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1989 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Electric Guitar 3 Pickup Alpine White 100% Original w/ Case, Bill Lawrence


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Up for sale, a 1989 Gibson SG Custom in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original "chainsaw" case. Featuring a notably yellowed original Alpine White gloss nitro lacquer finish, this SG is lightweight and lively at 7lbs 8oz with solid mahogany body and neck construction and a bound ebony fingerboard. At the heart of this Custom is the trio of original Bill Lawrence-designed Super Humbuckers, known colloquially as Gibson's "circuit board" pickups. These medium output pickups pair very well with this particular Gibson and handle gain extremely well, delivering an articulate array of tones that can be bright and growly or thick and punchy with the flip of a switch. We've had this SG professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .885" at the 12th. On the bound ebony fretboard, the stock frets have their full factory height with plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, showing only very light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features all the hallmarks of a Custom with multi-ply binding, split diamond inlay, and gold Grover Rotomatic tuning machines. The clear coat of the nitro gloss has largely worn off the headstock face at the edges, and the remaining headstock finish is stable.

The electronics are untouched, with the unique circuit board baseplates on the Gibson Bill Lawrence-designed humbuckers and original solder joints on the harness. The control cavity is shielded, and the CTS pots have visible date codes from 1988. Hardware includes the original ABR-1 bridge and corresponding tailpiece, and the gold plating has plenty of shine with surprisingly restrained patina. Plastics include the multi-ply white pickguard and quartet of black reflector cap knobs.

The nitro lacquer gloss Alpine White finish shows varying degrees of notable yellowing of the clear coat, with a “toasted marshmallow” appearance. Cosmetic wear is surprisingly restrained, with a few small dings on the body perimeter and on the back, and while one would anticipate the smell of this guitar to approximate Don Draper’s office, it doesn’t smell smokey unless your nose is pressed against the lacquer (not exactly playing position). The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear with barely a mark on it and some checking at the fret nibs.

The original Gibson "chainsaw" molded hardshell case is included with functional latches and the large Gibson badge on the exterior.