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NGD: 1963 Polaris White SG Special

david.beason

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I was contacted back in June by a Gibson Custom Shop employee who saw a post that I made on another forum several years ago featuring my '61 LP/SG Standard. He created an account just to contact me and let me know that he used to own that guitar from around 2000-2010 and was interested in getting it back. It wasn't for sale, but I let him know that I was somewhat open to the idea. After several months, we ended up coming to a trade+cash deal, which included a couple of Historic Reissue Les Pauls.

Part of me making peace with selling a guitar that I really loved was that I was really interested in getting either a Polaris White LP/SG Custom or a Polaris White SG Special. I ended up finding a really great example at Nationwide Guitars and it arrived last week.

As you saw from the thread title, it's a 1963 model and is all original, although I'm on the hunt for a proper Archcraft plush case if anyone has any leads. It came set up perfectly and plays and sounds great, both clean and dirty.

Here are some pics that I took over the weekend. Enjoy!

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charliechitlins

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A couple-a youze guys are gonna need some bridges compensated for a plain 3rd.
I thought I could live with slightly wonky intonation til I got a '65 Firebird with the original bridge.
Yoiks!
I suggest Philadelphia Luthier.
The nickel one looks great, works great, and got a nice patina quickly.
 

corpse

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BTW- the gig to hear is the one that was recorded the next night (LAL was recorded St Valentines Day 1970) at Hull. Pete had the echoplex up a bit more. It is badass. Sparks on that one gives me chills.
 

IMMUSICRULZ

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Neal Schon also used a 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG Custom White Solid Body Electric and a 1962 Gibson SG Custom White Solid Body Electric guitar.
 

herbie74

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congrats on the special. I have a 63 junior. Took me a little while to get used to the neck.
 

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