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1972 Gibson SG-250 Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst


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Up for sale, a 1972 Gibson SG-250 in perfect working order. Only produced from November of 1971 through Summer of '72, this rare and decidedly unique SG was in many ways a successor to the Melody Maker SG model.

Tonewoods include an alder body and a maple neck capped with an Indian rosewood fingerboard, yielding a natural acoustic profile more akin to a Fender, with a balanced, clear quality channelled through the pair of single coil pickups. These pickups deliver midrange heft and percussive cut, yet are not as overt as a P-90, retaining a spanky sparkle in the treble frequencies. Both pickups meter at ~7k ohms, appreciably hotter than many traditional single coil winds. This SG-250 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a substantial C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and ideal heft in every register, measuring .875” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 12” radius, and the medium jumbo fretwire has been leveled and crowned in this instruments lifetime, falling just shy of full-on “fretless wonder” territory and exhibiting a touch of wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-11 that becomes progressively lighter as you approach the octave. This SG-250 plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the stock nut measures 1 9/16” in width. On the large headstock, the replacement set of Grover Rotomatic tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

All of the electronics function as intended; the single coil pickups are wired to the stock harness with CTS pots that date to the 6th week of ‘72, governed by Master Volume and Tone controls and individual pickup on/off switches. The top edges of the pickup cavities were both routed to accommodate larger pickups in this SG's past, and the extent of this routing extends fractionally beyond the nickel pickup surrounds on the original single coil pair.

The nickel-plated hardware exhibits uniform surface patina, including the control plate, pickup surrounds, and unique Tune-o-matic bridge, which was designed specifically for the new SG models in 1971. Plastics comprise the original pair of witch hat knobs and the pair of Gibson-embossed pickup covers.

The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish exhibits some finish loss on the back and lower bout body edge, along with a number of minor dings on the body as a whole, and an area of buckle rash on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

A padded gigbag is included.