1963 Gibson SG Special Cherry Red

Serial # 116629

Condition: Good, nice checking, some scars, this guitar gat it all, lots of personality, it was played, you can see it, and even better…you can hear it !

Upgrades/modifications: just a few frets hove been changed with real vintage frets, same model, same year of production, perfect job done by NIKelectronics.


This uber cool and all original 1963 Gibson SG Special in faded Cerry Red finish is really a great player, and this axe got TONE! Beautiful, with the right amount of weather checking and wear at the right spots, it got the real vintage look and great vibes!

The body is a one-piece slab of Honduran Mahogany, as is the neck. The fingerboard which features original frets is made of Brazilian Rosewood and features binding and dot position markers. Original 3 in a Row Atrip tuners

The black pickguard and all other plastic parts are in good shape and crack-free.

The original P-90 pickups, pots and 3-way switch (repro switch tip) are untouched with original factory soldering.

The serial number and potentiometer codes date clearly to the year of 1963.

Comes with the original crocodile skin soft shell case which is in used condition but still functional.


The Gibson SG Special Cherry Red is an iconic electric guitar that was first introduced in 1961 as a variation of the Gibson Les Paul model. However, in 1963, the Les Paul name was temporarily dropped, and the guitar became known as the Gibson SG (which stands for “Solid Guitar”).

The SG Special Cherry Red was one of the models available in the SG series during that time. It featured a solid mahogany body with a double-cutaway design, allowing for better access to the upper frets. The cherry red finish was a popular choice among guitarists and added to the guitar’s aesthetic appeal.

The SG Special Cherry Red, like other SG models, had a mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard. It typically had two P-90 single-coil pickups, which produced a unique and distinctive tone. The guitar also featured a tune-o-matic bridge and a stop tailpiece, providing improved sustain and tuning stability.

During the 1960s, the Gibson SG Special Cherry Red gained popularity among rock musicians. Its lightweight and sleek design, coupled with its powerful and versatile tone, made it a favorite instrument for many players. Notable guitarists, such as Pete Townshend of The Who and Carlos Santana, used the SG Special Cherry Red extensively in their performances.

It’s important to note that the Gibson SG series underwent some changes throughout the years, including variations in features, finishes, and hardware. Therefore, specific details about the 1963 Gibson SG Special Cherry Red may vary depending on the production batch or individual guitar.

Today, the 1963 Gibson SG Special Cherry Red is highly sought after by collectors and guitar enthusiasts due to its historical significance and the association with legendary musicians. It represents a pivotal era in Gibson’s electric guitar manufacturing and remains an enduring symbol of rock music.


  • Cherry Red nitro lacquer finish
  • 1-Piece double-cutaway mahogany body
  • 1-Piece mahogany neck (setneck) full-scale – 62.5cm
  • Nut width is 1 11/16”
  • Scale length is 24 3/4”
  • Neck depth at 1st fret is 0.85”/ 1.006” at 12th fret
  • Original frets in very good condition
  • 2 original P90 pickups
  • Pot codes* are dated to 1963
  • 4 reflector tp hat knobs
  • Original wraparound bridge
  • Original 3 in a Row Atrip tuners (G tuner is slightly bent but works well)
  • Original 3-ply black pick-guard
  • Weight is 6.26 Lb – or 2.840 kg
  • Original faux alligator skin case

All guitars are professionally inspected and set up, ensuring optimal playability and performance.

*Manufacturing date codes and interior pics are available per request: e-mail

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 120 × 20 × 48 cm