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The SG Custom was introduced in 1961, slotting above the SG Standard as the top of the line model. It has been one of the longest-lasting variants of the SG, only shortly being discontinued from 1980-1985.

Generally, older parts would continue being used longer for SG Customs because less of them were produced than Standards, so supplies of Custom-specific parts (like gold plated pickups, for example) would take longer to run out.

1961-1966 Edit

60 LPC

1960 Prototype

  • 1962: $425

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Hot hide glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Ebony fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 14o headstock pitch (1965-1966)
  • 22 "Fretless Wonder" frets
  • 24 5/8" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width
  • 1 5/8" nut width (1964)
  • 1 9/16" nut width (1965-1966)

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Multi-ply, headstock
65ish cst

Ca. 1965

Electronics:

  • Three covered "PAF" humbuckers (1961-1963)
    • Short AlNiCo V magnets (mostly)
    • Long AlNiCo II magnets (late 1960-mid 1961)
    • ~7-9K Ohms DCR
  • Three covered "Pat. #" humbuckers (1963-1965)
    • Short AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7-8k Ohms DCR
  • Three covered "T-Top" humbuckers (1966)
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • Patent # sticker
  • 3-way switch
    • Center pos. selects neck & middle pickups
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (1960-1963)
    • 14:1 ratio
  • Kluson "Waffleback" tuning machines (1963-1966)
    • 12:1 ratio
    • Gold Keystone buttons
  • 3-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply, wide bevel angle
      • Blank
    • 2-ply, standard bevel (1965-1966)
      • Blank
  • 3-ply w/b/w tenon cover
    • "Les Paul Custom" engraved (1961-1962)
    • "Custom" engraved (1963-1966)
  • Black/Gold Reflector knobs w/ pointers
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Sideways vibrola (1961-1962)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Ebony Block vibrola (1962)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Maestro vibrola (1963-1966)

Finishes:

  • White 

1967-1971 Edit

70 cst 2
  • March 1970: $525
  • September 1970: $565

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Angled heel (1967-1968)
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany (mid 1969-1971)
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Ebony fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl trapezoid inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute (1970-1971)
  • Open Book headstock w/ Holly veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp (late 1970-1971)
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 "Fretless Wonder" frets
  • 24 5/8" scale (1967-1969)
  • 24 9/16" scale (1969-1971)
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Multi-ply, headstock

Electronics:

  • Three covered "T-Top" humbuckers
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • Patent # sticker
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots

Hardware:

  • Gold Hardware
  • Kluson "Waffleback" tuning machines
    • Keystone buttons
  • 3-ply w/b/w "Batwing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle (1967-1968)
    • Shallow bevel angle (1969-1971)
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply black and white
    • "Custom" engraving
  • Black/Gold Reflector knobs w/ pointers (early-mid 1967)
  • Black/Gold Witch Hat knobs w/ pointers (mid 1967-1971)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Maestro vibrola

Finishes:

  • White (1967-1968) 
  • Walnut (1969-1971) 

1971-1972 Edit

72 cst
  • Mid 1971 - Mid 1972

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
    • Un-beveled cutaways
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • No angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 20th fret
  • Ebony fretboard w/ block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute
  • Large Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 22 frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Single-ply, neck
  • Multi-ply, headstock

Electronics:

  • Three "T-Top" humbuckers
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • "Gibson" embossed covers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots
    • Front-routed

Hardware:

  • Gold Hardware
  • Kluson "Waffleback" tuning machines
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (Sporadic use)
  • 5-ply Les Paul pickguard
  • 5-ply Half-Moon front-mounted control plate
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply black/white
    • "SG Custom" engraving
  • Black/Gold Witch Hat knobs w/ pointers
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and Bigsby vibrola
  • Schaller "Harmonica" Tune-O-Matic bridge and Bigsby vibrola

Finishes:

  • Walnut

1972-1979 Edit

73 cst

1973

75 cst-0

1974

  • June 1973: $605 (Stopbar Tailpiece)
    • $620 (Bigsby Tailpiece)
  • 1974: $620
  • January 1975: $670 (Stopbar)
    • $685 (Bigsby)
  • 1976: $699 (Stopbar, Walnut & Cherry)
    • $729 (Stopbar, White)
    • $710 (Bigsby, Walnut & Cherry)
    • $740 (Bigsby, White)
  • 1977: $749 (Stopbar, Walnut & Cherry)
    • $779 (Stopbar, White)
    • $760 (Bigsby, Walnut & Cherry)
    • $790 (Bigsby, White)
  • 1978: $799 (Stopbar)
    • $820 (Bisgby)
  • 1979: $849

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
78 cst

1978

Neck:

  • 3-pc laminated Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction
    • 3 degree angle
    • Titebond glue
  • Joins body at 20th fret
  • Ebony fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl block inlays
    • 12" radius
  • Volute
  • Large Open Book headstock w/ fiber veneer
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl split diamond
  • "Made in U.S.A." stamp
  • 17o headstock pitch
  • 22 "Fretless Wonder" frets
  • 24 9/16" scale
  • 1 9/16" nut width

Binding:

  • Neck
78 cst 2

1978

Electronics:

  • Three covered "T-Top" humbuckers (1972-1974)
    • Short bar AlNiCo V magnets
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
    • Patent # sticker
  • Three Bill Lawrence "Super Humbuckers"
    • Indox 7 ceramic magnets
    • ~5.4K (neck), 5.4/7.5k (middle), 7.5K (bridge) Ohms DCR
    • Epoxy-mounted
    • AKA "Tarbacks"
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
    • CTS 500k pots (1972-May 1973)
    • CTS 300k pots (July 1973-1979)
      • 100k tone (sometimes)

Hardware:

  • Gold Hardware
  • Kluson "Waffleback" tuning machines (1972-1974)
    • Keystone buttons
  • Schaller Keystone tuning machines (1975-1979)
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines (Sporadic use)
    • Keystone or Kidney buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply b/w with "SG Custom" engraving (1973-1975)
    • 2-ply b/w with "S-G" engraving (1976-1979)
  • Black Speed knobs
    • Pointers (1972-1976)
  • Schaller "Harmonica" Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Optional Bigsby vibrato

Finishes:

  • Walnut
  • White (1974-1979)
  • Cherry (1976-1978) 
  • Tobacco Sunburst (1978) 
  • Ebony (7 units, 1975) 

1986-1991 Edit

1992-1999 Edit

Historic 2000-Present Edit

Other Variants Edit

1967 reissue (2008) Edit