Looking into getting an SG's, what years to avoid?

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I've been listening to a lot of Black Sabbath and "stoner" rock lately, as well as building fuzz pedals, so naturally now I NEED an SG!


So far I know I want pearl inlays, no robots, no mini-humbuckers and no PCBs.


What year did they start using the PCB's and did they use across all models? Les Pauls too?

What are some years to look for and some to avoid? I'm not looking to spend a fortune so probably looking for a modern SG (90s-2010's)

Any guidance is much appreciated! :)
 

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I think they started using PCB in 2008.
For me it's all about the neck.
Do you prefer thick rounded necks or Slim Taper?
Avoid the years with the neck you don't want.

I have three SG.
Three different tunings.
C#, E, E-flat

Left to right:
2004 SG Special
2004 SG Classic
2006 SG Classic

 
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If I had to go out right now and grab an SG for a Sabbath cover band, and I was on a budget, I'd go for an SG Junior.
 

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I think they started using PCB in 2008.
For me it's all about the neck.
Do you prefer thick rounded necks or Slim Taper?
Avoid the years with the neck you don't want.

I have three SG.
Three different tunings.
C#, E, E-flat

Left to right:
2004 SG Special
2004 SG Classic
2006 SG Classic

Which models are thinner?
 

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I’d start with necks. SGs are all ovet the place- narrow vs wide nuts, skinny vs thick profiles.

Also- do you want a big vs small guard.

Seriously- start there.
 

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I’d start with necks. SGs are all ovet the place- narrow vs wide nuts, skinny vs thick profiles.

Also- do you want a big vs small guard.

Seriously- start there.
Oh man haha I guess not a thick neck profile, narrower nut and not too picky with guard.

pearl inlay and no mini humbuckers are a must
 

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Since you want a 1990-2010 model, they will all have the modern 1-11/16 nut width as opposed to the narrow 1-9/16 nut width from the past which started in 1965.

From 1990-2010, general rule of thumb:

Small Guard = Slim Taper neck profile
Batwing = Thick and Rounded neck profile

There are some exceptions to the rule, but I rarely see SG with small guards and baseball bat necks.

No two necks are identical even within same year and model, but Small Guard vs Batwing is usually a good indicator of what type of neck profile it will have.
 
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I have no idea what years to avoid. Wouldnt even know how to qualify some years as better than others. My SG is a 2010 model. 61 reissue. No pcb. I remember when i bought it, i played 3.. and this was the one that came home. I think the others were standards. It does have a wider feeling neck..
 

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Since you want a 1990-2010 model, they will all have the modern 1-11/16 nut width as opposed to the narrow 1-9/16 nut width from the past which started in 1965.

From 1990-2010, general rule of thumb:

Small Guard = Slim Taper neck profile
Batwing = Thick and Rounded neck profile

There are some exceptions to the rule, but I rarely see SG with small guards and baseball bat necks.

No two necks are identical even within same year and model, but Small Guard vs Batwing is usually a good indicator of what type of neck profile it will have.
Interesting, I didn't realize the pickguard size was that significant. I'll will keep my eye out for one. I guess worse case scenario is I can always replace electronics if I can't find a "pre-PCB" SG.
 

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Small pickguard if you are after Iommi tone!
 

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This is your 2012 correct?
Yes.

Even my 2019 SG Junior is hand wired.

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I do believe that the USA ‘61 “reissues” are all hand wired compared to the “modern” type Standards.... the Junior is from the Original Collection line of USA SGs and I believe those to all be hand wired as well.
 
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I found this one listed as a "2018 60s Tribute". I really dig the color. Any idea what the specs would be on these?
 

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