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How old is my SG? 1970,1,2 or 1974,5? Need help

#1 User is offline   MarioSellig 

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 08:28 AM

I have a Gibson SG Deluxe with Bigsby and the serial number 619xxx.
The GibsonSERIALNUMBERS.pdf shows:
Year(s) Approximate Series Manufacture
1970, 1971, and 1972 100000s, 600000s, 700000s, 900000s
1973 000001s, 100000s, 200000s, 800000s and a few “A” + 6 digit numbers
1974 and 1975 100000s, 200000s, 300000s, 400000s,500000s, 600000s, 800000s
so it could be built 1970,1971,1972, 1974, or 1975.
But in which year was it built?
Could anyone help me?
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Posted 06 June 2017 - 08:40 AM

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Pics might help.
The design of the SG changed from the "Type 2" ('Batwing 'guard') to the "Type 3" (LP-shape p'g and controls on a semi-circular escutheon) between '70 and '71 and from the "Type 3" to the "Type 4" (Small 'guard) between '72 / '73.

In general, as you have discovered, from a serial number it's impossible to tell with certainty the year of manufacture of the stuff made in the early '70s as serial numbers were sometimes duplicated and were not always given to instruments in numerical order.

The best way to find out is to look at the code-numbers on the vol/tone potentiometers - assuming they are the original units. Pot codes are clearly dated and would give an approximate manufacturing date; say a few months after the date on the pots.

Here's how;

http://www.guitardat...codereader.aspx

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 01:59 PM

Thanks for your Answer. The Pot Numbers are A50S2542A and 0628.Attached File  Gibson_SG_71_013.jpg (286.95K)
Number of downloads: 5
Unfortunately the Pot Numbers don't give any results.
Regarding your hint of the shapes of the Pickguard it should be 1971 or 1972. Am I right?
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Posted 06 June 2017 - 03:23 PM

View PostMarioSellig, on 06 June 2017 - 01:59 PM, said:

...Regarding your hint of the shapes of the Pickguard it should be 1971 or 1972. Am I right?...

Hi again Mario.
Shame about the pots but yes, you are right and according to the serial# info provided in Ian C. Bishop's book along with your picture it's a fairly safe bet your guitar dates from 1971.

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 10:03 PM

Hi Pip
Thanks for your help.
Mario
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