1966 Gibson SG Standard

25 Sep 1966 Gibson SG Standard

So if you remember that ebay watch post, this one is one of those guitars I had suggested you (and myself, naturally) for purchase.

Contrary to the general trend, I am more and more inclined towards “issue” or extremely well played, battered guitars. That doesn’t mean I don’t like other types of guitars, such as mint vintage or even new, but my preference is slowly drifting to battered vintage.

Why? We discussed a bit the matter on these pages already, but every chance is a good one to reiterate: they sound and play well, if you pick them smartly and then make of them your next project (you take care of them, fix them, complete some missing parts if needed/desired, set them up, … ).

So this one was extremely battered. It actually is, as you can see for yourself by these pictures.

I am leaning towards dating this one as a 1966 – serial number being 800882 – instead of 1967, but it may be a ’67. The features on this one are exactly the same as my 1967.

What is notable on this guitar is an attempt – it works well, so the guitar is staying this way – at eliminating the vibrola (Lyre) while retaining the metal cover for added metal resonance and look.

The guitar is extremely light and resonant. The bridge pickup is not original, it may be a Di Marzio, and it sounds really, really good. The other pickup should be an original patent number. Both came uncovered. Actually, the only modification I made to this guitar was to get rid of the strap locking things that came with it, and put some replica ones (not even visible in the pictures, where they are absent) and install 009s instead of 10s.

I like this guitar so much that it is staying this way. Action is super low, amazingly low, even lower than my lowest one to this day, the Angus Young Signature.






Also notable, the typical 1966/1967 and 1968 heel type.



Fil "SoloDallas" Olivieri

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    Posted at 15:05h, 06 April

    Has anybody experience making the same Lyre Plate Mod? I love the look of Vibrolas, but dont want tuning issues. So, anybody who made something similar with the Allparts Maestro?

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    Posted at 20:54h, 19 July

    I have a transitional 1965 SG Custom (small guard and big electronic cavity) with 800195 serial number, pot codes date from early 1965. I think yours could be an early 1966 guitar.

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    Posted at 14:18h, 30 October


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    Posted at 13:23h, 11 October

    Well this guitar has seen some action! 🙂 has this one been resotred since the pics Fil?


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    Posted at 03:30h, 11 October

    I can’t be tired of hearing this guitar screaming , its jus AMAZING!!!!!
    And , where can I find the stop tail for the vibrola??

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    Posted at 22:22h, 01 September

    I dream with this guitar every day! ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING

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    Posted at 10:11h, 20 December

    Ho una SG Standard Reissue VOS TREM alla quale pensavo di apportare la stessa modifica al ponte !!!
    Montando una scalatura 011-048, l’action con questo tipo di ponte rimane sempre abbastanza alta. Inoltre la poca inclinazione delle corde, tra l’aggancio delle stesse e le sellette, è causa un “friggimento” infinito. Ottima soluzione che cmq mantiene anche una certa estetica.

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      Posted at 10:20h, 20 December

      P.S.: Saprebbe gentilmente consigliarmi un liutaio zona Mantova, in grado di applicare una simile modifica sostituendo il solo ponte (e non le sellette), con un tune o’ matic mantenendo l’estetica del vibrola.
      Mille grazie.

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        Posted at 02:22h, 11 January

        Signor Emme, mi scusi tanto. Mi era sfuggito il suo messaggio e solo ora che riguardavo l’articolo, l’ho notato. Grazie per i commenti positivi. Purtroppo no, non conosco liutai a Mantova. Grazie, FIl 🙂

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    Posted at 12:16h, 05 December

    oooooo this tremolo vibrato ??????

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    Posted at 12:58h, 25 September

    From the looks of it the Guitar may need a new Nut though.

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    Posted at 12:47h, 25 September

    Looks like she’s been around the block more than a few times, probably has alot of character though!

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