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1972 Gibson SG II Vintage Electric Guitar Walnut 100% Original w/ Mini Humbuckers & Case


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Up for sale, a 1972 Gibson SG II in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Only produced from 1972-76, this short-lived Gibson offering was initially introduced as a more affordable, entry-level SG, with features including a pair of mini humbuckers, a solid alder body, mahogany neck and thick slab Indian rosewood fretboard.

The unusual Gibson tonewood complement yields a balanced, clear natural acoustic quality, and the original mini humbuckers (Tarback in the bridge position and a Patent # at the neck) are punchy and full-sounding, with tight lows and sweet treble growl. The bridge pickup is snappy and bright, and the neck pickup has a much fuller, more open sound ideal for fat leads and articulate chording. Featherweight at 5lbs 13oz, this SG II has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, gaining more heft and roundness in the upper registers, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .999” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo fretwire, leveled and crowned and only exhibiting a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-7. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 9/16“ in width. On the large headstock, the nickel-plated Gibson Deluxe tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with large keystone buttons.

All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and CTS pots that date to the 27th week of ‘72. The pickups are governed by independent two-way on/off switches with Master Volume and Tone controls, and both pickups meter at 6.05k ohms. Plastics comprise the original witch hat knobs, raised pickguard, pickup rings, and factory “goof rings” around the tailpiece mounting studs. The bridge pickup cover is lightly worn along the strum path, and the chrome plating on the compensated wraparound tailpiece is notably clean.

The gloss nitro lacquer finish is a deep, rich shade, splitting the difference between Walnut and Cherry, with a bit more ruddiness on the back. Cosmetic wear includes an area of buckle rash across the back, a handful of small scuffs on the top behind the bridge, and a number of minor dings on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

A modern hardshell case is included.