1969 Gibson SG Neck oddity
Posted 01 May 2010 - 08:35 PM
Posted 02 May 2010 - 01:43 AM
Looking at the rear of the headstock, it doesn't appear to have wings. With the body routes, I'm guessing it's not a factory Gibson, but some kind of parted up Frankenstein, possibly with a headstock overlay taken from a broken neck.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 03:23 AM
Posted 02 May 2010 - 05:21 AM
I first thought it was re neck, but the fret board and inlays look correct, the neck joint looks un disturbed from the inside. could it be a proto type, or an employee guitar?
No, the routes are strange. Maybe at one time it had 3 pup setup?
Yes, the fretboard looks okay. But the neck joint, (what looks like) no wings and the headstock overlay that reveals the underlying wood around the edges is all strange.
Maybe like you say, an employee guitar, or a special run.
I hope somebody can answer.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 05:27 AM
I think I can see wings on the headstock but there's obviously nothing stamped on there.
The body and hardware look legit to me but then that routing has me confused too. There is a seamless finish over the routing which indicates that it was either refinished after it was routed or done as an employee guitar at the factory.
My guess is that it was modded and refinished and when the guy sanded it down for the refinishing job he sanded off the serial number and everything.
I'm not exactly sure what a neck joint from this year should look like so I can't say it looks wrong but it looks a little suspicious. I can't be sure.
It looks like a cool guitar though.
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 05:48 AM
Some more pictures, the last one i got of ebay for comparison on the bath route.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 06:45 AM
Yeah. The route now looks like it's legit. And looking closer I do see the thinner than usual wings.
Man, I've never seen anything like that (my guitar buying started in the late 60s).
What a puzzler.
But as Dub said - it's a cool looking SG.
I'd sure like to know more on this one.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 08:21 AM
Just kidding man, who cares, regardless, how does it play? how does it sound? are you happy with it? and btw ive seen a few pics of late '60's SG's that are routed for 3 pups, so dont worry there either, you see em on ebay all the time. It is a beautiful looking SG and y'know, if you ever want to pass it on, y'know, incase theres too many doubts...
Posted 02 May 2010 - 08:53 AM
I am pretty sure the headstock has been sanded to slim it down at the upper part. The 'waist' is almost non-existent, and the edge is close to the 3rd /4th machine head posts.
Certainly unusual, but it's the sound that matters...
Posted 02 May 2010 - 06:31 PM
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