Here at PREMIER GUITARS in Sydney we have listed a few great Gibson Les Paul SG Reissues over the years, but never the real deal. But here it is – a superb, very rare and collectable 1962 LP/SG in all its vintage glory.
In the beginning was the Les Paul, the famous Gold Top designed by jazz genius Lester Polfus to be as striking visually as it was sonically. Then the Gold Top became a sunburst, and the Les Paul Standard was born in 1958.
Finally, after three years of disappointing sales, Gibson decided to change the shape of the Les Paul in favour of a mahogany plank with no maple top, purely diabolical in its double-cutaway cherry red look. Les Paul did not care for this new look, and the virtuoso asked Gibson not to use his name on this model any more. Subsequently, the name of the model was changed to SG for Solid Guitar.
Since then, the SG has overcome that initial disappointment by finding its way into the hands of Angus Young, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Tony Iommi and many more.
This SG still bears the Les Paul name on the truss rod cover and it was built in 1962, the second year of production. The sideways vibrato is visually splendid but not so efficient in use and therefore was only included on the very first SGs. This one has steel bridge saddles, rather than the nylon saddles, which were introduced late in 1962.
The pickups are of course the almighty Gibson PAFs, and they sound as good as their reputation implies.
Many 60s era SGs have suffered a neck break and / or stress fractures in the neck pocket. This guitar has neither – it is rock solid in every way.
Solid Honduras mahogany body with deep bevelled cutaways
One-piece mahogany neck
Nut width 1 11/16 inches
Standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches
Neck shape is a wonderful '62 medium-to-thick profile.
Brazilian rosewood fretboard
Inlaid pearl trapezoid position markers
22 original jumbo frets in very good condition
Headstock with inlaid pearl Gibson logo and pearl crown inlay
Three-layer, black over white plastic bell-shaped truss-rod cover with "Les Paul" engraved in white.
Individual single-line Kluson Deluxe tuners, with double-ring tulip-shaped plastic buttons.
Serial number 42xxx impressed into the back of the headstock
Two original Gibson PAF humbucking pickups, each with a black label "Patent Applied For" on the underside, with readings of 7.57k and 7.61k.
Original black plastic pickup rings.
Five-layer black over white plastic pickguard with five screws.
Small black plastic neck-end cover with two screws.
Four controls (two volume, two tone) plus three-way pickup selector switch
The potentiometers are stamped "134 6147" (November 1961).
Original wiring appears undisturbed
Black plastic bell-shaped knobs with metal tops
ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic non-retainer bridge with steel saddles
Sideways vibrato tailpiece with fold out flat-arm
All hardware nickel plated
Weight is 7.4 lbs
The original finish on this guitar is in great condition. The rich cherry is maintained overall with some lightening on the top of the body and rear of the neck. The back is deep cherry red and amazingly clean.
This guitar is a delight to play. The truss rod works fine, neck is straight with no issues. The neck joint is at a good angle. and the action is very low and easy to play – super clean in all neck positions. And did we mention the PAF pickups ???
This is a beautifully preserved Les Paul SG and quite a piece of vintage Gibson history. It is so rare to find one in what appears to be untouched, original condition and deserves a place in any serious collection.
Comes in what we think is its original Gibson hard case in very good condition.
Video demo of same model - https://youtu.be/dTcSEpEaNj8