#1
Someone mentioned this to me a while ago, so I thought I'd start this thread.
Here's a bit of background about mine.

It's a 1963 SG Standard, I bought this in 1987 as it is now for £475.00, the only difference from when I bought it to now is a bit more wear on the back of the neck and I've had the pickups re-conditioned, the neck pup started to fade in the 90's. This was my main guitar for everything up to a couple of years ago when I decided to retire it and buy another SG.
It's had Grover tuners fitted by whoever has owned this guitar before me and they've also taken the black off the headstock and re-stained it. The covers off the vibrola and the pickups were also missing when I got the guitar.
Here's some pic's.......












#2
Another excuse to post a pic of my guitar?

'77 Gibson RD Artist


'60-something SG.





Whoever owned it before me cracked it in half at the headstock and the base of the neck. Changed the bridge pup, the finish, the tuners, the bridge and carved the initials D.T. in the back of the guitar. It's pretty cool.

My brother's Gibson Les Paul Recording. It's been string jacked.


And this butt-ugly Gibson L6-S...


You can call me Aaron.


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Last edited by biga29 at Apr 16, 2011,
#3
^@ biga29 - that's an early '70s SG special, definitely not '60s - the earliest it could've been made is 1972.

in 1970 they changed the SG a lot, replacing the standard and special with the deluxe and pro respectively, only to change them back in 1972, but with the early '60s style pickguard.

how i know? because certain details are the same as my 1973 SG standard:





a few crappy blurry pics i took when i got it - and below, some professional photographs of it that were taken by the shop who sold it to me











edit: i like how this thread is already becoming a vintage gibson SG porn thread
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...A little too proud, to be honest.
Last edited by Blompcube at Apr 16, 2011,
#5

I am absolutely in love with my RD. It is the best playing guitar I've ever played. It has tiny flat frets, so I can get the action insanely low with practically zero buzz, and it doesn't fret out on bends either.


Yeh, I think the SG is a '74.
You can call me Aaron.


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Last edited by biga29 at Apr 16, 2011,
#6
Quote by biga29
Yeh, I think it's a '74.

yeah, it's weird how the little details changed from year to year.

i wouldn't mind picking up one of those SG specials - i love the way mini-humbuckers sound in mahogany bodied guitars - bright and shimmering, but also thick and punchy, with no brittleness, and not a hint of mud either. perfect for clean tones imo, especially the neck pickup - if i can find one as good as my SG standard, then i'll never need any other guitar - 'cept my SG standard of course

edit: also, my SG is like that too - very low but wide frets, and the action can get insanely low without any problems with fretting out (as you can tell from the picture, in the shop it was set with the bridge as low as it'll actually go on the treble side ). however, i like higher action because i find bending a lot easier with higher action, and the notes tend to ring out a lot cleaner.. but that's just me
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
Last edited by Blompcube at Apr 16, 2011,
#7
Quote by Blompcube

edit: also, my SG is like that too - very low but wide frets, and the action can get insanely low without any problems with fretting out (as you can tell from the picture, in the shop it was set with the bridge as low as it'll actually go on the treble side ). however, i like higher action because i find bending a lot easier with higher action, and the notes tend to ring out a lot cleaner.. but that's just me


That's the RD, not the SG.
You can call me Aaron.


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#8
Quote by biga29
That's the RD, not the SG.

yeah i know i was just saying my SG handles low action like your RD

how is your SG btw?
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
#9
Quote by Blompcube
yeah i know i was just saying my SG handles low action like your RD

how is your SG btw?


Eh, it's a fixer. Whoever had it before me didn't take good care of it at all. I need to replace all the electronics in it, but it's low on my list of guitars needing repair...
You can call me Aaron.


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#10
Quote by biga29

I am absolutely in love with my RD. It is the best playing guitar I've ever played. It has tiny flat frets, so I can get the action insanely low with practically zero buzz, and it doesn't fret out on bends either.


Yeh, I think the SG is a '74.

Thats very low action on your RD. I can also get mine very low on both my SG's but I personaly prefer my action a little higher.
#11
this thread should not die so young!

surely we're not the only 3 people on UG with good taste
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
#12
How old does a guitar have to be to be considered vintage ?

