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Gibson SG Special / Les Paul Special Solid Body Electric Guitar (1960)
Gibson SG Special / Les Paul Special Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1960), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 0-9911, cherry lacquer finish, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.
This is a very nice example of the double-cutaway Les Paul Special, from the last year of production when the "Les Paul" designation had already been removed from this model only. In 1960 Gibson catalogued this guitar as an "SG Special," although this body shape is usually not associated with that designation, but its pointy-horned successor.
This is the last variant of this model, with the neck pickup moved farther away from the fingerboard to allow for a stronger neck joint and the selector switch farther forward on the body, near the bridge. Both of these features were changed in the second half of 1959, around the time these guitars lost their "Les Paul" markings. The realization that these new double cutaway bodies left a lot less attachment area for the neck caused Gibson to alter the design in less than a year. The stronger joint on these later models makes for a more reliable guitar in the field!
This Special features two powerful P-90 pickups, a 3-way toggle, and tone and volume controls with black metal-capped bonnet knobs. It also sports a multi-ply beveled-edge black celluloid pickguard and the nickel-plated solid bar bridge/tailpiece assembly. The headstock carries the pearl Gibson logo but no "Les Paul" designation, with strip Kluson deluxe tuners. The neck has the flatter 1960 profile but retains a substantial feel, chunkier than some of this year's output from Kalamazoo.
This is a great all-around guitar; an effortless player suitable for rampaging rock and roll or many other genres (Frank Reckard used this model to great effect with Emmylou Harris for some years). As Gibson solid-bodies from the 1950s and early '60s become ever rarer, the two-pickup Special represents perhaps the best value in a "Golden Era" Gibson solid-body.
Overall length is 39 1/8 in. (99.4 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm.) deep. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).
A very clean and original guitar with NO neck issues at all -- always the crucial point on these double-cutaway solid-bodies. All original including the P-90 pickups, pots, wiring, tuners, and hardware. The D-string tuner is a bit bent but functions fine. There is some light finish wear overall; the lacquer still shows a good cherry color without too much fade. The fingerboard has some small divots in the lower positions, but the frets remain in good shape. There is a bit of finish loss to both sides of the neck from the first-to-fifth fret area.
There is a repaired chip to the body on the lower horn where it looks like the tip took a hit and a piece of wood about 1' long popped up along the grain; this has been repaired solidly but not touched up, so it is still visible. How this guitar took a hit like this on the body horn and did not suffer any neck impact is a forensic mystery, but we're just glad it happened that way!
Apart from this one spot, the guitar shows only scuffs, some scrapes to the plastic, and general handling wear -- even the fragile original plastic jackplate is still intact. A killer-sounding, fine-playing Gibson ready to celebrate its 57th birthday soon enough! Includes a modern HSC. Excellent - Condition.
Item # 7350
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