The SG Special evolved out of the Les Paul Special in the early ’60s when Gibson introduced the SG as its primary solid body shape. The Special was conceived as a more affordable, parred-down take on SG Standard, and this designation still exists today.
Double cutaway mahogany body (same size as SG Standard)
22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay,
Blackface peghead with pearl logo inlay,
Three-per-side tuners with plastic buttons,
Layered black pickguard,
Two single coil pickups,
Two volume/two tone control,
Three-position toggle switch
The SG Special was available in ebony, natural and white, but cherry was the most popular colour. In 1965 vibrato became standard. The Special became an iconic Gibson model, to some degree courtesy of Pete Townshend who used to destroy them on stage with great regularity at Who concerts throughout the 60s.
This rock & roll legend was created in the traditional SG shape (nee 1961 Les Paul) with the twin sharp almost symmetrical horns, the standard centre-detent headstock design with the black overlay, and bearing the pearl inlaid Gibson logo in postwar script.
This lovely example from 1965 has seen some work on plenty of stages, but is in very good original condition. The dark Brazilian rosewood fingerboard is in great shape, with the cream coloured binding and inlaid with 10 mother of pearl dot markers.
The pickups are classic Gibson P-90s, which have a sparkly chime compared to the SG Standard’s humbuckers. They are fatter sounding than a Fender single coil, with a rounded midrange girth that adds punch without the mud sometimes associated with regular humbuckers.
The guitar shows normal signs of wear and use including some nicks, dings and dents, scratches and crazing, but nothing too offensive – just some honest player wear to be expected on a 50+ year old instrument.
And this one has had no breaks, splits, cracks or repairs in its long life to date.
The tuners are the original Kluson Deluxe three-on-a-plate with oval cream plastic buttons. Plenty of life left in the original frets.
The owner has removed the original vibrola arm, but it is in the case, included in the sale, and easily slips back into place if required, without any screws.
It is currently wearing a high quality, compensated, string-through wraparound bridge, which adds tuning stability and better definition through added string angle.
It plays beautifully in all positions with a medium low action. It has been professionally set up, is in fine original condition, and it ready to rock for another fifty years.
Nut width is 1 7/8”. Weight is on the light side at 6.8 lbs
Comes in its original Gibson hard case in good condition.