Have an opportunity to buy a 68 SG...need a little guidance

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  1. TheNewGuy

    TheNewGuy Junior Member

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    Just found out a buddy has a SG that he says is a 68
    Said he'd consider selling to the right person, but not looking to unload it. Someone who'd play it, since he no longer does
    I've always loved SG's but have never had one
    Told me to borrow it and make an offer if I like it
    I have many guitars, but no SG's. I don't have any vintage guitars. What kind of things should I look for? Figure I'd restring it, make sure the truss rod works, pop the back cover...what else? As for value, compare to eBay sales?

    Serial is 918621

    I'd consider buying it partly to enjoy looking at/playing, maybe occasionally gig with, but also as an investment.


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  2. ChrisFFTA

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    71 I reckon but hard to tell from that back of headstock picture. is there a made in usa stamp? cant decipher those pots tho
     
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    bossaddict Premium Member

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    I can't make out the pot codes, but I would estimate that it's from the early '70s based on the volute and serial number.
     
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    chasenblues Senior Member

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    Refret ? i don't see any nibs..(They look kinda low(to me anyway) also)

    Can barely make out a "70" in the pot codes

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    Looks good. A little clean up.
     
  6. TheNewGuy

    TheNewGuy Junior Member

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    Good observation, I didn't think to look. Would it have had nibs originally? Does refret affect value ?
    It looks like 70 on the pots to me too. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but does that make it a 70 not a 69?
     
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    TheNewGuy Junior Member

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    No made in USA that I can see
     
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  8. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    A refret would affect the price if the guitar was being sold as "all original"..Those don't look original to me.(Could be wrong though)
    They also look pretty worn,

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    If he's telling you the guitar was made 68/69 it couldn't have pot's in it that were made in 1970..Unless the pots were changed which it doesn't look like they have been.

    If you post a good clear pic of the back of the headstock/serial number that would help date it.
     
  9. TheNewGuy

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    I was surprised by how short and fat the frets are, but they seem in good, playable condition.

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  10. ChrisFFTA

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    You dont see volute on a 69. i think the volute, no made in usa and the pot codes (37th week of 70??) put this in the 1970 vintage.
     
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  11. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    Is it 918621 or 818621?

    Gibson serial #910000 to 999999 1968(year)/812900 to 819999 1969(year)

    But the pot codes look to indicate a 70's :hmm:..
     
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    TheNewGuy Junior Member

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    For sure looks like it starts with a 9.
     
  13. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    Headstock serial number stamped in 68,
    The guitar sat for a year and finally fully assembled in 1970(Pot codes)?

    Does it have the arm/nut-bolt for the Vibrola?
     
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    It has the arm, but I don't see how it's supposed to attach.
     
  15. ChrisFFTA

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    Volute introd late 69 early 70 so it is odd from a s/n - volute point of view
     
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    How does it play? the frets look awfully low and worn. buzz and dead spots?
     
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    It plays pretty good for a guitar that's been in a closet for 20 years. No buzzing even after I lowered the bridge quite a bit. The neck's a bit chunkier than I was hoping.
     
  19. Oranjeaap

    Oranjeaap Senior Member

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    I also know a guy that's selling a late '69 / early '70 SG, looks a lot like this one but it has a headstock repair so it's not the same guitar we're talking about.
    Same features, some things point to late '69 but it has potcodes 4th week of 1970. It has the same slanted serial number in the same range aswell.

    The neck is weird. It's slim at the first frets but the closer to the body the fatter it gets. From the 12th fret on, the neck is HUGE, bigger than anything I ever played on any Gibson electric
     
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  20. Progrocker111

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    It has 3 piece neck, early 1970 serial number and 70 pots, so its early 1970 one, definitely not 68 or 69. Still could be great SG though, with the same electronics and same wood like 68s. :)
     
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