1965 Gibson SG Standard Mahogany Cherry Finish ID-6948
1965 Gibson SG Standard Mahogany Cherry Finish
Because of its popularity and vintage heritage, the body style of the SG is often copied by other manufacturers. Although it is done much less frequently than the Les Paul and the Fender Stratocaster. The Gibson SG really hit mainstream when rockstars and guitar players such as George Harrison from the Beatles, and Eric clapton from Cream started exploring its capabilities.
In 1961, Gibson Les Paul sales were significantly lower than in previous years. The following year, the Les Paul was given a thinner, flat-topped mahogany body, and had a double cutaway which made the upper frets more accessible. The neck joint was moved by three frets to further ease access to the upper frets. The simpler body construction significantly reduced production costs, and the new Les Paul, with its slender neck profile and small heel was advertised as having the "fastest neck in the world". Although the new guitar was popular, Les Paul himself did not care for the new design, and requested the removal of his name from the new model. Gibson honored Les Paul's request, and the new model was renamed "SG", which stood for 'Solid Guitar'. Les Paul's name was officially deleted in 1961, but the SG continued to feature Les Paul nameplates and truss rod covers until the end of 1963. Les Paul remained under contract to Gibson, however, and he was photographed with the new model several times.
Angus Young from AC/DC took the SG to a new level when he plugged this guitar in his old Marshall amp and created one of the most influential guitar sounds in the rock n roll industry, the sound was simple, big, phat, bluesy, raw and powerful.
This 1965 Gibson SG has a solid mahogany body, with an original small black "bat-wing" pickguard. The 24.75" scale mahogany neck joins the body at the 19th fret. The SG's set neck is shallower than the Gibson Les Paul's, but features the traditional Gibson combination of two humbucker pickups and a Vibrato tailpiece.
Additionally, this guitar features pearl trapezoid fretboard inlays, as well as fretboard binding and inlaid "Gibson" logo. The Standard has a volume and a tone control for each individual pickup, and a three-way switch that allows the player to select either the bridge pickup, the neck pickup, or both together.
The SG has a thinner body than the Les Paul, and is much lighter as a result. The lighter, thinner, one layer body means the SG, unlike the Les Paul, is particularly applicable for harmonic feedback playing techniques.
This instrument in good condition, especially for a vintage 1965 guitar. There are surface scratches, dents and finish crazing on the top, back, sides, headstock and pickguard. The pickguard is warped and separating as is the truss rod cover. There is a non-original screw in the bridge. You can view most this wear in the detailed photos below. The fretwear is moderate on the B and E strings on frets 1 -8 and it includes the original hardshell case.
- Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
- Serial: 330765
- Top Wood: Mahogany
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 24 3/4"
- Year: 1965
- Inlays: Trapizoid
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Nut Material: Bone
- Tuners: Kluson Closed Gear
- Fretboard Binding: Rolled crème-colored fingerboard binding
- Pickguard: Small Batwing Pickguard
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Headstock Inlay: Crown
- Frets To Body: 19
- Pickup(s): Bridge Humbucker / Neck Humbucker Patent Number: 2 737 842
- Pickup Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone with Black Top Hat Knobs
- Case: Original Gibson Hardshell Case