Late 60's Special

Discussion in 'Vintage SG' started by ycats, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. ycats

    ycats Junior Member

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    I just picked up this husk from a pawn shop for $250. I'm really stoked about it. The serial # has me confused. From what I can read, the first four digits are 9084. It's hard to tell because of the refin. This would date it as a '70. From the cutaways, neck joint, no volute, I'm thinking closer to '68. What do you guys think?
     

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    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    Its seems it still has one piece neck and no volute, so i would say 68 - mid 69.
     
  3. jaik

    jaik Senior Member

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    huge score ! congrats, that's a great deal, as long as the neck is straight and the frets workable.
     
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    six pack Senior Member

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    looks like it needs a refret but nice score
     
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    Wraptail Senior Member

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    Cool git! Are you going to do P90s or Humbuckers?
     
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    Thanks for the comments, guys. The frets are a tad low, but I won't really know how bad they are until I string it up. I'm going back with P90's. The parts search begins.
     
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    ycats Junior Member

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    Here is the mock-up version of the guitar. I wanted to get it playable asap, so I used what I had on hand. I had all the parts in my stash, except for the 3-way, which cost $15. The white pickguard is hideous, but at least it was free. The pickups are DD's from a Squier tele and are a little sterile, but don't sound too bad. I'm not sure where the brass nut came from, but the string spacing was close as was the height, so I stuck it on there. I've got a bunch of nylon blanks and I'll use one of those when I get time to fit it. The tuners and pots came from a '62 Truetone Speed Demon that had a trashed body. I've had those parts, and the Wilky wraparound, for close to twenty years! I used Home Depot Rust-oleum black and clear lacquer, which is amazingly good. I had almost no orange peel, buffed it out with a 10 year old turtle wax by hand. I'm not entirely happy with the plugs for the bridge holes. They came from a piece of Honduran that I've had since 2002, and it's really dark stuff.

    I'm not sure if I will pursue getting "better" parts, as I'm trying to adjust to the narrow neck width. The neck is almost dead straight and no buzzing frets, so I got lucky there.
     

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    If I were you I'd get some nicer pickups, it won't cost much and it will make a huge difference. I've got an SG Jr from the same era, and the neck is too small for me too, the pickup was gone & the one in it was so thin and plain, I replaced it with an old gibson pickup and the guitar came alive. It almost makes up for the small neck, enough so that I started gigging the thing sometimes.

    I will agree with you that the white pick guard is hideous.:hippie:
     

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