That is completely correct.I found that the 61's had the thinnest necks and bodies and they started to make them more substantial around after 63. Not a huge difference but noticeable if you play them. The use of PAF's also stopped around that year. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
I believe the neck joint with the body changed sometime between '61 and '65. The '61s had a smooth neck joint that merely tapered into the body. Later models had a "stair step".
Very hard to make out that heel pic as it looks like you snapped the pic from about 1 inch away LOLThese a the pictures of the serial and the neck joint, and some others, thanks
True that. Great guitar. Like to see it restored.Very hard to make out that heel pic as it looks like you snapped the pic from about 1 inch away LOL
Anyways, it is clear that it is a smooth heel joint and that along with the serial number puts that without question as a 1961.
I already have 1 or two in red, and I believe the original color was black, but I for the pickup cavities and the control cavities, but I believe that the only black 61 sg was the standard, so I don't know, that's why I was planning on paint her in white or black, but I don't knowfor the love of god keep it red!