Up for sale, a 1964 Gibson SG Standard in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This classic small guard SG is one of the last to feature both a full 1 11/16" nut width, as well as all nickel-plated hardware and the original nitro lacquer Cherry finish.
Weighing 7lbs 10oz, this SG is extremely resonant and lively, and the original pair of hand-wound Patent Sticker humbuckers are balanced and clear, very much in medium-wind PAF territory. Perfect for both glassy cleans or rich drive, the Patent Stickers are the direct descendants of the PAF for a sound that is both sweet and powerful. The plain strings are particularly chiming and crisp, with plenty of top end zing on the bridge pickup and complex harmonic content. In contrast, the neck position humbucker has girthy, full bass response without sacrificing clarity or percussive cut, and is an ideal choice for lead work that blooms and rips accordingly. Acoustically, the guitar has a prominent voice that barks with midrange presence and top end sparkle, and these qualities translate well through the amplified signal. Dialed in to perfection with low action and spot-on intonation here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this SG Standard is strung with fresh 11-49 strings.
The one-piece mahogany neck has slender C profile carve, effortless and fast-feeling with slight shoulders and appreciably more roundness and depth as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .785" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark and tight-grained cut with a glassy, snappy tonal response. The board sports pearl trapezoid inlays, and the original frets are intact, leveled and crowned and currently showing zero wear. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original double ring, double line Kluson Deluxe tuners are intact, turn smoothly, and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics work as they should, the original CTS pots date to '64, and both pickups retain their original patent stickers on the baseplates. The solder is touched up on the pickup covers, and the bridge pickup has non-original chrome poles. The nickel plated hardware includes the ABR-1 bridge with correct foundry stamp on the baseplate and long frame Maestro Vibrola. The Vibrola works extremely well, with a taut spring that jumps right back in tune and responds to the lightest touch, easily one of the most effective and most visually alluring vibrato designs ever offered on a Gibson. All original plastic parts are intact too including the pickguard, neck spacer, and a particularly nice quartet of reflector cap knobs.
The original nitro lacquer Cherry finish is vibrant and rich, with a subtle tan line beneath the pickguard preserving the unaged Cherry. The instrument is structurally sound, with one very tiny repaired split across the bass-side corner of the neck heel. The guitar exhibits a small spot of light buckle rash central to the lower bout and a few additional nicks and minor marks on the body as a whole. There is prominent lacquer checking central to the upper bout on the back, and fainter, broader checking extending horizontally across the body. The neck profile has some small, shallow marks central to the carve behind frets 2-9, and nothing distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original "large pebble" black tolex hardshell case with gold interior is included and equally as clean as the guitar, with the original handle, functional latches, and Gibson badge on the exterior.