Up for sale, a 1971 Gibson SG Deluxe in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, featuring a dark Walnut nitro lacquer finish and original "Gibson" embossed chrome pickup covers, very rarely seen on this model and only available from 1971-72! The tone and sustain is everything you'd want from a vintage SG, and the stock patent stickered T-Top humbuckers deliver great warmth and articulate, powerful tone. The guitar's bold acoustic voice translates well through the pickups with ample low end, meaty midrange, and glassy treble frequencies with great harmonic content. Featherweight at 6lbs 15oz, this SG is resonant and well-balanced. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 10-46 strings, this SG Deluxe is ready for stage and studio use.
The three-piece mahogany neck has a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with generous shoulder and ideal heft in the higher registers, measuring .800" 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. The original Gibson wide/flat medium jumbo frets are intact with their full factory height, showing moderate uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-4, with wear growing fainter until fret 10. The guitar plays cleanly in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted. The nut measures 1 9/16" width, and the headstock sports uncommon and original Gibson-branded 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 for each humbucker 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 51st week of '71, and stock shielding in the control cavity to give the guitar a low noise floor, ideal for recording. These pickups have clean patent stickers on the baseplates and the embossed covers are immaculate, with very slender original Gibson factory black plastic "goof strips" around the pickup rings. The control plate, pickguard, and quartet of which hat knobs are quite clean too. The bridge is the original patent number ABR-1 which retains original saddles, working in concert with the Gibson-branded Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. The original Bigsby spring is notably taut and not spongy, and the arm sits off the body at an ideal height, responding quite readily for warbles and dives.
The dark Walnut nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original save for one small touched up finish chip on the lower bout body edge just beyond the control plate, and cosmetic wear includes, a few spots of broad lacquer checking on top, and one finish chip on the bass-side lower bout edge. There is faint buckle rash central to the back, and light wear concentrated on the back lower bout body edge. The neck profile nitro gloss is smooth save for one spot of lacquer checking in the higher registers.
The original form-fit black tolex hardshell case is included with the Gibson silver silkscreen on the exterior. The case is just as clean as the guitar, with original functional latches and the stock handle.