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1973 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Guitar Walnut w/ Ebony Board, Tarback Pickups, Case


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Up for sale, a 1973 Gibson SG Standard in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and 100% original save for a pair of strap buttons. A great example of an early '70s SG, this guitar pairs an uncommon slab ebony fretboard with the SG's otherwise traditional mahogany construction, yielding a more glassy top end and greater note attack and articulation.

The guitar is loaded with the original pair of "Tarback" humbuckers, which have a different magnet structure and fewer winds than the T Tops produced in the same era. Coupled with the black epoxy that gave these humbuckers their name and ensures great feedback rejection by suppressing microphonics, the Tarbacks are a lively, sparkling pickup pair, perfect for pairing with the SG's solid mahogany construction. Plugged in, the bridge pickup has a surprising twang and clarity, but with a smooth top end, while the middle and neck positions have plenty of warmth and girthy bass response. Weighing 7lbs 13oz, this guitar is quite light and very acoustically resonant, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The three-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register, offering a consistent increase in overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and 1.015" at the 12th. The bound slab ebony fretboard features small block inlay and original practically perfect medium jumbo frets which retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and on the headstock, the original Gibson-branded, Schaller-made tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well with clean chrome plating.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints and CTS pots that date to the 23rd week of '73. The original harmonica bridge is intact along with the stopbar, and the chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming. Original plastics include the small batwing pickguard (which exhibits a bit of requisite pick scuffing), quartet of speed knobs, pickup rings and switch surround.

The Walnut gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, and cosmetic wear is limited to a spot of light targeted buckle wear at the treble-side waist, and just a few additional light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck retains its smooth gloss on the profile length with just a couple tiny marks.

The original black tolex hardshell case with red plush interior and Gibson silver silkscreen on the lid is included. The case features its original functional latches and handle.