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    Matsumoku Experts please help!

    Hmm, it doesn't look like African Mahogany because it's not stripey. Maybe it's Nato? It's a remarkably accurate copy of the Gibson that only debuted a year or two prior. I can see why they didn't make more than a few; it's 95% of what Gibson was selling at the time. EDIT: Also, I tried...
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    Matsumoku Experts please help!

    So it is known that while Mats made Epiphones from 1970 through 1985, they shortly produced a run of LP copies around 1982 that were never in any catalog. As it turns out, they made at least one SG as well! I am trying to find as much info as possible on this guitar to complete my SG Wiki page...
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    SG Love

    Wow, that is an awesome deal! I hope to score one similarly for a reasonable price some day. I saw quite a few go by when I didn't have the funds back around 2009, a lot of 70/71s in the range of $1500 with some issues. One was a '71 in the Natural finish that you usually only see on the Deluxe...
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    Pickup experts: what were in '80s EDS-1275s?

    I've been looking at EDS-1275s and I'm trying to figure out what the pickups were in this era. I can't tell if they're Shaws or T-Tops. Here's a 1981:
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    NGD: 06 Les Paul/SG Custom- a personal grail

    There was a 2018 limited run Custom with 2-PU offered in White with a stopbar: https://solidguitar.fandom.com/wiki/2018_Limited_Run_SG_Customs#490R.2F498T_.2F_Nashville_.2F_Gloss As would Young Mama!
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    SG Love

    You win. Thread is over! What is that, a '70 or '71? Well, mine is a 2007 SG/LP VOS in Oxblood. Never seen another in the finish and Gibson couldn't say how many were made. I assume they just used up the leftover paint from the Jeff Beck LPs. I do wish it were more obviously brown though, even...
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    Of course! That would be interesting. I actually never ran the site, it was owned by another...

    Of course! That would be interesting. I actually never ran the site, it was owned by another member who I cannot even recall the name of anymore. I'm glad to hear that the Epi-Wiki is back! Now I can update the Samick Wikia links to Epi-Wiki pages.
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    Just impulse purchased a '61 Junior refin

    Is it just me or does the logo also look too thick?
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    60 something Jr incoming

    You got it. 137 means CTS pots. '65 was a transitional year. Being an early example, it could have any mix of features; chrome or nickel, 14 or 17 degree HS pitch, wider or narrower nut...
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    Gibson Les Paul Standard 1971

    Yeah the thicker and squarer logo was only '70-'72. By '73, it became the logo seen on this LP. At least, that was the case for SGs (my expertise), but I assume that was consistent across the brand. I have to say, I don't mind the tuners at all, they balance out the larger headstock IMO. And...
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    Mystery Les Paul copy identification thread

    Headstock looks like S101. Probably Chinese or Indonesian.
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    69' Jr with a MM guard fun

    Oh, I assumed you had modified it. I have seen a considerable amount of variation on MMs and Juniors around that time, but have not studied them in depth. The 1970 catalog only shows MMs with four knobs so that is indeed a mystery. Although they did often leave models off the catalogs... maybe...
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    My uncle gave me his '65 SG (long story, lots of photos!)

    Thank you, its cool to have that level of detail to work with. I can compare that to my 2007 Historic... 1/16" narrower at each point. And that's probably negligible when you factor in hand shaping. Interesting!
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    To Anyone Who Has Played a Vintage Les Paul

    I HAVE built guitars. If you weren't such an arrogant ignoramus, you wouldn't make a dumb assumption like that. You haven't explained anything either. Modern lumber is kiln dried too. Saying "time and quality" is not evidence of anything. What makes older wood better quality? What exactly does...
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    To Anyone Who Has Played a Vintage Les Paul

    I don't think comparing an acoustic instrument like a violin to a solid electric guitar makes any sense. But what exactly makes aged wood supposedly superior to new wood?
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    To Anyone Who Has Played a Vintage Les Paul

    I have played a '63 SG Junior and a '69/'70 SG Standard. Both exquisite to play and sounded fantastic. But both also had necks too chunky for my liking. Gibson necks in general run on the chunky side. My SG's "60s Slim Taper" neck (apparently a myth to have actually existed in the '60s) is a...
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    My uncle gave me his '65 SG (long story, lots of photos!)

    It could be the narrower nut making people think '65s and later were larger; an optical illusion. Also, with the reduced headstock angle from 17 degrees to 14 degrees in '65, that could affect optics as well. But I could certainly be wrong; I do not have any measurements to be certain. The best...
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    My uncle gave me his '65 SG (long story, lots of photos!)

    That is definitely true, Gibson introduced every feature whenever they ran out of the older stock, not at the beginning of the new year. The headstock size should be the same, based on my research. I've compiled what I know into this wiki: https://solidguitar.fandom.com/wiki/Dating#Other_Changes
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    69' Jr with a MM guard fun

    Probably an early to mid 1970 then. The thing with Gibson in that era is that each feature came in on its own schedule; they didn't just suddenly put the MIA stamp, volute and new logo on every SG built after the stroke of midnight on December 29th, 1969. In fact, the volutes gradually "grew"...
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    69' Jr with a MM guard fun

    That would actually be a '70 or '71 based on the heel and headstock visible in your other thread.




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