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Introduced in 1961, the Special was the entry-level model and was produced continuously for a decade, before being effectively replaced in mid-1971 by the SG Pro. However, it quickly returned in mid-1972. Since then, it has been in nearly continuous production and spawned many different variations and limited editions.

(1961-1965) Edit

1965 special

ca. 1962 SG Special

  • 1962: $210 (~$1700 in 2017)

Body:

  • Beveled, solid Honduran Mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
66 catalog special

ca. 1965 SG Special in Cherry

Neck:

  • 1-pc quartersawn Honduran Mahogany
  • Set-in construction using hot hide glue
  • Joins body at 22nd fret
  • Brazilian Rosewood fretboard
    • Mother of Pearl dot inlays
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard (~1965)
  • Open Book headstock
  • Inlaid Mother of Pearl Gibson logo
  • 17headstock pitch
  • 14o headstock pitch (1965)
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1 11/16" nut width
  • 1 5/8" nut width (1964)
  • 1 9/16" nut width (1965)

Binding:

  • Single-ply neck

Electronics:

  • Two "Soapbar" P-90s w/ black plastic covers
    • Short bar AlNiCo 5 magnet
    • ~7.5K Ohms DCR
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Chrome Hardware (1965)
  • Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuning machines
    • White plastic oval buttons
  • 5-ply "Angel Wing" pickguard
    • Wide bevel angle
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover
    • 2-ply, wide bevel angle
  • Black Bell knobs (early 1961 only)
  • Black Reflector knobs
  • Angled wraparound bridge/tailpiece (1961 only)
  • Compensated wraparound bridge/tailpiece
    • Optional Short Maestro Vibrola ($27.50)
  • Standard Short Maestro Vibrola (1965)

Finishes:

  • Cherry
  • Polaris White
  • TV Yellow
  • Pelham Blue (Custom Order)
  • Cardinal Red (Custom Order)

(1966-1971) Edit

(1973-1976) Edit

(1983-1988) Edit

(1993-2012) Edit

(2014-2015) Edit

(2016-2017 Faded T) Edit

(2016-2017 Special T) Edit

(2017 Special HP) Edit

(2017 Faded HP) Edit

(2018) Edit

Special 400 Edit

Special Faded Edit

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