None more cherry, here is the 1962 Gibson Les Paull/SG Standard
Designed to take on the Fender’s more futuristic stylings, the 60s brought about the new look Les Paul with a lighter body and a slimmer, faster neck and though Les never liked it, it proved to be one of the more popular of Gibson’s forays into the angular.
This guitar is quite the stunner. The body is in very nice shape and the top has retained a great cherry colour. There are a few dings here and there but nothing too serious at all (take a look at the pics in the gallery). Another point of note is the mahogany grain which is showcased so wonderfully here. The back has some dings but again nothing too serious. Its always nice to see a cherry finished Gibson where the colour of the front and the back match.
The neck, like the body, has a few minor dings but again retains its wonderful cherry hue with some light fading and showcases the stunning mahogany grain. The fretboard shows no signs of wear and with its refret, its ready to go.
The all nickel parts look very good with maybe a very little dulling. There has been some pitting on the trem.. The plastics are in great shape with the shallow dish knobs still retaining their reflectors.
Electronically everything looks to be correct. The bridge pickup volume pot has been changed and some of the solder joints have been disturbed. It has had other tuners on at some stage but no extra holes are visible on the back.
The guitar comes with its correct black hardshell case with orange lining, which just like the guitar is also in pretty nice condition.
Tonally, this guitar really brings quite a unique perspective on the twin humbucker combination. The smoothness of the neck pickup with the bite of the bridge and never too woofy. Like any Gibson from this period and earlier, there is such a scope to the sound, a notion that was lost with later incarnations from the venerable manufacturer.
If you’re searching for an SG for the collection then you cannot go wrong with this one. Grab it before it gets away…