1969 Gibson SG Standard, Cherry

By Gibson


Great looking Gibson SG Standard from 1969, the guitar looks fantastic with its Cherry finish highlighting every contour of Gibsons iconic double cutaway classic design. Large pickguard, Chrome Hardware and two great Pat.No. Pickups complete the picture. A very complete guitar it even comes with its original Gibson Case. 

Released in 1961 as the successor design to the fifties single cut Les Paul Model, the newly designed beveled edge, double cutaway Les Paul/ SG Standard Model would go through a few changes in line with the rest of  the SG range throughout the sixties.  The guitar was still listed as the Les Paul Standard until 1963 when it would simply become the SG Standard and in 1966 when the larger “Batwing” pickguard was introduced.  Later sixties SG’s are popular thanks to the Angus Young association, slimmer necks and different tonality to the earlier examples.

Featuring a lightweight double cut Honduras Mahogany body with a Mahogany neck. A bound Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dots and a Pearl inlayed Headstock logo complete the traditional Gibson Special appointments.  Being a ’69 the guitar features the revised heel joint, five-ply ‘Batwing’ pickguard and Witch hat knobs that define the Sg though the second half of the sixties. The finish is in great condition with very few marks and dings, the cherry has lost a little of its vibracy to the front but the back has retained a little more colour. There are two, stable hairline cracks coning from the guitars cutaways and go just underneath the guitar pickguard.  The guitar sounds great with the two PAT. No. pickups offering the  detail and clarity they are known for. Everything is stock internally with all four pots dating to 1969. Hardware is chrome plated throughout with Double line, Double Ring Gibson Deluxe Keystone Tuners, a patent no. ABR-1 with Nylon saddles and engraved Lyre Maestro Vibrola with ‘Walrus Tooth’ handle. The pickguard is the later ‘Batwing’ Style used from 1966. Knobs are Black Witch hat type w/ pointers. 

The guitar plays great, the neck is a comfortable chunky C profile with a big taper measuring 21.32mm at the first fret and 26.14mm at the 12th. The nut width is the standard 1 9/16th wide.  The original frets are dressed fairly flat but the guitar play well with Lyre perfect for a Bigsby-esque shimmer. 

A great sounding guitar in very good condition, the  hairline crack keep the price down on what is a very desirable and collectable guitar from the golden age of Gibson production. The guitar comes with its correct gold lined, Black case.

Ask a Question
Want to Part Exchange?