#1
Bringing this thread back since it went unresolved before. Maybe someone out there can help me this time?

So since the finish on this guitar is so heavy I can't quite make out the numbers on the back of the headstock. I need the number so that I could figure out what year it is so that I could figure out what pickups are in the guitar. All I know is they are either '57s or a combo of 490R and 498T and it all depends on the year that this one was manufactured. So does anyone know how to tell?

Here's a picture of the guitar
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Last edited by andersondb7 at Nov 13, 2014,
#2
Not possible to tell from that photo. Can you take a picture of the back of the headstock?
#3
Lots of SG models had that pick guard shape. Take a closeup pic or hi-res scan of the front and back of the head stock under daylight or really good indoor lighting for a more useful response.
#4
ok I posted a pic of the headstock, but you still can't see through the finish. anyone know any other way to figure this out?
#6
Quote by Cajundaddy
No clearly visible serial # means it's a Chinese knockoff, a re-finish, or stolen. Lowest possible resale value.

Here is the Gibson SG fact page:

http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/gibson-sg-facts-0408-2011.aspx


Are you sure? it seems like the real deal to me, but I could be mistaken. Could you give me the fact number? I'm having trouble finding anything on this on that page.
#7
Quote by andersondb7
Are you sure? it seems like the real deal to me, but I could be mistaken. Could you give me the fact number? I'm having trouble finding anything on this on that page.


I haven't seen the front of the headstock or a closeup of the bridge yet but so far it looks like a nice recent vintage asian knockoff. Probably less than 10 yrs old.

Scroll down this page to see what a real Gibson headstock looks like on the back:
http://home.provide.net/~cfh/gibson.html#serial
#8
Where did you buy it from? The serial number is usually WAY more visible than that.
#10
ok u guys i solved the mystery of the hard to distinguish serial code by catching the light from a particular angle. the letters make out made in USA and 2008. It is clear. Who knows what pickups are in 2008 Gibson SGs?
#12
Quote by andersondb7
i read on another forum that it could be 490R and 498T. safe bet?


Most likely.
#13
Quote by Cajundaddy
No clearly visible serial # means it's a Chinese knockoff, a re-finish, or stolen. Lowest possible resale value.

Here is the Gibson SG fact page:

http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/gibson-sg-facts-0408-2011.aspx

I had a Studio LP that had an almost completely illegible serial and it turned out to be 100% legit.

Some of the stamped (not printed) headstock models have issues with the nitro settling flat and they're only visible by taking a rubbing.

@ OP:

If you want to know what pickups they are, why not just pull them and read the back?
Last edited by bubb_tubbs at Nov 14, 2014,
#14
Quote by bubb_tubbs
I had a Studio LP that had an almost completely illegible serial and it turned out to be 100% legit.

Some of the stamped (not printed) headstock models have issues with the nitro settling flat and they're only visible by taking a rubbing.

@ OP:

If you want to know what pickups they are, why not just pull them and read the back?


That's a good question.