Up for sale, a 1971 Gibson SG Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order. 100% original aside from a new hand-carved bone nut and pair of chrome covers on the original patent sticker T Top humbuckers, this vintage Gibson retains its original dark gloss Walnut nitro lacquer finish. With a solid mahogany body and neck and bound rosewood fingerboard, the SG Deluxe has the inherent warmth and smooth growl that this tonewood combination provides, and the T-Top humbuckers deliver an articulate, dynamic range of sonic possibilities. The guitar's bold acoustic voice translates well through the pickups with defined low end, meaty midrange, and a sparkling treble snap. Featherweight at only 7lbs, this SG is resonant and well-balanced, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The three-piece mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve, very fast-feeling with slight shoulders at the nut and more roundness and heft in the higher registers, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark and tight-grained cut with small block inlay, and the original Gibson wide/flat fretwire is intact, showing only very light wear on the crowns of frets 1-7 beneath the plain strings and virtually no wear further up the board. The nut is a new hand-carved piece of bone for optimal sustain and note clarity, measuring 1 9/16" in width. The headstock sports uncommon and original patent pending Grover Rotomatic tuners that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with individual Volume and Tone controls coupled to a three-way pickup selector switch. Under the hood, everything is just as it was when this guitar left the factory, with untouched solder joints, original CTS pots which date to the 35th week of '71, and stock shielding in the control cavity to give the guitar a low noise floor, ideal for recording. The T-Tops both retain their original patent stickers on the baseplates. The control plate, pickguard, and quartet of which hat knobs are particularly well-kept. The bridge is the original patent number ABR-1 which retains original saddles, working in concert with the Gibson-branded Bigsby vibrato tailpiece.
The dark, saturated Walnut nitro lacquer gloss is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the guitar is crack-free with a clean neck heel and headstock. Cosmetic wear includes buckle rash across the back, as well as some scuffs and minor nicks on the body as a whole. There are some scattered shallow marks on the neck profile mostly clustered behind frets 4-8, yet nothing that impedes playability in the slightest.
A brand new form-fit black tolex hardshell case is included.