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1964/1961 Gibson SG Standard (Project Guitar)

10 Aug 1964/1961 Gibson SG Standard (Project Guitar)

Author’s note: this article is a WIP (work in progress), being written as you read it!

As my original 1961 Gibson SG Standard was stolen from me years ago, I’ve recently bought a replacement for it (please see here). Over the years I’ve been collecting individual parts in order to re-build one, a so-called Project Guitar (i.e. a guitar that you assemble yourself).

I found this old wood body that was claimed to be 1961, but now I doubt that it is (the giveaway being the neck joint).

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This neck joint looks rather identical to a 1963/1964, and so does the body. I didn’t have too much time to study every single detail, but it really does appear to be a 1964 SG.

That’s “ no big deal” as the body was cheap and so are most of the other original and replica replacement components.

So, this picture shows what little I started with:

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I’ve added all the other parts, including the sideways vibrola, and  PAFs (replica PAF’s):

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Note of the author for the more ‘particular’ reader: these articles on  SoloDallas’ gear are not intended to be egotistical, neither am I intending to show off. They are for passion, documentation/information and sharing pleasure with those who have a similar interest.  Thanks for your trust and understanding, SD

Article adaptation by Robert Taylor

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Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri
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28 Comments
  • avatar
    OldSchoolRocker666
    Posted at 23:43h, 28 December

    Does this guitar has Wolfetone ”The Marshallhead” P.A.F botique style humbuckers?

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    Rockerdartdude
    Posted at 04:04h, 04 September

    Looks great fil! I recently found a picture with Angus on stage with an early 60s sg with the sideways vibrato. Quick question, I have a 06 SG special with a couple of visual mods: reproduction lyre vibrola, pickup cover over the stock gibson 490 neck pickup, and the seymour duncan blues saraceno trembucker in the neck to try and ‘wake the guitar up’ which helped slightly. My question is, how can I get the best tone out of this guitar? What should I replace? What pickups should I have used? Thanks

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 04:42h, 06 September

      If I were you, I’d be thinking about replacing the “harness”. The harness is the circuitry plus potentiometers plus capacitors. Usually, a great harness changes for the good the tone. You can find harnesses at rsguitarworks. I get mine there. There’s also other places

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    Hardrockerdave94
    Posted at 12:12h, 03 September

    That guitar is absolutely gorgeous, I love the way the paint has aged, I’m saving up for a Gibson, I was all set on a Les Paul but now after seeing this, I can’t decide between a Les Paul or an SG lol

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    jakesg61
    Posted at 05:33h, 03 September

    I know you like to get the vintages Fil, last Christmas I got a Gibson SG 61 reissue, has th 57 classic pickups, what do you think to that guitar?

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 06:21h, 03 September

      You know what? It’s not entirely true I like vintage. Or else, I do like vintage when it sounds (and feels!) good. But recently I’m playing with newer guitars, too, although you don’t see me do it (just yet, hang on, have a new one today, rock and roll, not AC/DC).
      I think the ’61 reissue is a great guitar. I MEAN it, I’m not just saying. It needs to be setup properly and at times, a few components might be changed to have her sing out beautifully to her full potential, but it’s a great guitar.

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        OldSchoolRocker666
        Posted at 08:01h, 03 September

        On that model, what components setups could you recommend? I think it’s agreat guitar, but i wouldn’t want it in factory shape(no point in keeping it if value is the reason since they wont be that valueable, i think, so no fear of customizing?), but slightly customizing it, maybe change pickups and some other stuff 🙂

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 08:05h, 03 September

          Id’ change – ME – almost everything, like I do recently. All hardware: tonepros (bridge, stopbar, studs, aged tuners). Pickups (boutique) and HARNESS (RSguitarworks), including potentiometers and capacitors. Basically, I’d leave only the wood and minor things.
          You see, if you modify this way – keeping the original parts – its value is also going to be kept as you are not modifying permanently anything. BUT you get the greatest guitar possibly.

