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Saturday, October 12, 2013

REVIEW: 1973 GIBSON SG STANDARD


Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we're going to review an interesting guitar, owned by the father of a friend of mine.
This guitar is one of the very few Gibson that featured a Bigsby bridge, the type of bridge that allowed the player to use the whammy bar whithout having to dig a hole in the guitar body, and this feature disappeared almost completely from Gibson guitars around the half of the '70s.
The body is extremely resonant, yet not too heavy, this may be also because it has been regularly played for 40 years and always kept in dried places, allowing the wood to dry out and become resonant at its best.

The pickups were also different from today SGs: they were still humbuckers but with a lower output (some sort of "p.a.f."), still very creamy and mid-rangey, but with more clarity and less bass than the contemporary models.
These same pickups, treated with tar (the way they used to make them a few decade ago), today are equipped only in some dedicated vintage reissue.




Tech Specs:

Body: Solid mahagony
Neck: Mahagony
Fretboard: Rosewood 22 frets / block-inlays
Pickups: 2x ori. Gibson "Pat. Pending-stamped" tar humbuckers
Electronics: 2x Volume, 2x Tone, 1x 3-way toggleswitch
Pickguard: Small ´60s style 5-ply pickguard (blk/wht/blk)
Tuners: 6x Grover metal
Bridge: Bigsby


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