an original 1967 MG – Look great, sound great and have an attraction – But would you drive it from London to Brighton everyday for work – Or would you have 2 cars and use the MG on a nice sunny day only for a drive in the countryside – The SG has a similar dilemma, it works for some songs, but chances are you’ll already own another guitar for other situations – In short it is loaded with character – It is a good example that will attract both players and collectors
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