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            OldSchoolRocker666
            Posted at 09:04h, 03 September

            I’am having some ideas laying around about , if i would buy one, i’d like to try to ”make it sound and feel more vintage”, vintage pickups, possibly changing most stuff, but i don’t want(if i can avoid)modern stuff, what i want, is , if all possible, to make it more vintage, new but more vintage, that , while i play on it, makes it sound better over time but also feel better when i start, you know what i mean? Thanks for the answer 🙂

            I seek ”that classic tone” so to speak 🙂

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              SoloDallas
              Posted at 09:10h, 03 September

              You’d be surprised – I am surprised – to learn that boutique pickups can sound better than the best real vintage pickups out there. I’m kind of puzzled, too. Talking about wolfetone, throbacks, …

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                OldSchoolRocker666
                Posted at 09:37h, 03 September

                Hmmm, interresting 🙂

                Well nothing harms to try out stuff before judging them, so i think i’ll look into it 🙂

                P.S Not bashing on all modern stuff, just prefere vintage overall 🙂

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 04:45h, 06 September

      I think it’s a GREAT guitar. I also like NEW guitars!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 11:35h, 16 August

      Nice, but it has a bigsby. I am not into bigsbies…

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        sgmanjase
        Posted at 20:39h, 16 August

        Yeh I thought that bt jesus he has seen some play time 🙂

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    AcDcLoverSam
    Posted at 22:06h, 11 August

    Hey Fil I’ve constantly been looking for a Lyre or Sideways Vibrola, they are absoutly nowhere to be found, could you please tell where I could find one?

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    depuis1899
    Posted at 01:34h, 11 August

    sorry for you that you’re first 61′ standard has been stolen ;(
    but this one is also a beautiful one 😉

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    Ryley
    Posted at 13:50h, 10 August

    those are dr. vintages pickups rightt? lovee that guitar Fil 🙂 seems this is another example of u thought the guitar was a certain year, but ended up being a different year, and u still ended up with a great guitar!

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 13:58h, 10 August

      Maybe “paint checking”.
      Thanks Ryley. True what you say. I still like the guitar, naturally I don’t care about the year of production, when the guitar is good!

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        Ryley
        Posted at 14:14h, 10 August

        hahaha agreed 🙂 Fil, have u ever owned a ’59 Les Paul??

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          SoloDallas
          Posted at 15:16h, 10 August

          Never, Too expensive. I’ve been on the verge of buying one or two in the past, but I refrained from. I need to be able to treat a musical instrument for what it is, I don’t want to have to “baby” a guitar. Many ’59 owners keep theirs in a cage, locked up, for fear of it being stolen, ruined etc. I need to play the heck out of my guitars. Sometimes they lay on the floor, couch, on a chair. I beat the hell out of my guitars when I play them. I have a very physical approach.

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            Ryley
            Posted at 15:39h, 10 August

            aahh yea makes sense, and thats a good approach in my oppinion, its good to actually USE ones guitars for what they were meant to do

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              SoloDallas
              Posted at 15:47h, 10 August

              What I did though, was to build my own ’59 😀 I got a 1953 body – identical to ’59 in quality – and added PAFs. This is called a “conversion”. I have had a few videos played with my conversion Les Paul. I LOVE that guitar. It’s really magical. I’ll show it here very often. I’m waiting to take good pictures of it, but I may start a little review even with the image I have right now with me 🙂 To my ears, it does sound like a real ’59.

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                Ryley
                Posted at 15:58h, 10 August

                i know that guitar! absolutelyy amazinnggg man, soo beautiful 🙂 looking forward to more videos and articles Fil 😀

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                  OldSchoolRocker666
                  Posted at 09:09h, 12 August

                  I’ve heard they make reproduction 59´Les Pauls nowadays, anyone ever tried out one of those?

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    Alex
    Posted at 13:46h, 10 August

    Hey Fil, is there a name for that type of finish on the body? Looks kinda cool.

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      SoloDallas
      Posted at 13:52h, 10 August

      Nah. “Scattered Mess”, I’d say. I thought it was original, but it isn’t. It’s been refinished. We could call it “relic’d”.
      I don’t think there is a name for this finish, but maybe if you show these pictures to a good luthier, he’ll know?

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