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HORNS OF PLENTY

The Les Paul officially became the SG in 1963, but guitars were still leaving Kalamazoo with the man’s name on their truss rod covers until the tail end of the year. Huw Price gets to grips with one of the last examples, along with that sideways Vibrola…

VINTAGE BENCH TEST

You never really know what you’re going to get with vintage Gibsons. The hollowbodies and semis are frequently pristine, possibly because the players that owned them were often jazzers who tend to be quite careful with their gear and more restrained in performance. In contrast, Juniors and Specials are rock ‘n’ roll workhorses and so often the survivors bear the scars to prove it.

Old SGs can be much the same, but even those that have been cherished have often fallen foul of the designs’ structural weak spots. We can only wonder where this guitar has spent the last 55 years, but if pushed, wed’ suggest that much of the time, it was inside its original case.

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