Very early 1969 Gibson SG Special in classic cherry? Why not!
Designed as a student model, a step up from the Junior, the Special had taken many guises since its introduction in 1955. By 1963 all connection to Les Paul had been lost with a radical redesign that became popular with players such as Toni Iommi and Robbie Krieger. the distinctive look setting the guitar apart.
This guitar looks stunning. The body is in totally un-faded condition with only a few very minor marks. There are no real signs of checking either leaving the guitar with a smooth, deep gloss finish.
The lacquer on the neck hasn’t faded either and, as with the body, has kept the deep colour and gloss sheen. Unfortunately, the guitar suffered a minor crack just under the fingerboard, the crack not being immediately evident but stretching from the nut underneath the first three frets (see pictures). It looks to have been caused by a knock during transit. This has now been repaired an is now just as strong as before.
The top edges of the headstock is the only spot where we see any wear, though this is very minor. The tuners are totally original and unique to the late 68 - 69 year for SG Specials . The fretboard and original frets are in great condition as is the binding.
The plastics are in good shape, the pickguard hasn’t warped or cracked and the pickup covers are all intact.
The bridge and maestro tailpiece are in good condition and the maestro tailpiece stays in tune well.
Electronically everything is original. All solder joints are untouched and the pot codes are week 50th week of 1968.
The guitar comes with the original rectangular hardshell case.
Sonically this guitar is so much more than a ‘student’ guitar. The neck is full bodied and clear with the bridge delivering that raw tone that we just itch for in an SG. A great rock n roll machine. The neck, though a slim taper, is so comfortable and reassuringly full, just inviting you to play anywhere.
We love SGs here at ATB Guitars and to have a Special is always a treat. This is a stunning example. Grab it before it gets away…