Up for sale, a 1970 Gibson SG Standard in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original rectangular Gibson hardshell case. 100% original save for an upgraded carved bone nut, this SG is one of the last great "batwing" guard Standards, featuring an absolutely massive neck profile carve, original Patent # stickered T Top humbuckers, a long frame chrome-plated Maestro Vibrola tailpiece, and deep carve on the body contours.
There's a broad, nuanced range of tonalities on tap with this particular era of SG production, pushing beyond the rich roar that the T Tops can achieve with ease. The bridge pickups is surprisingly clear and twangy, with tight low end and plenty of aggressive snarl. The middle and neck positions have incredible body, and a meaty fullness that stays focused and powerful, smoothing out nicely as you roll off the tone knob. Featherweight at 6lbs 12oz, this guitar is very acoustically resonant and lively, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation and slinky action.
Correct for a limited window in 1969-70, but in general very uncharacteristic of Gibson’s ‘60s neck carves, this SG has the most massive U neck carve we’ve ever encountered on an SG Standard. The shoulders are extremely full, the profile is baseball bat+ deep, and this substantial hunk of mahogany adds to the richness and resonance of the instrument in a meaningful way. The profile measures .905" deep at the 1st fret and 1.105" at the 12th.
The bound rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which have good meat, showing virtually no wear and playing easily up the 24 3/4" scale. The neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the guitar features the original Kluson Deluxe double line double ring tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. Also notable, this is one of the last SG's produced before the Norlin-era "Made in USA" stamp was added below the serial, and the guitar has just a hint of a volute.
All of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and original CTS pots with visible date codes from the first weeks of '70. Both pickups retain clean patent stickers on their baseplates and untouched solder on the chrome covers. Plastics include the large batwing pickguard and quartet of witch hat knobs. The original ABR-1 patent number bridge is intact with the correct foundry stamp on the base, working in concert with the Vibrola. The Maestro Vibrola is one of the most effective and often overlooked vibrato designs in guitar history, working extremely well for quick flutters, surfy shimmies and deep dives with ease, jumping back to the original pitch and responding to a light touch.
The original nitro lacquer Walnut finish is extremely glossy and presents very well, showing some scattered minor nicks on the body as a whole, particularly on the lower bout body edge, with a sliver of wear through the gloss on the back edge of the bass-side body horn. The neck profile is free of palm wear, also retaining its smooth nitro lacquer Walnut gloss.
The original and fairly uncommon rectangular hardshell case is included with a practically perfect Gibson silkscreen on the exterior, gold plush interior, and Gibson-branded neck retainer strap. The original latches are intact, as is the handle.