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that a 1960 SG actually exists in Raleigh NC
(that a 1960 SG actually exists in Raleigh NC)
In 1960, [[Gibson Les Paul]] sales were significantly lower than in previous years.{{citation needed|date=February 2014}} TheIn followingthat same year, the Les Paul was developed and given a thinner, flat-topped [[mahogany]] body, a double [[Cutaway (guitar)|cutaway]] which made the upper frets more accessible, and a contoured body. The neck joint was moved by three frets to further ease access to the upper frets.
The simpler body construction significantly reduced production costs, and the new Les Paul, with its slender neck profile and small heel was advertised as having the "fastest neck in the world". Even though it officially debuted in 1961, there is at least one known 1960 Gibson SG residing in a private collection in Raleigh NC.
However, the redesign was done without knowledge of [[Les Paul]] himself (who had nothing to do with it).{{citation needed|date=April 2019}} Although the new guitar was popular, he strongly disliked it. Problems with the strength of the body and neck made Paul dissatisfied with the new guitar. At the same time, Paul was going through a public divorce from wife and vocalist partner [[Mary Ford]], and his popularity was dwindling as music tastes had changed in the early 1960s. Paul asked friend and former President of Gibson, [[Ted McCarty]], for his $1 royalty per guitar to be withheld. Gibson mutually agreed to end the contract. This is from a 1992 interview with Ted McCarty, who wrote the contract and was a lifelong friend of Les Paul.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Former Gibson Chief Ted McCarty on Tonewoods and the Problems of 'Top-Heavy' Management - Bacon's Archive|}}</ref>
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