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    Gibson sg "bernice"

    Help me, what does this name "bernice" mean on my SG 1989 written under the bridge pickup?

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Maybe it was once owned by Abe Vigoda??

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Quote Originally Posted by goldtop0 View Post
    Maybe it was once owned by Abe Vigoda??
    From where can you have such an assumption?

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirill View Post
    From where can you have such an assumption?
    The old US TV program Barney Miller............Fish's wife..........


    Funnily enough I've had a couple of GTs called Bernice because I remember on one of them(a '13 R7) that name was written somewhere.......might have been in the control cavity!!
    Looks like she's worked there a long time.....or......there have been a succession of Bernices' over the time.

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    There was a thread on here awhile ago about this topic. Several different women's names appear in the neck pick-up cavity on guitars of this era. There were various theories on why this was. I have an 1983 Flying V that has a name there, it escapes me at the moment.

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Quote Originally Posted by VamboRool View Post
    Thank you very much. I read the entire forum thread. The mystery remains. Everyone's guessing

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirill View Post
    Thank you very much. I read the entire forum thread. The mystery remains. Everyone's guessing

    What are wanting to find out exactly?

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Quote Originally Posted by goldtop0 View Post
    What are wanting to find out exactly?
    The guitar is old, there is a desire to repaint it. Whether it makes sense to do this or to keep its factory appearance.

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirill View Post
    The guitar is old, there is a desire to repaint it. Whether it makes sense to do this or to keep its factory appearance.

    Bernice wouldn't be able to help you with that but a luthier/respray guy would.
    Up to you as to what you want to do.
    Last edited by goldtop0; 10-26-20 at 06:59 PM.

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirill View Post
    Thank you very much. I read the entire forum thread. The mystery remains. Everyone's guessing
    Go back and read post #77. There is no mystery. I wasn't guessing.

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Quote Originally Posted by Strings Jr. View Post
    Go back and read post #77. There is no mystery. I wasn't guessing.
    If this theory was correct, they would sign every guitar. Why don't men's names occur? Only women worked in the factory?

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirill View Post
    If this theory was correct, they would sign every guitar. Why don't men's names occur? Only women worked in the factory?
    I believe Gary Rossington from Lynyrd Skynyrd had a 60's Cherry Red SG Standard that he named 'Bernice'.

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    Re: Gibson sg "bernice"

    Quote Originally Posted by Overdriven66 View Post
    I believe Gary Rossington from Lynyrd Skynyrd had a 60's Cherry Red SG Standard that he named 'Bernice'.
    like he called his les paul.

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