My so nice 65' Special

charlie chitlins

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I can't remember about the headstock logo...my instinct tells me it's right.
I'm pretty sure '65 was the last year of that bridge.
After that it came compensated for a plain G.
I didn't think I was a stickler for intonation until I tried to use the bridge that was on my '65 Firebird III.
I got a replacement from Philadelphia Luthier.
I think it must be nickel, because it developed a nice patina in a shore time.
 

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I’m thinking it’s right....gotta get them Vintage gurus in here to chime in. Damn, that’s a beauty brother!!!
 

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Nice SG!

I believe the logo should be inlaid on a Special (like the '65 below)...

Specials also tend to have the same tuner ferrules/bushings that a Standard would have (again, like below) as opposed to the ones that Juniors have (like on yours).

Perhaps yours was a Junior that had a neck pickup added? Your TRC looks more like a Special, though, and the pickguard looks right (with no extra hole). What does the cavity on the back look like?

On the other hand, this was a period at Gibson in which rules were not exactly set in stone. My '65 Junior has neck binding. :dunno:



Here's my '65 Junior for comparison...
 
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Definitely a real Special. If you can't find any signs of a refinished headstock face or an inlay hiding underneath, I'd just chalk it up to a production quirk.
 


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