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Gibson SG Special 50th Anniversary Pete Townsend Arctic White No Longer Available

November 12, 2011
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Serial Number 122110611, Made in USA
Pricing $1330 CDN with Gibson No Longer Available / WHO logo case.
Neck Mahogany neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, mother of pearl dot position markers. The headstock has the Gibson logo in mother of pearl, and the SG 1961-2011 50th anniversary decal in gold. Neck has 60′s type C profile.
Frets 22 medium frets, binding covers the fret ends.
Body Contoured Mahogany slab body.
Finish Arctic White nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
Hardware/electronics Two P-20 pickups with black plastic covers; individual volume and tone controls plus selector switch with white tip. Chrome wrap-around tailpiece and chrome Grover Roto-Matic tuners. 5-layer black/white pickguard.
Playability/Action Plays well and really rings.
Case Original TKL case with Gibson USA and WHO logos. The case has extra padding supporting the upper bouts, reducing stress on the neck joint.
Comments The Gibson SG has been in production for 50 years now, though in 1961 it was first named as a Les Paul. It quickly became a standard workhorse for all kinds of music. I can’t think of how many bands I’ve seen where the guitar players used an SG. As the SG Special, some models had a larger ‘batwing’ pickguard that covers more of the top; the guitar underneath is the same. 

This model reproduces an early 1960′s SG Special with the smaller pickguard, as used by Pete Townsend of the Who (or the OHM, depending on how you look at the case), for many tours, shows, and albums It’s a very comfortable, great playing and sounding guitar and has killer looks.


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