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Odd 1965 SG Special Serial Number

Wams

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I have an old SG special that I have owned for 30 years and assumed it to be built in 1965. I “dated” the pot codes - although obscured a bit by soldering, I can read one of them to indicate “CBA-11-1053 500k AT 13765xx - with the last two digits covered by solder. Given the codes and the observable features of the guitar, I had dated the year of manufacture as 1965. What really throws me off is the Serial Number. It starts with 77xxxx. The guitar has all of the usuals for a mid 60s Gibson: impressed SN, no “Made is USA” stamp, and no volute. Likewise, it has the original and correct small, mid 60s pickguard, kluson strip tuners, and p90s - and the fading to the cherry color (as compared to the color under the pickguard) look as expected for a guitar of that era. (Note - I restored the tailpiece to a period-correct maestro using the original tailpiece screw holes given that a previous owner swapped tailpieces to a stop tailpiece). Gibson SN lists that I have seen on various online forums that show overlapping SNs for various years do not indicate any in the mid-60s starting with “77”. Should I just chalk this up to the haphazard Gibson SNs of that era - even though I don’t see any references to this serial numbering scheme in any of the “dating your Gibson guitar” resources?

Trying to add a photo - not as easy as pasting it, I am finding out...
 
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fernieite

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This is odd. Some photos of the actual serial number and the rest of the guitar could help.
Btw, what's the neck width at the nut?
 

Wams

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All,

Thanks for the feedback. I finally figured out how to add some photos of the guitar in question - I think..... I have not “black lighted” the guitar and the first number seems to be a 7.
 
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Wams

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The neck width across the nut is 40mm (about 1.57 inches).
 
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VamboRool

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Looks like a 60s body with a 70s headstock logo. Maybe a reneck, maybe a guitar that got put together with left over parts, maybe something else.
 
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