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Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar
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      Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar (518935)
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Pure vintage vibe, red-hot tone.

The Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar is so light, comfortable, and playable you won't want to put it down. Features a slim-tapered neck, sculpted, double-cutaway, mahogany body, exclusive Gibson '57 classic humbucking pickups at the neck and bridge, and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays. Relive some of the greatest moments of rock 'n' roll with a one-piece bound mahogany neck, Tune-O-Matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, and chrome hardware. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

'60s Slim-Taper Neck Profile
The '60s neck profile—found on the SG '61 Reissue—is the more modern, slim-tapered neck most commonly associated with the Les Paul and SG models of the early 1960s. The neck is machined in Gibson's rough mill using wood shapers to make the initial cuts. But once the fingerboard gets glued on, the rest—including the final sanding—is done by hand. That means there are no two necks with the exact same dimensions. So while it still has the basic characteristics of its respective profile, each neck will be slightly different, with a distinct but traditional feel.

'57 Classic Pickups
Among the qualities that make Gibson's original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups so unique are the subtle variations between coil windings. For the first few years of their production—1955 to 1961—Gibson's PAF humbuckers were wound using imprecise machines, resulting in pickups with slightly different output and tone, desirable to players who wanted to mix and match and explore a complete spectrum of tonal possibilities. The '57 Classic pickups are the result of Gibson's drive to capture and recreate this renowned characteristic. Introduced in 1992, the '57 Classic provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson PAF humbucker crunch. These are made by Gibson to the exact same specs as the original PAFs, including Alnico II magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, maple spacers, and vintage-style, two-conductor braided wiring. Instead of enamel-coated wiring, Gibson added poly-coated wiring—which improves consistency by eliminating thin or thick spots on the wire—and wax potting, which removes all internal air space and any chance of microphonic feedback.

A Little SG History
In 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned with a thinner body and 2 sharp cutaway horns making the upper frets more accessible while lowering production costs. The new guitar was popular, but Les Paul the guitarist did not like it and asked to have his name removed. Gibson renamed the model the "SG" which was short for "solid guitar". Though Les Paul's name was officially removed from the model in 1961, the plastic Les Paul nameplates (positioned between the rhythm pickup and fingerboard) were in abundance in the Gibson factory and SG models having these nameplates were built and sold by Gibson up to end of 1963. SGs have been the choice of world-class artists such as Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, and Angus Young.

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Gibson SG '61 Reissue Electric Guitar Features:

  • Mahogany body and neck
    Rosewood fretboard
    NItrocellulose finish
    Gibson Classic '57 humbuckers at the neck and bridge
    Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
    Corian nut
    1.695" nut width ±.050"
    22 frets
    24-3/4" scale
    Grover Kluson-style green tuning keys
    Chrome-plated hardware
    2 volume, 2 tone control, 3-way pickup switch
    Black top hat knobs with silver inserts
    Mother-of-pearl Gibson logo and holly headstock inlay
    Figured acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays
    Antique cream fingerboard binding
    Gibson hardshell case




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  • It remains unique

    As reviewed by Steve Tracy on 8/29/2008

    After all these years, this is one guitar that still stands out from the crowd, both in design and tone. It literally begs to be matched to a Marshall amp. I know, because my 2001 version doesn't sound the same through anything else. It's a marriage made in Heaven. One thing that I've noticed about SG owners is that they never tire of just staring at the guitar standing or hanging in a corner. It's a timeless design, and with these particular pickups, a timeless tone also. Although I've a few other decent guitars to choose from, this is my personal favorite, and it's almost impossible to put it down. Surprisingly, it has a superb clean tone as well, and at least one famous jazz guitarist that I know of uses this particular model only. Personally, all I want to do is jump into a pair of short pants, stick on a tie, and "Hells Bells", that says it all! Angus may have turned the SG into an icon, but it's a fantastic instrument in its own right. One word of warning, however. Quality control seems a bit dodgy at the moment, and I've noticed a few new ones over here in Japan that have poorly fitted bridges which do not look quite the same as my 7 year-old model! Imported parts I wonder? Anyway, find yourself a good one and you won't be sorry. All you need then is the Marshall! The P-90 version is great, but this is better. A true gem.

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  • The best guitar in the world

    As reviewed by JI on 1/21/2008

    I own this guitar and it's the best guitar i've ever played i mean you can play anything on it jazz, blues, metal and you will still get an amazing sound not to mention how smooth and light it is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • Classic work horse. Sound is unbeatable. Build quality is impeccable.

    As reviewed by Mike Dale on 12/27/2012

    I am a professional musician who has played for over 30 years. I have owned a few "real" vintage guitars in the past as well as a various collection of very nice Strats, LP's, 335's, Tele's, Explorer's, etc. I bought the 61 reissue SG from GC as my Christmas to me this year. I was BLOWN AWAY. I cannot believe that I have never owned an SG before now. The feel, the finish, the playability and the sound are nothing short of amazing. I have played with several different groups over the years covering classic rock, southern rock, adult alt and metal. This guitar covers the entire spectrum. No need to change pickups, the 57 classics scream through my Marshall. The clean tones are also surprising smooth, bright or warm to your choosing. I thank Gibson for this masterpiece and apologize to them for waiting so long to buy one!

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