Also, a few nice SG in this thread, and I really like the RD shape, too bad it's discontinued !
Yamaha SG 800
Tokai USG 118s
Hughes&Kettner Tube Meister
Jet City JCA12XS
Laney Cub 10
Electro Harmonix Big Muff pi (tone/wicker)
Boss CH-1 Super Chorus
Guild D 125 CE <3
#13
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How old does a guitar have to be to be considered vintage ?

that's a good question - as far as i'm aware there's no definite answer

some people would consider a 1980s squier a vintage guitar, others wouldn't consider a '70s gibson or fender to be a vintage guitar - i guess what makes a guitar "vintage" is a bit of a grey area.

edit: I forgot to post my bass - sorry to be a c-c-combo breaker, but:







It's a 1978 rickenbacker 4001. I didn't pay a penny for it - my dad bought it for £350 through jimmy scott of the pretenders in the early '80s when he was still working in the local music shop i found it when i was 14 and he said "oh you found that.. i haven't played it for years... you might as well have it!"
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
Last edited by Blompcube at Apr 18, 2011,
#14
EDIT: ^^ with cars its 25 years old, that sounds about right for guitars too

and I have a 1973 4001 in blonde








Its a 1969 USA strat, with a left handed Japanese neck which was added to it in the late 80s. it played a lot better than the actual neck.
it was Refinished when the neck was placed on it by a luthier to a natural blonde, and the electronics were replaced aswell.
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#15


1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom in Silverburst.....I changed the pickups to Bareknuckle cold sweats...

I think my guitar tone searching days are over!
Diezel, Motherfucker
#17
how about a 1960-1961 strat?
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#18
Original paint? ^
You can call me Aaron.


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#19
There are some pretty nice guitars in this thread. I kinda wish there was a better way to see the finishes through the internet though, Often enough finishes don't show up properly. Like mh400nt's 1979 LP, It looks like it has a tint of green in that pic. Oh well, Still nice.

Are pics of projects welcome here? Oh well, Too late... Here's my 1966 Mosrite Ventures II (Non Slab Body) Model. (Old pic taken by seller)



Its the ugly duckling of the topic right now, For now you may point and say ha ha. It was refinished and the refin is terrible, Whoever painted it didn't care much because there was paint on most of the parts attached to the body. I'm going to refinish the body to red or blue, Maybe not an exact match to the original colors but close.
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Last edited by Gargoyle2500 at Apr 18, 2011,
#20
nope, it was refin'd in the 70s. it's cracking though like the originals.

here is an original made in 1967, les paul custom. it was sold in 68 as a new 68.


here's my 1986 standard. not vintage, but it's getting there.
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#22
Quote by gregs1020
here's my 1986 standard. not vintage, but it's getting there.

if you go by what sinister waffle said, it sure is very close to being vintage
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
#24
I think I'll stick with the made in America theme and post my 1964 Harmony Rocket H59/3 (mid rebuild)



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#25
Quote by Gargoyle2500
There are some pretty nice guitars in this thread. I kinda wish there was a better way to see the finishes through the internet though, Often enough finishes don't show up properly. Like mh400nt's 1979 LP, It looks like it has a tint of green in that pic. Oh well, Still nice.


Yeah it definitely has greened, I dont care really, some people love the colour, personally it sounds so good it could be pink and yellow polka dots and id still play the thing!

Hopefully this is a better pic to get a sense of the colour....

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#26
Quote by Blompcube
if you go by what sinister waffle said, it sure is very close to being vintage

the binding is starting to discolor, the red bled into the neck binding. it's def got vintage mojo.
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#28
Quote by Nirvanamad89


Vintage mid 70s Rickenbacker 325

is that a lefty, or a mirrored photo?

seems to be in extremely good condition for its age - looks brand new. isn't that a 1996 though? i thought the 1996 was basically a 325 with an F-hole and that's the only difference

i've played a few of those - now, i have very thin fingers and quite small hands but that scale length was way too short for me - even my fingers were a bit too big to play above the 15th fret

edit: yep, i thought that mh400nt's les paul was probably actually discoloured - a lot of the old gibson goldtops also developed a green tint - i think it's something to do with some copper content in the paint that tends to oxidise over time, or so i've been told.
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
Last edited by Blompcube at Apr 19, 2011,
#29
Yep your dead right its the 1996 model and yep mirrored pic hence it looking lefty!

Im first to admit i can't really play it my fingers are far to fat lol but i got it at an amazing price so i couldn't really say no!

Elliott
#30
Quote by mh400nt
Yeah it definitely has greened, I dont care really, some people love the colour, personally it sounds so good it could be pink and yellow polka dots and id still play the thing!

Hopefully this is a better pic to get a sense of the colour....



Looks cool even though it has turned a shade of green burst. Nice guitar anyways!
#31
Quote by mh400nt


1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom in Silverburst.....I changed the pickups to Bareknuckle cold sweats...

I think my guitar tone searching days are over!

hey i just noticed the extra mini toggle. what's that for? killswitch? coil tapz?
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#32
Quote by gregs1020
hey i just noticed the extra mini toggle. what's that for? killswitch? coil tapz?


Nope i'm afraid not...it does nothing. Literally nothing. Someone must have installed it, then deactivated it later, if I knew more about wiring I would have a dig around and see what the deal is!
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#33
Quote by mh400nt
Nope i'm afraid not...it does nothing. Literally nothing. Someone must have installed it, then deactivated it later, if I knew more about wiring I would have a dig around and see what the deal is!

gotcha. for a second i was like piezo?
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