SG Guitars

1963 Gibson SG

Color: Psychedelic Paintwork, Rating: 9.50, Sold (ID# 00283)
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A Near Exact Replica of Eric Clapton's Psychedelic SG "The Fool"

This super guitar is a near exact replica of Eric Clapton's famous psychedelic 1963 SG Standard. It is a real 1963 Gibson SG Standard with a pair of original early "patent number" pickups with nickel covers and nicely balanced outputs of 7.53k and 7.48k. The pickup "rings" are the original black plastic stamped underneath "MR 491" and "M-69 7" (neck pickup), and "MR 490" and "M-69 8" (bridge pickup). The pots are dated "137 63 33" (CTS August 1963). The guitar weighs 7.60 lbs. and has a nice, fat nut width of 1 11/16 inches and a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Solid mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, and bound rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and inlaid pearl trapezoid position markers. Original bone nut. Original five-layer (black/white/black/white/black) plastic pickguard (now painted "The Fool"). Four controls (two volume, two tone) plus three-way selector switch on lower treble bout. Original black plastic bell-shaped knobs with metal tops. As per the specifications of the original guitar, which was given by Eric Clapton to George Harrison, who then gave it to Todd Rundgren in 1974, the following changes have been made: the tuners have been replaced with late-sixties chrome-plated Grover Roto-Matic tuners with half-moon metal buttons; the truss-rod cover has been specially made out of chrome-plated metal; the bridge has been replaced with an original mid-seventies chrome-plated Gibson Nashville-style Tune-O-Matic; and the tailpiece has been replaced with an original chrome-plated Gibson mid-seventies lightweight stop-tail. And now for the best part...the guitar has been hand-painted with a brush exactly like the original. It was painstakingly researched from every angle before setting out to create the ultimate SG ''Fool'' reproduction. This guitar is as close to the original as you are going to find, period. Every inch of this guitar was hand-painted by artist Jennifer Ganser and covered with a clear finish to protect the artwork. While we do not have the original serial number (which would have been in the 100,000s), we have taken x-rays of the original Gibson pearl logo (underneath the paintwork) and they clearly show the logo that was used between 1952 and 1967, with an open "b" and "o," a lower link between the "o" and "n," and a dot on the "i" that is free from the capital "G." Housed in the original Gibson black hardshell case with orange plush lining (8.00).

Eric Clapton's famous psychedelic SG is illustrated on p. 48 of Fuzz & Feedback, edited by Tony Bacon. "He bought the guitar probably in early 1967 to replace his stolen Les Paul Standard. Soon Clapton had a Dutch group of artists known as The Fool paint the guitar. They set a fiery-haired angel amid clouds and stars, added an idyllic landscape to the pickguard, and put an explosively 1960s version of a sunburst finish on the back...Clapton used the guitar widely with Cream, both on-stage and for recordings such as the Disraeli Gears and Wheels Of Fire albums. Since 1974 the guitar has been owned by musician/producer Todd Rundgren."

"The Fool were three Dutch artists: Simon Posthuma, Marijke Koger, and Josje Leeger, with a Canadian, Barry Finch, added for their album. Moving to London in the 1960s, The Fool painted the exterior of the Apple boutique, as well as a car and a piano for John Lennon. They worked on Eric Clapton's SG in 1967" (Tony Bacon, Fuzz & Feedback, p. 49).

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