Pls help me date my custom

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hello wise people of the forum. I have owned this SG for 35 years and I don't know it's date of birth.
 

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Well, without better more detailed pictures its gonna be very difficult. On a glance a big guard custom says early 70s to me.
 

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Afaik it is all original apart from the whammy bar screw. The toggle is unlike any I've seen, so it may be after market. The pots are hard to read for the solder but I think I've got 1376529, which puts them at the 29th week of 1965 according to the dating site I tried. The pups are patent sticker.
 

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It's late 65 to 68. What is the serial number?
 

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That should make it a '66 or '67. I imagine it has T tops with pat no. sticker on the bottom and orange (not red) wire?
 

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Supplementary question. The reason I opened this can of worms is because my beloved SG stopped working. When I opened the control cavity I found a loose wire. Damned Gibson qc, haha. What lug do I solder it onto? It's the lead not the ground. The guitar works with whatever log I touch it too, which one is the right one? Given that it is a three pick up guitar. Thanks
 

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It should be obvious where it came loose from, but it's not. Even using my magnifying glasses.
 

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I think it attaches to the inside of one of the braided wires. It's a bit of a mess. I'll investigate.
 

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The neck is 1 5/8" at the nut. Narrow and thick with fretless frets. I've been playing it for 35 years and am quite used to it. The sound is fantastic, especially the bottom end.
 

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As the yellow wire appears to go to ground on the other pot, and, on the tone pot we can see, the capacitor is on top and the lowest is grounded, It should go in the middle as marked.
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I would try it that way. No worry, you won't break or melt anything.
 
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