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1970s Hisonus SG Deluxe Vintage Electric Guitar Walnut w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1970's Hisonus SG Deluxe electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A rare Japanese brand crafted by Chushin Gakki, Hisonus was the higher end companion of the Gibbon brand, boasting an exceptional attention to vintage spec. Produced on the heels of Gibson's SG Deluxe model in the mid '70s, this Hisonus iteration is exacting in its detail and accuracy, with a Walnut-finished mahogany body and neck, open book headstock, bound rosewood fretboard with small block inlay and fret edge binding, and stock T Top-style humbuckers. Details even include a spot on-cast copy of Gibson's Bigsby B5-style vibrato tailpiece, an ABR-1-style bridge with retainer wire and stamp underneath, multi-ply black pickguard and top-mounted control panel, and witch hat knobs. The guitar channels the natural warmth and wooly bark of mahogany through the humbuckers, offering a tone that's big, bold and warm without lacking definition. This Hisonus weighs 8lbs 4oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and low action.

The three-piece mahogany neck has a modestly chunky C shaped profile carve with a hair more roundness and shoulder in the higher registers, measuring .865” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a notably dark and tight-grained cut with fret edge binding, small pearloid block inlay, and stock slender fretwire. The original frets have good height and meat, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in every register. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the original bone nut measures 1 9/16“ in width. The headstock features pearloid Hisonus script text and crown inlay, and the original chrome Gotoh tuners with metal tulip buttons turn smoothly.

On the body, the electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector toggle and individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The pickups both meter at 7.8k ohms, in-step with Gibson's T Tops of the era. The chrome hardware is particularly clean, showing only a touch of patina on the saddles and tailpiece. The original witch hat knobs are intact, as well as the black pickup surrounds, black multi-ply pickguard and black multi-ply control panel. Cosmetic wear is limited to some scuffing across the pick path, with a few faint scratches and marks in the clear coat of the gloss, as well as a few minor dings mostly relegated to the lower bout body edge. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.

The original hardshell case with aluminum trim and gold plush interior is included.