Here is a vintage 100% all original 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG Standard electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 33959, is in perfectly intact all original shape and includes the original large pebble black case with yellow interior. While this specimen is not in excellent cosmetic condition, and though it certainly displays serious playing wear, it is 100% all original and in perfect structural condition with absolutely no issues.
As mentioned, this guitar is 100% all original, including; the original Patent Applied For (P.A.F.) humbucking pickups with corresponding original nickel covers, the original Cherry Red finish, original no-wire ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge, original single-line double-ring Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, original sideways Maestro Vibrola, original small pickguard, original silver insert reflector control knobs, original pots and wiring, and all other related hardware. The original 5-latch black Lifton large pebble case with bright yellow interior is in very good condition and includes the original case key.
With pleasant patina and non-distracting wear patterns, the wear on this SG is consistent with that which would be applied to some sort of Custom Shop (Relic-style) reissue. The Cherry Red finish has attractively faded to a Strawberry color, instead of the much loathed brownish hue. There are dings on the back of the body, wear through the finish revealing the mahogany beneath, and a considerable collection of weather-checking the guitar over, all of which really enhance to general appeal and personality of this perfect player’s piece. This guitar was used by a real musician, and because it’s one of the good ones, it makes perfect sense that it was played quite a bit.
Serial Number: 33959
Pickup Resistance: 6.77Ω (bridge), 7.735Ω (neck)
Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz.
This guitar feels and sounds i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e! The P.A.F.s are so articulate it makes most others sound like lo-fi cassette tape recording in comparison. Amazingly present, particularly rich, super loud, responsive and transparent, the sound of this guitar will impress even those who’ve had the pleasure of playing and/or hearing a good Burst. This, when combined with the utterly perfect neck and neck profile, will immediately inspire the best playing and tone any particular guitarist has to offer.
The neck profile is the typical ’61 slim shape: with a shallow depth, bulky edges, and a consistent form throughout the entire length of the fingerboard. Though the factory large frets are worn, and there remains dirt and oil fingermarks on the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, the guitar plays like a dream having just been set up with Pyramid .010-.046 strings.
As can be seen in the photos above, this example is 100% all original with all original parts. For photographic purposes only, the guitar was thoroughly inspected and elaborately documented to illustrate the entirety of it’s originality. Every screw was re-installed in the hole from which it was removed, and I went to great lengths to not polish nor clean the hardware or finish, and display it exactly as it was received. Enjoy the photos.