Old SG?

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  1. bblooz

    bblooz Senior Member

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    Recently found this SG for sale locally, and the owner claims it is a '69! It doesn't look right to me. I thought I've seen these block inlays on a Norlin-era instument. I'm waiting to get details of the back of the headstock to verify. Any insights?
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  2. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    '69s came with a Maestro type tremolo arm, not a Bigsby.
    Which would mean that the guitar is not a 1969 and/or has been modded.
    Also check the difference in pickguards.

    1969:

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    Here's a 1976 with the "harmonica" bridge:

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    The one you picture could be a 1973 ? - 1976 ?
    Get the serial number and a picture of the pots.
    Easy to date them.
     
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  3. deadlyweasel

    deadlyweasel Silver Supporter

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    My bet is 75 or 76. I just sold a 76 a few weeks ago.
     
  4. Roxy13

    Roxy13 Senior Member

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    I was looking at this same guitar on CL today and I also didn't think it was 69, but rather mid 70s.
     
  5. Have FUN

    Have FUN Senior Member

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    This is a Norlin SG my friend ...

    How much for this "Old SG" ?
     
  6. nitrodave08

    nitrodave08 Senior Member

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    Is it my imagination or is the low E string hitting the edge of the trem? Like a bad aligned add-on?
     
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  7. moreles

    moreles Senior Member

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    Nothing wrong with that guitar that a Bigsbyectomy wouldn't fix. I like block inlays, though they cheaped out on the size -- especially #1. Like the smaller pickguard.
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Good lookin' out. Sure seems that way, now you mention it.
     
  9. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    Its close, but it doesn't look to me like its touching the edge.

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  10. Stinky Kitty

    Stinky Kitty Senior Member

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    The OP pic looks a lot like a 78 I had. The Tarbacks were replaced. Unbound ebony fretboard. The neck was more like a Les Paul, rounded profile a little bit smaller, but reminiscent of my R8. The one I had did not have the Bigsby. As a player, it fought back some. The pick ups were out of phase, giving one of the woodiest oop tones I've yet to hear.
     
  11. bossaddict

    bossaddict @david.beason on IG Premium Member

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    That's definitely a '70s SG. I had a '73 Standard that looked similar (block inlays, harmonica bridge, Gibson-branded Bigsby, speed knobs, reduced contours, etc.).

    Here it is for reference...
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  12. Progrocker111

    Progrocker111 Senior Member

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    1974 - 1980 SG.
     

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