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1986 Gibson SG Standard '61 Vintage Reissue Electric Guitar Cherry Gloss w/ Tim Shaw PAFs, Case


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Up for sale, a 1986 Gibson SG Standard '61 vintage reissue model in excellent condition and in perfect working order. 100% original aside from a professional vintage spec refret and carved bone nut, this SG is a stunning and fairly rare example, complete with the original "chainsaw" case and loaded with the stock pair of Gibson's Tim Shaw PAF pickups.

Arguably the most tonally impactful aspect of this SG Standard is the pair of Tim Shaw humbuckers. Designed with unoriented, rough cast Alnico V magnets, plastic spacers, and poly-coated wire to achieve the harmonic complexity, power, and tonal clarity of the original PAF design, these Tim Shaws have untouched solder on the nickel covers. The guitar positively sings with great clarity and Gibson's near endless sustain, and each position on the three-way switch yields a complex, vital sound from cutting and chiming to rich and throaty. The solid mahogany construction ensures a smooth, warm foundation for the tone, and the guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 4oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this SG with low action, accurate intonation, and 10-46 strings.

The mahogany neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and an effortless feel, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .870" at the 12th. The dark rosewood board features very lively and dimensional pearloid trapezoid inlays, and the board has been professionally refretted with slender 6230 vintage-spec fretwire. The frets are flawless with perfectly rounded crowns, playing easily up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock features the Gibson logo and crown inlaid in pearl and lightly ambered, with the original Gibson Deluxe tuning machines which turn smoothly with lightly greened keystone buttons.

The electronics function as they should, with all original components in the harness and CTS pots which date back to the 3rd week of 1985. The bridge pickup has a clean Shaw ink stamp on the baseplate, and both pickups even retain the tiny foil "PAF" factory stickers for the Shaws on the pickup rings. The neck pickup cavity is stamped "Cherry," also revealing the vintage-spec long neck tenon, while the bridge pickup cavity is dated March 24th, 1986. The hardware includes the stopbar tailpiece and chrome ABR-1 bridge with patent number baseplate, and the bridge no longer has its retainer wire for the saddles. Original plastics include the small pickguard and quartet of black reflector cap knobs, all of which have clean silkscreened text on the caps.

The gloss nitro lacquer Cherry finish is particularly bold and rich, and cosmetic wear is limited to some light pick scuffing across the guard, a targeted spot of light buckle rash at the treble-side waist on the back, and some additional faint finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the back and lower bout behind the bridge on top. The neck retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear with just a few shallow marks on the profile length.

The original Gibson chainsaw case is included. The case is just as well-kept as the guitar with functional latches, a large Gibson badge on the exterior, and blue plush interior.