1970 SG - Did I pay to much?

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  1. bstoner

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    Hi All,

    I just bought this 1970 SG standard and am now wondering if i paid to much. It has had a head stock repair which they tried to cover with a crappy refin just on the head stock. It came with both original pickups but the bridge doest work so i put in a gibson burstbucker i had lying around, i will get a better pickup for it. The covers had been removed off of both pickups. Has a nice chunky neck that feels great. Stays in tune as well although the frets are a bit low. No case was included :( I paid $800 for it but now wondering if that was to much considering the headstock repair? Thoughts?

    I do have the plastic cover for the back as well.

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    thatF-INGflyingVguy Senior Member

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    Are there t-tops in it ?
     
  3. bstoner

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    Yes t-tops but only the neck pickup works so I replaced bridge. I have the non working t-top bridge.
     
  4. bstoner

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    Here is pic of the pickup.
     

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  5. sk8rat

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    I wouldn't be too stressed about it if it feels good and sounds good. if you hold onto it you can get your moneys worth still.

    on reverb, in "good condition" they sell for around $950-$1500 according to their price charts so $800 isnt too bad.
     
  6. thatF-INGflyingVguy

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    T tops seem to be going for $200 average so you got 400 into the guitar
    Maybe not a steel be I know a couple of guy that bought stuff like this at that kind of price just for the pick ups
     
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    Whats wrong with the bridge? Pickup
     
  8. bstoner

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    does not make any sound. Seems to be dead :(
     
  9. Guitaraxe

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    Check the pickup with a meter.

    (imo) $800 isn't half bad if the headstock repair is solid. Rock it!
     
  10. Kris Ford

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    Nope, that's decently priced.
    I would inspect the solder job on the bridge T Top, you REALLY want this pickup in the bridge of the SG..I'd even bump the Burstbucker to the neck..again, if the T Top meters, but didn't work when in the guitar, yet another pickup works, then it was a broken solder joint/crap solder job..
    Shoot me a PM, I can take care of your missing knob situation.
     
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    So I should move the working t-top and put the bustbucker in the neck?

    t-top better than the burstbucker?
     
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    Decent deal. The T-tops are key on those. I have a '70 also. Mine has collected dust for years due to worn out frets and being in need of a neck reset. But I've had it for 20 years. The pickups sound great in that guitar!
     
  13. Kris Ford

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    Yes, and YES!:D
    If you want it to have that big guard SG sound, then you want the T Top in the bridge.
     
  14. PermissionToLand

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    Huh?

    https://reverb.com/price-guide/guide/17182-gibson-sg-standard-1970-cherry

    $800 is a wicked deal. I haven't seen a batwing SG (that wasn't a basketcase) go for less than $1500 in years.
     
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    I moved the t-top to the bridge. T-top would look better with a cover :)

    Its starting to look pretty good:thumb: Just need a Vol and Tone knob and i am good to go.
     

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    So I played the SG at last nights gig and it was awesome. But I notice that The volume knob roles off the volume to quick. I would like to be able to use the volume to clean up the sound. Any thoughts what needs to be done to resolve this?

    Thanks
     
  18. sk8rat

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    a different pot. some taper a lot better than others. also possibly different wiring.

    for some reason they classify 1970 sg's as 1969 on reverb, that's why its not showing any transaction history but if you look at the 1969 sg standard price guide you can see a couple have sold pretty low even though described in good condition.
    https://reverb.com/price-guide/guide/2230-gibson-sg-standard-1969-cherry
     
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    Nice... Yours is the first other '70 SG I've seen that has all of the exact features mine does. Cool. I bought mine in a pawn shop in '87 (fpr $250) and it was bastardized then... oh, and it was listed as a '68 (my birth year and the reason I was so excited to get it back then). I didn't really do it any favors when i was younger, either. But, i've kind of resurrected it recently.

    Interesting that you say the neck is chunky... Mine is okay, depth wise. But the nut is so narrow it makes it hard to play down in cowboy chord territory.... good thing it's such a reach to get over there to the left! LOL


    Congrats, enjoy that bad boy!
     
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    I love this guitar and it really is amazing how well it stays in tune even using the trem bar and the intonation is fantastic. I am really glad I got it :) I have played it at 2 gigs now and it was great both times.

    Although a bit taller frets would be nice.
     
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