Gibson Custom shop has done it again, recreating one of the most iconic axes in rock history with amazing accuracy. The Gibson Dickey Betts SG Aged-Signed Electric Guitar is gorgeous in all aspects and is sure to become the centerpiece of any player’s or collector’s arsenal. This model is an exacting reproduction of a stand-out SG from a golden age of guitar production.
Gibson Custom has recreated this living slice of rock history in extremely limited numbers as the Dickey Betts ‘From One Brother to Another’ SG. Produced in extremely limited numbers, with only 75 examples hand-aged by Gibson Custom and signed by Betts. The Dickey Betts SG offers the sublime tone and playing feel that these guitars are known for, with the looks of a hard-working legend.
Gibson Dickey Betts SG Aged-Signed Guitar Features
Body and Neck
- Genuine one-piece Mahogany body with Vintage Red finish
- Rosewood fingerboard with Dickey Betts neck profile
- Pair of powerful Custom Bucker neck and bridge pickups
- Add-on wraparound tailpiece and ABR-1 bridge with plastic saddles
- Chrome, classic style tuners with 12:1 tuning ratio
- Very limited run of only 75 hand-aged guitars being made
- Includes a leather Certificate of Authenticity signed by Dickey Betts and a collage poster of the original guitar signed by the Custom Shop
The body of the Dickey Betts ‘From One Brother to Another’ SG is constructed from one piece of genuine mahogany, carved to the historically accurate early ’60s SG shape with dual asymmetrical horns and beveled edges. A deep-set glued-in neck is carved from one piece of superior quarter-sawn mahogany and topped with a rosewood fingerboard with 22 ‘banjo frets’ like the original. All examples are finished in genuine hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer in Vintage Red.
Details of the hand aging include the extreme fading and minor wear on the top of the SG, the ageing of all hardware and plastics, and considerable wear to the back of the neck, with minor dings and large patches of finish missing do to the heavy playing time this guitar experienced. All in all, the Gibson Dickey Betts ‘From One Brother to Another’ SG accurately embodies the look and feel of the original 1961/62 SG given to Allman by Betts.
SG Standards of the early ’60s carried some of the finest Gibson humbucking pickups ever made, units in transition between the ‘Patent Applied For’ and ‘Patent Number’ eras. To capture this superlative tone, Gibson Custom loads the Dickey Betts SG with a pair of Custom Buckers with aged nickel covers, wound and constructed to precise PAF specs, with rare Alnico III magnets and slightly mismatched and unpotted coils, two of the secrets to the articulate and slightly edgy tone for which great PAF and Patent No. pickups are famous.
The Dickey Betts SG carries a genuine Nylon 6/6 nut, with slots cut on Gibson’s PLEK for optimum precision, which are matched by nylon saddles in the ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge. To mirror a popular modification of the time, as performed on the original guitar, this SG carries a stopbar tailpiece in place of the Lyre vibrola, an upgrade undertaken to improve sustain and stability, while a set of enclosed metal-button nickel tuners represent another common modification.
Dickey Betts SG Story
One of the most storied guitars in rock and roll history, the 1961/62 Gibson SG Standard given to Duane Allman by Dickey Betts during their playing days together is an instrument of near-mythic proportions. Betts gifted Allman an SG so he didn’t have to wait while Duane re-tuned. Instead Allman could switch between the 1961/62 Gibson SG Standard and one of his Les Pauls. This guitar has long been feted as an iconic road warrior, and a classic tone machine.
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