NGD! 2020 SG Special

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I've wanted one of these guitars since shortly after I sold my early 60s SG Special several decades ago. Along the way, I've acquired other Gibsons that were close -- some more than others -- but they just never were the same thing. In about 2000, I bought an SG Showcase Edition -- a very nice, limited edition model with active EMGs. Sounds killer, but it just wasn't the same. Then maybe a year later, I got closer and bought a double-cut Les Paul Special -- with P90s -- and that was much closer. But still, it wasn't an SG. Just about as close as you can get to one without it being an SG, though. And most recently, in 2018, I bought a Les Paul BFG with P90s. Again, about as close as you can get, although it doesn't quite have the upper reach ease that the SG has, and its neck is a touch thicker.

And then I start seeing these SG Specials -- new ones -- that look pretty much identical to the one I used to own. Right down to the Klusons with the white knobs and the compensated wraparound bridge. I kept telling myself, I've got two Les Pauls with P90s, and that should be enough, but it kept eating at me. Finally, I couldn't stand it any longer. I'd saved up enough where I could afford it, and I decided that I'm not getting any younger and I'd better get one while I can still enjoy the experience of playing it. What sealed the deal was a really good deal I ran across at Reverb, and when I saw it, I was lost -- or rather, a major chunk of my savings was lost. Hehe.

Anyway, here it is:
SG Special Front1a.jpg
SG Special Back 1a.jpg
SG Special Bling 1a.jpg


So here's the deal. This is a 2020 build. But it is brand spanking new. Still has the peel-away plastic on the pickguard -- and there's no wear on the plastic. No marks or scratches anywhere. The case is equally unmarked. So, I'm guessing it's NOS. But that seems strange to me -- a guitar like this is pretty popular. Seems like it would have sold -- unless maybe all the covid crap may have rained pretty hard on a certain music store's parade or something. All I can think of.

The third pic shows the bling that came with the guitar. A leather strap, a cleaning cloth, a manual, a hangtag, a case key, a cool little multi-tool, and coolest of all, a -- what do you guys call it? A birth photo or something? It's a shot of the guitar sitting on the workbench of the tech who did the final setup.

You know what I was really hoping to find with this SG? A guitar that has had a couple of years of honest wear -- you know, minor nicks and dings here and there. Some pick fogging on the pickguard. Maybe a bit of corrosion on the pickup screws. But what do I get? None of that. I get a guitar that is perfect, and now I get to agonize over that first ding or nick or evidence of wear. That's probably the one thing I hate about owning a new guitar. I will feel so relieved once I finally put that first nick or ding on the guitar. Not that I plan to do any such thing, of course. And so the angst continues.
 

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If it's really a 2020 build it's something special (pun!), because they didn't start selling those in that vintage cherry finish until this year. Prior to this they were in metallic finishes.

But who cares about the details, because that is a seriously gorgeous guitar! I saw one in a shop recently and didn't dare play it, a cherry SG Special is a long held dream of mine.
 

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Congrats!
The year is 1st and 5th numbers in the serial. It's a 2022. I enlarged the pic enough to read it :)
Gibson reverted to that format in 2020.
I have a Vintage Sparkling Burgundy Special from 2019. They're great guitars, eh?
 

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Oh man, what a beautiful SG. Congrats. I think it’s really cool that it came with a picture of the Gibson employee with the guitar.
 

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Thanks for the info on the serial numbers. I was just taking the seller's word for it. But it being a 2022 makes a good deal of sense. The guitar is brand new, and it's much easier to explain a 2022 brand new guitar than a 2020 brand new guitar.

Only thing I have a question about though is its color. The online descriptions indicate it as having a vintage cherry finish. But mine's finish isn't cherry -- unless it's some sort of faded cherry finish or something. Honestly, I would have preferred just the traditional old cherry finish. But I guess I can get over it.

Here's what I'm talking about. So, if this and black are the only finishes available for the new SG Special, where did mine's come from?

 

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Does it look more cherry red in the 'baby photo' in the case? It's hard to tell from the photos above but yeah it looks more faded.
 

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Honestly, it's hard to say. I'm done worrying about it, though. The most important thing is it plays and sounds great.
 

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Congrats!
The year is 1st and 5th numbers in the serial. It's a 2022. I enlarged the pic enough to read it :)
Gibson reverted to that format in 2020.
I have a Vintage Sparkling Burgundy Special from 2019. They're great guitars, eh?
I'd like to revisit this. My SG's S/N is 202520xxx. When I go to all the look-uip sites on the internet, they all come back saying it's a 2020 -- except one, that reports it as a 2022. This is the site that reports it as a 2022:

https://www.guitardataproject.org/serial/gibson`

The YDDDYxxx S/N was used back when it was 8 digits long. Gibson went to the YYxxxxxxx format once they went to 9 digits. So, what you're saying is that Gibson has reverted back to its previous YDDDYxxxx scheme, but has adapted it for the 9-digit number? I wasn't getting that in any of the S/N articles I've read. I guess they're not up to date.

In fact, even the article at Gibson's website doesn't appear to be up to date if this new scheme is true, cuz Gibson says from 2014 on, it's YYxxxxxxx. Who should I believe? Here's the Gibson article:


I must say, given the condition of this instrument, and its untouched set of accessories, it makes much more sense for the guitar to be a 2022.
 
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I'd like to revisit this. My SG's S/N is 202520xxx. When I go to all the look-uip sites on the internet, they all come back saying it's a 2020 -- except one, that reports it as a 2022. This is the site that reports it as a 2022:

https://www.guitardataproject.org/serial/gibson`

The YDDDYxxx S/N was used back when it was 8 digits long. Gibson went to the YYxxxxxxx format once they went to 9 digits. So, what you're saying is that Gibson has reverted back to its previous YDDDYxxxx scheme, but has adapted it for the 9-digit number? I wasn't getting that in any of the S/N articles I've read. I guess they're not up to date.

In fact, even the article at Gibson's website doesn't appear to be up to date if this new scheme is true, cuz Gibson says from 2014 on, it's YYxxxxxxx. Who should I believe? Here's the Gibson article:


I must say, given the condition of this instrument, and its untouched set of accessories, it makes much more sense for the guitar to be a 2022.
Best advice I can give you is, don't use those sites. They use algorithms that can spit out all kinds of fake data. You can work out most recent Gibsons by tables at Gibson or Reverb. Note that serial numbers of reissues are repeated every decade, 60s and 70s are based on a 6 to 8 number sequence (more or less) and the old system of YxxxYxxxx was changed to YYxxxxxxx for 2014 to mid 2019 or so.
Gibson's serial number inconsistency has been... consistent ;)
 

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If, indeed, the new S/N system is YDDDYxxxx, I wonder why Gibson hasn't updated its own internet site to reflect this latest change?
 

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If, indeed, the new S/N system is YDDDYxxxx, I wonder why Gibson hasn't updated its own internet site to reflect this latest change?
Gibson has had so many different people running various departments over the years it's a wonder they aren't shipping Fenders ;)
 

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Beautiful SG Special, neck binding, '61 body shape, wraparound bridge ... Congratulations, very good choice.

I like the brownish finish.
 

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Congratulation. I have had mine since early 2021. These Specials are awesome guitars. Enjoy!



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