SUPERB! 1971 Gibson SG Standard “Large Guard” Vibrola changed to Bigsby – Cherry

$ 3750.00

It’s not completely original, but all the parts that matter are the real deal from 1971.

The pots all match – date codes indicate 1971. The solder on all the pots, the jack, and the switch is undisturbed since the day it was assembled in Kalamazoo.

The pickups are early Patent Number T-tops. The frames are left over PAF parts – the legs still have the tell-tale machining stamps. These pickups simply sound amazing. They have a roar and a clarity that is unmatched by any current production pickup. The pickup leads were cut about halfway down their length at some point in the past in order for some sort of work to be done – maybe the Bigsby install, or maybe a refinish – no idea. I’m just reporting what I see. They are soldered back together and the parts clearly match up like puzzle pieces, so they’re definitely the original pickups.

The big pickguard and the rear cover are both original, as well, as are all the screws for them.

Body is a nice piece of evenly grained mahogany. Neck is the standard 3-piece mahogany glue-up from this time period. There is a volute with no evidence of any headstock repair.

Sometime early in this guitar’s life, someone ditched the crappy Vibrola for a Bigsby. It’s a nice solid old one with slotted mounting screws. It actually holds tune pretty well, too.

The nickel pickup covers are not original. This guitar had crappy gold covers and tuners when I picked it up. I tossed on this set of aged covers to make it closer to stock.

This originally (or at some point) had Schaller tuners with the L screw mounts. It currently has a nice set of vintage style Grovers that completely cover the L mounting holes.

I’m not sure if the nut is original. It probably isn’t since it’s clearly been refretted at some point. Frets are medium with hardly any wear.

One section of binding on the bass side from the nut to slot the third fret looks to have been replaced, but it’s a nice job and is barely noticeable.

There are some signs of age and use, especially on the pickguard. The only real signs of age on the wood are limited to the tip of the treble point where is looks like it’s been polished nearly to the wood, and the tips is the headstock ears show some similar wear. No dings, dents, scrapes, scratches, or chips.

Comes with a new TKL SG hard case.