Up for sale, a 1976 Gibson SG Standard in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A lovely example of a '70s SG, this 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. Featherweight at 7lbs, this guitar is very acoustically resonant. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation, this SG has a tone that roars with the best of them, delivering a sound that is undeniably classic Gibson.
The three-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and plenty of heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features small block inlay and retains the original medium jumbo frets which have their full factory height with decent meat and crown despite Gibson’s fairly flat fret dress of the era. The frets show wear almost exclusively beneath the G and B strings on frets 1-9, and the guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Schaller-made and Gibson-branded tuning machines are intact, and these tuners turn very smoothly and hold pitch well with clean chrome plating and metal tulip buttons. The back of the headstock has the unique stickered serial with a 00-prefix, dating manufacture to '76.
The neck does exhibit an uncommon repair extending below the volute in a single line (unlike a typical U or V-shaped headstock fracture) roughly between the treble-side and central thirds of the mahogany where these pieces join. This split has been cleanly addressed and is smooth to the touch.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with untouched solder joints, stock tone caps, and CTS pots which date to late '75. The original harmonica bridge and tailpiece are intact, and the chrome hardware has plenty of shine and just a speckling of surface patina. The original quartet of black speed knobs are present too, along with the original pickguard and pickup rings.
The Walnut nitro lacquer gloss finish shows a few light finish scratches central to the back, along with a small spot of light buckle rash just north of the rear control cavity cover. There are some small nicks on top largely behind the bridge, a few additional minor marks on the body as a whole, and a repaired split at the input jack in a U-shape ending at the bridge pickup Tone pot shaft (there is some clear lacquer overspray on this repair). The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss with just a few shallow dings on the profile length that aren’t distracting to the palm while fretting.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included with a red plush interior, functional latches, a replacement leather handle, and clean silver "Gibson" silkscreen on the exterior.