1979 - GIBSON COPY SG 1969 with tremolo
James: "The second guitar I had was, like, a ’69 SG that some kid sold me in high school for $200. I traded it for a PA because I wanted to be the singer, because everyone was looking for a singer back then."
In another interview at Guitar Center 2013 he said he buy this guitar for $200 from a guitarist of a jazz band. He ask his mother the money.
James played in a couple of bands before he started Metallica, and this guitar was used for one of those bands, called obsession.
Ron McGovney has recently posted a picture on a really popular social media site that shows a young (16 years old) James playing this guitar.