• Gibson SG II electric guitar
    Gibson SG II (Bill Carling collection)


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1972 to 1976

The SG II was a double cutaway SG shaped mahogany solid body electric guitar made from 1972 through to 1976.  It had a black pickguard, mahogany neck and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. The nickel hardware includes an adjustable wrap-around bridge and 3-a-side Kluson machineheads. The Gibson SG II was very similar to the SG I except it had 2 Gibson mini-humbucker pickups with sliding selector switches. Controls were sinlge volume and tone knobs mounted on a black plastic plate. It was available in cherry or walnut finishes. This guitar was also available in sunburst finish as the SG III. The 1973 Gibson solid body flyer described the SG-II as follows:

"Two new Humbucking pickups give the SG II an extra powerful performance. This new guitar model has all the fast action features that give you extra playing power too. The tone control and pickup selector switches give you a wide variety of sounds to choose from. Gibson's SG II is a lot of guitar for a little price.

Features: hardwood, solid body construction; double cut-away; buffed and polished, high lustre finish; two powerful, new design Gibson Humbucking Pickups; volume and tone controls; two slide pickup switches; tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece; laminated neck construction; rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays: chrome plated parts; available In cherry or walnut finish; 13.5" wide, 16" long, 1.31" deep; 24.75" scale length; 22 frets."

Specifications (22)


Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control
Pickup selector controls2 selector switches


Pickups brand and modelGibson mini humbucker(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups


Finish colorsred finish, walnut finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Body styleSG-style body
Pickguard materialblack pickguard


Bridgewraparound bridge
Hardware colornickel hardware
TunersKluson tuners


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Prices (6)

1998$900.00worngrover tuners and bridge added
1988£120wornMy '71 has replaced machine heads (Shelley) and replaced pickups (Velvet Hammer) when i got it. Serial no 140353

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I had one of these guitars. 

I had one of these guitars.  As I recall, one pickup was a single coil and the other had two coils.

Gibson SG2

I bought one new from John King Music, Kingston upon Thames in 1974 (£140). I still have it. It has two mini humbuckers. It is very worn out!