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1975 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Electric Guitar Alpine White 100% Original w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1975 Gibson SG Custom in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Featuring a gloss Alpine White nitro lacquer finish and original trio of Tarback humbuckers, this SG delivers the rich wooly warmth of the solid mahogany body and neck, balanced by the glassy treble articulation of the bound ebony fretboard.

Loaded with the original trio of "Tarback" humbuckers, these pickups 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 design, perfect for pairing with the SG's solid mahogany construction. The three-way pickup selector works as follows: Bridge, Middle + Neck (out of phase), Neck. As such, each position on the switch is extremely distinct. The bridge pickup has plenty of aggressive power and punch, yet with a sweet top end, while the middle position delivers a chime and nasally cut while not being too “pointed," still retaining a smooth, round character. The neck pickup rounds things out with plenty of warmth and girthy bass response. This SG weighs 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The three-piece mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve at the nut with considerable heft and roundness as you travel up the fingerboard, filling out to proper “baseball bat” girth by the 5th fret and beyond, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and 1.020" at the 12th. A proper "fretless wonder," the original slender fretwire shows only very light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6, playing 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 the headstock has all the hallmarks of a Gibson Custom model, with split diamond inlay and multi-ply binding. The original Kluson waffle back tuning machines are intact with notably clean gold plating, turning smoothly and holding pitch well. This SG also is fairly unique in terms of serialization, retaining a stamped serial, while also having a halo of the oval serialization sticker first seen in '75 (ostensibly removed or never applied).

The electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and original CTS pots which date to the 37th week of '74. The harmonica bridge retains the majority of its plating with only a light speckling of patina, and the Gibson-branded Bigsby retains its gold mostly on the treble side of the unit. All of the stock plastic parts are present including the quartet of black speed knobs, pickguard, switch surround, and pickup rings. The Alpine White nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the finish has yellowed considerably on the entire body, with even deeper yellowing on the neck profile. Cosmetic wear is limited to a small spot of buckle rash adjacent to the control cavity cover, and some additional minor finish scratches and small marks, predominantly on the back and bass-side body horn. There is some requisite pick scuffing across the guard, and a few scattered marks on the neck profile.

The original black tolex hardshell case with red plush interior is included. The case features a  silver Gibson silkscreen on the exterior as well as the original functional latches and handle.