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Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar
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      Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar (517265)
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Shoulder-friendly and incredibly playable, it has the tone that launched a billion riffs.

The Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar is one of the most popular incarnations of the renowned Gibson SG. It takes the best of the '62 original and adds the longer and sturdier neck joint of the late '60s models. All the classic features you'd expect from a historic guitar. Hot humbuckers go from rich, sweet lightning to warm, tingling waves of sustain. A silky-fast rosewood fretboard plays like a dream. The original-style beveled mahogany body looks like a million bucks. Plus, Tune-O-Matic bridge and chrome hardware. Limited lifetime warranty. Includes hardshell case.

A Little SG History

In 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned with a thinner body and 2 sharp cutaway horns that 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 Townsend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, and Angus Young.


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Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar Features:

  • Double-cutaway beveled mahogany body
    Set mahogany neck with rounded '50s profile
    Bound rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
    Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
    Chrome hardware
    490R humbucker in the neck position
    498T humbucker in the bridge position
    2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs, 3-way switch
    24-3/4" scale




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  • May be best all around Gibson

    As reviewed by AT on 3/29/2011

    I own nothing but Gibson's: LP Standard LP Trad Pro ES335 All these are nearly twice the price of the SG Standard but I think I'd keep the SG over all the rest if I had to make the choice. It is the newest guitar I purchased and also a model really had no interest in. I hated the look and the fat neck but that quickly changed after playing it and dialing it in. You can get the action so close without losing any sound. It is also very light and comfortable. The double cutaway lets you reach every fret with ease. The fit and finish are great. I put on the rotomatic grovers and left the rest stock. In this guitar it sounds fantastic. Anyway just my two cents. I rarely write reviews but wanted to throw this out in case anyone is on the fence. ....

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  • This is a quality guitar

    As reviewed by DaveHB on 2/22/2011

    I have been playing guitar for over 30 years. I have owned many, many different guitars. Custom Shop models, signature models, you name it. This is the second SG I have owned and just got it a couple of days ago. I would normally wait to write a review but I wanted to comment on how this guitar came to me out of the box. The fit and finish are excellent. The set up was dead on. I have seen reviews on here about different brands and how they come set up from the factory, stating that the action was too high or too low or it wouldn't stay tuned, etc. Set up is objective. One person may like the action higher than another. Intonation being off may cause the guitar to sound out of tune at times. These are issues that can be fixed by setting the guitar up yourself, or if you don't know how to, by someone qualified. I have never been anything but pleased with Gibson's quality and craftsmanship and the Gibson SG Standard was no exception to this. Guitar brands and models are like apples and oranges. They are all different. You cannot compare this guitar with a Strat. It's a different animal. I like both. I am VERY pleased with this guitar. If you like humbuckers, sustain and that Gibson "growl", go get one. By the way, when someone compares the finish on a higher end American made guitar to that of a cheaper made in China model and says the Chinese made model's finish is superior, ingore it. Because the Chinese made guitar's finish is probably a plastic laminate placed over some cheap wood. Real guitars are made from wood which comes from trees and that wood has a grain to it and sometimes it has flaws. Of course the finish on that Chinese made guitar looks better, it's fake. I bought this guitar to play, not sit and look at.

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  • Incredibly versatile & great value

    As reviewed by Karl Call on 12/21/2012

    OK, several years ago when looking to purchase my first american made guitar I read review after review written largely by proud owners of guitars they have owned for only a few days or a few months at best... Well I have owned my SG standard since December of 09 & have had TONS of hours playing time. I have to say it sounds great, the SG standard 490-498 pickup combo really sounds great on clean and even better w/ a little overdrive. It is an incredibly versatile guitar however very under rated, I swear you would think Strats & Les Pauls were the only two guitars on the planet. This guitar is not just for playing AC/DC you can get a ton of different tones out of it and it plays most types of music exceptionally well. I play everything from AC/DC, the doors, cream & black sabboth, to pop music like duran duran & inxs, to modern rock like the black keys, and even some funky james brown or raggae bob mareley & the SG covers them all very well. Before I bought it I tryed out Les Paul studios & traditional plus, Fender standards, deluxes & even the Eric Clapton model (I really came close to buying that one), basically most american made guitars within the $900-1800 price range, but I really found the SG to be the best guitar for me. Really that is what it all amounts to, what really fits your music tastes, playing style & esthetic requirements. I REALLY love the way the heritage cherry SG looks, sounds & plays. I love the fat neck that many complain about, it is very fast very comforatable to play on a guitar that has the fret ends finished (unlike a fender). I am certainly not baggin on fenders, matter of fact I plan on adding an american standard to compliment my SG... I do however have a few not so complimentary comments to make... The SG is inherantly flawed in two ways. one is the way the set neck is attached to the body in between the double cutouts. It looks cool as hell & the high frets are easily accessible, BUT the neck has little wood to wood connection making the neck in need of adjustment every so often. wood being a natural material moves & changes as temperature & humidity change. Flaw number two, the flat body of the guitar with an angled neck creats an angle between the strings and the pickups. Ideally the pickups would be parallel to the strings, LPs & strats don't have that problem due to their design. Neither of these two flaws are deal breakers & many people might not consider them flaws at all, but unique characteristics of the guitar. All that said, I love my SG & play it daily. I love the way it looks hanging on my wall, I love they way if feels in my hands, I love the way it plays & I am proud to own a beautifully crafted piece of rock n roll history. test one out (or five) cause gibson sometimes does have some quality controll issues, but definitely don't just rely on someone else's opinon

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