Early 65 SG Special question

Mike Irvin

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Hey Guys, I'm more of a Les Paul guy but I have a chance to buy what seems to be a nice early 65 SG special.

It's almost mint, with just a few light scratches on the pick guard.
100% all original. No breaks. Not molested in any way.
It has the original case that's like new.
It has the hang tags.
It has the 64 appointments, such as the wide nut and nickel hardware. ( Early 65 ).
Has the 3 screw Maestro.

I can get it for around 4800. Pics below.

Whatcha think? Price about right?

Like I say, I know Les Pauls inside and out, but SG's... I'll defer to those who know.

Thanks!

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The price seems more than fair considering it’s condition. I saw one recently on reverb for $4,100, it was 100% according to the ad, but it looks like someone took a cheese grater to the heel.

So I’d think yours is quite a deal!
 

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Thanks Vic. The hang tags and being virtually unplayed helps add to the mix.
 

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I'm in no way an expert, but follow the market like yourself. IMO the price is fair. Albeit top of the mark.

If I were in a position to buy I'd probably want to be in around $4200. I've noticed that the market for SG's seems much more variable than it is on the les paul side of things.

The other question to ask yourself - Are you buying it as a collectable, or as a player?

Personally, guitars like this kind of scare me. I love seeing such pristine examples, but knowing that it's so clean and that any new play wear I put on it is going to slowly chip away at it's value makes me nervous.
 

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See that's the thing, if I bought this I'd be gigging it. And just like with your Special, I'd gig it as well. Would it get bumps and bruises? I'd do everything possible to make that NOT happen... Would it happen? Anything is possible...

But I honestly think I wouldn't freak out if it did happen. I buy guitars as a player and not a collector.

And there's nothing wrong with either, like you were saying, how you feel about purchasing these things is all about your mindset.
 

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All good points. This would be an investment that I would play once in a while at home only.

To put away safely and forget about for the next 5-10 years.

It's not intended to be a money maker of any consequence, just cool to have a brand new 55 year old guitar to pull out when the boys come over to play!
 

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Looks very minty.
If that's what you like, I think it's too dollar, but not way over the top.
If you're going to play it, I would buy a less minty one.
I put these in about the same league as non-reverse Firebirds. There is one of those on my local CL for months, asking 4k.
 

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Considering the condition of the case as well, and the hang tags?

I think the price is right.
 

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Looks like you'll be having another NVGD soon. :applause:
 

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Still on the fence, and the info I've gotten so far really helps.

Thing is, he has access to a mint 56 Byrdland with Alnico pickups that I'm trying to get more info on, but he's being dodgy with that one. I think he may want it.
Besides, I think I would rather wait and find another 50's Gibby archtop player like the ES 350/Byrdland.

I'm thinking about 4500 would be a good deal on the SG. If not, se la vie!

It helps to bounce these thing off you guys! Helps one see past the GAS!
 

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If you're not 100% than paying top dollar doesn't make much sense. As clean as it is, the market is fickle and getting what you paid back out of it is not guaranteed.

Have you played the 65? If not, play it and then decide if you can walk away.

On the other hand, if you've already played it and are still doubting things, it sounds like your heart is elsewhere.
 

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I played it through an old Vibroverb, and it sounds killer.

But you have a good point.

That's good money to tie up, when I could get more playing enjoyment out of something else cool later.

Thanks for the nudge!

I wonder if guitar addition is a recognized condition? I want one of those little blue parking tags so I can park closer to the guitar shows! :rofl:
 

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I wonder if guitar addition is a recognized condition?
Well if it's not, it damn well should be!! I'd say we could start a support group, but something tells me that'd only lead to more GAS. :cool2:
 

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One thing to consider; that is THE! Iommi guitar. The condition is amazing. The tones these produce are beyond reproach.

Plug that thing into a Fuzz Face with the volume and fuzz dimed and start with the guitar volumes on zero and start easing the guitar volume up... :wow: o_O
 




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