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  1. Well, it's definitely a real Gibson SG from the early 70s. I'm not 100% sure what model it started out as. The fact it has a pearl logo as opposed to a gold decal narrows it down some. Ditto for the the neck binding...that is binding, yes? The pickguard and control plate cover (in their present form) may hide some extra routing. 

    I'm hesitant to make any claim on what something might sell for but this will be on the low side for many reasons. Early 70s SGs aren't held in very high regard because Gibson had made some awful changes about that time, reducing the neck angle to zero or thereabouts, not contouring the horns anymore, the large 70s headstock at 13 degree pitch, using a top mounted control plate instead of the traditional back rout, the fact that yours has been seriously hacked, and it has a repaired headstock.

    Not being insulting, just being honest and telling you exactly what an SG buyer (in the know) will tell you. 

    I say play it. And if you don't like it, swap it for something you WILL play.

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  2. The serial number is 307507. This guitar is a “factory second”; it would have had some minor cosmetic flaw. It’s impossible to say what that flaw might have been. Gibson sold many factory seconds in the 60s and 70s. 

    I don’t know if the seller is intentionally giving you bad information or if they are genuinely misinformed, but the story he told you about it being second in production has not one grain of truth. 

  3. In 1984 I bought a 1973 Fender Musicmaster bass for $70. It was originally blue (Sonic Blue maybe) and it had turned green. I used polishing compound and a rag and eventually got it back to blue. Looking back, I wish I had left it alone. In 1993 I briefly owned a silverburst 1982 LP Custom that had turned to Martian Sunburst. I sold it before I could destroy it with the buffer. 

    It’s your guitar and you can do as you wish. The polishing compound will take away the clearcoat and you’ll be blue again. 

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  4. A few years ago I was sold a 1959 ES-125T basket case. It had been refinished badly. I made all sorts of plans for it but ended up just stripping the varnish off it and leaving it stained dark with no finish whatsoever. It was an outstanding guitar, with the fatter 1959 frets. I sold it and I've questioned that move ever since. It had absolutely no collector value but it was a great utility instrument.

  5. I don't mind people asking the question and posting pics, as most of them are probably legit...they are looking at something on craigslist or a pawn shop and don't want to get taken. I'm not too hip on pointing out exactly HOW we know it's fake. The "wrong" people watch posts like this, I'm sure.

  6. You're calling it a 1969 J-50 and that's what I would guess as well. It is a round shouldered model but they began with the belly-down bridge. This is typical of "around 1969". It went to a square shoulder style around 1970. Nothing is exact with Gibson.

    Is it worth fixing? Hard to say! There are too many questions that can't be answered without an in-hand exam.

  7. None I guess. 

    I had a Corvette for several years (operative word HAD). Overly complex. One tiny glitch and it's 4 figures to fix.

    I have owned a '57 Chevy for 7 years, many people's dream car. It drives like a dump truck. Looks great in my yard.

    I had a 2010 Impala until we got rear ended in March. Not a scratch on us. The car was totaled. Crumple zones ya know.  I bought a 2016 Impala Classic (the last of the same style as my 2010) with 32,000 miles on it for under $11K. I will be driving that car a long time. Very safely and just about as quickly as that Corvette. Except quieter and with a 4-hooker trunk.

    Fantasy vehicle? 1980-86 Ford F-150 with a 300 6 cyl, rubber mats on the floor and a granny low 4 speed. I drove Betsy from 1995 to 2016 and she's still in the back yard, ready to haul rocks, broken tree limbs or whatever.

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