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  1. Jackash

    62 Les Paul SG

    Well, just to close the loop- sold to a good home in the UK (shipping was a nightmare!). Long may he play (or be played!). Jack
  2. Jackash

    62 Les Paul SG

    Will be sure to clarify if they want a "more exact" weight. That is why I explained how I did it (just in case someone thought that was not accurate enough). I did not get involved with the place that paid postage both ways. Just selling to whoever the highest bidder is either on ebay or Reverb.com. Looks like its gonna sell, one way or another.
  3. Jackash

    62 Les Paul SG

    Bit the bullet, but ain't gonna give it away. Got it listed now on both ebay and Reverb.com Lots of lookers, some tire kickers, and looks like maybe a serious interested party or two. Can I keep coming back even if I sell, or do I have to 'turn in my password'? Thanks again to all for all the help and advice. Jack
  4. Jackash

    62 Les Paul SG

    OK, SG experts. Back with a few more questions for you. Have started to poke around for potential buyers for this beauty, and couple of questions have come back to me that I have answers for, but any reasons for the questions perplex me. First, someone wants to know how much the guitar weighs? All I have at the house is a typical bathroom scale, but it is a digital one (which reads to 1 decimal place). I put the guitar on and it said 6.6 pounds. So then I weighed myself, then myself holding the guitar. Did that 3 times and got 6.6, 6.4 and 6.8 as readings. Is that a good thing or a bad thing, and what does it mean to a potential buyer? Second, they wanted to know if the neck was average, relatively small or relatively large for a '62 SG? I again, had no idea how to answer, but did provide measurements, as best I could. The neck width at the first fret is ~1 11/16" and the width at the 15th fret is ~2 1/8" I also measured the thickness (as best I could- the bridge bows slightly and obviously the back of the neck is curved). As best I can measure, it is a consistent ~3/4" thick. What is really interesting about this (as I said, I have never measured or had another SG to compare to) is that my other guitar is a 1972 Martin D-18 (no truss rod in the neck). In going back in forth when playing the 2, the SG always SEEMED to me to be a wider and thinner neck, but when I measured them (just to have some point of reference) the neck widths AND depths were almost exactly the same (the Martin neck obviously gets thicker as it joins the body at the 14th fret). The SG certainly plays easier than the Martin (MUCH better action) and has lighter gauge strings on it- maybe that was it. But is surprised me when I measured it. So, tell me, is mine average, small or large? As always, thanks for any advice... Jack
  5. Jackash

    62 Les Paul SG

    Well, need 10 posts before I can list on the for sale board here, so here is #7... Have also heard from a company called Vintage City Guitars in Florida. The send a postage paid UPS label, you ship your guitar to them, they inspect it and send you a check. You either cash the check or send it back to them and they send you back the guitar (they pay postage both ways). Sounds like a no loose, but sending my baby off to a company I have never heard of or have no experience with makes me a bit nervous. Anyone dealt with them? I DO have to sell this beauty, but want to get a fair price for it. With Gruhn saying $11,500 as the appraised value, am I nuts to hope for ~$9,000? Have checked out Reverb.com, also Elderly.com and a place called VintageInfo.com. Any other comments on those? Hard to pull the trigger, but have got to. Thanks, Jack
  6. Jackash

    62 Les Paul SG

    Got the appraisal back from Gruhn today. They said that Bigsby tailpieces were special orderable during that time frame. Based on the series of pics I sent they, they put value at $11,500. Now to decide what to ask for it.... Maybe $11,500 is what THEY would list it for (retail), but I doubt I could get that (wholesale, private party seller). Nearest Craig's List is for Sacramento, CA, but probably the Bay Area would be a better place to find someone with both interest and funds? Have also heard of a music store called Norman's Rare Guitars (or something like that) down in the LA area that buys/sells/consigns guitars to that market. Anyone got any experience with them? Thanks again for everyone's advice, input, and help. Jack
  7. Jackash

    62 Les Paul SG

    Man, you guys all know a heckuva lot more about this history than I do. All I do know is that I have had the tailpiece off (years ago), and there are no other holes in the body that would have been filled from a prior tailpiece, and I can't imagine the attachment hole pattern for any of the other tailpieces (vibrato or not) aligning exactly with the unusual 4 hole layout of the bigsby.
  8. Jackash

    62 Les Paul SG

    Thanks for all the advise, guys. What a bunch of Gibson-lovers! Feel like a traitor thinking about selling this thing. I have sent info on to Gruhn to see what they say before I decide what to do, but hate to just see it sit unused. My achin old fingers just don't do it anymore. Kids don't play (don't want to leave it in the will it to them, they'll just sell it off when I'm gone). So, would rather it end up in the hands of someone who will love it and use it. Like Neil says, "This old guitar ain't mine to keep; it's only mine to play for a while..." Will probably list it back here on the trading board once I hear back from Gruhn. Jack
  9. Jackash

    62 Les Paul SG

    $250 if you can believe that. Music store owner (I took lessons there) let me put it on layaway and I paid $25 a month from my paper route for 10 months before I got to take it home. Any suggestions from anyone where I might try to sell it? ebay seems to have many listed but few sell. I have found some vintage/collector companies that will buy from me, but they want to pay wholesale (so they can sell retail). I get that, but am at a loss as to where else someone looking specifically for something like this (and with funds to spend) would look... Thanks to all again. Jack
  10. Jackash

    62 Les Paul SG

    Hadn't seen that listing. Encouraging, as it is identical to mine, and has the bigsby. Looks in similar shape to mine, would be doubtful about the price though (maybe I should list mine to compete against them- I would be happy with half as much!). Appreciate the comments on the pickups. My bridge pickup has the 2737842 patent number- interesting bit of trivia! I love the guitar, have obviously had it a long time, but am not as up on the history as many... Thanks, Jack
  11. I have a 62 Les Paul SG that I bought as a kid back in 1972 from a music store where the owner told me the original owner had traded it in. Have had it since. All original as purchased. It has a bigsby tailpiece on it, and the store owner told me that was factory original, but I have never seen another like it. I have had the tailpiece off, and there are no other filled holes in the body from a different original tailpiece, which I guess supports the possibility, but does any one know if Gibson ever did ship any with Bigsby tailpieces? Any opinion on that helping or hurting value? Also, the pickup nearest the neck has the "pat appl for" sticker on the back, and the one nearest the bridge has the actual pat no on it- is that odd? Getting ready to think about consider maybes selling it to someone who will play it more than I do, and want to get what it is worth but not mislead anyone. Any input appreciated. Thanks, Jack
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