Astounding value in a genuine American-made Gibson SG.
Since its arrival on the scene in 1961, Gibson's dual-horned, double-cutaway SG has been an iconic rock axe, and has become known for solid performance and tonal versatility that is unparalleled in the guitar world. Packing all the power and playability of the full-blown SG Standard, but at a price that puts it easily in the hands of today's hardworking guitarists, the Gibson SG Special HH is easily one of the hottest bargains out there in an American-made electric guitar, and offers the best combination of features and value in the entire SG line.
The SG Special HH uses the same supreme tonewood species as its predecessor of nearly 50 years ago, carries the same rock-solid, time-tested hardware complement as the legendary SGs of the '60s, is powered by a pair of genuine Alnico humbucking pickups, and of course offers all the legendary playability that has made Gibson famous. To top it all off, it has a no-nonsense appearance that countless guitarists prefer, and its genuine nitrocellulose satin finish sports the worn look that Gibson's Faded series is known for.
The SG Special HH is distinguished by its simpler headstock adornments, the businesslike dot inlays on its baked maple fretboard (which is also left un-bound in keeping with its stripped-down ethos), and its elegant worn satin nitro finish. Under this thin skin, however, today's Gibson USA SG Special Faded runs neck-and-neck with the flagship of the SG family. Its solid mahogany body packs all the resonance and sustain that has helped to make SGs legendary, and it sports the beveled edge that is such a big part of this model's distinctive styling, while also enhancing playing comfort.
Two deep cutaways with sharp, slightly asymmetrical horns offer unparalleled access to the top of its 22-fret neck, which you'll scale at lightning speed thanks to the SG Special HH's fast, comfortable, rounded '50s neck profile. Cranking all this tonewood and superb playability to the max is a pair of Gibson's most popular humbucking pickups from the Modern Classics series: a 490R in the neck position, and a 490T in the bridge. Made in the style of the hallowed PAF humbucker, with genuine Alnico II magnets, but updated to meet the demands of today's player and 21st century rock's high-volume requirements, this pairing offers everything from smooth, creamy, vocal warmth in the neck to raunchy rhythm tones and searing leads in the bridge. It all runs through independent volume and master tone control knobs, and a three-way toggle selector switch.
Keeping it all locked and loaded is a wrap around tailpiece and a set of Kluson-style tuners with vintage pearloid buttons. To top it all off, the SG Special HH comes to you already looking like a long-played friend in a great satin nitrocellulose finish.
A lightweight body made from resonant solid-mahogany, with contoured edge and deep asymmetrical cutaways, distinguishes the SG Special HH as a rock legend, while making it extremely comfortable to play.
Neck, Headstock and Fretboard
The SG Special HH is crafted in classic Gibson style with a glued-in neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and topped with an unbound baked maple fretboard, minimally adorned with simple dot inlays. It has an angled headstock for superior resonance, and its rounded '50s profile and 1-11/16" wide molded nut help to make it supremely playable.
Pickups and Electronics
The SG Special HH carries two of Gibson's most popular humbucking pickups, a 490T in the bridge position and a 490R in the neck, left uncovered to reflect the model's "bare bones" look. Both are updated renditions of Gibson's famous PAF humbuckers of the late '50s and early '60s, modified for improved versatility, and routed through two volume controls and a master tone control, and a three-way pickup selector.
The hardware set on the SG Special Faded echoes that worn by SG's of the mid to late '60s, and includes Gibson's wrap around tailpiece, along with vintage-style tulip-button tuners and traditional aluminum strap buttons. The tailpiece is plated in chrome for a professional and durable finish.