1988 Gibson SG

lespaul54459

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Hi all,

This is for sale locally. Is it unusual to see an ink serial number (at least it looks like an ink serial) and the pickup switch above the knobs on a 1988 Gibson SG?

Thanks!
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I searched and found a few similar looking with the same switch location. Not sure about the ink S/N tho....
 

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Hi all,

This is for sale locally. Is it unusual to see an ink serial number (at least it looks like an ink serial) and the pickup switch above the knobs on a 1988 Gibson SG?

Thanks! View attachment 664352 View attachment 664354 View attachment 664353
Hi all,

This is for sale locally. Is it unusual to see an ink serial number (at least it looks like an ink serial) and the pickup switch above the knobs on a 1988 Gibson SG?

Thanks! View attachment 664352 View attachment 664354 View attachment 664353
I have (what I think is) an '86 SG and the switch is in the same position as this with the jack on the underside. Mine does have an embossed serial number though, and Grovers. I've also swapped out bridge & tailpiece for Faber's, pickups for BK Stormy Mondays, and changed the knobs. The picture upload has really screwed with the colours - it's a much nicer red that what I'm seeing on the site right now. Looking at the checking in your images, that one actually looks older, but maybe it is just battle worn!
 

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lespaul54459

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I have (what I think is) an '86 SG and the switch is in the same position as this with the jack on the underside. Mine does have an embossed serial number though, and Grovers. I've also swapped out bridge & tailpiece for Faber's, pickups for BK Stormy Mondays, and changed the knobs. The picture upload has really screwed with the colours - it's a much nicer red that what I'm seeing on the site right now. Looking at the checking in your images, that one actually looks older, but maybe it is just battle worn!
Yeah lots of checking on this one!!
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Its not an ink ser#
Its the leftover dark cherry filler that fills the usual inprinted stamp.....same as for the 'Made in USA'.

My 85 SG has that same switch position and knob layout.....interestingly its also an unusual SG in that the neck pickup sits up against the fretboard due to the more slab like body with less prominent bevelling.

The logo is the odd part - that is not the logo for that era guitar. The 88 logo is a variant of the Norlin logo with the closed 'b' and 'o'. The more vintage open b and o logo didn't come in until 93 when the custom shop started as a separate entity.
 

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I have a '78 left handed SG and there is no checking, so that seems a little odd for the '88 to have that much.
 

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Hi all,

This is for sale locally. Is it unusual to see an ink serial number (at least it looks like an ink serial) and the pickup switch above the knobs on a 1988 Gibson SG?

Thanks! View attachment 664352 View attachment 664354 View attachment 664353
I am not an expert, at all, but that checking does not put me off this guitar one bit. I do have some experience with paint and laquer including nitro. it's temperamental, to say the least. The guitar is getting old and may have been exposed to numerous, radical temperature shifts. That could be enough to make the checking go off like that. Again, no expert but, at that price, had I the cash laying around, I would pounce on that guitar. It looks awesome to me.
 

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Great guitar, I'd buy it in a heartbeat! One of the things I love about these is the side jack output instead of the clunky plug on the face of the guitar. I'd love to see Gibson make another offering of SGs with side jacks.
 

Mitchey75

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I use guitar cables with angled jacks for my SGs and in general. It works more than fine!
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